Thursday, August 10, 2017

INCOSE SFBAC August, 14 2017 Meeting

Topic:  Thinking 'Outside the Box'
Presented by:   Dr. Scott Workinger, Ph.D., Stanford Engineering 
· Date:  Monday, August 14, 2017   5:30 - 7:30 PM
· Location:  Rinconada Library in Palo Alto

5:30 - 6:00 PM  Social time
6:00 - 7:00 PM  Presentation and Q&A with Scott

Rinconada Library, Embarcadero Room
1213 Newell Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Meeting Details Web Address:
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Access Number:  1-719-234-7872
Guest Passcode:  529 771 4673

We often hear it suggested that we should 'Think Outside the Box.'  But rarely do we see concrete suggestions regarding how to do so.  Yet, practical thinking skills do exist that we can use to open up a larger solution space in order to solve very difficult problems.  Experience has shown that these skills can be learned and practiced.  For example, as a starting point, it is useful to see the box.  

We will review examples of transformational thinking that significantly changed organizations and industries as diverse as optical fiber manufacturing, professional sports, and consumer electronics.  This lecture is recommended for anyone who wants to stretch their thinking skills.  


Dr. Scott Workinger, Ph.D., Stanford Engineering has 35 years of experience leading people that create innovative, practical solutions to business problems and field working systems in a broad spectrum of industries. His academic research focused on how engineering processes connect to engineering models in an end user programming environment.  He currently teaches  technical leadership, systems architecture, test engineering, problem analysis, systems engineering, design thinking, systems thinking, and system of systems thinking.  The students who attend his courses come from a broad cross section of backgrounds and include experienced leaders and technologists from such diverse backgrounds as the US Navy, NASA, pharmaceutical companies, aircraft program management, and engineering consulting firms. Scott has a passion for empowering his students through research, application, and teaching. His teaching style emphasizes coaching students in practical problem solving exercises, dialog, and class discussion.