How to improve your tech discovery skills
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Our blog has a growing series of articles that help you strengthen your innovation analyst skills. For example, you will learn how to do back-of-the-envelope market estimates, how you can discover game-changing innovations, use data to estimate tech maturity, enable collaborative tech discovery for your team, and many other practical tips and tricks.
Tech Discovery Snippets
Tech Discovery Snippets are short stories about tech discovery. Snippets are primarily designed for smartphones. But you can read them on your notebook or tablet as well. Here are some examples:
Mergeflow enables effective technology scouting and management
Mergeflow has been supporting BMW’s IT Tech Offices for several years with discovering, tracking, and deeply exploring new technologies, companies, and ideas.
Now, BMW's IT Innovation and Technology Management has designed the Tech Radar. It provides the basis for further monitoring, and facilitates the detection of technological relationships.
The solution is built on top of Mergeflow’s data lake and analytics, and offers additional functionalities and integrations, targeted to BMW Group’s individual requirements.Download case study Read case study online
Our slides are a summary of what we do, and why we think that a 360° view of the outside tech world is important. The slides describe our approach to data collection, analytics, and user interfaces, and how you can integrate Mergeflow with third party solutions.Download slides
Publications by, on, or related to Mergeflow.
Identifying gaps in automating the assessment of technology readiness levels
University of Toronto, ReadyLab
Crucial in the design process, Technology Readiness Levels are a common form of technology maturity assessment. Studies suggest that the TRL scale can be subjective and biased. Automating the assessment can reduce human bias. This paper highlights important challenges of automation by presenting data collected on 15 technologies from the nanotechnology sector. Our findings show that, contrary to claims from the literature, patent data exists for low maturity technologies and may be useful for automation. We also found that there exists unexpected trends in data publications at TRL 2, 3 and 4.
Proceedings of the Design2020 Conference, pp. 551-558.Get the paper
Agility enables employees to act
Andrea Gruss, interview with Florian Wolf
Many companies want to become agile. But what are concrete benefits of agile work methods? What are necessary preconditions? And in what scenarios are they most beneficial? Andrea Gruss discussed these questions with software entrepreneur Florian Wolf, CEO at Mergeflow, and speaker at the GDCh conference "Tanker or Speedboat? Agile Management in the Chemical Industry", organized by the Association for Chemistry and Economics.
CHEManager Online, 22 January 2020.Read the interview