Innovation Archetecture

“It’s Our Job to Ask Questions”: Building a Culture of Inquiry

Innovation Archetecture

After the publication of Great Question! I began running workshops around “building a culture of inquiry.”

Alexa to the Rescue: Considering the Environments in Which We Innovate

Innovation Archetecture

One afternoon last week I picked up my four-year-old daughter from her pre-school. On the drive home she said, “take me to McDonalds.” ” We continued driving home. I had no plans to take her to McDonalds.

Applying Collaborative Innovation to Design Thinking

Innovation Archetecture

Introduction. “Innovate or die” becomes the order of the day. People in response seek ways to innovate.

Ideation Drives Discovery in Customer Experience

Innovation Archetecture

Organizations mint Chief Customer Officers (CXO) as readily as they mint Chief Innovation Officers. What is it about the Digital Age that causes organizations to mint chiefs of all stripes in the way sheriffs from the Old West would mint deputies to join them on the posse?

6 Ways to Build a Successful Innovation Program

Learn how forward-thinking leaders use crowdsourcing to impact their company’s bottom line through methods such as creating a culture of innovation.

A Recap of Innova-Con 2018: The Maturation of Innovation Management Continues

Innovation Archetecture

Last week I had the good fortune to participate in and present at the Innova-Con 2018 conference. Booz Allen Hamilton hosted Innova-Con at their new Innovation Center across from McPherson Square in Washington DC.

Echoes of Everett Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations: ShotSpotter Comes to the City of Cincinnati

Innovation Archetecture

Have you heard of ShotSpotter? The ShotSpotter company sets up microphones on the top of buildings within a community to capture sounds. The ShotSpotter software tied to the microphones can tell the difference between a gunshot and similar noises, such as the backfiring of a car.

The Benefits of Pursuing Collaborative Innovation with Your Customer Advisory Board

Innovation Archetecture

Introduction. Many organizations have committed to developing deeper intimacy with their most important clients by establishing customer advisory boards.

All Disruption Is Innovative; Not All Innovation Is Disruptive

Innovation Archetecture

The New Yorker ran an article , “Power Brokers,” on how start-up companies—some homegrown, some from Silicon Valley—are offering for the first time a reliable source of electricity to people living in remote parts of Africa. Ghana. Tanzania. The Ivory Coast.

Bringing Your Balanced Scorecard Alive with Collaborative Innovation

Innovation Archetecture

Introduction. Robert Kaplan and David Norton popularized the Balanced Scorecard twenty years ago. Its simple, visual framework helps organizations depict linked sets of goals that define strategy.

Customer Experience, Ahoy!

Innovation Archetecture

Do you remember your first real job? The job where you had to show up on time? The job where, when you got your first paycheck, you were shocked—shocked—at the inexplicable chasm between gross and net pay? My first real job was at Long John Silvers.

Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

Innovation and Sustainability: Brothers in Arms

Innovation Archetecture

The computer hardware company Cisco published an article on how blockchain technology holds promise in accelerating the adoption of solar energy.

Three Wishes for the Corporate Innovator for 2018

Innovation Archetecture

My dad loved both the creative and technical aspects of photography. He loved taking pictures. And, he loved developing the images. Both activities have within them a bit of art and science. When he passed I inherited the negatives.

The Baldrige Award Program and Innovation Management: A Match Made in Heaven

Innovation Archetecture

Several years ago I had the opportunity and the privilege to serve as an examiner for the Baldrige Awards for the State of Ohio in the U.S. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognizes U.S.

Food for Thought: Success and Lasagna

Innovation Archetecture

The recipe for success and the recipe for lasagna enjoy many similarities. First, let us compare the drive to succeed with the desire to make lasagna. We start by observing that nobody makes lasagna for one.

Blessed Are the Mapmakers: The Business of Wayfinding

Innovation Archetecture

In a recent article , I observed that the modern-day organization prizes certain cultural traits. We seek to foment a culture of innovation. We seek to foment a culture of quality. We seek to foment a culture of sustainability. And, a culture of safety.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

A rigorous, quantitative analysis of corporate innovation cultures – the most comprehensive study on this topic ever.

Optimism in Innovation, Thinking About Risk Differently

Paul Hobcraft

For me, there is never enough talked about innovation risk. Innovation is held back so often because the quantification of risk cannot fit into an organization’s current assessment and measurements of risk. It is often too intangible, full of unknowns as the very nature of anything new and different.

Twenty Great Sales & Marketing Questions to Ask About Your Product

Destination Innovation

If you are launching a new product or service or if you want to review sales and marketing tactics for an existing product or service then here are twenty probing questions to ask. They are intended to challenge conventional assumptions and to take you back to the basics of sales and marketing.

My 5 S for future Innovation: Smart, Stacks, Scale, Storage, and Software

Paul Hobcraft

Technology is radically altering our need for innovation. We see increasingly innovation is feeding off the “ digital response rate ” Connecting technology and innovation is altering how we should re-access organizations ability to build out.

Seven Verbs which Define Great Leaders of Innovation

Destination Innovation

Leaders of innovation have a bias for action. They get on with things. No matter how well the business is doing they are not content to settle for what has been achieved so far; they are restless to try new initiatives. These seven verbs describe some of their key actions. Focus.

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Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.

Innovation cannot expand without the 4th Industrial Revolution

Paul Hobcraft

We are a long way away from fully capturing the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4I)R in an inclusive and holistic way. To do this, technology adoption and diffusion across the ecosystem needs to improve dramatically.

Well, No, I am NOT a Natural

Tim Kastelle

“I was looking for work that would make my heart sing.” ” Jamie Ford said that recently at a UQ Business School alumni event as she told us about the path her career has taken.

The Future Belongs To The Radically Curious

Game-Changer

This is the challenge we’re facing in the Next Economy : how do we train people for jobs that are yet to exist? The catalyst for this question is the threat and opportunity of automation , driven by algorithms and robots that will dominate the workforce; people need digital skills.

CEO to CEO: Tips for Corporate Innovation Success

Rocketspace

Are you a CEO of a corporation that is looking to innovate to remain relevant in today’s market? Here are some tips on how to successfully achieve innovation in your corporation from RocketSpace’s CEO, Duncan Logan, who sits in the middle of corporate innovation every day.

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How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.

Connecting Innovation is the New Order of Play

Paul Hobcraft

There is a lot of change occurring in our innovation abilities. There is this constant shift to more open-sourcing and collaborating. We are seeing profound shifts that technology and digital transformation are bringing us to deliver innovate differently.

Four Innovation Lessons You Can Learn from Amazon

IdeaScale

Amazon is everywhere, and innovation is why. Amazon has been one of the key innovative drivers of the twenty-first century.

The legend of the Gordian Knot and today’s oganizations “knotty” problems

Paul Hobcraft

Cutting the Gordian Knot. If you are not aware, it is worth reading about the Gordian Knot. For people the world over, the Gordian Knot represents the difficult, the intractable and often the insolvable problem.

The Ultimate Corporate Innovation Playbook

Rocketspace

The largest companies by market cap have a common denominator —they’ve leveraged cutting edge technology to transform their business and industry from the inside out.

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.

5 Brands with Inspiring Sustainable Innovation Stories

IdeaScale

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in – one of the key innovation trends is sustainability. That means business practices, products, packaging, etc. Almost all of our customers have run a sustainability campaign (and if they haven’t yet – they’re planning on doing so soon).

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Why Should You Conduct a Supervisor Evaluation Survey?

IdeaScale

Evaluation and feedback are important factors that contribute towards an employee’s overall growth in an organization. Every employee intends to work harder with each passing day and deliver the best possible results.

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The 7 (+1) things you have to do to succeed as an Innovation Director

Exago

As companies fight to stay ahead of the innovation curve, the role of the Innovation Director is developing and growing in significance.

The 3 P’s: Putting Innovation Into Practice

Game-Changer

In the innovation space, too much focus is placed on methods, not enough on mindset. Tools are the methodologies, mindset is the habits. One of my colleagues recently told me he’s learned about mentality, not processes, in the time he’s spent working with me. He’s right!

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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.

Ten Tips for A Successful Pitch

Destination Innovation

Henry de Zoete and Will Hodson, co-founders of Look After My Bills, secured the best ever deal on the BBC show Dragons Den (equivalent to the US TV show Shark Tank). They received offers from all five investors on the show. They ended up selling just 3% of their business for £120,000 ($160,000 US).

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So I keep asking myself “What is the role of social media in innovation?”

Paul Hobcraft

Social media haunts us all. For many years you first become aware, then very aware and then fully aware that social media is changing our lives. Let me confess: I am not alone I am sure but I seem to be presently suffering from Social Media Return Dilemma.

So the value we can derive from using Knowledge Graphs

Paul Hobcraft

How does Knowledge Graphs fit within our need to communicate in new, visually exciting ways? Let me provide a short narrative to give this a meaning and why it is becoming so important. Today we deliver content- It has become far too easy. We are drowning in it on a daily basis.

What U2 and Madonna can tell corporations about innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

Let's get this right out there early: I am a huge U2 fan. From their earliest albums like October and Boy to their latest efforts, I'm a big supporter (well Zooropa not so much, but every great artist has at least one significant flub). On the other hand, I've never much cared for Madonna. Too packaged, too commercial, too much a formula it seems to me. But both U2 and Madonna have something to tell major corporations about how to stay relevant for decades: reinvent yourself.

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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?