Accelerating Adoption of Innovation

L. Christodoulou
The Boeing Company, US


It is an obvious statement to say that innovation abounds. However, effective exploitation of innovative ideas requires the translation of the innovation into tangible capabilities that provide a needed or desired attribute(s) at a cadence that the user is willing and able to adopt. The innovators challenge is to understand the magnitude of effort (and investment) necessary to translate a brilliant idea into a product or service that a customer is willing to adopt and ultimately pay for. Within the aerospace industry the barriers to insertion of new technology can be formidable due to the (typically) high cost of scale-up, qualification, certification and the risk of potential negative impact of premature insertion. There are, however, steps and procedures that can be employed to facilitate the rapid adoption of innovative technology and these will be discussed and a few case studies will be highlighted.