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How Corporates can use the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas

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The Lean Startup is a hot topic for organizations right now, so we asked a practitioner - Justin Souter, of Souter Consulting - to help readers get a handle on the elements of the Lean Startup framework, and provide some lessons from the field. The post is in four sections: 1.

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Strategic and Innovation Alignment: the Choice Cascading Model

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So many organizations struggle between their strategic goals and how the innovation activities can truly fit to achieve the level of contribution that is expected.

Platform Thinking: Reusing Hard-Won Knowledge

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Watch any group of kids playing with Lego and you’ll quickly get the idea behind platform thinking. A small number of standard modular components linked to a basic architecture – and you can build almost anything!

The Power of User-Led Innovations

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Babies are wonderful, a constant source of fascination as you share their discovery of a rich new world and see things afresh through their wide bright eyes. But they also have side effects, some of which can bring you back to earth with a bump!

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.

Digital transformation – are you ready to transform and change your innovation approaches?

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Business digital transformation, it can get your pulse racing as you look for the nearest exit. It is being asked of everybody to get involved but have we a sufficient understanding of it?

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How does innovation management help in digital transformation?

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The power of digital disruption is so immense that it now sits on the top priority list for almost every executive.

Creating the Physical Space for Innovation

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Building spaces for innovation is a hot topic these days. Whether you call them innovation hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs, accelerators or hotspots you can hardly turn a street corner or a magazine page before you bump into another example.

Insights from the Gartner CIO Survey

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Gartner’s annual survey of CIOs reaches out to 2,944 individuals from across 84 countries. It’s a useful barometer for the state of digital transformation, and technology support for innovation.

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

For his upcoming book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.

Unfuzzying the Front End of Innovation. An interview with Liberty Global's Spark Team

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Roel de Vries and Sarah Kelly are the innovation managers for Liberty Global’s innovation program, Spark. In May 2017, they’ll be presenting at the HYPE Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn.

John Bessant on Why Innovation is About Connections

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John Bessant is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter University. Back in May 2015 he gave a talk at our Innovation Forum in Bonn (he’s coming back again in April 2016).

How to Get Started Innovating on Customer Experience

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In recent years, customer experience has emerged as a major differentiator for large companies. In a McKinsey survey of senior executives, 90 percent of respondents confirmed that customer experience is one of the CEO’s top three priorities.

The Single Most Important KPI for Building Innovation Muscle

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The best literature on innovation all points to the same thing: innovation is highly uncertain, and therefore the best approach is to experiment and prototype, iterating until you find the right product/market fit, and conduct this iteration with the diligence of the scientific method.

The critical aspects for an innovation vision

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When we consider developing an innovation vision it's easy to get bogged down in details as we craft and then re-craft this to reflect our realities. Most of our discussions are internally related.

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session will examine the critical questions you should ask as you establish an open innovation framework: which technologies or ideas? Which partners and how many? Which methods? By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new products to market more quickly.

Valuing an integrated framework- introducing the Executive Innovation Work Mat

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Innovation stands in service to strategic goals such as growing market share, differentiation and disrupting adjacent markets, serving the consistent changing and demanding customer needs by spotting these and then exploiting them rapidly and effectively.

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Building a compelling business case for an integrated innovation framework

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All too often strategy is not influencing the behaviours and outcomes around innovation, it is simply allowing them to be left to chance. Innovation is being ‘pushed down’ the organization for others to interpret and offer their answers.

The integrated innovation framework

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We cannot get away from the reality that in most of our organizations we have a disconnect going on around innovation. Research shows a lack of engagement in non-managers, claiming that 7 out of 10 of employees are not understanding how they can make a worthwhile contribution.

Balancing Exploitation & Exploration for Changing Performance

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“Being ambidextrous” in organisations is the ability to successfully combine the exploiting of all the investments that have been made to date, to constantly build on these achievements by exploring new areas and opportunities.

6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

We are excited to launch the Collaborative Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Soren Kaplan. His just released book, "The Invisible Advantage," provides actionable insights into how any organization can create a culture of innovation, an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. By registering for the webinar, you will get a free excerpt from his book.

Looking Back, Moving Forward in Your Innovation Understanding

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As we come closer to the year-end it's good to look back, make some dedicated time to take ‘stock’, in this case, on innovation’s progress. We decided to help you.

The 5 Skills of The Innovator

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Are innovator’s born differently? Do they have a special something which eludes the rest of us? Or, can innovative traits be studied, understood, and learned?

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Applying the Four Lenses of Innovation

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Rowan Gibson wrote a book called “ The Four Lenses of Innovation: A power tool for creating thinking ” that came out earlier this year. This is a book well worth obtaining and working through. Well, it provides an understanding to the thinking patterns that lead innovators to their big ideas.

Knowledge as a social process

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Walker’s Wagon Wheel tavern in the 1970s has a particularly important place in innovation history. Its name provides a great description of its role – like spokes on a wheel people and ideas converged on its centre and on a Friday night the air was full of conversation.

The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul takes us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Innovating Where the Business Cares: Developing Areas of Strategic Innovation

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Almost every innovation manager can recount stories of great ideas, concepts and products that people love and yet they’re never implemented. The business case stacks up and is technically feasible, but finding sponsorship and a budget seems to be impossible.

5 Actionable Tips that Will Enhance Your Innovation Strategy

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Even the most innovative companies sometimes hit snags. Maybe there just weren't enough good ideas coming down the pipeline. Perhaps a few really promising ideas failed to pan out, disappointing the team and stifling their creative juices.

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Three lessons from “Grit” to make you a better innovator

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Love it or hate it, innovation advice is everywhere. In places where you expect to find it – like Guy Gawasaki’s 5 innovation tips on American Expresses’ Open Forum.

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The Five Pillars of Trust for Innovation Programs

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We all know that innovation management is hard work. Yet somehow, for some innovation professionals the challenge is harder than for others. Innovation managers are often the “lone wolf” in their company, especially when they are just getting started. Whether systematic online innovation management didn’t happen at all before or whether the last program just failed, it can be a serious challenge to convince management and fellow employees that there is actually business value in what you do.

Models, Strategies and Tactics for Accelerating Innovation through Collaboration Outside the Organization

Speaker: Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation, Schneider Electric

We are excited to have Paul Campbell, an expert in corporate entrepreneurship, covering some of the strategies and tactics he has repeatedly used to transform corporate innovation programs. In this session, Paul shares his experience innovating in new and adjacent markets through a deft deployment of open innovation, business accelerators, venturing, M&A, R&D, business development and strategy team leadership.

Collaboration overload: when the outcome of your innovation effort is less than the sum of its parts

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Here is an outlandish but probably familiar thought: We employ too many mechanisms to move ideas forward and far too few to grow promising ones “back”.

Ernst & Young On Measuring Open Innovation

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Consider for a moment the following three statements: Innovation results from lucky accidents; The more open the innovation process, the less disciplined; Innovation can’t be measured. What do they have in common?

Exploring the Intrapreneurial Way in Large Organizations

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Are we seeing a change in mentality within large organizations towards encouraging individuals to ‘break out and become more intrapreneurial within their part of the business?'.

Why You Shouldn't Call It Innovation

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In 1860 Swiss historian Jakob Burckhardt released his book The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy.

Proven Strategy: How to Harness the Voice of the Customer to Solve Business Challenges

How do you leverage insights gained from customers, contact centers, and other customer support functions to solve your top business challenges? Gareth, VP of Product Management at Spigit, shares a proven strategy that will help you do just that.

The 3 Types of Promoters Needed to Support Your Innovation Process

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There is a lot of talk nowadays about closing the so-called innovation “gap” or the difference between what leaders say they want in terms of a new product, service, process, or business model innovation and what their organizations actually deliver.

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Bridging different worlds – the power of recombinant innovation

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Wandering round Chicago in 1912 William Klann was a man on a mission. He was part of a team set up to explore ways in which they could reduce the costs of manufacturing a car to fulfil Henry Ford’s vision of ‘a motor car for the great multitude’.

8 Principles of The Innovator’s Solution

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The Innovator’s Dilemma gets more of the headlines, but the follow-up book by Clayton Christensen, The Innovator’s Solution , is a far more useful piece of work. The Innovator’s Solution starts out by describing the ‘dilemma’, and in one chapter removes the need to even read the original work.

Effective Co-Creation - A Guide to Open Innovation Programs

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Open Innovation is a challenging task for any company. Yet it yields great opportunities, and in this new world of digital transformation and rapid change in traditional markets, it's an approach CINOs have to consider.

Kimberly-Clark: Empowering a Culture of Innovation

With over 45,000 employees around the world, Kimberly-Clark understands how to build a culture of innovation. Watch on-demand: Renee Pearson, Director of ITS Global Innovation, and Bill Truettner, Director of Innovation Strategy at Spigit discuss ideation challenges, scaling crowdsourced innovation globally, and tracking innovation impact.