History

One thing that separates the Ranch from other innovation experts is a relentless focus on measurement, statistical analysis, and development of reproducible systems of innovation.  To that end, over the past 30 years the Ranch team has conducted quantitative research and live experiments on over 26,000 innovation concepts, over 15,000 teams and over 100,000 individuals during the process of creating and commercializing innovations. 

Beyond corporate applied work, the ranch has a number of efforts to help students, non-profits, communities and small companies. Eureka! Ranch founder, Doug Hall, has published 7 business books and is currently the host of Driving Eureka!, a podcast (with matched newsletter) to help people find, filter and fast track big ideas for their career, company and community. In May of 2002, he and Maggie Nichols (Eureka! Ranch CEO) ran the first Eureka! Ranch small business innovation program in Scotland.  It was then licensed to providers in the USA, Canada and Scotland who within a few years worked with over 300 companies. 

In 2006, Innovation Engineering created and accepted as a new field of study and leadership science. It's first course taught at the University of Maine.  Now it's taught as an undergraduate minor and major certificate program in across the US and Canada.  In 2010 it was made commercially available for individuals and companies through courses, tools and projects applying this new discipline.

You’ll find at the ranch an insatiable desire to do cool s#!t that matters. That mantra is the reason staff goes to unreasonable lengths to push beyond “ok.” That’s the reason they do dozens of learning cycles in the time others would have done just one. That’s the reason why “What did you learn?” follows every meeting and moment.

The Ranch team includes statisticians, a patent lawyer, human system experts and leading edge programming experts who together develop and deliver intelligent tools and work systems that enable and empower people to take ideas to market faster and with less risk. 

Published books

Much of the work of Innovation Engineering has been pioneered by Eureka! Ranch Founder, Doug Hall.  Doug has written a number of award winning business books on Innovation.

 

WhAT IS Innovation Engineering?

Innovation is about productive imagination.  

It’s about ideas with a purpose.  The purpose can be for making a profit, igniting social change or simply making a difference with our personal lives. 

Engineering is about application to the real world. 

The Chemist studies the compositions, properties and activity of organic and inorganic substances.   The Chemical Engineer applies the Chemist’s discoveries in real world of factories, production and manufacturing.
Studying Innovation Engineering does not make you an “engineer” as that is a title reserved for those who have passed the requirements set up by engineering trade associations for certification as a Professional Engineer.  

Innovation Engineering teaches & applies discipline, problem solving, experimentation & systems thinking.  

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JUMP START YOUR BRAIN

A Proven Method For Increasing Creativity 500%

Jump Start Your Brain is a fun, inspiring and insightful how-to look at maximizing your brain's power and putting productive creativity to work for you.

"Required reading. Hall reveals how you can retrain your brain to think of more creative ideas. The book is funny and packed with anecdotes." - Entrepreneur Magazine

JUMP START YOUR BUSINESS BRAIN

Win More - Lose Less & Make More Money with Your Sales, Marketing & Innovation Efforts

Jump Start Your Business Brain details six principles for measurably improving your marketing and innovation success rates.These principles are the core religion that Doug and his Eureka! Team leverage when working with the big guys-companies like Procter & Gamble, Frito-Lay and Bank of America.

However, the little guys and non-profits can leverage them as well. In fact, the book cites real cases of small business owners who've realized a 10 to 50% increase in sales as a result of applying the six principles.

 

JUMP START YOUR MARKETING BRAIN

Truths, Tactics & Techniques For Measurable Success

This book is a DEEP DIVE into the complex world of sales and marketing. It's for those with a genuine commitment to measurably improving their success rate.

It was originally published in hardcover as Meaningful Marketing. The book won critical acclaim but its “academic style” prevented it from reaching the mass audience of Jump Start Your Business Brain. A comprehensive redesign and rewrite has added caffeinated energy as well as even more meaningful advice and ideas for improving your sales and marketing success rates.

MAKING THE COURAGE CONNECTION

How People Get from Fear to Freedom - and How You can Too

Making the Courage Connection is a look at courage, through an inspiring blend of essays and real-life profiles of people with the gumption to live their lives to the fullest.

"It takes courage to live in our world today. Making the Courage Connection tells, in an interesting and dramatic way, how one can make life worth living by taking control." - Ruth Stafford Peale, widow of Norman Vincent Peale, Author The Power Of Positive Thinking

DRIVING EUREKA!

Problem-Solving with Data-Driven Methods and the Innovation Engineering System

Best-selling business author Doug Hall presents the System Driven Innovation scientific method for enabling innovation by everyone, everywhere, every day. It’s the essential resource you need to enable yourself―and your team―to innovate, succeed, and do amazing things that matter, on a daily basis.