2012 Innovation Resolution: Turning Ideas Into Money

Robert Brands

In order to implement sustainable Innovation in 2012, you need to define innovation in a manner that makes strategic sense for your organization, and have the know-how to properly construct and use a process, plus the will to keep the process on course. Make developing that strategy your 2012 New Year’s Resolution. All projects should undergo the same scrutiny, regardless of who suggested it! Innovation is an indispensable force that turns ideas into money.

Driving Holism in Cross-channel Projects

Boxes and Arrows

Show Time: 29 minutes 29 seconds. Download mp3 (audio only) Download m4a (with visuals, requires iTunes, Quicktime, or similar). iTunes. Podcast Summary Today on Boxes and Arrows, Chris Baum talks with Patrick Quattlebaum, Design Director at Adaptive Path. Patrick has some interesting insights and tools that designers can use to develop experiences across channels.

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Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths

Boxes and Arrows

Cores and Paths provides a clear direction to follow for the whole project team. Imagine you’re on one side of a grass lawn and you want to reach the bus stop on the opposite side. Do you walk on the sidewalk around the edges or cross in the middle? Assuming the grass is dry and it’s not prohibited, you’d probably take the shortest path and walk across the lawn to the bus stop. If others have done so before, you may see a beaten path that you could follow.

Integrating UX into the Product Backlog

Boxes and Arrows

Early agile pioneers were working on in-house IT projects (custom software) or enterprise software [ 1 , 2 ]. The User Experience Integration Matrix (UXI Matrix) addresses these problems by tying UX to the project backlog. If the project is small (both in number of team members and number of stories) you might be able to get away with rearranging story cards on the wall.

The Past and Future of Experience Design

Boxes and Arrows

It will be what makes us smile when we think of a project we worked on, years from now, and instead of focusing on how we created it or how much we earned; we will fondly look back on the experiences they created for people. Ten years ago, when I wrote The Making of a Discipline: The Making of a Title, 2002, there was a big debate on: Is experience design about online and mobile interfaces or is it something more?

Leonardo's Kitchen Nightmare

Boxes and Arrows

” Leonardo Da Vinci Some of Leonardo’s projects failed because of their execution. Second, consider how Leonardo’s execution was seemingly affected by some poor project management practices. Leonardo was a poor project manager. Clearly, Leonardo had planned on doing too much with his project. Leonardo was overthinking and underdelivering on his promises, which is a nightmare on any project.

Content Strategy — in 3D!

Boxes and Arrows

That wall is crying out for a projection! At “Second Story”:[link] the interactive media studio where I am a content strategist, designed and built a project for the University of Oregon that serves as a great example of how this kind of strategic thinking and planning can be applied to an integrated media environment with deep interactive content and space design. This strategic vision helped guide our design choices throughout the project.

The Story's the Thing

Boxes and Arrows

That project provided an insight that has forever shaped how I understand the practice of information architecture: the web isn’t just a collection of linked content, it’s a habitat. _This is an excerpt from “UX Storytellers”:[link] If you enjoy it, consider getting the kindle edition of UX Storytellers – Connecting the Dots with all the stories!_. Here’s something I believe in: stories are what make us human. Opposable thumbs? Other animals have those.

The connected company

Xplaner

A good way to start is with an organization-wide project or initiative that requires participation from a number of people across the company. As you build your social business, make sure that every single person has a place where they can see their stuff: their projects, the links they want to get back to, the documents they have created, their role, qualifications, expertise and so on. Many thanks to Thomas Vanderwal for the many conversations that inspired this post.

Leaping Into Indie UX

Boxes and Arrows

Podcast Summary In this episode Chris Baum speaks with Donna Spencer , Lynne Polischuik , Justin Davis and Erin Jo Richey at the 2012 IA Summit about their interactive panel discussion Taking the Plunge: Diving Into Indie UX. Show Time: 33 minutes 40 seconds. Download mp3 (audio only) Download m4a (with visuals, requires iTunes, Quicktime, or similar). iTunes.

What drives Innovation and who owns it?

Robert Brands

To find out if you are on track in your companies’ innovation ownership; ask yourself the following questions: Do you have champions that own projects? To get some real world insight, on April 26th of this year the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) announced the winners of its 2012 Innovations in Employee Ownership Award , sponsored by TEOCO. Ownership is one of the key imperatives of Robert’s Rules of Innovation.

3 Strategies for Efficient and Effective Teamwork

Robert Brands

You’ve just asked your employees to collaborate on an important group project. After taking time to photocopy a stack of handouts about the project, the group waits for a conference room to become available. At its bare essentials, the group project appears to be tedious and inefficient. If multiple groups and projects are using a single conference room or other space, put a room scheduling system in place so that everyone has an equal opportunity to utilize the space.

I.N.N.O.V.A.T.I.O.N : Creating a Culture of Innovation

Robert Brands

And, Pipeline is simply the most powerful innovation project management software available. Innovation in business is the development of new customer value through solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs, or current needs in new ways. Innovation in and of itself is the key to a company’s survival. It is the lifeblood of a company. That said, innovation is not always easy, and it does not come by itself.

Learning from Mars

CorporateIntel

Getting tonnage into and out of space safely has never been a job for individual heroes as much as it sets the tone for working together in groups, combining scientific work methods that emphasize cooperation, breaking down gigantic projects into manageable tasks. They put this behind them by committing to the project at hand. Often you forget the details of a project, but you don’t forget people who matter.

Crowdsourcing – Welcome to the Future

HunchBuzz

Employers can place nearly any job on these sites, which leads to a wide variety of offers from simple typing jobs that take only a few minutes to complex assignments and software development projects that could take many weeks. Also, crowdsourcing can actually cost time and money in management efforts to supervise long distance out sourced projects. Back in 2006, Jeff Howe came up with the word “crowdsourcing” as a term for a new way of hiring people.

Don't Relax Constraints, Embrace Them

Bill Fischer

Ever notice how many times an unsuccessful project team will explain their failed Dr. Seuss, "Green Eggs & Ham," Cover via Amazon performance in terms of the constraints that made success "impossible"? The next time you hear this, beware! There's good reason to believe that constraints are far from debilitating to creativity,

Das Design Revolution

Boxes and Arrows

We are forced by project teams to worry incessantly about requirements: the user’s, the business’s or even, heaven forbid, the client’s. Simply set up the brief so the project needs a carousel (there has to be an explanation for them existing). Simply find yourself one (preferably popularised by industry gurus) and retro-fit the project requirements later. Experience design comrades, I speak to you today because I have a vision.

Bubble PPM | G-Cloud 11 (G11) Approved Project Portfolio Management supplier | PPM software

Bubblegroup

Bubble PPM – G-Cloud 11 approved Project Portfolio Management software The UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service selects Bubble Innovator Ltd as a G-Cloud 11 supplier on the 2019-20 Digital Marketplace, opening up further opportunities for Project Portfolio Management (PPM) services to the public sector. Launched in 2012, the G-Cloud Framework is a multi-supplier vehicle for the purchase of cloud-based IT Services by Central Government and the wider public sector.

Bubble PPM | G-Cloud 10 (G10) Approved Project Portfolio Management supplier | PPM software

Bubblegroup

Bubble PPM – G-Cloud 10 approved Project Portfolio Management software The UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service selects Bubble Innovator Ltd as a G-Cloud 10 supplier on the 2018-19 Digital Marketplace, opening up further opportunities for Project Portfolio Management (PPM) services to the public sector. Launched in 2012, the G-Cloud Framework is a multi-supplier vehicle for the purchase of cloud-based IT Services by Central Government and the wider public sector.

The Case for Ambiguity – How to Set Your IT Project Up For Success

MSSBTI

However, that is exactly what happens to an overwhelming number of leaders on a regular basis with their technology projects. A McKinsey-Oxford study found that large IT projects go over-budget 45% of the time, over-schedule 7% of the time, and under-deliver 56% of the time¹. Why do very capable individuals (who called in experienced implementation teams) consistently find themselves in the hot seat with their projects? How to Avoid Project Estimation Errors.

Bubble PPM | G Cloud 9 (G9) Approved Project Portfolio Management supplier | PPM software

Bubblegroup

Bubble PPM – G Cloud 9 approved Project Portfolio Management software The UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service selects Bubble Innovator Ltd as a G Cloud 9 supplier on the 2017-18 Digital Marketplace, opening up further opportunities for Project Portfolio Management (PPM) services to the public sector. Launched in 2012, the G Cloud Framework is a multi-supplier vehicle for the purchase of cloud-based IT Services by Central Government and the wider public sector.

Improve Your Project Management Systems With the Five Levels of Maturity

AureaWorks

The success of project management strategies within an organization can be measured in five stages of maturity. Even companies that seem to hit their deadlines and complete projects on budget can lack maturity without the right management systems. Introducing the Project Management Maturity Model. Many companies tackle projects on a first come, first served basis. Level one companies complete projects whenever they come in to the best of their ability.

5 Behaviours to Lead Successful Change

Innovation Excellence

Unfortunately, the failure rate of change projects has little changed in recent years, despite the increasing use of agile methods. According to a 2012 McKinsey study, 17% of change projects conclude so disastrously. Just how do leaders energise their people to embrace change? The need for change is constant in a constantly changing business environment.

This Small Startup Is Building The Tools That May Power The Quantum Era

Innovation Excellence

In 2012, Shaun Wilson and Michael Brett were designing aerospace simulation software. On one particular project, Lockheed Martin’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Ned Allen, mentioned that it had just acquired an early quantum computer from D-Wave Systems, which he thought would help with computational work.

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What is the ambition matrix and how does it work as part of an innovation portfolio?

Idea to Value

Most companies are not really aware of all of the innovation projects they are working on. Let alone which project mix they should be working on. Here is the original image of the Ambition Matrix from the article: Original Image of the Ambition Matrix from HBR 2012.

“Futurs Publics”: innovative modernization of Public action

Rapid Innovation in digital time

Maxime Barbier has been heading Public Innovation Project since 2012. He has extended the development of 'Futurs Publics', the innovation lab of the French government, to a success. He shares with us this compelling story. Continue reading → Innovation Faire Simple Futurs Publics Governement Modernisation Maxime Barbier nicolas bry OECD Public Action Modernisation Réacteur Public Semaine de l'Innovation Publique SGMAP

Smarter Homes - Opportunities in the Growing Home Automation Market

Wellspring

The burgeoning interest in this technology provides an opportunity that businesses can’t ignore - the smart home market is projected to be worth $292.43B by 2024 and the output of relevant intellectual property continues to grow year over year (Figure 1).

Earned Value Management As A Best Practice For Program Management

AureaWorks

It runs counter to contemporary business thinking, but one of the great modern project management innovations was the result of the US government imposing regulations on private industry. The concept of using earned value management to track project progress has been around since the 1960s, when the U.S. The successful implementation of EVM in government projects has fueled the fire for program managers in the private sector, as well.

L'affaire Lichtenthaler still not over

Open Innovation

One is for an accepted article published online a year ago (5 June 2012), but not yet in print. The Wiley website says : The above article from Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, “Technological turbulence and the impact of exploration and exploitation within and across organizations on product development performance,” by Ulrich Lichtenthaler, published online on April 2012 in Wiley Online Library, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2012.00520.x, Conley, Nils Omland (2012).

Two years later, Lichtenthaler count stands at 16

Open Innovation

The article was published in the April-June 2012 issue of JET-M. Lichtenthaler Retractions: Two Years Later The first retraction of any article by Dr. Lichtenthaler began in June 2012 with an article retracted by Strategic Organization. At the end of 2012, I summarized the first calendar year of retractions of Licthenthaler articles, when the retraction count stood at 8 articles. respol.2008.10.009 ( Retracted by the editors, July 2012) Lichtenthaler, Ulrich (2010).

Guresh Ahuja

Innovation 360 Group

My experience spans as a client-side program manager delivering capital infrastructure (EPCM), design management, business transformation, strategic procurement, construction management and IT system projects for health, sustainable utilities, smart cities, and NSW government. I am versatile, inventive and avid risk manager in using project, change and business management tools & methodologies incl. Project, Program and procurement management. Based in Dubai, UAE.

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Design Thinking & Human-Centered Design in Medical Devices & Pharma

InnovationTraining.org

This IDEO project set out to find ways to turn kids into the heroes of their own lives with empathetic tools for childhood ailments and illnesses. Back in 2012, Mayo Clinic set out to develop a mobile app for patients and visitors of their clinic.

There are Knowns and Unknowns in Innovation: Let’s Manage Them Differently

Paul Hobcraft

2012). Paper presented at PMI® Global Congress 2012—North America, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute. This quote is from the former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Henry Rumsfeld, who mentioned: “unknown unknowns” (Rumsfeld, 2002).

The Book that Took 9 Years to Publish

Stephen Shapiro

January 2012: Although I planned to fully develop the Challenge Toolkit in 2012, it got sidetracked by other ideas that launched that year, including my 30-day Innovation Challenge , new branding, a new website, and a Personality Poker® revamp.

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Innovate or Die: Open Innovation and 4 Key Measures to Stay Alive

Innovation Walk

in 2012. However, more than 60% of replaced televisions were still functioning in 2012. ENGAGE THE RIGHT PEOPLE: the innovation project must be led by motivated and committed people. It is fundamental that these people are fully involved in the strategic planning and vision of the company in order to develop a successful innovation project, with a clear and sustainable vision and planning. This is a fascinating time to be alive.

6 Things you may not know about MOOCs

Neo LMS

2012 was named by the New York Times as the “Year of the MOOC” , as it saw the emergence of edX, Coursera and Udacity. Subsequent to the massive hype in 2012, MOOCs have been slightly tarnished by the fact that on average only 10% of students end up completing a MOOC. Despite sounding like a Dr Seuss character, MOOCs are actually seriously learning tech.

Are Your Leaders Ready for the Gen-Z Workforce?

CMOE

Born between 1997 and 2012 , the oldest members of Generation Z are already graduating from college and entering the workforce.

Qmarkets’ Named as G-Cloud 12 Supplier on UK Government SaaS Marketplace

Qmarkets

The UK Government G-Cloud framework was established in 2012 to encourage the use of, and trust, in Cloud-based suppliers. The framework includes a comprehensive selection of SaaS offerings, including customer relationship management, project collaboration tools, and idea management platforms.

Qmarkets’ Named as G-Cloud 12 Supplier on UK Government SaaS Marketplace

Qmarkets

The UK Government G-Cloud framework was established in 2012 to encourage the use of, and trust, in Cloud-based suppliers. The framework includes a comprehensive selection of SaaS offerings, including customer relationship management, project collaboration tools, and idea management platforms.

Learning to be Innovative – Future Building’s Crucial Role in Driving Innovation Impact

Imaginatik

Thus, for insurance and transportation firms, Uber’s early successes in 2011 – 2012 could have yielded important insights about the future of transportation, urban living, and the sharing economy. When presented with a clue or insight, it is common to immediately formulate ideas about which innovation projects to launch. [This blog post was reproduced from an original paper on Future Building.

VC to CV

100%Open

An article a year or two back from Global Corporate Funding stated that between 2010 and 2012, 182 CV units were formed bringing the total number globally to 936. For example in 2012 Intel alone made 150 investments worth $353m. For example we ran a competition for Orange back in 2012 and this led to an ever-deepening partnership that has flowered in the form of Orange Fun Finder. Who’d be a venture capitalist in 2015?

Clicking Fast and Slow

Boxes and Arrows

We are increasingly accustomed to using socially-oriented web applications, and many social features are high on the requirements lists of new web projects. Some interesting projects have started to look at interface “nudges” which may encourage good information practice on the part of the user. 2012 [link]. Metaphilosophy 2012;43(4):426-445. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA: ACM; 2012.

Robots in Retail

Innovation 360 Group

Check out these robots from Kiva Systems (that was acquired by Amazon in 2012). This is a concept video for Amazons current trials of using drones: Similar experiments are currently performed by Google X in Project Wings , and by DHL delivering medication to German island Juist. We held a breakfast seminar on Omni-Channel 2.0 this Wednesday May 13th at our Stockholm Office. Read Saras’ post on it here.