2016/03/21 08:45 Nicholas Donofrio, “Framing the T-Shaped Movement”, T-Summit 2016

#tsummit2016 Nick Donofrio, plenary introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMgPCW4mlVA

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T-Summit 2016, Transformational Approaches to Creating T-Shaped Professionals, National Academy of Sciences Building, March 21-22, 2016

Welcome by Jim Spohrer, IBM

  • Over 280 people registered, with about half as presenters or moderators
  • First heard about T-shapes from Nick Donofrio
  • Nick couldn’t be here today, made a Skype video
  • Was at IBM meeting, if you want to be an innovator in the 21st century, you have to be T-shaped
  • Wanted everyone at IBM to be T-shaped, and be an innovator
  • Everybody?  Yes, everybody
  • Entering a world of such rapid technological change, that if you’re not innovating in your job, not finding higher value things every day, you’re not going to be around
  • Nick says started in the mailroom at IBM in the 1950s, became a senior VP, was T-shaped

Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus


Nick Donofrio by recorded video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMgPCW4mlVA

T-shaped:  broad and deep

  • Can start broad, and build expertise to deep
  • Or start with deep skills, and add a broad perspective

Most innovators are T-shaped

  • Broad
  • Deep

To be an innovator, first need to understand the bounds of a problem

  • Need to understand the business you’re in, the bounds of the problem

People understand much better when they understand the context they’re in

A lot of problem-based learning has been done

The way we educate people is in a I-shape

  • Most are educated as deep and narrow

Everyone can be T-shaped

  • Problem broadens

The more T-shaped you are, the better you and your company will be as innovators

If you don’t move to be T-shaped, your economy or business will likely be a laggard

This summit is about getting more industries on the T-shaped bandwagon

  • Hope at this summit to become more prescriptive

World is getting smarter with information technology

[Jim Spohrer]

From K-12 to higher education

If not an innovator, a laggard

At the first T-Summit, had mostly academics

  • From engineering
  • From management
  • Ideo:  T-shaped designers, design schools
  • Had T-shaped social scientists, lawyers
  • All part of universities, who could grapple a problem, have a sense of the shape of the problem, and bring in other T-shaped innovators

A few years ago, Phil Gardner, Michigan State U, said trying to make all students T-shaped, committed from dean

  • Also wanted to gather industry, government, professional organizations

Now have a broader diversity