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How Do You Create an Innovation Culture?

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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

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

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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.

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

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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 Innovation Manager's Summer Reading List 2019

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Is it just me, or does this also happen to you? Summer after summer it's the same. Usually, at the beginning of the season, I start to think, "okay, which book should I take on vacation?" fully aware that, in the end, I'll return home having not opened it once).

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.

What You Need to Know Before Creating an Innovation Culture

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You Need an Innovation Value Proposition and Here's Why

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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

Why Your Innovation Team Will Quit on You 3 Years In

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A lot can happen to an innovation program in three years. Some companies see their programs gain momentum and excel in that time. Other companies experience something different.

4 Practices Innovation Managers Should Retire (And 4 to Keep)

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Every year, new tools, technologies, practices, and even full-rounded ideologies invade the innovation space. Those of us working in this space witness this change daily as we watch projects reach (or miss) their targets as a result of new information and tools used.

10 Questions to Get Started with Strategic Foresight

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Why Your Organization Needs to Invest in Innovation Capital

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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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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!

Why You Need a Diverse Ecosystem of Perspectives to Drive Innovative Thinking

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Editor's Note: Andy Seferta is Head of Ecosystem and Analyst Engagement, Digital Technology Services, Fujitsu EMEIA. This post was originally published on May 12, 2019, on the Fujitsu UK Blog.

3 Lessons on Innovation from Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos just became the world's richest man. His creation, Amazon, is an incredible company. The consistency and breadth of innovation it has produced over the past two decades is awe-inspiring.

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An introduction to Design Thinking for Innovation Managers

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“Design thinking draws on logic, imagination, intuition and systemic reasoning to explore the possibilities of what could be, and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user (the customer). A design mind-set is not problem-focused, it’s solution-focused, and action-oriented.

10 Rules of Innovation Management - Part 2: Catching Ideas With Targeted Campaigns

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Welcome back to the 10 Rules of Innovation Management series! If you're new to the series, I'll be sharing 10 best practices to help you manage your online collaborative innovation program or get started if you're thinking about launching one ( subscribe to the series here! ). The Innovation Manage

An Introduction to Customer Journey Mapping

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We are moving from value-in-exchange to value-in-use. You don’t want to buy a car, you want to buy mobility. Instead of selling products and services, organizations must develop ecosystems where customers can co-create value with them.

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.

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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10 Rules of Innovation Management - Part 1: Alignment, Management Support, and Sponsorship

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“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

Common Fears of Starting an Open Innovation Initiative and How to Resolve Them

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Adding external elements to an internal innovation program can prove a true rite of passage. The transition requires an open culture, employee empowerment, and executive commitment. In other words, considerable maturity (1). Open Innovation

A culture of innovation? It all starts with hiring

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Creating a culture that has a thirst for and thrives on innovation is the holy grail of business today. But it’s not as tangible, nor as easy, as creating processes, borrowing best practices, and funding innovation initiatives.

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.

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.

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Top 10 Innovation Blog Posts of 2018

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Imagine getting your ears chopped off for being innovative. Back in the 17th century, innovators were considered troublemaking disruptors of peace – and there was a price to pay for that. Fortunately, things have changed!

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Solving the 'Who are My Stakeholders' Dilemma: A Quick Innovation Managers’ Guide

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I was recently asked a very down-to-earth question: “Where do you find answers to practical issues in innovation management?” To this, I’d normally reply forums, journals, HBR , Springwise , and Scenario Magazine. They’re all sources I recommend on a regular basis.

Why mapping the customer journey is the top driver for digital transformation

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Organizations are struggling to understand the behaviours of the ‘connected’ customer. Partly it seems executives don’t engage with their brand or business in the way that their customers do.

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.

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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10 Rules of Innovation Management - Part 5: Evaluation and Recognition

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INTRODUCTION. This is the fifth and final part of the broader series on the 10 Rules of Innovation Management.

The Innovation World is Changing Due to the 4th Industrial Revolution

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There are twin forces at work, feeding off each other. We are facing greater disruption and an increasing innovation pace. These are constantly combining, relentlessly adding new shape to our future. We are actually caught up in a very revolutionary period. The Innovation Manager

10 Rules of Innovation Management - Part 4: Communication and Transparency

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This is the fourth part of the broader series on "The 10 Rules of Innovation Management." In five publications, I’ll share 10 best practices that should come in handy if you’re managing an online, collaborative innovation management program or thinking about launching one.

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.

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.

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 Knowns and Unknowns of the Front End of Innovation

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The above quote is from the former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Henry Rumsfeld, who mentioned “unknown unknowns” (Rumsfeld, 2002). Since then, people have started using quadrants of knowledge, i.e., known known, known unknown, unknown known, and unknown unknown, to understand and explain the nature of risk but also of leading to an opportunity. For innovators so much of innovation is hard to detect, it needs discovery and working through these quadrants of knowledge as well.

Creating Meaningful Organizations - Learnings from the 2016 Academy of Management Meeting

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Making organizations meaningful. Noble pursuit and this year’s theme at the Academy of Management’s 76th Annual Meeting (AOM) where close to 10,000 students, scholars, and professionals in the management and organization space gathered to discuss companies’ raison d’être. The Innovation Manager

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.

How Crowdsourcing Evolves: The Four Stages to Transformation

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The innovation management industry is highly fragmented today, which makes it confusing to understand which methods apply to which scenarios, and what the difference is between those doing crowdsourcing, and those doing enterprise programs designed to facilitate business transformation.

Using the FORTH Method to Navigate Your Innovation Journey

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Gijs van Wulfen has created a wonderful innovation method, the Forth Innovation Methodology , to provide a systematic way to take ideas into tested business case concepts.

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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.

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On superbosses, mentoring and other prerequisites for innovation

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“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves” I didn’t say that, Steven Spielberg did. And I could not agree more.

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?