I consider Thomas Edison the father of “systematic innovation”. Edison founded the first industrial research laboratory in
1. Anything that won't sell, I don't want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility and utility is success: This shows that
2. Great ideas originate in the muscles:
3. Hell, there are no rules here. We are trying to accomplish something:
4. I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that won’t work:
5. I start where the last man left off: In 1878, Prof. Barker of
6. To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk: As mentioned in the wikipedia, Edison’s laboratory had "eight thousand kinds of chemicals, every kind of screw made, every size of needle, every kind of cord or wire, hair of humans, horses, hogs, cows, rabbits, goats, minx, camels ...silk in every texture, cocoons, various kinds of hoofs, shark's teeth, deer horns, tortoise shell ...cork, resin, varnish and oil, ostrich feathers, a peacock's tail, jet, amber, rubber, all ores ..." and the list goes on. Does your office have any pile of junk?