The new PDMA essentials

The third of the PDMA essentials was published at the PDMA 2018 conference. It addresses constrains in the new product development process. The context in which innovation projects are executed create constraints that make best practices ineffective. The book provides recommendations of how to address and overcome these constraints. 

Book review: The innovation biome

In his book The Innovation Biome, Dr Kumar Mehta sets out to debunk the myth that innovation is about the (1) Next, (2) Big, (3) Thing. It is not. 

Fix Health Care

How Physicians Can Fix Health Care

How Physicians Can Fix Health Care, One Innovation at a Time, is a recently published book by Chris Trimble.
The book explains the role of physicians in the innovation process, they have to take the lead. Yet, Chris Trimble also acknowledges that most physicians have busy jobs. How to combine the two? Chris Trimble provides nice examples how to do exactly that, by building a shared and a dedicated team. He also shows the importance of experimenting, till the best solution has been found.


Mindset is the title of a book by Carol S. Dweck, PhD. It describes ways to go about being smart, learning, failure and praise. Not surprising, because mindset is about learning, it has founds its main application in education. However, the framework is also very relevant for innovation.

Why Nations Fail—and Organizations Too

The book Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor? Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson show that man-made political and economic institutions underlie economic success (or the lack of it). To what extent does this also explain the success and failure of organizations?

“How Google Works”

I would not read it for its management advice, but more as an entertaining and interesting history of Google. My take away from the event and the book is that if you try to copy Google to become a Google, you are totally on the wrong track.