Innovate to suit user habits

There are many challenges in our day to day life. Most of them can be solved by bringing a little change in human behavior and habits. But human behaviors and habits are not easy to change. Though there are several approaches and techniques to people change management, there are several

The Jungle: Fiction inspired industry welfare laws

Long before Henry Ford adapted it to automobile production, meat packers had developed the first industrial assembly line. It was more accurately a “disassembly line,” requiring nearly 80 separate jobs from the killing of an animal to processing its meat for sale. “Killing gangs” held jobs like “knockers,” “rippers,” “leg

Tackling the challenge on truck drivers retention

The digital world has made the possibility of having everything delivered at your door step. This, however has created new set of challenges to companies which move the goods across the world. Yes, the logistics providers irrespective of scale are faced with enormous challenge of keeping up with the ever

Elephant fatality and water shortage in high altitude solved

Using solutions from nature has time and again proven to be highly successful for problems posed by nature. Two interesting stories on how nature’s resources and engineering is put in action for solving interesting problems Plan Bee to avoid elephant fatalities According to the Wildlife Trust of India, train collisions

Linux inspired gold mining challenge

Open source software has come a long way since the Linux revolution. Back in 90s, it was such a unorthodox and powerful concept to make software free challenging the big proprietary software firms. Today, RedHat  a company specialising in open source IT products today is a classic example of how

Citizen Utility Boards inspired by university model

In several countries today, utilities (electricity, gas,water, telco) are still government controlled or either managed as a  monopoly or duopoly. Customers in such cases are always at the receiving end as they don’t have any forums to present their views. Most of the customer forums set up by government are

Comics make boring legal contracts interesting

William Edwards Deming, the famous quality guru once said,”in God we trust, rest bring data”. Though most would agree with him there in one topic where I am happy to challenge him and make a claim without data to back up- ‘More than 98% of people never read the terms

Sherlock inspired studies and innovation

Sherlock Holmes was a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based “consulting detective”, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to take almost any disguise, and his forensic science skills to solve difficult cases. Holmes, who first appeared in

Dial before you dig

Dial before you dig (DBYD) is mostly free public service provided by many utilities or consortium of utilities (power, water, gas, telcos) to provide clear advice on the assets that might be impacted when someone wants to dig. This service helps lot of contractors, home owners, service providers to assess