Jeffrey Phillips

Demographics is your destiny

Jeffrey Phillips

In a short break from my recurring posts on innovation building blocks (see articles on innovation bias , f inding important unsolved problems and discovery and exploration ) I was motivated to write today about demographics and destiny.

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Innovation FOMO and FOMAD

Jeffrey Phillips

Today, memes enter and leave the lexicon so quickly that I almost hesitate to use newly coined words or phrases, in fear that they may have already become passe. So you can imagine my trepidation in using FOMO - the "fear of missing out" - when writing about innovation.

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The digital revolution will not be evenly distributed

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing today about digital transformation, and starting with two of my favorite quotes. The first, referenced in the title, is from William Gibson, the author of Neuromancer and other great sci-fi books, who wrote: "the future is here, it's just not evenly distributed".

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Innovation building blocks

Jeffrey Phillips

I like music - but that does not exactly make me a good musician. Over the years I've taken lessons on the piano, tenor saxophone, bagpipes and most recently the acoustic guitar. One thing I've learned is that every competent teacher of any instrument wants you to learn and practice your scales.

Mixpanel's Guide to Product Metrics

Whether you build or market products, tracking the right metrics is crucial to innovation. Use this guide to help you decide what metrics are most important for your product and business.

Culture and innovation bias - the first building block

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing a series of blog posts about the fundamentals of innovation success. In my previous article I wrote about the importance of fundamentals in any activity , using music and practicing scales as an analogy for understanding the fundamentals of innovation.

Innovation Building Block 2 - important, unsolved problem or opportunity

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm going back to basics for a handful of blog posts - back to what I call the innovation building blocks. In the first blog I wrote about the importance of defining an innovation bias in your culture.

Digital transformation marks the demise of product innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

There comes a time when every phenomenon reaches its zenith, before a long fall or a sudden collapse. We like to refer to this point in the cycle as the "tipping point" - the point at which we can remain in stasis or the structures will collapse.

If it doesn't fit, it must be innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

Years ago, Johnny Cochrane convinced a jury that OJ Simpson was not guilty of murdering Nichole Simpson. While there were undoubtedly many factors that led to the acquittal, one of the biggest factors was the gloves.

Innovation Building Block #3: Discovery, exploration and novelty

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing a series of posts about what I consider to be the fundamental building blocks of innovation. The building blocks I'm writing about are core to doing innovation well over a period of time. The first building block I wrote about was creating a bias for innovation in your culture. The second was on gaining the context for innovation - identifying an emerging opportunity or a problem.

Don't break the rules - become flexible and agile

Jeffrey Phillips

I've read yet another good and insightful piece on success in digital transformation, which relies on an unfortunate metaphor - one about "breaking the rules".

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Why being ambidextrous is not enough - looking ahead to 2020

Jeffrey Phillips

It's about that time of year where we begin to look back, to think about what we've accomplished and what lies ahead.

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Understanding the innovation options in your business

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing a series of blog posts to document some of the things I've learned in innovation along the way, over 15 years of leading corporate innovation work.

Innovation or ERP: which path will digital transformation follow?

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been thinking a lot about the concept of "digital transformation" recently. You can't help but encounter it on Twitter or LinkedIn, in business publications and in discussions with customers and prospects. Everyone wants to know about digital transformation. Admittedly, teaching a class on digital transformation keeps it forefront in my mind.

VUCA is a matter of perspective

Jeffrey Phillips

VUCA is the new black. Suddenly everyone has realized that sometimes the economy or markets are volatile or uncertain. If I were older and cranky I'd blame this on the millennials, not because they are millennials but because they've never lived with a stock market that goes down.

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Learning to innovate in the IoT Age

Jeffrey Phillips

Lately, many commentators are given to sweeping claims about seismic change. We are either in the 3rd or the 4th industrial revolution, depending on the commentator. It can be hard to keep up. However, where there is smoke there is often fire.

Game-Changers 911™: How to Change the Game in 2020

Speaker: John Storm, President, BrainStorm Network

Join John Storm, President of the BrainStorm Network, to learn how to identify game-changing opportunities within your company and industry, and then brainstorm ways to capitalize on these ideas. Get ready to change your game in 2020!

Every idea needs a sponsor

Jeffrey Phillips

As I noted yesterday, I'm writing a series of posts about what I've learned over the last 15 years of corporate innovation work. Yesterday I wrote about needing a "why and a how" rather than a "what" for innovation.

Smart and connected devices change everything

Jeffrey Phillips

In my last post I wrote about a big transition in innovation that will occur in the near future - when the tipping point is reached and most innovation is focused on smart, connected devices as opposed to dumb products.

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Making innovation your organizing theme

Jeffrey Phillips

In my continuing series of posts about lessons learned from corporate innovation, today I'd like to expand on the idea of innovation language, and go even further. I'd like to riff on the idea of innovation as central, organizing idea in a business rather than an occasional distraction.

Ideas are easy, good ideas are hard

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm writing a series of posts that examine some of my lessons learned after over 15 years of corporate innovation consulting.

Innovate Faster with Metrics that Matter

Tracking the right metrics is crucial to innovating your products and growing your business. Written by Mixpanel’s Director of Analytics Strategy, Fatih Koca, get the tools, insights, and framework top companies use to define their product metrics.

The music isn't in the piano

Jeffrey Phillips

I was speaking with a long time colleague and trusted branding partner, Kevin Polonofsky from Revered recently about branding and marketing. We were specifically discussing the idea of training people to do specific tasks that they did not have time to do, or had no passion to do.

Book Review: What about the Future? by Fred Phillips

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm returning today to one of my favorite activities - a book review. Good books are simply too rare, and good books about topics important to innovators are unfortunately even more rare. However, I'm happy to say that I've just read a book about understanding the future that should be read by anyone interested in foresighting, forecasting or scenario planning.

All your data are belong to us

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm riffing today on an old meme - "all your base are belong to us" - the poorly worded alert in a game that was released years ago. The message was meant to inform the player that all of his or her bases were lost to the enemy.

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Why I still get my Netflix movies in the mail

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm a movie junkie - I love movies. Old movies like Casablanca, or even new movies like John Wick 3. Can't wait to see what John Wick can survive in the third installment. I wore out a Blockbuster card back in the day when Blockbuster was a thing.

Navigating the VUCA World With Innovation Coaching

Speaker: Janet Sernack, Founder and CEO of ImagineNation

Join the founder and CEO of ImagineNationTM, Janet Sernack, to understand how developing an innovation coaching skill set can help lead the way in supporting people through the exponential change and disruption in our VUCA world.

You need a why and a how, not a what, for innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm going to start a series of blog posts about what 15 years of innovation consulting has taught me. I'm happy to say I've learned a lot about innovation in corporations, and also somewhat excited to say I'm still learning, because the pace and nature of innovation is changing so rapidly.

Data-driven or insights inspired?

Jeffrey Phillips

As the phenomenon of digital transformation continues to unfold, we need to be wary of certain absolutes that will work their way into our language, our thinking and our consciousness.

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Smart, fast, innovative and digital

Jeffrey Phillips

Innovation - fast and slow, for the right reasons

Jeffrey Phillips

For quite some time we've been hearing about how important it is to do things quickly, with many new adjectives placed in front of the word "innovation".

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The Science of High-Impact Experimentation

Speaker: Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder and Product Management Coach, H2R Product Science

Too many product teams don't know what to test, which leads to poorly designed experiments and unclear results. How can a product manager be certain they’re making effective decisions when it comes to experimentation? Join Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder and Product Management Coach at H2R Product Science, as she walks us through the entire experimentation process, from deciding what to test to sharing the results with stakeholders, to illustrate what strong testing practices look like and how they can be implemented in every organization.

Challenges when innovating smart, connected devices

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been struck by the importance of two rapidly converging forces - digital transformation and new product innovation.

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The conflict between digital transformation and speed

Jeffrey Phillips

Just one more post about the importance of speed and agility and I'll leave this tired trope alone. It took over 50 years for a reasonable majority of US households to obtain landline telephone service.

Customer experience is about to undergo a significant transformation

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been writing lately about the intersection of innovation and digital transformation, first because it is a very current topic and second because there are fascinating possibilities as innovation and digital transformation collide.

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What problem is AI or ML solving for you or your customer

Jeffrey Phillips

I wanted to write today about AI and ML, and take a day or two off from my recurring posts on lessons learned from many years of leading corporate innovation.

Design and Run Experiments That Actually Progress Your Business

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

Experimenting as a way to explore new products, services, and business models can help eliminate the guesswork involved in building something your customers actually value. That said, it's often quite tricky to take your vision and figure out the first experiment to run. How do you get started? How can you ensure your experiments are well-designed? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently an Innovation Coach at Kromatic, as he walks us through how we can figure out the right experiments to run for any product or service, and in organizations of all sizes.

It's past time to reintroduce risk into corporations

Jeffrey Phillips

I was on a conference call recently, discussing an upcoming keynote that I'll deliver to a academic-federal government program meant to accelerate new technologies from basic research into the market. We were talking about the "ecosystem" of contributors that can help move basic research from academia and research labs to market. One participant talked about the role that large corporations could play, and sometimes do play, in commercializing new technologies.

For interesting innovation, ignore your instincts

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been around the block for a while, and every once in a while I'll tell the folks on my team who are younger than me what's likely to happen with a specific strategy or project. Since they are young and a bit wet behind the ears, it often comes as a surprise to them that I can predict with some degree of certainty what's likely to happen.

Understanding future conditions is vital to create innovative solutions

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm just wrapping up another project that's focused on trend spotting and scenario planning, working to help a client company understand the emerging competitive conditions their business will face in the next 5-7 years. While foresighting, trend spotting and scenario planning are exceptionally valuable, many innovation projects simply ignore the benefits they can receive from doing this work. Instead innovators plunge in to create the products and services they believe customers need.

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Digital Transformation, Data and Innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

In my last post I tried to illustrate the importance (and the challenges) of data to digital transformation. This is often a complex and difficult idea for people to understand - why is "data" so hard? Why can't computer systems work more effectively?

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How to Design Strong Experiments

Speaker: Franziska Beeler, Head of Cloud Academy, and Tendayi Viki, Associate Partner, Strategyzer

When testing new business and product ideas, choosing the right experiment is just the beginning. After we have chosen our experiment, it’s important that we spend some time designing it well. Join Tendayi Viki, corporate innovation expert and associate partner at Strategyzer, and Franziska Beeler, Head of Cloud Academy at Strategyzer, as they walk us through the three key elements that help you design stronger experiments and come away with the evidence you need to advance your idea.