I love this story from Scorpion Jet. It's a real joy when you come across a "change program" where the organisation shares some great practice that could easily be applied beyond their own industry/product.
Here are their key learnings with the addition of some alternative language from myself in brackets:
- Set an audacious goal that energises people (Communicate the vision)
- Blend people (Build the right team)
- Don't ask people to juggle several projects simultaneously (Create focus)
- Minimise meetings (Trust but verify)
- Use existing components whenever possible (Don't reinvent the wheel, ever)
- Get close (Make it easy for people to connect)
- Get comfortable with ambiguity (Trust good instincts to take risks)
- Focus on what is getting bogged down (Deal with big & small roadblocks quickly)
- Moving fast keeps costs down (Use your agility)
Do read the article itself - it's an energising read!
10 Innovation Insights from Textron’s Scorpion jet program Are your products more complex — or less complex — than a fighter jet that flies at 500 miles per hour? In a unique joint venture, Textron and a startup called AirLand Enterprises got together to try to design and fly a new jet in less than two years.