Your Ideas are Terrible

How to Guarantee an Innovation Project Team Will Fail

Your Ideas are Terrible

To survive today’s business climate and its exponential rate of change, organizations can no longer practice the disastrous (and all-to-common) practice of placing big bets on a small number of ideas. It’s lazy and comfortable and risky. Innovation leaders must learn the art of rapid decision making.

The Most Exhaustive List of Corporate Innovation Spaces in Metro Atlanta

Your Ideas are Terrible

We’re still smoothing out details with Guinness World Records, but confidence (and an intense Google search) lets us claim the most comprehensive list of corporate innovation spaces in the Metro Atlanta area. You are a part of history for perusing this. . Accenture, The Innovation Hub.

External Tactics to Deal with Innovation Budget Cuts

Your Ideas are Terrible

Your innovation budget has been axed. Pull up those bootstraps and turn to outside resources and inspiration to get the job done. In Part 1 of this series (found on Hypepotamus) we focused on internal innovation tactics to try when your budget goes the way of the Blackberry.

Build Your Innovation Team with Liberal Arts Graduates

Your Ideas are Terrible

It’s been my experience that [Liberal Arts Graduates] look at issues from various perspectives and find new ways of doing things. In other words, they think critically. And once they have a new idea, they communicate their thinking clearly and persuasively. They understand intuitively that the idea is important, but so is the ability to explain it , whether in writing or in front of a group.

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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.

10 Teachings from the Startup Commercialization Trenches

Your Ideas are Terrible

with Capgemini, Coca-Cola, COX, InterContinental Hotels, Porsche, SunTrust and The Weather Company. The BridgeCommunity is a unique commercialization program that connects early-stage technology startups with global corporations.

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Hyping your Hackathon

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 4 of our series on corporate hackathons. In Part 3 we supplied the ultimate hackathon budget template, Part 2 tackled planning and success criteria, and Part 1 defined corporate hackathons and described their benefits.

Finally – An Idea Platform That Isn’t Terrible

Your Ideas are Terrible

Back in 2012, we noticed a lot of corporations were deploying idea platforms. Curious about their effectiveness, we studied dozens of attempts to launch idea crowdsourcing platforms and uncovered many reasons why a majority of idea platforms fail to produce expected results.

Study these 7 caricatures to overcome innovation incommensurability

Your Ideas are Terrible

Wikipedia defines incommensurable as. Scientific theories] embedded in starkly contrasting conceptual frameworks whose languages do not overlap sufficiently to permit scientists to directly compare the theories or to cite empirical evidence favoring one theory over the other. In other words … 2 smart scientists talking past each other because they think differently. Thomas Kuhn argues true scientific breakthroughs are slow to arrive because of incommensurability. Sound familiar?

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What Tim Brown of IDEO Taught us about Creativity in Corporate Innovation

Your Ideas are Terrible

The Creativity Myth. Creative leadership isn’t about leaders simply becoming more creative. It’s about individuals leading for creativity. That means you, as a leader, must unlock the creative potential of your organization, no matter the industry. It’s your job to set the conditions for your organization to generate, embrace, and execute on new ideas. It’s a competitive imperative that will keep you ahead in the marketplace. Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO and author of Change By Design.

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.

How we use hackathons to accelerate corporate innovation & attract talent

Your Ideas are Terrible

What do you picture when you think about a “hackathon”? A conference room full of empty pizza boxes? A scene from the movie The Social Network? Black t-shirts and Macbook Airs? Many of our corporate clients ask us for advice about planning and running hackathons. How much should we budget? How do we handle IP? How can I sell the opportunity to executive leadership?

Don’t let your corporate hackathon fail before it starts

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 2 of our series on corporate hackathons. In Part 1 we defined corporate hackathons, described the benefits and set a few expectations. In Part 2 we’ll tackle planning. What could go wrong? Actually, a lot.

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Bring Startup Speed to your Innovation Team with Personas

Your Ideas are Terrible

So… just who is our customer anyway? Ever been in a product strategy meeting and unable to answer this simple question: So who is our customer? It isn’t easy to answer because real-world solutions are complex. Customers have different needs. End-user problems are different from those of decision makers who must also “buy” your solution through support, funding or human resources. Or perhaps you have a 2-sided market – consider Uber drivers and Uber passengers.

The Ultimate Hackathon Budget Template

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 3 of our series on corporate hackathons. In Part 2 we tackled planning and success criteria. In this post we’ll do a deep-dive into the nitty-gritty of budgeting. Here is the template – keep reading for instructions. Hackathon, eh? So … how much will it cost? 36,476.89. Wasn’t that easy? Of course the real answer is … it depends. Since “it depends” is the world’s most unhelpful answer we’ll try to give you some tools. The ultimate hackathon budgeting template.

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.

Superconsumers Hold the Secret to Your Next Innovation Breakthrough

Your Ideas are Terrible

Who buys 10 staplers in 2016? I can’t remember the last time I bought a stapler. Sure, I own one. But I have to search for the friggin’ thing whenever I need it. It surprised me to learn that around 20 million are still sold every year. Who in the world is buying them? New college grads? Businesses in emerging markets? Well, if you believe the research of Yoon, Carlotti, and Moore the answer is simple: a handful of people who love staplers.

Day-Of Hackathon Blocking, Tackling & Facilitation

Your Ideas are Terrible

Welcome to Part 5 of our series on throwing impactful corporate hackathons. In Part 4 we talked about promoting your event and recruiting talented hackers to attend. In this post, we focus on day-of activities and event facilitation strategies. It’s the day of your hackathon. You didn’t sleep well, lying in bed searching the back of your mind for that one thing you forgot to do. What could it be? Was it important? No matter – you’re prepared.

Carie Davis Joins Startup Atlanta Board

Your Ideas are Terrible

Carie Davis, Partner at Your Ideas Are Terrible, has joined the esteemed Startup Atlanta Board of Directors. Startup Atlanta introduces, connects, supports and expands the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the greater Atlanta region to bolster the creation of jobs, companies and wealth. “We’re

Packaging Innovation in 2019: Corporate Innovators and Startups Leading the Way

Rocketspace

Since plastics were first introduced, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced. Due to their functional properties and low cost, the use of plastics as packaging feedstock was integrated into all global economies and its production increased twenty-fold over the past half-century.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

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

The Need for Digital Innovation Platforms

Paul Hobcraft

I want to offer some thoughts that need us all involved in innovation to think about as we finish out 2018. If you are frustrated with your current innovation process then read on.

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How Borderlanders Prepare Us For The Future

Game-Changer

My friend Rachel Christensen gave an insightful talk at TEDxTijuana titled Beyond Your Border , the story of borderlanders: those people whose lives exist in two countries and prepare us for the future! Two months ago I invited Rachel to talk about this topic on my podcast; check it out here.

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Imaginatik and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre to Co-Present During Poster Session at the World Open Innovation Conference

Imaginatik

Imaginatik will be attending the 5th Annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC) in San Francisco, CA on December 13th and 14th. We’ve partnered with our valued customer, The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to develop and submit an open innovation paper describing our work together and the resulting economic impact. Our paper was selected to present during the Poster Session on December 13th. We hope you can join us. This year’s WOIC theme is “Digital Transformation for Sustainability.”

Don’t be a Zebra, Be a Giraffe

Destination Innovation

Zebra stands for Zero Evidence but Really Adamant. Zebras are people who see things in black and white. They are sure of their own opinions and they disdain information or science which undermines their beliefs. The king of the Zebras is Donald Trump.

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.

Overwhelmed, underwhelmed at the Web Summit, Lisbon

Paul Hobcraft

I am taking the opportunity to review the Web Summit, held in Lisbon last week of 5th (evening) to 8th November 2018. The Web Summit, originally Dublin Web Summit, is a technology conference held annually since 2009. The company was founded by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly, and Daire Hickey.

Why Your Organization Needs to Invest in Innovation Capital

HYPE Innovation

Innovation capital is one of the primary catalysts to value creation. And while understanding and investing in innovation capital is crucial, building innovation capital lacks the focus it deserves. In fact, it isn’t even on most people's radar.

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How do we measure success in our digital transformation? A journey of discovery

Paul Hobcraft

How do we find answers to knowing what measures give us for success in any digital transformation? Are today’s measures relevant to tomorrow, are they still based on our legacy system of measurement, when a business was operating in a stable, predictable environment?

Breaking Taboos – Two Lessons for Innovators

Destination Innovation

During WWI there was tremendous demand for bandages and sterile dressings for Allied wounded on the Western Front. The US company, Kimberly-Clark, developed a new cotton-like material from wood-pulp. It was highly absorbent.

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!

Disasters can open the door for Innovation

Destination Innovation

A catastrophe produces an unexpected set of circumstances and this can lead to opportunities for innovation. In January 1992 a container with 29,000 plastic bath toys was washed overboard in the Pacific Ocean. They were manufactured in China and were on route to the USA.

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Is Lean Management doomed in the age of Innovation?

Exago

It has been 30 years since the term Lean Management – a long-term approach that seeks to achieve incremental process changes to improve efficiency and quality – was first coined. Some say that Lean Management has now become obsolete; others talk about a ‘post-Lean’ world and say it is fated to die.

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The problem of scaling can confuse those innovating.

Paul Hobcraft

The problem of scaling can confuse those innovating and can this be changed? I have been often returning to scaling struggling with finding the best answers. Many organizations struggle with scaling.

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You Need an Innovation Value Proposition and Here's Why

HYPE Innovation

An innovation value proposition (IVP) is not the easiest place to go. It must build meaning and purpose and provide that unique identity that enables innovation to flow. Building your innovation value proposition is critical to your innovation success. The Innovation Manager

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.

Why Are We Making Innovation So Complex?

Paul Hobcraft

It always amazes me how we limit growth by not investing fully in innovation. While most large companies want to become more agile and innovative, many of them fail to turn this wish into a reality.

How to Get Funding for Your Startup Faster: 5 Quick Tips

Rocketspace

As a startup founder, one of the biggest challenges you'll face is acquiring funding. The best startup founders know exactly how to acquire the necessary capital to scale fast.

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Dai-ichi Life and RocketSpace Accelerate Innovation for Japan’s Aging Population

Rocketspace

San Francisco and Tokyo – December 13, 2018 - Today, RocketSpace , a Silicon Valley-based external innovation consulting company, announced its partnership with The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company , one of Japan’s largest life insurance providers.

What Consensus Means For Driving Innovation

Game-Changer

Why do organizations fail? There are many reasons, mostly because they become irrelevant by failing to evolve and adapt to a changing world.

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.