Artful Making: What Managers Need to Know About How Artists by Robert Austin, Lee Devin, Eric Schmidt

By Robert Austin, Lee Devin, Eric Schmidt

Crafty Making deals the 1st confirmed, research-based framework for engineering ingenuity and innovation. This booklet is the results of a multi-year collaboration among Harvard enterprise university professor Robert Austin and top theatre director and playwright Lee Devin. jointly, they display impressive structural similarities among theatre artistry and construction and state-of-the-art enterprise projects--and exhibit how collaborative artists have mastered the paintings of offering innovation "on cue," on immovable points in time and budgets. those equipment are neither mysterious nor flaky: they're rigorous, detailed, and--with this book's help--absolutely learnable and reproducible. They depend on affordable and swift generation instead of on extensive up-front making plans, and with the aid of ultra-modern permitting applied sciences, they are often utilized in almost any setting with knowledge-based outputs. in addition, they supply an overarching framework for leveraging the whole merits of ultra-modern major concepts for selling flexibility and innovation, from agile improvement to actual concepts.

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We do something like this with our brains, but we do it differently; we get things wrong. We use information not so much for its own sake as for leading to thoughts that really are unrelated, unconnected, patternless, and sometimes, therefore, quite new. 4 The experimental imperfections in the artful making approach are a primary source of innovation, a vital part of making anew. ” Exploration and Efficiency David Bradley, a resident director at People’s Light, further explains the process of rehearsal with an analogy to painting: It’s like Picasso’s Guernica.

We love them because they are so successful for us as we strive to work and manage well, to create economic value, wealth, and improved standards of living. It would be convenient if Let’s be clear about what we are claiming: As business our accumulated industrial era becomes more dependent on knowledge to create value, understanding extended per- work becomes more like art. In the future, managers who fectly into the information age, understand how artists work will have an advantage over if the future of management those who don’t.

How to Read This Book For the above reasons, we resolved in our study to describe and understand theatre in some detail as a way to describe and understand a big change in the way we think about work. We’ll rely on the persuasive power of an extended analogy to combine with your experience and spark new ways of thinking. Very little of what we discuss in this book is substantively new. Iterative product development processes, for instance, are well-documented in management literature. What’s new here isn’t the raw content, but the suggestion to use theatre art as a lens that can offer a new and productive view of familiar, but rapidly changing territory.

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