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Four Innovation Lessons You Can Learn from Amazon

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

5 Brands with Inspiring Sustainable Innovation Stories

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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?

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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 Seven Best Practices for Enterprise Innovation Management

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Strong leadership is key to enterprise innovation. Enterprise products are a complicated sector of any industry. An enterprise product not only must be all things to all stakeholders, it must also meet exactingly high standards, which can vary widely from industry to industry.

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.

Are Digital Transformation and Innovation the Same Thing?

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Some companies have an innovation strategy. Some companies have a digital transformation strategy. Are these the same thing? The short answer is “no” but both efforts are important and here’s a brief explanation and an example of each of them. Innovation.

Workplace Environments that Inspire Innovation

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A great deal of thought has been given to office design. Company leaders are constantly trying to create a workplace that improves employee happiness, productivity, and creativity. To add fuel to that fire, in a recent survey of over 2,500 U.S.

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5 Things We’re Looking Forward to at Open Nation 2018, Berkeley

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What Makes Switzerland a Leader in Innovation?

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Switzerland takes the first place in the rating of the World Intellectual Property Organization on the level of innovation development. This is the sixth time that the country has achieved the top five. This year, Sweden takes the second place, while Great Britain takes the third one.

Is Your Company Culture Anti-Innovation?

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In a recent article from Harvard Business Review , researchers reported that one of the most common barriers to innovation is internal politics. But the second most commonly cited barrier was cultural issues.

An Innovation Lexicon

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Innovation means different things to different people. Sometimes it’s hard to have a good conversation about innovation, because people understand the concept in very different ways.

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.

Nonprofit Solutions for Innovation

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In the last post from this series, we talked about the nonprofit situation and how the nature of nonprofits leads to inherent problems.

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Needs and Problems in the Nonprofit Sector

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Tackling massive problems such as social injustice, income inequality, healthcare availability, sustainability (among others) requires innovation, a process by which ideas are transformed into implemented services or products.

Avoiding Groupthink and Empowering Introverts

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There was this great infocomic a few years ago that talked about the virtues of online brainstorming.

Music for Innovation

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There is a growing body of research that is dedicated to analyzing what kind of music makes an employee work more efficiently, joyfully, or precisely. Here are a few interesting working theories for music in the workplace. Music can help in task efficiency.

How Does Technology Influence Innovation?

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In a recent round of research, I was reviewing adoption rates for new technologies. It took over 55 years for automobiles to reach 80 million people, whereas the internet was able to achieve the same feat in less than 18 years.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

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

Research is Collaborative

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Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) is an open, networked community that brings together science, data and information technology practitioners.

How to Silicon Valley Your Business

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Every year, thousands of companies send their employees to Silicon Valley to visit start-ups and enterprises. They’re hoping these employees can understand and absorb some of the innovation magic and energy here and disseminate it throughout the rest of their organization.

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4 Great Innovations that Started as Employee Ideas

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The idea for IdeaScale functions on a simple premise: good ideas can come from anywhere. This tenet underpins most of crowdsourcing and all open innovation programs.

3 Steps to Design Your Innovation Management Program

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Disrupt or be disrupted has been the slogan of the past few years as new startups repeatedly overturn and overtake established companies that have been around for years. This trend has given rise to “ innovation management ,” a term that risks being ignored simply for how wonky it sounds.

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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.

How Do Millennials Innovate?

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Every organization is adjusting to the generational shift that has welcomed millennials into the workforce, but the reason for that is that they are now the largest group represented.

Where to Get New Ideas… How About the Romanian Food Festival?

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Our family had so much fun at the Smithsonian’s Military Invention Day three weeks ago, we decided to hit the town again and join up with fellow IdeaScale colleague, Matt Paulson , and his family and head to Potomac, MD for the Romanian Food Festival.

Lessons About Culture and Creativity

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One of our customers recently had the good fortune to hear Adam Grant speak at an event. Adam Grant “has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years. He is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives.

Four Real-World Examples of Innovation in Healthcare

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Innovation is changing how we care for each other. Healthcare is constantly in the news as an industry, and if you pay attention, what most catches attention is how desperately it needs innovation.

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.

The State of Innovation in the Financial Sector

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Fintech funding is increasing. Just over a decade ago, we were spending a little over $5 Billion on financial technology – today we’re spending nearly $78 Billion. Why are we seeing that investment accelerate?

What is a Conference Feedback Survey?

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Conference feedback surveys are sent out to participants after they attend a conference to learn from them the areas which can be improved and those that they appreciate.

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3 Tactics that Make Innovation Management Easier

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IdeaScale learns from all its best customers, but in our latest interview with Redwood Credit Union we learned three things that make innovation management easier: Pre-Populate Your Campaign.

The Stages of Innovation. Where Are You and What Does That Mean for You?

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A brilliant innovation starts with a single step. How does innovation happen? That’s a question that bedevils even the most creative of companies. Innovation is necessary for corporate survival, but where is your company in the five stages of 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.

2018 Innovation Learning Priorities

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Every year, IdeaScale asks its customers what they’re focused on learning this year.

What Does a Chief Innovation Officer Do?

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We continue to see more and more Chief Innovation Officers at the enterprise level. In this survey from 2015, researchers report that 43% of large companies have some sort of top innovation executive in place, which was up from 33% in 2011. But what does a Chief Innovation Officer do?

9 Way Bailey’s Irish Cream Can Help You Innovate

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It’s a cold, wet Spring, so let’s take a moment (and a sip or two?) to reflect on how great ideas become reality. Specifically, let’s consider the invention of Bailey’s Irish Cream and what it can teach us about idea management strategies that can support and amplify successful ideas.

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Innovating Community Support Services in Ontario

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Health Services in Canada are under enormous pressure: the population is aging, hospital wait times are getting longer and longer and money being spent keeps rising. The current situation is not sustainable.

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 Role of Women in Innovation

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A scroll through my LinkedIn today is pretty powerful. I see numerous organizations profiling and celebrating their “First Female CEO” or “Women in Charge of Blockchain” or “the Female Entrepreneurial Movement.”

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How Design Thinking Complements Crowdsourced Innovation

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In my double role as an innovation architect at IdeaScale and a consultant for innovation management, I rely on a variety of methods to set my clients up for success. Combining methods is one of the ways I make sure they make the most out of their innovation efforts.

Incentives for Participation or Incentives for Success? What Works?

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In a fast-paced corporate environment where there are many expectations and a steady stream of work, how (and more importantly) why, would you carve out time to contribute to your company’s new ideation platform?

Do You Know the Value of an Idea?

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If you’ve been reading our blog, then you know that there are two ways of measuring innovation program success : innovation inputs and innovation outputs.

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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?