Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Intel CTO Tutors the CEO-elect

Business 2.0 did a very interesting article on the CEO succession process at Intel. They select a CEO-elect before the current CEO is gone and then begin to groom him for the job. Intel's current CEO is Craig Barrett and the company has selected Paul Otellini as the person to take up the position when Barrett retires. Previous Intel CEOs have all had a technical background in engineering or a related field. But Otellini studied Economics in college and came up through the management and sales ranks within Intel. Therefore, they feel that he does not understand all of the technical details that their CEO should.

What is Intel's solution to this situation? They have asked Pat Gelsinger, Intel's CTO, to provide a number of tutorials to help Otellini prepare for the CEO position.

From the Business 2.0 article:
His main tutor? Intel chief technology officer Pat Gelsinger. "Paul will say, 'Teach me about something,'" Gelsinger says. The hour-long sessions, he adds, are "light on slides, long on discussion." Otellini says his plan for the months ahead is simple: "Work harder."


Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Doblin's Ten Types of Innovation

Innovation can come from anywhere in the organization and from anyone. It is not the sole domain of a CTO, R&D department, or engineering organization. Jay Doblin has done a wonderful job of organization innovation into ten unique types. These are:

  1. Business Model - How you make money.
  2. Networks and Alliances - How you join forces with other companies for mutual benefit
  3. Enabling Processes - How you support the company's core processes and workers
  4. Core Processes - How you create and add value to your offerings
  5. Product Performance - How you design your core offerings
  6. Product System - How you link and/or provide a platform for multiple projects
  7. Service - How you provide value to customers and consumers beyond and around your products
  8. Channel - How you get your offerings to market
  9. How You Brand - How you communicate your offerings
  10. Customer Experience - How your customers feel when they interact with your company and its offerings

These ten types served as the structure for a paper on "The CTO and Innovation". This discusses the contributions that a CTO can make to innovation in all ten of these categories.

Doblin on Industrial Design and Innovation:

The Ten Types of Innovation (Copyright 2002, Doblin Inc.) are explained in more detail in his own table here.