Disruptor League

Shilpi Kumar

Shilpi Kumar has over 15 years of professional experience as a Design Strategist, User Experience Researcher, Industrial Designer, and Design Educator. Before founding her own consulting firm, Shilpi worked with GE Transportation Digital and Herman Miller where she worked closely with the operations and strategy teams to define an integrated business process for new product development and align innovation ideas to company strategy. Shilpi specializes in taking an inclusive approach with an eye on bringing together diverse perspectives from people across the organization. This approach helps innovation and strategy teams understand the whole view of innovation, draw on existing organizational strengths, and enable quick adoption of innovation ideas. By framing the right questions to users, customers, and internal stakeholders, she is able to get to the root of the problem, figure out what next to make, or how to re-imagine a brand. Most importantly, her expertise lies in prioritizing organizational initiatives to align with where the market is heading and what customers really need. Shilpi has a Masters of Design Methods from the Institute of Design at Illinois Tech Chicago with a focus on Innovation/Design Research/Strategy, a Masters of Design from the Industrial Design Center at IIT Bombay, India, and professional BArch from BIT Mesra, Ranchi, India.

Khoj for Innovations in a Post COVID-19 World

At Khoj Lab, we are in the “khoj” for innovation.“Khoj” means discovery, and we are hungry to discover what innovation means in this rapidly changing world. With the sudden rise of COVID-19, there are a lot of people in distress and a lot of people innovating around the world (governments, corporations, startups, and educational institutions). …

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How to Foster an Appetite for Risk by Using Ambiguity as a Resource

Some time ago I had a conversation with Jim Long, former Head of Creative Office and R&D and my mentor, about how innovation could succeed within a company. We agreed that for innovation to be truly transformative, it should be set at a distance where it cannot be interrupted by existing metrics and governance models. …

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Combining lean startup and agile with a design-led approach reduces business risk

For most corporations, leading in quality means continually pursuing organizational excellence. This means leaders have to make sure that the organization is fit for its purpose, stays that way, and keeps improving over time. Maintaining quality is much easier when the risks involved are lower. Organizations tend to reduce risk by defining things that can be measured and incentivized. …

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