Category Archives: Institute for Manufacturing

Field Ready Makeathon

Field Ready, a start-up focused on solving humanitarian supply chain problems through innovative manufacturing approaches such as 3D printing, is hosting a Makeathon at the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge on the afternoon of 14th May.

Makeathons are events of intense brainstorming and prototyping aimed at solving a particular technical challenge. The process involves coming up with theoretical solutions, taking a few of them forwards to proof of concept prototyping and sharing findings, with the hope that one or more of these will serve as basis for future development.

The theme of this Makeathon is construction quality in Haiti; participants will be given the challenge of identifying ways of testing the quality of concrete blocks on the site of delivery to ensure safe construction.

If you would like to participate please register here. For more information contact the event organiser, Daniel Yanev.

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Reducing the Risk of Failure in New Product Development

Project delays, cost overruns, misalignment with company strategy – these are just some of the things that can go wrong with new product development and they are often directly attributable to the very earliest stages of the innovation process.

The Centre for Technology Management (CTM) at the IfM has just published a new Practice Guide: Reducing the risk of failure in new product development: getting it right at the front end of innovation. It provides insights and guidance for everyone involved in the innovation process so that they can avoid common pitfalls and improve their innovation pipelines.

Issues at the project front end – before new product development formally begins – can be the cause of some of the most common problems such as project delays, cost overruns and misalignment with company strategy.

The Guide considers two main types of innovation front end: idea-driven and opportunity driven. The former occurs when an innovative idea is generated either inside or outside the firm, and idea management systems and online communities can be valuable here. Opportunity driven front ends are initiated when new commercial opportunities are recognised; concepts considered here include ethnographic studies and ‘living labs’.

CTM Practice Guides are short practical guides on topics aimed at technology management practitioners, derived from work undertaken by CTM at the IfM.

To download the practice guide, please click here.

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Strategic Technology & Innovation Management Research Day – 2nd June, Cambridge

The Centre for Technology Management at the Institute for Manufacturing in Cambridge is holding a free to attend Research Day with industry in order to generate research insights into the following six strategic technology and innovation management topics:

  • Keeping roadmapping alive
  • Testing a supply chain collaboration roadmap toolkit
  • Post-processing and analysis of roadmapping workshop outputs
  • Identifying critical decisions for technology development projects
  • Valuation workshop – enrichments and headstarts
  • Portfolio balancing: an analysis of practical methods used in manufacturing-oriented companies

In each session, the lead researcher will introduce their current research activity in the area and frame a discussion within the topic. Participants will benefit from engaging in and influencing early stage research, meeting like-minded individuals, and learning from the experiences of other participants.

More information about the event and registration details can be found here.