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The Global Climate Strike: A Call for Innovation

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Climate change is real but reversible. No matter where you live in the world, you have likely experienced more unusual weather lately. Whether that means temperatures that are hotter or cooler than normal or devastating storms, the reality of climate change can no longer be ignored.

What Is Sustainable Innovation?

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It makes sense that sustainability and innovation go together naturally in business. The best innovations leave the earth better than they found it.

IdeaScale’s Open Nation 2019 Set to Inspire Innovation

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The spotlight will be on creativity, communication, inspiration, and innovation leadership at Open Nation 2019, IdeaScale’s annual conference set for Oct. 24-25 in Washington, D.C.

Innovation Department Best Practices: A Talk with Peter Berger

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Peter Berger is the Director of Innovation for EmbraerX, a Silicon Valley innovation unit of Brazilian aerospace company Embraer.

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.

Why Your Innovation Team Needs Both Big-Picture and Granular Thinking

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Looking to the horizon is a good thing, but also just the start.?. The devil is in the details.” Look at the forest, not the trees.” These two aphorisms are thrown around constantly when discussing innovation strategy, and at first, they seem contradictory.

Webinar to Highlight Best Practices from NASA’s Internal Crowdsourcing Journey

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Internal crowdsourcing can change how you do business.?. As a leader within your organization, you want to take every opportunity to foment an atmosphere in which an open exchange of ideas can take place, where people can give opinions without fear of retribution or ridicule.

Inspire Creativity in Your Team through Active Listening

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In any group, one of the most fundamental needs is to be heard. We’ve all been “talked at,” and it can stall good ideas and innovative processes before they even start. Active listening, on the other hand, can build teams and inspire everyone to whom you talk. Pay Attention To Non-Verbal Cues.

How to Identify Leaders among Your Staff

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Innovation can’t thrive without leadership. Innovation leadership is emerging as a primary need of today’s businesses. Does your present team contain potential innovation leadership? It’s likely if you take time to identify them.?. It isn’t enough to have an outstanding leadership team today.

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Effective Digital Managers Build Ecosystems for Innovation

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The digital workplace is increasingly faster-paced, with a speed-to-market mindset that doesn’t allow a leisurely pace or ignorance of digital advances. Speed-to-market is a primary driver for innovation.?. Harvard Business School Professor Linda A.

Innovation Management: What Does Success Look Like?

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Success in innovation management is all about exploration.?. While the term innovation isn’t exactly esoteric, it can be hard to pin down. What is innovative and what isn’t? The answer isn’t black and white. What qualifies as successful innovation management? Coming up with an idea that others like?

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!

7 Idea Generation Hacks to Spur Innovation

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Sometimes you need to smash your usual lightbulb. Where do you get your ideas?” is a question disliked by almost everyone, in part because it can be so hard to answer. Everyone has his or her own way of stimulating the imagination, but sometimes it takes a little work to get there.

How the Gig Economy Impacts Innovation

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Today, more than one-third of workers in the United States are part of the gig economy, and that translates into 57 million people. For some, freelancing is a stopover between permanent jobs, but for 24 percent of workers in the U.S., it is their primary, full-time vocation.

Idea Management: Learning When and How to Say “Enough”

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We all know intellectually that sometimes projects fail, but that doesn’t necessarily make it easier when it’s our project that fails. If you have ever had to scrap a project, you’re in good company.

Three Trends in Supply Chain Innovation

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Getting what the customer needs, right where they are, at precisely the time that they want it is becoming ever more important. Efficient supply chains reduce waste, save money, and ensure the best possible goods are made and brought to market.

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6 Building Blocks for Innovation Department Success

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Nearly 80 percent of executives surveyed by The Boston Consulting Group’s tenth global survey on innovation considered innovation to be either the most important priority at their company or in the top three. Employees, however, can be more skeptical.

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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 Can You Manage a Nonprofit Internationally With Innovative Technology?

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Many businesses have managed to succeed in the global market thanks to translation companies who have (for the longest time) been facilitating trade between people of diverse backgrounds.

Could Your Innovation Strategy Use a Leg Up?

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Give your team a step up. Innovation can be hard work. However, if your innovation strategy results in lots of hard work for little reward, then it’s time to step back and consider whether you need to give your team a leg up on the process.

Crowdsourcing and APIs: Everything You Need to Know

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Crowdsourcing is the act of harnessing the power and work force of a crowd to accomplish a task. Lately, companies creating documentation for APIs have turned to crowdsourcing. Instead of companies hiring an entire documentation team, all that’s needed is one person to edit contributions.

Successful Innovation Program Highlights the Value of Intrapreneurship

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Intrapreneurs are people who are dedicated to their employer yet know how to apply basic principles of entrepreneurship within their roles at work. Sometimes your best “entrepreneurial” ideas come from people inside your organization.

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.

Exploring the Link between Continuous Learning and Organizational Innovation

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Continuous learning is the key to organizational innovation. You may have been taking classes, conferring with colleagues and reading articles for years without realizing that you were engaging in continuous learning. Don’t Take Learning for Granted.

The Most Innovative Generation May Not Be Who You Think

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Generations need to work together for innovation. No generation is as simple as we tend to treat it, and this is as true of our older workers as it is our younger ones. Contrary to popular belief, older workers don’t exist to frustrate the young, or vice versa.

Josh Folk of IdeaScale Dishes with DotCom

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Josh Folk is a co-founder of IdeaScale, and he recently joined DotCom magazine for their Leader Round Table Interview series. Harnessing innovation and putting it to work efficiently are at the heart of the so-called Industrial Revolution 4.0.?.

Crowdsourcing vs. Focus Groups: A Comparative Review

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Crowdsourcing is a favored method of gathering data for product innovation. We live in the information age. Anyone can quickly and easily gather data. As they say, “Data is the new oil.” However, it can also be the new trash.

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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.

Save the Date: Register for IdeaScale’s Summer Webinar!

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Learn what’s new in our webinar.?. Open innovation, intrapreneurship, crowdsourcing. No matter what methods your innovation strategy involves, we’re talking about how our new features and updates will help you build a stronger, more innovative company September 4th in our online webinar.

How to Improve Your Next Brainstorming Session

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Brainstorming sessions sound like a great idea, especially for breaking out of creative ruts, but too often brainstorming fizzles out. The main reason for this is that organizations don’t actually use any of the ideas that come out of brainstorming sessions.

Is Your Innovation Training Program All It Could Be?

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Businesses can no longer ignore innovation and hope to remain competitive. If only innovation were as easy as snapping our fingers!?. It isn’t just tech companies and startups that are emphasizing innovation, but businesses in all industries and of all sizes.

Is Something Hindering Innovation in Your Company?

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Innovation is the lifeblood of any industry, and yet it can seem hard to find in an organization. The answer may be that your organization needs to be redesigned to allow the free flow of ideas. Ask yourself the following questions and consider what might need to change. Who Makes What Choices?

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.

Best Sharing and Communication Tools

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No matter the size, every company (and person!) needs an easy form of digital communication. The internet is now the greatest and most popular platform to advertise and share your business.

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Calculating the ROI for Your Idea Management System Launch

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How is your idea management software performing? How do you measure the intangible?

Open Innovation Experiment Joins the Fight against Cancer

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Open innovation is giving doctors another tool to fight cancer. There is no computer more powerful or creative than the human mind, and coordinating dozens, hundreds, or thousands of them can draw forth amazing results.

The Cost of Not Innovating

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Don’t let the fear of risk weigh you down; innovation is critical. Is there anything more painful than hearing “ because we’ve always done it this way ”? You can’t be innovative if you do things the same way every time. We get it: taking risks can be scary, but so can not taking them.

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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.

Is Social Media Part of Your Product Innovation Strategy?

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Social media can connect you to innovators of all stripes. The internet and social media, in particular, has connected us all in ways we didn’t expect. That creates a truly powerful resource of creativity on which to draw for your innovation strategy.

Innovation Management Software: 4 Essential Components

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Businesses are rapidly realizing that innovation isn’t something that “strikes,” but something that can be encouraged, generated, and managed for the good of the company, its employees, and its customers. Innovation colors outside the lines and thinks outside the box.

How to Hone Your Critical Thinking Skills to Spur Innovation

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Critical thinking involves going beyond cursory reasoning as sufficient proof that something is as it seems. It is one of the most important skills anyone can have, whatever their profession and whatever their position in the corporate hierarchy.

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The Data Revolution: A Look at the Value of IoT and Personalization for Humans

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Innovation technology is limitless. When most people think of the Internet of Things, they think of innovation technology such as smart homes and self-driving cars. That makes sense because those innovations do make life easier.

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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?