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FEI Boston Recap

Denise Fletcher, CIO – Recaps FEI Boston

FEI Boston – An Event Grounded in Remarkable People


There were over 500 people at FEI Boston 2017. I’ve been attending and speaking at FEI the last five years and noticed that this year’s attendees were from more diverse areas of responsibility.  For those who did attend you can access the presentations on line at:


  • Login to FEI Connect
  • Click on the ‘Presentation’ tab


FEI Boston Highlights

FEI Boston 2017 Seaport World Trade Center


In the next couple of weeks you will receive a link to the FEI Executive Summary. This will include key takeaways, summaries and highlights from the keynote sessions, as well as select track sessions. The goal of the executive summary is to ensure the insights you gathered at the event stay top of mind — and make them easy to distribute to your teams back at the office.


My personal favorite was hearing from Clayton Christensen around the job to be done. Having been in Innovation for the past 8 years, so often our tendency is to leap toward technology solutions instead of starting with the “job to be done.”


Competing with Non-Consumption


Clayton Christensen interestingly spoke on how to compete against non-consumption and what job/profession is out there, that solves for non-consumption. I like the non-consumption definition from rivalry in which every seller tries to get what other sellers are seeking at the same time. New competition is out there and they aren’t your typical competitor. The smaller entity, in many cases a startup, is able to find and sell what you’re seeking and selling, and they can sell it cheaper. As a big fish, how do you compete with that?


“Innovation is not a crap shoot.” Who spoke those words? Yes, Clayton Christensen. Innovation must be a focal point for all businesses and it is important to focus your company around a job that needs to be done. Answer the question: What progress are our customers trying to achieve? If you can offer your customer sought-after progress, you hold the golden ticket.


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Innovation Highlights


Below are several innovation-related articles, blogs and readings that I’ve recently come across that I’d like to share with you:



For those heading to FEI London, we will see you there.  Don’t forget to save the date for FEI Boston 2018!