Cris Beswick

Delivering innovative outcomes means becoming a dynamic organisation

Cris Beswick

So, you think you’ve got a dynamic organisation which is actively delivering change? Congratulations, that means you sit firmly with the other 84.9%

Sentiment – Is it the one giant leap innovation needs?

Cris Beswick

Fifty years ago, whilst the Americans were demonstrating how innovation and insight allied to a drive for success could take mankind on the first step towards the stars, the Monty Python team were settling down to write the opening lines of a show which not only revitalised the comedy scene but is also credited as … Continued. The post Sentiment – Is it the one giant leap innovation needs? appeared first on Cris Beswick.

Corporate Innovation: THEATRE, BULLSH*T, OR FUTURE-SHAPING CAPABILITY?

Cris Beswick

Organisations the world over continue to profess high levels of innovation capability, embedded innovation cultures and needle-shifting outcomes.

Shifting Innovation Perspectives for 2019

Cris Beswick

Three years ago Derek Bishop, Jo Geraghty and I published our book, Building a Culture of Innovation. [1] 1] The book was inspired by, and written for, all of those leaders who understood that in order to thrive in today’s global marketplace they needed to set innovation as a capability at the heart of their culture but … Continued. The post Shifting Innovation Perspectives for 2019 appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation Culture Innovation Leadership Innovation strategy

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

Innovation demystified; The innovation-leadership challenge

Cris Beswick

What exactly is innovation? Is it about creating a new product or simply being creative? Is innovation itself something that we can create within our businesses and if so how? Do we even understand the impact that innovation can have within an organisation? Let’s face it there are thousands of books out there on business … Continued. The post Innovation demystified; The innovation-leadership challenge appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Demystified Innovation Innovation Leadership

Gaining a competitive edge

Cris Beswick

Ahead of today’s Malta Innovation Summit I had the pleasure of being interviewed by The Times of Malta on my journey into innovation, why Innovation doesn’t happen overnight or at random and how can an organisation embed innovation into its culture? There is risk in the pursuit of innovation.

Less snake oil, more thought leadership please!

Cris Beswick

Unicorns don’t kill dinosaurs, meteors do!

Cris Beswick

So, you’re a senior leader, maybe a CEO and today is the first day of the rest of your life! How are you going to spend it? Will you continue to tread that well known, comfortable path which will lead to the eventual downfall of your organisation? Or is this the day you set in … Continued. The post Unicorns don’t kill dinosaurs, meteors do! appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Adaptability Disruption Strategy

Innovation Leadership; into the wilderness or into the future?

Cris Beswick

In my recent article looking at why innovation transformations fail I called out innovation leadership (or lack of) as one of the prime causes of failure. And OK it’s not that hard to see why. After all, if CEOs and senior leaders are merrily setting off, compass-less, into the innovation wilderness then there isn’t much … Continued. The post Innovation Leadership; into the wilderness or into the future? appeared first on Cris Beswick.

Why Innovation Transformation Programmes Fail

Cris Beswick

Those of you who are regular readers of my thought pieces will know that I regularly reinforce the fact that ‘failure’ is a key mindset and component of the innovation equation. So, why do so many corporate innovation transformation programmes fail? Failure is supposed to be part of the formula not the end result, right? … Continued. The post Why Innovation Transformation Programmes Fail appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation Leadership innovation maturity Innovation strategy

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

So, do you really understand innovation?

Cris Beswick

So, if I walked into your office tomorrow, stopped the first person I came across and asked them what they understood your organisation’s innovation strategy to be, what sort of answer would I get? Would there be a blank look, a reference to one department or another, or a raised eyebrow followed by a negative … Continued. The post So, do you really understand innovation? appeared first on Cris Beswick. Blog Innovation Culture Innovation Leadership Innovation strategy

How Inovation Affects Leadership and Reskilling: Industry 4.0 Case

Idea to Value

The fourth industrial revolution is no longer just something that companies need to prepare for – it’s a reality that has already arrived. Everything about our current landscape is changing, from how we communicate to the avenues we have for connectivity. In the age of Industry 4.0,

3 Dimensions of Innovation: the 23 Capabilities your company needs to succeed

Idea to Value

The image here is the list of exactly which capabilities your company needs to succeed at innovation. Read on to understand how it works and how to implement it yourself.

So are we doing enough in the Energy and Urbanization Transition?

Paul Hobcraft

In a recent SIEW Opening Keynote Address , entitled “ Accelerating Energy Transformation ,” Cedrik Nike, a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Smart Infrastructure, asked the question to the audience: Are we doing enough? Sadly he only had ten minutes.

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Managing Energy Transition through Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Source IRENA [link]. In the past few months, I have been placing an increasing focus on the energy transition we all need to undertake in our energy systems, to build a more comprehensive understanding of the parts that make up the whole of this transition.

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

Your Future Lies in Occupying the Innovation Job and Using the Skills it Provides

Paul Hobcraft

Source: World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report 2018. We all need to begin to grapple with what is redefining work in knowledge, skills, our experience, and our necessary abilities to be viable and useful. We continue to hear and begin to see the effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Top 1000 companies that spend the most on Research & Development (charts and analysis)

Idea to Value

Wrong Diagnosis means Wrong Remedy

Destination Innovation

We tend to revere our clinicians as towering experts in their fields. So how often do you think doctors misdiagnose? How often might your doctor tell you that you have some illness or condition, but it’s not right?

How Do You Create an Innovation Culture?

HYPE Innovation

This is the second part of a two-part series in building an innovation culture. Make sure to read Part 1: What You Need to Know Before Creating an Innovation Culture here ! People & Culture

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Innovation adoption in the technology lifecycle for Energy Translation

Paul Hobcraft

Building the systems enabling framework. Source: World Economic Forum. Technological innovation has a central role to play in the Energy Transition currently being undertaken throughout the world.

15 Things Leaders should Not Do – if they want Innovation.

Destination Innovation

We hear plenty of advice for leaders on what they should do to drive entrepreneurship and innovation in their organizations. It might be smarter to just stop making some of the common mistakes which inhibit innovation. Here is a list of things that leaders should definitely not do.

6 steps to ignite exponential business growth

Exago

Taking on board the attributes of Exponential Organisations (ExOs) and investing in becoming truly exponential is challenging, but it is within the reach of most companies today. These 6 steps can help you transform your organisation and accelerate business growth.

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Innovating successfully: the importance of a strong ideation factory

Exago

Successful innovation is only possible if the best ideas can reach you. A strong ideation factory, based on a culture of innovation, is the fourth element of successful innovation in 2020. The post Innovating successfully: the importance of a strong ideation factory appeared first on Exago.

Using Data and Messaging to Drive Product Activation

Speaker: Ruben Ugarte, Founder, Practico Analytics

Onboarding users is filled with possibilities and challenges. Not only are you showing the user how to use your product, but it's also a chance to connect with them and understand their needs. Of course, it’s crucial to have a good onboarding experience to drive your activation metrics. Quality onboarding is the first step towards turning a newly acquired user into a repeat user. If you're looking to optimize your onboarding to improve your activation metrics, this webinar is for you. Ruben Ugarte will be focusing on how to improve all aspects of onboarding experiences by understanding how your current onboarding process is stacking up, and giving you the tools to prioritize what to try changing. With improved onboarding, you'll see less drop-off and a happier user experience.

Increasing innovation focus on the end-user segments within the energy transition story

Paul Hobcraft

Source of visual used: [link]. When you investigate and research the energy transition that is underway, the higher focus to date has been on the progress to replace fossil fuel with renewable power generation technologies.

Focusing on Innovation for our Energy Transition we are all undertaking

Paul Hobcraft

When you are undertaking such a transformation in any system like energy, innovation becomes vital to inject new forces of dynamism and creative thinking to tackling such a change.

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Three Short Video Tips to Improve your Memory

Destination Innovation

Supercharge your memory with my online course. Here are three video clips from my five day memory challenge which introduced the course. How to remember names. Memory pegging – how to remember a list. Memory pegging part 2. Enroll on the full course for more great memory tips and techniques.

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How University Collaborations Can Drive Private Sector Innovation

Idea to Value

Innovation comes to businesses in many ways, yet one thing is for certain: It relies on a diversity of thought. After all, differing viewpoints have been known to encourage greater innovation.

Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.

Going Beyond the Business Model Canvas

Braden Kelley

For decades when business people and aspiring entrepreneurs came up with an idea and became serious about commercializing it, they would, by default, create a business plan.

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Focus on the Problem, not the Customer’s Request

Destination Innovation

Image by William Iven from Pixabay. The best innovations solve real problems. They provide solutions that customers are prepared to pay money for. So it seems to make sense that we should listen carefully to customer requests. But this can be a mistake.

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Which Rock Band is the Model for your Innovative Startup?

Destination Innovation

It has been said many times that founding a startup is similar to launching a rock band. For example: You gather a small, talented team with different skills but a common passion. You practise for long hours to improve your product. You create a demo tape or prototype product to show people.

The Only Way to Understand (Innovation) Success is by Measuring Failure

HYPE Innovation

Success is a scarcity, especially in innovation. In fact, one of the few certainties in life is that everything will fail at some moment. Few innovations and experiments succeed, and even the biggest success stories end at one point.

Embedded Analytics, Everywhere

Speaker: Dean Yao, Director of Marketing at Jinfonet

What's the next big trend in analytics software and applications? You've probably used it without even knowing: embedded reporting and analytics. Software development teams more often now are embedding 3rd party analytics solutions into their products and applications to let them focus on other core areas of their software. They also want to provide what their users ask for: reporting and analytics from within the context of the applications they are already using. Dean Yao will talk you through powerful strategies and best practices in embedded reporting, dashboards and analytics that will add value to your products and applications while giving you an analytics partner you can rely on. Empower users with better data presentation and exploration for deeper insights into their data.

The Power and Threat of Disconnecting Can Impact Innovation - Do Our Voices Matter?

HYPE Innovation

We are caught up in a polarizing world. Technology is either thrilling or frightening. Robots, automation, and intelligent systems can take over thousands of jobs (and are already taking over in some sectors).

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The Power of Silly Questions

Destination Innovation

Roger Hargreaves and the Mr Men Books. In 1970, Roger Hargreaves’ 6-year-old son Adam asked his father a question. It was a question that only a child could ask. No adult would ever conceive of it. Adam said, ‘Daddy, what does a tickle look like?’.

Leading Digital Transformation – The Interview

Braden Kelley

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Rob Llewellyn for his Leading Digital Transformation podcast, and discuss how most organizations fail at innovation because they fail at change. They may aspire to innovate but often struggle and continue … Continue reading → Change Digital Transformation Innovation

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Recognizing an innovation need

Paul Hobcraft

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?