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To Invent Like Edison, Learn to Collaborate
6/10/2013

Midnight Lunch encourages innovators to follow Edison's penchant for collaboration.   (Source: Wiley)
Midnight Lunch encourages innovators to follow Edisonís penchant for collaboration.
(Source: Wiley)

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NadineJ
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NadineJ   6/11/2013 12:03:57 AM
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@TJ--I think it depends on the designer and the form of collaboration.  For example, several successful creatives have discredited brainstorming.  But, stealing (which Edison was well known for) is applauded.

Austin Kleon's book "Steal like an Artist" explains it very well.

Sarah Miller Caldicott's book, featured here, seems to be another good example of how to collaborate well.  It's on my shortlist of books to read now. 

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Nancy Golden   6/10/2013 9:12:07 PM
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Makes sense - back in the day we used to assign a test set to an engineer and that would be his or her project. But the test set consisted of hardware, software, and mechanical components as well as customized test fixturing. The best test sets were often done in collaboration with other people that were stronger in specifc aspects than the engineer in charge of the project and the engineer was smart enough to leverage their expertise. I always said that a successful test engineer doesn't have to know everything - they just have to know how to find out what they need. Often times that would be asking a colleague for their input.

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apresher   6/10/2013 4:21:45 PM
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Excellent post. More than ever, engineers are collaborators with so many involved in complex products/systems that demand a multidisciplinary approach.  The book looks like a great potential resource.

TJ McDermott
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TJ McDermott   6/10/2013 12:12:45 PM
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Wasn't there an article here in DN (last year, maybe) that came to the conclusion that design by collaboration wasn't a good approach?

I'm not knocking this book at all, simply commenting on two seemingly opposite points of view.

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Good set of principles
Rob Spiegel   6/10/2013 8:29:59 AM
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This book sets out a good set of principles both for collaboration and for devlopment. Nice.

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