Books by Dan Ward
Innovation Lessons From Flying Machines That ALMOST Worked and The People Who NEARLY Flew Them
LIFT is a playful introduction to flying machines from the late 1800’s and the inspiring people who designed, built, launched, and crashed them. It is also a serious guide to innovation for 21st century problem solvers.
Blending light-hearted pop culture whimsy with well-grounded engineering pragmatism, LIFT introduces five inventors who tackled the seemingly impossible challenge of human flight decades before Orville and Wilbur.
These stories are sometimes funny, occasionally heartbreaking, and always instructive. All together they provide readers with practical insights on experimentation, creativity, persistence, and innovation.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR LIFT “A soaring history of the unsung pioneers of flight, offering real-world lessons for 21st century innovators.” -August Cole, co-author of Ghost Fleet
A Field Guide to Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse
Humans make things every day, whether it’s composing an e-mail, cooking a meal, or constructing the Mars Rover. While complexity is often necessary in the development process, unnecessary complexity adds complications. The Simplicity Cycle provides the secret to striking the proper balance. Dan Ward shines a light on how complexity affects the things we make for good or ill, taking us on a journey through the process of making things, with a particular focus on identifying and avoiding complexity-related pitfalls. More>>
“If I could ask my clients to read one book before we work together, it would be The Simplicity Cycle by Dan Ward….it’s simply brilliant.” –Peter Morville, President of Semantic Studios
Why do some programs deliver their product under cost, while others bust their budget? Why do some deliver ahead of schedule, while others experience endless delays? Which products work better—the quick and thrifty or the slow and expensive? Which situation leads to superior equipment? More>>
“There is an immediate sense, as you begin reading F.I.R.E., that author Dan Ward knows exactly who he is, what his message is, and to what type of reader his book is going to appeal. As such, there is a confidence and conciseness to his book that inspires a kind of instant camaraderie.” Jack Covert, 800 CEO Read