Solving problems is the key innovation says Woodside’s Shaun Gregory
Innovation was the buzzword during the opening day of presentations at AOG 2017. Woodside's Shaun Gregory was one of the first to tackle the subject in his presentation ‘Zen and the Art of Innovation' simply saying that "solving problems is the key to innovation".
“Innovation doesn’t involve sticking a bunch of engineers in a room and asking them to innovate. That doesn’t work. They may come up with a whole lot of ideas, but ideas are everywhere.”
"Find someone with a problem and give them a hug because that will be the spark for real innovation."
The Chief Technology Officer who was named the 2017 CIO of the year the night before his speech at the fifth annual iTnews Benchmark Awards shared Woodside’s mantra for technology and innovation: think big, prototype small and scale fast.
Think big: identifying the “big changes” that will impact your future over a five or ten year period.
Prototype small: “What’s the smallest experiment that you can perform to prove that your potential solutions will work. That means not taking months or years to test a solution. It means testing prototypes in as little as two days or even within two hours, giving us quick insight into whether we're on the right track to solving the problem.
Scale fast: You have a problem, you've found and tested a solution; however it has no value if you don't scale it into the business and have people on the front lines using it."
Shaun was quick to point out that many of Woodside's innovations would not have been possible without collaboration with members of the agriculture, energy and water sectors.
“Our journey for collaboration didn’t start in Oil & Gas. The farming sector had made tremendous advancements in innovation by streaming live information from their tractors to the cloud to optimise their work; the water industry was using innovative techniques to predict pipe failure, and the energy sector discovered solutions to power theft.”
It was the willingness of these industries to collaborate that surprised Shaun.
"I was expecting to be turned away. However, they opened their doors to us and shared details about their solutions enabling us to shortcut that first round of failures”.
For Woodside, collaboration is a two-way street.
In December 2015, a team from Woodside participated in a DataHack, collaborating with the Fiona Wood Foundation to analyse over a decade’s worth of data from patients who suffered rom burns.
Friday 3rd March 2017