Paul Hobcraft

Connecting Innovation is the New Order of Play

Paul Hobcraft

There is a lot of change occurring in our innovation abilities. There is this constant shift to more open-sourcing and collaborating. We are seeing profound shifts that technology and digital transformation are bringing us to deliver innovate differently.

Optimism in Innovation, Thinking About Risk Differently

Paul Hobcraft

For me, there is never enough talked about innovation risk. Innovation is held back so often because the quantification of risk cannot fit into an organization’s current assessment and measurements of risk. It is often too intangible, full of unknowns as the very nature of anything new and different.

So I keep asking myself “What is the role of social media in innovation?”

Paul Hobcraft

Social media haunts us all. For many years you first become aware, then very aware and then fully aware that social media is changing our lives. Let me confess: I am not alone I am sure but I seem to be presently suffering from Social Media Return Dilemma.

My 5 S for future Innovation: Smart, Stacks, Scale, Storage, and Software

Paul Hobcraft

Technology is radically altering our need for innovation. We see increasingly innovation is feeding off the “ digital response rate ” Connecting technology and innovation is altering how we should re-access organizations ability to build out.

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.

Innovation cannot expand without the 4th Industrial Revolution

Paul Hobcraft

We are a long way away from fully capturing the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4I)R in an inclusive and holistic way. To do this, technology adoption and diffusion across the ecosystem needs to improve dramatically.

The chance to think differently about Ecosystems for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Thinking about ecosystems certainly allows us to go out of our normal scope of invention, innovation and being creative.

The legend of the Gordian Knot and today’s oganizations “knotty” problems

Paul Hobcraft

Cutting the Gordian Knot. If you are not aware, it is worth reading about the Gordian Knot. For people the world over, the Gordian Knot represents the difficult, the intractable and often the insolvable problem.

A New Integrated Innovation Engagement System

Paul Hobcraft

I have written extensively, certainly over the past eighteen months, about our need to take innovation into a new era, designed for today and tomorrow’s “fit for purpose” Below you will see my view of how I see this sketched out, as my suggested concept outline. Does it make sense?

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.

Learning a new innovation language

Paul Hobcraft

We all in the middle of a re-orientation of our ways to undertake innovation as a process and in its design. The past belief that a product was your island and pathway to secured profits no longer works. We are learning to connect in completely different ways.

So the value we can derive from using Knowledge Graphs

Paul Hobcraft

How does Knowledge Graphs fit within our need to communicate in new, visually exciting ways? Let me provide a short narrative to give this a meaning and why it is becoming so important. Today we deliver content- It has become far too easy. We are drowning in it on a daily basis.

The new ROI for digital innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation has had a bigger brother moving into the house next door; Digital Technology and between them, they have been busily knocking the walls down, to share the future going forward. The two have become interlinked, you seem to always need the one to respond to the other.

What goes around, comes around, in Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

It is funny but that often-used phrase “ what goes around, comes around ” seems appropriate here.

Jumping to a fresh cycle of innovation design

Paul Hobcraft

I have argued in the past that innovation management needs to radically adjust and needs to be designed differently, it needs to be highly adaptive.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

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

So Where Is Innovation Heading?

Paul Hobcraft

I have written a fair amount about the new innovation era, offering a view on its future design. One that is jumping to a fresh cycle of innovative design.

A feast of opportunities for Siemens?

Paul Hobcraft

I decided to invest a decent amount of time into the Siemens 3 rd Quarter Announcements and it has been worth it.

A new paradigm: focusing on Work to be Done

Paul Hobcraft

Much of what we read about with artificial intelligence, deep learning and robots can present a fear that our jobs are simply going, vanishing fairly soon.

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Ring Fencing Constrains Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

It is the very act of ‘ring-fencing’ we have constrained innovation. We then can limit risk, as well as we are constantly separating it from the center of the company, even though many of us try to push it back towards the core.

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.

The future innovation core lies at the edge.

Paul Hobcraft

Boundaries seem to be continually pushed in business, nothing seemingly stands still, yet many things stay caught up in not being changed. Something has to change, we need to jettison old ways. In with the new in 2017, out with the old.

The New Innovation Need: Organizing within a Networks of Collaborators

Paul Hobcraft

We are facing tough challenges within the business world. To work through these we are all being asked to transform but there has to be a clear end, a return for all this energy and resources it requires, that we are being asked to spend?

The New Innovation Need: Organizing within a Networks of Collaborators

Paul Hobcraft

We are facing tough challenges within the business world. To work through these we are all being asked to transform but there has to be a clear end, a return for all this energy and resources it requires, that we are being asked to spend?

Creating the Industrial Ecosystem

Paul Hobcraft

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Siemens Innovation Day. I really appreciated it, yet it took me time to absorb all that was provided, over these past two weeks. One outcome is this post. I am grateful to have had the time to translate this in my mind.

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.

As we enter 2018 we will need Knowledge Graphs

Paul Hobcraft

I received an early New Year present, actually, it came from Siemens. They had invited me to their Siemens Innovation Day in mid-December 2017. I really appreciated it, yet it took me time to absorb all that was provided, over these past two weeks.

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The Perfect Conditions for Entering A New Innovation Era in 2017

Paul Hobcraft

So if there was ever a time to clear the existing innovation agenda and rework the entire space for innovating, it is about to become the pressing reality as we enter into 2017. There are so many forces coming together that require this reworking.

Why We Are Entering A New Innovation Era.

Paul Hobcraft

Credit: Acacia Communications. I wrote this recently in a post entitled “ Bringing New Innovation is Stretching the Mind “ It opened with this view: “There is a profound shift taking place, relating to innovation.

Exploring frameworks and methods you need to know as an Innovator

Paul Hobcraft

Recently, well actually, over the past twelve or eighteen months, I was asked to explore and explain different frameworks that the innovator might need to know or at least have an opinion upon.

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.

Applying the Three Horizon Thinking to a Fresh Perspective of Innovation Design

Paul Hobcraft

There is huge value in applying the three horizon framework into your thinking. It is as useful a framework that you can get to help decide where you are heading. It is not just for innovation application, that can determine innovation activities.

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The limitations, criticisms and new pathways for Design Thinking – Part One

Paul Hobcraft

Let me summarize where we are today in design thinking. In the past couple of weeks, I have been spending a fair amount of time on investigating design thinking. This is part one of my thoughts that came out of investigating and researching design thinking in the past couple of weeks.

The Dynamics within Agility.

Paul Hobcraft

There has been an awful lot to absorb when it comes to skills and how organizations need to be designed for the future. The suggestions have come ‘thick and fast’ from so many sources.

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The Essential Connection Between Strategy and Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Most organizations are seeking solutions to the necessary connections between Strategy and Innovation. The connection between the two are often broken. Often it is within the strategies that should be outlined, lies the potential new spaces to play for innovation’s design.

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.

Swimming along a road in a flood of digital transformation

Paul Hobcraft

I am so caught up in transformation, no, actually I am swimming in it. No gentle backstroke for me lapping in the digital transformations that are being written about, this is a hard swim, one I’m not sure I can stay afloat and make headway, yet I must, well actually we all must.

Mapping the customer journey is the top driver for digital transformation

Paul Hobcraft

Organizations are struggling to understand the behaviors of the ‘connected’ customer. Partly it seems executives don’t engage with their brand or business in the way that their customers do. There is often a difference in understanding the value creating points between them.

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Bringing New Innovation Together Is Boggling the Mind

Paul Hobcraft

There is a profound shift taking place, relating to innovation. Increasingly we are seeing a growing dissatisfaction on the impact that innovation is having; in growth, in returns, in market and customer impact. There is a search for new solutions.

Innovations Degree’s of Connectivity, Interactivity and Sharing

Paul Hobcraft

We often forget it is our people that really make innovation work. They determine the ideas, drive these forward to deliver them as new innovation concepts into the world.

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?