Nurturing innovation in an engineering team

16 July 2012

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–One of the most interesting interviews we came across on the drive was here at Renesas, where we didn't really expect a philosophical discussion of the merits of nurturing innovation.

But we found it in Ranjit Deshpande, Renesas' vice president of engineering. He's a veteran of 2Wire, the communications company, and so brings a systems-level perspective to his new job at a semiconductor company.

He has very firm ideas about how to encourage innovation and structure engineering departments. At Renesas, for example, he has two main teams, roughly divided into the "advanced development team" (think Google best practices) and the "implementation team."

But Deshpande is convinced that engineers can excel in either environment. He said:

"I want to encourage every single engineer in my team to think outside of the box. Every single ee on my team is capable of coming up with these solutions."

Listen to Deshpande's philosophy of engineering and how he encourages his team to innovate:

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