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Adopting a Rapid Digital Innovation Process

Paul Hobcraft

Often our innovation activities face the same dilemma. Innovation needs time, it needs evolution and resolution but also speeding up. The need for innovation results has sped up considerably. The belief that lean management principles will get the innovation out of the door quicker, has been one of those management adoptions that often trick us into believing we are achieving more than we actually are. Designing the complete rapid innovation application process.

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Experiential Learning Accelerates Innovation. Innovation Session Designs Don’t Engage. New Study: Drawing is the Fastest, Most Effective Way to Learn. I read with interest an article stating that drawing accelerates learning. Using experiential learning tools like drawing isn’t really new in innovation process. Sunni Brown , Dave Gray , Dan Roam, and yours truly all use experiential learning tools in innovation projects.

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Going Lean, Again

etventure

Friedrich Arnold, Senior Project Manager at etventure, explains how manufacturers can embrace the Lean Startup methodology as the centerpiece of their Digital Transformation. Proudly, the Head of Production explained to me: “We use Lean Production – meaning we eliminate waste from our manufacturing process.” The only people who move quickly from one station to the other are delivering material based on a process called Kanban.

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All Innovation

Integrative Innovation

Yesterday, I was quite delighted to see my post Integrating Lean Startup and Design Thinking ranked #11 of the Top 100 Innovation Posts 2014 at Innovation Excellence. My conclusion: many of us are aware that innovation tools, even up-to-date ones, have a limited scope and that they can benefit from being complemented with other approaches. In fact, the real power lies in combining different innovation approaches to fit a unique context.

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The Billion Dollar Breakthrough You Missed

Gregg Fraley

Why and How are Billions in Potential Innovation Left On The Table? Innovation is Fresh Combinations . Fresh combinations of technologies, processes, materials, people, trends, concepts, and other factors are what creates innovation. From the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (chocolate plus peanut butter) to the iPod (MP3 player combined with a buying system, iTunes) nearly any innovation combines existing things or concepts. Are you an Innovation Director?

Key Issues in Innovation Management – Revisited – Part 1

Tim Kastelle

At the beginning of 2013, Tim Kastelle and I identified four key issues in innovation management for the time to come. From our point of view, all of the issues pinned down at that time have gained significant importance, are being intensively debated and can still be considered cutting-edge for companies to stay ahead in managing innovation. Let’s have a brief look at each of them: Differentiating and integrative innovation concepts.

Innovation Success Requires Integrated Approaches

Integrative Innovation

The resonance to my recent post on integrating Lean Startup and Design Thinking features to a combined process has been stunning. Interestingly, it looks like others support the idea of balancing and combining elements of both innovation approaches, too. A couple of days after having had published my post, Paolo Lorenzoni from IDEO confirmed the complementary nature of Lean Startup and Design Thinking. Act on the learning.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation. He’d asked me what I did and when I told him I was an innovation consultant, his eyebrows raised. I added my punchline, “because if you’re not doing projects you’re not doing innovation.” Nine essential questions CEO’s should be asking about innovation. Are people empowered to innovate? Does your culture support innovation? Are your people trained in innovation process?

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

Hence, I gave it some thought, starting by revisting an earlier reflection: Beginning of 2013, Tim Kastelle and I identified four key issues in innovation management for the time to come. From my point of view, all of the issues pinned down at that time have gained significant importance, are being intensively debated and can still be considered cutting-edge for companies to stay ahead in managing innovation. Innovation can’t be tackled through broad-brush recipes or tools.

Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

Integrative Innovation

This ‘opinion’ on the question “What can startups and incumbents learn from each other and what are the biggest threats?” outsourcing’ uncertainty, particularly in early phases of radical/disruptive innovation activities. Those tools are often organized as independent units or activities within the corporation or are ideally embedded in a single unit dedicated to explorative innovation altogether along with internal ventures.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley

Learn 4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018. The challenges facing innovation leaders, facing 2018 is — how do you integrate new digital capability? This is not innovation as we once knew it. This is not your Dad’s innovation. It’s not even Your Innovation of five years ago? How do you innovate across your entire value chain? Why is this challenge so different from previous innovation challenges?

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Intensive . Master Innovation Trainer: Gregg Fraley. Course Description: Innovation Intensive is a one day, deep dive, into fundamental and advanced concepts in innovation. It includes an overview of key frameworks ( Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, TRIZ, Synectics, Stage-Gate, CPS ) and their essential tools. Participants learn classic pitfalls and how to avoid them using best practices and emerging advanced practices.

What Did the Pandemic Teach Us About New Product Development?

Planview Blog

In this post, you will find questions and answers from an incredibly timely and informative webinar that provided crucial new product development best practices based on lessons learned from the pandemic. Q&A from Accelerating Innovation: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic.

How to enable Disruptive Innovation in an enterprise? [video included]

Be-novative

Disruptive Innovation is not a linear process. This is why we need to change a few aspects of the traditional innovation management approach to encourage employees to become intrapreneurs and drive more breakthrough results. and the real innovators know that. The real innovators know that the ‘dots’ and insights that underpin innovation are driven by the questions we ask, the unique observations we make and the people we involve and inspire.

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Management 3.0: Why you should get to know this Model?

mjvinnovation

It’s a management format that draws from the same source as Lean and Agile. Stimulates creativity and innovation. According to Appelo, although it is more efficient, hierarchy is still a determining factor in this format, making the decision-making process more bureaucratic.

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New Innovation Books for 2021 & Beyond

InnovationTraining.org

Innovate to grow with these innovation book recommendations. Does your organization have a comprehensive innovation strategy or plan for the year? Looking for even more literary choices to help you innovate? Innovation In Translation: How Big Ideas Really Happen.

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Building a lasting innovation capability

Jeffrey Phillips

I've been asked a number of times, by companies large and small, how to create an innovation capacity that lasts. Note that what my clients are asking for is to create an innovation capacity that outlasts a product need, or market gap, or executive team member.

Non-Profit Innovation: NCARB Brings New Product to Market

Moves the Needle

How The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Used Lean Innovation to Create New Value for Their Customers Take this Case Study with you! The organization reached out to Moves the Needle to expose more of its staff and leadership to an efficient way to develop new ideas using Lean Innovation techniques , and also to identify whether the organization would support this new way of working.

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Relating to the New Innovation Era

Paul Hobcraft

I firmly believe we are on the cusp of a new innovation era. When you step back and recognize all the different advancements we have making in designing tools and frameworks, in understanding innovation, it holds promise. We are still in need of finding innovations that provide new products, services or business models. Innovation is hard work yet we seem to make it harder because we “freeze” our understanding of it.

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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. We are in the middle of it, some of you may not have noticed its impact and change but it is significant on the understanding of innovation, in it’s future design. To achieve this innovation has gone digital, pure and simple. So the need to innovate comes from digital as the source.

Pirates in the Navy Book Excerpt

InnovationTraining.org

On Understanding Your Company Before You Start Innovating. A lot of innovators that I have met are impatient people. This is a lesson I learned from making many mistakes in my own work. I was often happy to take whatever innovation project the leadership team threw my way.

Dealing with the innovation legacy lying within your business.

Paul Hobcraft

I know the feeling, there has been such a considerable investment that has gone into previous innovation processes to get them established but much of this is actually out of date, it has become today a real ‘legacy’ issue but there is, of course, a real reluctance to challenge it. Often this reluctance to dispose of these old systems, processes and inadequate frameworks is holding innovation back. Can the way you conduct innovation today meet that strategic challenge?

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Our inabilities to adapt needs changing.

Paul Hobcraft

Erosion is everywhere, it just seems inevitable, we somehow get caught up in the process of time and our organizations seem to ‘freeze’ before our eyes, then simply age. Unless we create a strategy to transform, how can we re-imagine our innovation processes? We talk so much about “innovation is critical” today and in our future, but is rarely achieved. We are at a crossroads of determining if the management of innovation should change and if so, how.

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Reflecting on our innovation practices

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation has been rapidly changing and much of its basics have been swallowed up by some newly defining frameworks that have raced up to the top of the innovation agenda. It is right that we all respond to these but we often forget much of the rest of what innovation needs to be built upon. We fail to constantly review and re-engineer the innovation process and tend to layer more upon it, without a consistent reassessing what we are trying to achieve.

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Process Consulting: understand the benefits for your business

mjvinnovation

Innovation” used to mean the difference between dictating trends in your sector or following the trail of your competition’s success, but today the term refers to a fundamental condition of existence for businesses in the volatile and demanding Digital Age. Is process consulting for me?

Dealing with the innovation legacy lying within your business.

Paul Hobcraft

I know the feeling, there has been such a considerable investment that has gone into previous innovation processes to get them established but much of this is actually out of date, it has become today a real ‘legacy’ issue but there is, of course, a real reluctance to challenge it. Often this reluctance to dispose of these old systems, processes and inadequate frameworks is holding innovation back. Can the way you conduct innovation today meet that strategic challenge?

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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. We are moving from diverging into one of converging, we are at a changeover point for innovation; let me explain each of the contributing factors but firstly, a brief overview. Any renewing needs innovation to become more central but it will be different.

The Roles of Risk and Luck in Innovation

Idea to Value

One of the most controversial, and perhaps even misunderstood topics in innovation are the roles of risk and luck for innovation success. Do you have to get lucky to innovate successfully, or can you make your own luck? Risk and innovation. Typical outcomes for innovators.

Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At And worse, even if someone does manage to start something new, our management structure has so many financial, legal and HR hurdles that every initiative needs to match our existing business financial metrics, processes and procedures. More agile competitors are starting to eat into our business.

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The Ultimate Guide to Building an Internal Innovation Coaching System

Moves the Needle

The fact is, companies must be more agile, understand their customers deeply, and make bold moves in order to survive. At the heart of this transformation mindset is Lean Innovation. And when you think of innovation transformation, there are many pieces that need to come together. What is the Role of an Innovation Coach? There are two main functions of an innovation coach. What is an Internal Innovation Coaching System?

Why it Pays to Iterate if You Want to Innovate

Inceodia

“The Googly thing is to launch [products] early on Google Labs and then iterate, learning what the market wants — and making it great. 21st Century Innovation is Challenging. Twenty-five years ago, it was simple to deliver new innovative solutions to customers. If we build it they will come” was the motto of innovation teams, and the biggest challenge was marketing their solution. The digital age heralded a new environment for innovation.

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Innovation System Thinking on a Sunday! What, no roast or glass of wine? Later.

Paul Hobcraft

Mine is usually a mix of exploring and researching around innovation in the morning, a couple of hours at the gym, a walk to finish off and then a mixture of enjoying a nice home-cooked meal and a relaxing evening. What started me on a given innovation “tack”was for a long time I have seen an awful lot of opinions, solutions, concepts that have been breaking down innovation into its many parts. Then we have system imbalance to contend with in innovation.

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Déjà vu all over again: Corporate innovation is stuck in a rut

The Future Shapers

I’ve had a chance to read a very well researched report on corporate innovation conducted by KPMG in coordination with Innovation Leader. The report, Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2018 , is exceptionally thorough and provides good insights into the current state of innovation. My analysis is reinforced by Accenture’s new report on innovation, Make your Wise Pivot to the New. Enable the organization to innovate by design. Nascent innovators (the rest).

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GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

If you’re in the Chicago or Denver areas, check out these innovation training course offerings. Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi) is offering three public courses in late October and early November. Innovation Intensive, Beyond Design Thinking. This deep-dive immersive course in innovation could change the direction of your organization – or career. A truly innovative culture? Join us at Catalyst Ranch, a truly fun place to learn!

How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right

Steve Blank

— I just watched a very smart company try to manage innovation by hiring a global consulting firm to offload engineering from “distractions.” They accomplished their goal, but at a huge, unanticipated cost: the processes and committees they designed ended up strangling innovation. An existing company or government organization is primarily organized for day-to-day execution of its current business processes or mission. An Innovation Process and Pipeline.

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Digital transformation – the need to transform our innovation approaches

Paul Hobcraft

Add in the magic ‘need’ so innovation can benefit from this business digital transformation and we begin to shift around in our chairs even more. What would it mean if we ‘went’ digital and transformed ourselves for innovation within our organisation? I could really expand on that one but not here as I would subscribe to this myself as we need to have a dual mentality of an exploit and explore in our innovation activity.

The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

Innovation, disruption, accelerators, have all become urgent buzzwords in the Department of Defense and Intelligence community. In addition to the proliferation of threats, most of the tools and technologies that were uniquely held by the DoD/IC or only within the reach of large nation states are now commercially available (Cyber, GPS, semiconductors, analytics, centrifuges, drones, genetic engineering, agile and lean methodologies, ubiquitous Internet, crypto and smartphones, etc.).

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The 11 Bad Habits Killing Innovation in Your Company

Steve Blank

Alexander and I often collaborate on new ideas for corporate innovation. The latter requires speed and agility. However, the first goal of an innovator should not be to think hard about an idea and describe its implementation. First and foremost, an innovator’s job should be to rapidly, cheaply, and continuously test and adapt ideas until there’s enough evidence from the field to prove they will work. Don’t ask innovators for business plans.

How to transform your organizational culture with Design Thinking

mjvinnovation

Companies of all sizes, operating in the most diverse segments, strive to promote creativity, consequently innovating consciously. What all recognized innovation leaders have in common is that, at some point, they have transformed their culture. Some methods can help with this process, methods that are made just for this. That is the case of Design Thinking , a structured approach to innovation. And that is the death of creativity and innovation.

Innovation Management Software: Connect Creativity and Collaboration

Planview

Ideation + Delivery = Innovation. We have heard it time and again…Somewhere between the birth of an idea and the delivery phase, innovation slows or becomes nonexistent. Which is why “Innovation is rewarded but execution is worshipped!” While most innovation management software makes it possible for teams and organizations to gather and iterate on ideas, the question you must ask is, how do you ensure the best ideas become reality? Celebrate innovation success.

Digital transformation – the need to transform our innovation approaches

Paul Hobcraft

Add in the magic ‘need’ so innovation can benefit from this business digital transformation and we begin to shift around in our chairs even more. What would it mean if we ‘went’ digital and transformed ourselves for innovation within our organisation? I could really expand on that one but not here as I would subscribe to this myself as we need to have a dual mentality of an exploit and explore in our innovation activity.

7 Habits of Highly Innovative Companies

ITONICS

Innovation. Nevertheless, many market participants still face the enormous challenge of figuring out the blend of all necessary elements and the right mix for a successful innovation process. Even fewer have persistently developed and implemented habits and processes that foster sustainable innovation. We looked at some of the most innovative companies and their unique practices and filtered out seven key habits that are applicable to business and beyond.

Shifting Innovation Perspectives for 2019

The Future Shapers

Three years ago Derek Bishop, Jo Geraghty and I published our book, Building a Culture of Innovation. [1] 1] The book was inspired by, and written for, all of those leaders who understood that in order to thrive in today’s global marketplace they needed to set innovation as a capability at the heart of their culture but were uncertain how to go about it. Have senior leaders shifted not only their approach but also their perspective on the value of innovation?