Teague's Tech Treks

Avoiding tech "OOPS-idents" by Helen Teague


Participatory Design Project Timeline

Participatory Design Timeline


Participatory Design Project~Brainstorming

Our team’s proposal was whittled down from a brainstorming session. Our brainstorming session applied Brown’s Brainstorming characteristics (Chapter 5), especially idea of “building on the ideas of others” and involved a whiteboard and colorful post-it-notes.* I initially suggested that we pattern our discussion after Brown’s 3 Elements of Successful Design: Observation/Empathy/Insight, and Mike suggested a broader essential question investigation. The result was a mashup of both ideas! Five categories emerged: Visibility-Pedagogy-Connections-Research Conference-Design.

To preserve the collective mind of our team two methods of data storage were employed. Molly keyed the text in a Google doc. Then, I transferred the data to a graphic organizer mindmap created via the MindMup web application. The result is two deliverables.

Here is a picture of the mindmap structure: (the text is too small to see, but can be expanded by clicking on the file attachment.)


Brown, T., & Katz, B. (2009). Change by design: How design thinking transforms organizations and inspires innovation. New York: Harper Business.


Its In You: The Innovators DNA

In The Innovator’s writers Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christensen conducted 100 interviews over eight years to assess successful behaviors from leaders at Amazon and Apple to those at Google, Skype, and Virgin Group, entrepreneurs and executives. They differentiated five behaviors among this achieving group. The writers contend that these habits can be learned and practiced by anyone with the desire to learn them. They are not inherited traits resulting from a cosmic role of the hereditary dice.

The five “discovery skills” that distinguish the most creative executives and, the authors assert, can help anyone to become more innovative are associating, questioning, observing, experimenting, and networking Moving progressively from idea to impact through 5 skills: associating, questioning, observing, experimenting, and networking.  There are many connections between The Innovator’s DNA and Tim Brown’s Change by Design. For example, the behavior of “Experimenting” in The Inventor’s DNA matches Brown’s prototyping in chapter 4.

Teague rendering of principles in Innovators DNA
I think there is overlap among these skills…What other books on innovation also reflect or reference these attributes?


The Innovator’s DNA by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and Clayton Christensen



Stats: Job Satisfaction Measurement



Madjidi, F. (2006). EDET734A case study database. Personal Collection of Madjidi, Pepperdine
University, Los Angeles, CA.


Serious Tinkering

“Tinkering is, at its most basic, a process that marries play and inquiry”**…serious tinkering with a burgeoning ecosystem.

When was the last time you gave yourself the gift of “Tinkering Time?”

Serious Tinkering

Inspired during a innovatively engaging session by the geniuses at Table Top Inventing http://www.ttinvent.com/


**Quote from from Exploratorium.com