George White set out to be a zoologist and now he is a fifteen year veteran with broad experience in software development and architecture. Go figure. He has worked in many domains, including Web applications, mobile platforms, content management, internet-connected desktop applications, multimedia, video, networking and systems architecture. George unintentionally but happily developed a strong understanding of the technology needs of publishing companies during his time at McGraw-Hill and Thomson and consulting with Elsevier and Jones & Bartlett. George is proud of the fact that systems he designed and developed ten years ago are still going strong. When not writing software, George enjoys hardware hacking, photography, birding and attempting to keep up with his daughter.
Change and transformation are major concerns and drivers for organizations. Adopting new practices and processes to achieve business goals has always been a part of the business. But now, there's increased pressure and desire to bring in new methods to respond to market-, customer-, and internal business needs.Design thinking and innovation practices are two ways that businesses are attempting to disrupt their patterns and unlock creativity to create new and novel solutions. While they have some shared goals, these two realms do not always mesh cleanly.In this talk, George White, Chief Innovation Officer at Cantina, will highlight where design thinking and innovation practice diverge, where they overlap, and how you can leverage both to build an organization that is flexible, creative, and innovative.