Friday, November 29, 2013



We hope this web site will be helpful for creating PIE Teams that will create jobs!   Please advise if you find information useful 

  • When I introduced   Entrepreneurial PIE Teams George Clopton - Polo Ralph Lauren, he responded "That sounds like 'The Skunk Works'".  I procured a copy of Skunk Works and read it; this was the group in Lockheed that came up with the U-2 and Stealth Technology. It appears that there was a lot of PIE Hat Thinking going on there, I highly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in creative and innovative thinking and the challenges of implementing this thinking and products. July 2010
  • "Entrepreneurial PIE Teams is an exciting approach.  In concept, it is compatible with the case study approach to learning that I advocate as an important education tool.     I see teams could be interdisciplinary (ie involving various business entities like engineers, sales persons, marketeers, accountants, etc) or intra-disciplinary (chemical engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, etc...).  Regardless of the groupings chosen, students will not only have an opportunity to exercise their skills in their field of study but also learn the important contribution that their skills may contribute to accomplishing innovation on a broader scale.

    Another contribution is the interpersonal skills developed as being a part of such a team.  I have done some work with elementary kids, allowing them to create things with simple shapes -  circles, squares, rectangles, triangles.  After voting on the best design, an assembly line was created.  Then I witnessed the same organization behavior and dynamics as being played out with adults in industry:  some productive and some counterproductive attitudes to the mission at hand.  If we use "PIE" like teams as a catalyst to teaching students how to better collaborate interpersonally as partners to complete a mission, businesses will be more highly productive in their work teams.

    Again thanks for exposing me to the exciting important work you are doing."

    Dr. Ida Pittman July 2011 
  • "... You have wonderful, entrepreneurial programs with IEEE.  While f4k isn't solely entrepreneur focused, I believe we can connect kids to entrepreneurs and get them excited about careers and industries ---> 'Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow' ..." Susan Milliken Sanford - executive director August 2011
  • Guilford County Schools Future Economy Task Force adds "Students will utilize the PIE framework to develop service learning experiences" as part of "utilize Service Learning opportunities in their career exploration" Goal.  October 2011
  • "The information you've provided below is incredibly valuable and topical not only to entrepreneurship, but to providing early and continued exposure to principles and tools useful in vision-directed creativity and career development from the earliest ages. 
    An important factor in your design is that application of engineering principles to pursuit of an endeavor, which I find absolutely critical to venture success.
    I am a big fan of the PIE approach and happy to market it and otherwise help in any way I can."

    Roger Cubicciotti - President November 2011
  • "Great stuff"

    Dr. Dianne Welsh - Director, Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program UNCG January 2012
Entrepreneur Productive Innovative Engine (PIE) Teams
The August 2010 blogs discuss the PIE Teams concept in more detail.

Create Job Opportunities with PIE
We hear Jobs, Jobs, Jobs; we need jobs. This blog brings to the table a view that we must have a proactive approach to creation of jobs. Drawing on Metaphors from M21C thinking, the concept of planting PIE Teams is a proactive way to get people thinking about the primary functions that create Things and therefore Jobs. The graphic expresses this with emphasis on hands and fingers. A new metaphor for the six hat team is presented using the fingers of a hand and the arm.  MORE >>>

Wanted: Economy with a motor ...

The graphic shows this headline along with two views of PIE Team and the workforce by skill level. 

In the report "Tough Choices or Tough Times" the graphic "Profile of Successful U. S. Firms in the Future" shown below right.  A modified version is developed with relative salaries for various levels of the workforce; it also has the creative work emphasized.  It depicts a diamond area of creative work which is very similar to the PIE Team as discussed in several  blogs.  A modified version shows the profile of work types also with relative salaries.  In addition to Creative Work, a chart shows Operations & Maintenance Work, Outsourced Work and routine work that has been Automated. MORE >>>

Quality - White Gloves ...

This blog brings the concept of Quality to bear on the PIE Team. “Quality comes from Ownership with Integrity and appropriate working Resources in a healthy Paradigm – lhb.”  Note, that an

“O” and an “I” make a “Q”. Starting with Ownership, Integrity and appropriate Resources; it was realized that you could have Ownership, Integrity and appropriate Resources, but not necessarily have Quality. When you have an environment that is at cross purposes and discourage things working compatible together, that is not a healthy Paradigm and Quality suffers. The Quality Hand must be vested with competence and authority to over ride poor decisions made by the PIE Team and others. In other words Safety and Quality must not be pre-empted by schedule or profit drivers.  MORE >>>


Rudder For Future Economy ...
Our economy has been experiencing a rambling path similar to the one that the Bismarck ship experienced during WW-II when a torpedo disabled the steering mechanism.

 This blog expands on previous thinking of the Entrepreneurial Productive Innovative Engine (PIE) Framework  to include the concept of the hands of the PIE team clasped together  as a rudder for steering the future economy. MORE>>>

Design Funnel ... Fish-Hook-Fry Metaphors ....
Research and study using the latest versions of Microsoft Expression Studio and Visual Studio, I have been impressed with how they have treated the design and development area. In the book “Dynamic Prototyping with Sketch Flow in Expression Blend” by Chris Bernard & Sara Summers QUE c 2010 there is a nice chart shown here that does a good job of presenting the gap between design and development. It fits well with other thinking as discussed in other blogs.      MORE>>>



Innovation …. CustomerThe ISCORPIO Metaphor in M21C describes eight petals related to various aspects of a Business; this topic addresses two of the petals, Innovation and Customer. Looking at the ISCORPIO diagram the left pointing (West) facet represents Innovation and the right pointing facet (East) represents the Customer. These are fundamental to a successful business that builds competitive services and wares. As discussed in other entries of this blog, the Customer is the most important since they are the ones that pay money for the solutions of businesses. To stay competitive, Innovation becomes the primary focus.  MORE >>>

What Grows an Economy? …. PIE? ….. X-Factor?
The “What Grows an Economy?”  article in the November 22, 2010 Forbes issue  by Rich Karlgaard has some very interesting information which I find gives validity to the concept of planting PIE Teams.  I suggest if we want to solve the problem of Jobs and a slow economy, we need policies that encourage PIE Teams to experiment with creating new products and services that have the potential for growing into big companies i.e., X factor effect. The concept of Entrepreneur Productive Innovative Engine (PIE) Teams is that they are planted in Schools, Jobless Networks and within Industry as potential spin offs that will get those participating into a frame of mind of creating products and services that will result in new jobs.  In Industry these Teams may be called "Skunk Works." MORE >>> is a resource for students, their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careers, and we hope it will help young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be made part of their future. Students will find here descriptions of the lifestyles and experiences of engineers, and on the different disciplines within engineering. We provide hands-on experiments and activities, referrals to summer programs and internship opportunities, and search tools for schools that offer engineering programs. Useful tips on course selection, applying to university programs and financial aid are included. Students can also use this portal to browse questions answered by engineering students in universities and practicing engineers.

Case Studies:     Honda Jet

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This Blog is under construction to replace a previous Blog on a site that was decommissioned in November 2013