We’re Seeing R&D


Laura holding up a sign, which counts down time until atomization

The countdown to atomization continues.

Laura Handler, Director of VDC, blogged her thoughts at (bim)x:

As the countdown clock continues [99 days, 2 hours, 12 minutes, 26, 25, 24 sec…], everything I read reminds me of the work that we need to do in preparation for Atomization. One component of Atomization that I haven’t given enough attention to is the start of our R&D department (although to be honest, it will likely continue to be neglected until the clock hits 0 – projects and people come first!). Nonetheless, the pressure is on and my subconscious (and conscious) is feeling it! Here are just a few recent (okay, and less than recent) reads that make me think of R&D:

These are great principles for an R&D department, but an even better perspective for the rest of the company to have about R&D. Among other things, R&D is our ‘safe space to fail’, but we need to continue to incorporate that philosophy into day-to-day operations.

Cool, but this feels like an incremental innovation. I’d like to see more than the relatively static BAS interface. Show us some BIM. Nonetheless, this is a step in the right direction, and I’m excited to take a closer look.

I think I saw this on Twitter a few weeks ago, but forgot about it until another Tocci teammate, put the print issue on my desk with a sticky note attached saying, “I wanted you to see this. So cool.” The technology and potential are very exciting. But what is even more exciting to me is that BNB is doing amazingly innovative things, despite (or maybe because) VDC is already atomized. One of my secret atomization fears is that we won’t be able to sustain the same level of innovation. This made me feel better – thanks Dace!