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What You Can Learn About Goal Setting from the Manhattan Project

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Managing projects with the Critical Path Method (CPM) allows teams to streamline processes that drive success even when the odds are stacked against you. By upBOARD. In the 1940s, the United States began working on a secretive program called the Manhattan Project.

Is Organizational Structure The Secret to Innovation?

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Change your company’s structure to get bigger and better ideas. Just about everyone wants more creativity and innovation these days. But what’s the secret to getting it?

How to Choose the Right Software for Concept Development

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Concept development is where most businesses start when they think about launching a new product or service. Guest post by upBOARD . It is one of the early stages of the innovation process, and it is integral to the continued success of any organization.

How the Stage Gate Process Can Help You Transform Your Business

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Why the Stage Gate Process is Being Used by More and More Organizations to Evaluate and Refine Their Next Big Ideas. by upBOARD. While every business wants to be seen as the creator of the next massively “disruptive” product or service , the truth is that most businesses won’t be able to disrupt the market in a truly unique way. Still, even without disruptive innovation, organizations can thrive if they maintain a steady stream of incremental innovations over time.

The 5 Competencies of Highly Innovative Organizations

Speaker: Dr. Ankush Chopra, Professor of Strategy, School of Management Fribourg

Professor Ankush Chopra studied over 100 companies in North America and Europe to seek answers to the above questions. He found that companies across the world use the same set of competencies to become successful innovators. In this webinar, he shows how you can use these insights to develop and lead an innovative organization.

Why a Balanced Scorecard Process Drives Greater Business Performance

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A Balanced Scorecard Provides a Model for Businesses to Align High-Level Objectives With Their Mission and Vision. by upBOARD. Most businesses tend to manage their strategic mission and vision with a top down approach, all the while tracking metrics and key performance indicators from the bottom up, which can be messy.

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What are Marketing Dashboards and Why Do They Matter for Marketing Departments?

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How to drive better marketing outcomes through use of a marketing dashboard. By upBOARD. One of the most important parts of any business is selling. To do this, business leaders need to be able to effectively market and advertise their products and services to those in their target market. With the rise of technology, marketing has become more data driven than ever before , and we are seeing an increasing number of businesses look for ways to better track their marketing initiatives effectively.

Are You Doing Agile Right?

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What is the Agile Innovation Process, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations? By Upboard. Today, everyone wants to be agile. It’s seen as sexy and cool to be agile, but most people don’t know what the term really means. Still, concepts like agile design and agile software development have taken over the popular zeitgeist recently, and businesses are looking for ways to develop the agile mindset at every possible opportunity.

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How to Influence People and Drive Change

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What can you learn about change from Baker’s Four Strategies of Influence? By UpBOARD. Are you using the right persuasion tactics to influence the people you engage with? Whether you are trying to drive engagement within your team, make a business case to your boss, or sell a product or service to a customer, the methods that you use to influence decision makers should be tailored to the situation and the individual you are speaking with.

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Are you a Fox or a Hedgehog?

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Sometimes, lasting innovation requires being slow, quiet and even a little bit boring. By Upboard. Every single business is unique in one way or another. Businesses vary greatly depending on the products that they provide, the business models they employ and the style of service they give to their customers. Most businesses struggle to compete against one another because what sets them apart from the others isn’t necessarily clear or well defined.

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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.

Six Trends Shaping the Future of Health Care

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The healthcare industry is an ecosystem. So are the companies disrupting it.

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“Decouple” the Value Chain to Drive Digital Disruption

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“Decoupling” the value chain is the next big strategy for digital innovation and business models. Digital disruption isn’t just about the internet or mobile technology. It’s about the digitally-driven business models that forever transform business as usual no matter what you’re doing.

Serious About Your Social Mission? Innovate It.

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A “lean” approach amplifies both profits and purpose. Corporate philanthropy. Benefit corporations. Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations. Doing well while doing good seems to be all the rage these days. Sounds ideal.

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The Travel & Hospitality Industry is Being Disrupted, Again.

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Airbnb disrupted hotels. Now big travel and hospitality companies are going after the next disruptive innovation themselves before getting blindsided yet again. If you’ve followed my Inc.com column , you know I work with both big companies and start-ups around the world. My research, consulting and speaking give me a glimpse into the fledgling trends and upstarts that will one day become tomorrow’s business behemoths.

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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 Women are the Future (and Past) of Business Innovation

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Mainstream business culture penalizes women for being women. But “feminine” skill sets are the not-so-secret ingredients for what it takes to innovate in today’s digital world. . 2015 has so far been monumental for women.

Prioritize Your Best Ideas With One Powerful Tool

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Innovation is as much about choosing what not to do as it is about deciding what you’re going to do. I’ll never forget the words of a client of mine, an executive at PepsiCo: “ We can do anything, but we can’t do everything,” he said to me. So true. But most companies forget this fact. They try to do everything, and then don’t do anything very well.

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The Evolution of Women in Business: An Infographic

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2015 has so far been monumental for women. In light of Hilary announcing her run for office, and six women winning the Pulitzer Prize (compared to one female winner in 2014), I though I’d share this infographic depicting the historic impact of women in the business world over the past century.

The Packaging Industry is Massive, and It’s About to Be Disrupted

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Technology isn’t just for creating new products and services. Disruptive technologies are transforming the packaging that comes with just about everything we buy. Imagine a day when you receive an alert from your refrigerator as you walk past 7-11 because the carton of milk at your home just expired. Or a day when you receive a robocall warning you that the bag of lettuce you’re planning on using for your salad is tainted with e-coli.

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.

Manufacturing Isn’t Dead, It’s Just Transforming Before Our Eyes

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Large scale 3D printing farms will create the next industrial revolution. When it comes to business and the economy, there’s constant buzz about Apple , Amazon , Google , and Facebook. There’s also been lots of attention lately on middle America and the loss of manufacturing jobs. At times these topics seem at odds – the new high-tech guard disrupting the old, jobs shifting from blue to white collar, outsourcing overseas versus keeping things at home, and the list goes on.

How to test & iterate new product & service ideas faster & cheaper

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Moving faster and cheaper when innovating new products and services ideas is the name of the innovation game. Here’s how to do it like never before.

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Business Model Strategies & Tools for Disruptive Digital Innovation

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Want Disruptive Digital Innovation? Here are 5 Business Model Strategies and Tools for Strategic Business Growth. At some point every industry and every organization will face disruption.

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How to Cut Costs and Still Be Innovative

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The best innovations reduce costs while adding value at the same time. With all the hype these days around the impending disruptions on the horizon such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and the like, it’s natural to assume that breakthrough innovation requires breakthrough technology.

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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.

5 Ways to Test Innovative Ideas (Cheaper and Faster)

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A few weeks ago, Jeff Bezos voiced a dirty little secret about disruptive innovation: it’s not just about creating groundbreaking new products and services, it’s about creating groundbreaking new products and services that people actually want to buy. “At

Fathers of Invention? Innovative Dads Make Waves

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Millennial fathers are reinventing parenting, and a variety of new products and services help them get the job done like never before. . Millennial dads. They’re unlike your father or grandfather. They’re redefining fatherhood – and influencing parenthood as a whole.

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The Innovative Classroom – Let the (mobile) phones ring in

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In the melee of getting kids prepared to head back to school, it’s easy to overlook the bigger disruptive changes happening in education nationally and even globally.

4 Strategies For Winning Over Innovation Naysayers

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FOUR QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN FACED WITH THOSE PUTTING A DRAG ON INNOVATION. Have you ever come across someone who exhibits “wet blanket” behavior? We recognize it when we experience it. Simple words extinguish ideas, zap energy, and gobble up enthusiasm: We don’t have time to innovate.

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.

6 Innovation Tool Kits to Drive Business Growth

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Promoting a culture of innovation focused on business growth starts with providing practical tools that give anyone the opportunity to innovate in whatever they do. Article based on the upcoming book, The Invisible Advantage ). It’s one thing to say you want a culture of innovation.

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10 French Innovations that Changed History

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In the aftermath of a terrible tragedy, or an act of malice, we are called upon to remain strong. We take it upon ourselves to stand together and to remember what gives us strength and unity.

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5 Ways to Test Innovative Ideas (Cheaper and Faster)

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A few weeks ago, Jeff Bezos voiced a dirty little secret about disruptive innovation: it’s not just about creating groundbreaking new products and services, it’s about creating groundbreaking new products and services that people actually want to buy. “At

Debunking Disruptive Innovation – Why Disruptive Innovation is Not a Strategy

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Disruptive innovation has become business’ biggest paradigm. Harvard’s Clayton Christensen coined the term and the New Yorker’s Jill Lapore recently tore it down.

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.