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The 4-Step Guide to Refining Your Innovation Process

IdeaScale

Innovation processes can be complex. Most companies today make innovation a priority — or at least they say they do. However, innovating is an inexact science. So how do you know if your innovation process is working? Be an Innovation Leader.

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Five Barriers to the Innovation Process and How to Overcome Them

IdeaScale

It would seem that the innovation process is simple: Get an idea, refine that idea, implement it, and repeat the process. Here are five common problems with the innovation process and how to resolve them. The innovation process needs to be crafted to fit each group.

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How Amazon Execs use a 4-Step Innovation Process Template to Create Breakthrough Products

Leapfrogging

Amazon’s unique approach to innovation helps teams “work backwards” to create breakthroughs. This means envisioning customer problems as well as ideal solutions to those problems before actually developing a product or service–and this is exactly how Amazon innovates.

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How Amazon Execs use a 4-Step Innovation Process Template to Create Breakthrough Products

Leapfrogging

Amazon’s unique approach to innovation helps teams “work backwards” to create breakthroughs. This means envisioning customer problems as well as ideal solutions to those problems before actually developing a product or service–and this is exactly how Amazon innovates.

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11 Templates for Brainstorming

InnovationTraining.org

These top ideation and brainstorming templates from Miro can be used with your team remotely or in the same room. Interested in templates for brainstorming that you can even use with a team online? In this guide we will share some of the most popular brainstorming frameworks.

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Putting Brainstorming in its place

Jeffrey Phillips

I find that I've become increasingly irritated with all of the narrow interpretations and self-serving definitions of what is, or isn't, innovation. I'm happy to climb up on a soapbox again to talk about one of the most common scapegoats for innovation, the act of brainstorming. Strange that the activity that should be the easiest, most natural activity in an innovation process is singled out as the most complex, difficult and dangerous.

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Brainstorming with an expert, Richard Ahern

Betterific

Welcome to the second part of our new “Brainstorming with…” series, where we interview two sets of people – the innovation challenge winners and the product developers and innovation experts that sponsor the challenges. From the winners, we learn brainstorming tips, how they arrived at their winning ideas, and the inspiration they use. You can check out our first Brainstorming with a winner edition, where we interviewed Dan Pick.

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Brainstorming with an expert, Matt Nelson

Betterific

In this installment of “Brainstorming with an [innovation] expert” we invite Matt Nelson from Hyundai. He just finished up his role as the Innovation and Technology Planner at Hyundai and is now returning to the University of Michigan to get his masters in Design Science. In the interview below, you’ll get a tremendous window into the world of innovation and product development. Process Development (How do we make it).

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Start testing B2B ideas: The story of Health Catalyst

Strategyzer

You’ve just had an incredibly productive brainstorming session with your team where you collectively came up with dozens of ideas for new business models. Innovation Process: Testing Business Ideas

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29 Innovation Activities for Your Next Ideation

Innovation Excellence

While there's a limitless list of possibilities that need to be tailored to each innovation challenge, I do have some favorites. Consumer Innovation Creativity Feature Of The Week Innovation Processes & Tools Product Innovation Brainstorm collaboration competitive claims Corporate innovation empathy ice breakers ideation activities immersion Innovation Platforms Insights Team building

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Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

New Service Offering for Digital Technology Innovation. Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. Chicago, IL, August 1, 2018 — The MoshPit Innovation Service is an innovation project discovery service marketed by GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation). It’s designed to uncover unlikely, but useful, combinations of technologies, products, services, trends, and insights that lead to breakthrough innovation.

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Four Exercises to try in your next Virtual Whiteboarding Session

IdeaScale

Whiteboarding is a critical part of the brainstorming and innovation process. It serves as a tool to visualize, actualize, and realize the full potential of your ideas.

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Idea Generation Process: The Various Approaches to Gathering & Implementing Employee Ideas

Qmarkets

Employee ideas are the backbone of any corporate innovation initiative, and therefore a strong idea generation process that can be scaled across your organization is key. Submission Arguably the submission phase is the most important step of the process.

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15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

Every company says that innovation is important, and that they value the ideas of their people. Yet the problem lies in the fact that so few established companies actually know how to go about getting value out of their innovation ambitions, let alone turning it into profit. In fact, according to some estimates by Doblin , 96% of all new innovations which established companies attempt fail to make a return on investment. Suggested viewing: 12 – Disruptive Innovation.

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Transform Your Organization with Process Innovation

IdeaScale

Process innovation is perhaps the “classic” form of innovation. Finding a better way of accomplishing necessary business tasks is low-risk, can lead to other types of innovations, and helps companies maintain and sharpen their competitive edge. Processes must evolve with changes in markets and technologies. Process innovation ensures that it does so effectively. Ideally, process innovation should be built into the company DNA.

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Do You Know Your Company’s Implementation Rate?

InnovationManagement

With the rise of the innovation department, numerous organizations are focusing their attention on their company’s ideation rate. A good ideation rate generally predicts other positive company health indicators: profitability, higher employee retention rates, reported customer success, but there’s another innovation health indicator that we think organizations should pay attention to: their implementation rate. appeared first on Innovation Management.

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Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Innovation is complex and difficult — but one thing about it is not. What’s quite simple about innovation is that projects are what make innovation real. are Not Innovation. Thinking about things is not innovation. Having beers and kicking ideas around are not innovation. Brainstorming sessions are not innovation. Idea Campaigns are not innovation. Guided visualizations are not innovation. Lean is not innovation.

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Igniting Innovation by Sparking Sensations

The Future Shapers

Tired of the same old boring innovation workshop and brainstorming techniques that does nothing but give you more of the same? Strong innovation is almost always preceded by developing creative courage, which can be fostered by multi-sensory experiences. The post Igniting Innovation by Sparking Sensations appeared first on The Future Shapers. Creativity Culture Change Innovation Process

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Good Manners and Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Brainstorming sessions can easily devolve into a contest of strong egos or a parade of old, tired ideas and their accompanying resentments. Worse, meetings around ideation or innovation sour when there is lack of good manners. Continue reading → Innovation Creativity innovation process michael graber Southern Growth Studio

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To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Innovation is Learning. For many years I kept the concepts of innovation and learning in separate boxes. I thought innovation was creating new things of value, and, learning was understanding new things. I now believe that learning and innovation are joined at the hip. You can’t innovate without an exploratory learning process. Domain Knowledge is an Innovation Pre-requisite. Knowledge Across Many Domains Is An Innovation Accelerator.

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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? Innovation Intensive will help you improve the effectiveness of innovation projects.

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2 Super Smart Ways to Catalyze Innovative Success

BrainZooming

An article in The Wall Street Journal by Paul Ziobro shares an report on how toy manufacturers, including Mattel and Hasbro, are accelerating their new product innovation processes. Thus, the need to catalyze innovative success by streamlining the steps between ideas and implementation. 2 Super Smart Ways to Catalyze Innovative Success. This is a fruitful way to identify innovation opportunities customers can’t clearly articulate.

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Succeeding in Zoomworld

InnovationLabs

OUR FORTHCOMING WHITE PAPER, NEW BOOKS, and a NEW ONLINE INNOVATION COURSE. We’ve done highly useful brainstorming, as well as scenario planning, and even some interesting work in strategy and urban design, all over Zoom. ADVANCE NOTICE: OUR NEW ONLINE INNOVATION COURSE IS COMING.

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Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

Training Accelerates Innovation. 94% of managers are unsatisfied with their companies innovation performance. 70% of CEO’s see innovation as a key driver of growth. Why then is corporate America so woefully undertrained in innovation fundamentals? Energy is Not Enough, Get Training in Innovation . When I step into a room to facilitate a strategy, innovation, or idea generation session I usually find a great deal of energy.

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Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Experiential Learning Accelerates Innovation. Innovation Session Designs Don’t Engage. 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. Most corporate innovators have no training in using experiential tools. ” Accelerated Learning Leads to Accelerated Innovation.

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Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders. Invest in Frameworks, But First, Establish a Culture Where Innovation Thrives. For results, leaders need to foster innovation fundamentals and integrate them into organizational culture. More structure is needed as fundamentals take hold, and that means an innovation process framework. This series of posts on innovation fundamentals is not about frameworks. There is no innovation without creativity.

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Different Ideas Emerge From Different Doing

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Programs Based On Best Practices are Doomed to Mediocrity. Things I’ve heard recently from c-suite executives about their own innovation programs: “Floundering and ineffective, if I’m honest.” ” These are the words I’ve heard innovation directors and c-suite executives use to describe their own innovation programs. This post is to make a simple point about innovation.

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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?

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How Online Whiteboards Create Lasting Innovation

IdeaScale

Innovation is critical to establishing new solutions and is something that every business handles. It can come in many different forms and styles, but regardless of the methods you use, innovation cannot be ignored. How online whiteboards create impactful innovation.

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Ideation Activities, Exercises and Templates (from Miro)

InnovationTraining.org

Whether you are working together in person or remotely, design thinking software tools such as Miro can help make the innovation process easier than ever. InnovationThese top ideation activity templates from Miro can be used when working remotely or in the same room.

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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. Innovation team leaders and project managers learn what it takes to keep cycles spinning from year to year. This course covers a great deal of ground — even experienced innovation professionals will learn new methods, tools, and concepts.

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Innovation Funnel Management System: The Secret Tool to Drive Innovative Product Development in Your Business

Leapfrogging

The innovation session had been going on for most of 2 days, yet the participants didn’t look tired. Enter the Innovation Funnel Management Process, one of my favorite tools to help manage business process innovation. The Innovation Funnel Management Process ?requires

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How Design Thinking Promotes Innovation

IdeaScale

It’s well known that design thinking is a creative problem-solving process, which focuses on reaching solutions that were previously inaccessible. To the trained eye, this may ring a bell as a common goal of innovative thinking as well. Design Thinking and Innovation.

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Why Visualization Tools are a Logical Next Step for Innovators

IdeaScale

Innovation is everywhere, and for many businesses being able to innovate fast is a non-negotiable requirement. Why is it then that so much innovation continues to stall with using outdated technology? Why Innovation requires Visualization.

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The History of the Whiteboard and Ideation

IdeaScale

In the last two centuries, these tools have been central to the classroom and the innovation process, but there was once a time before they existed. . Why are Whiteboards Linked With Innovation? Innovators want to ideate fast and this is exactly what online whiteboards provide.

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Use this White Space Innovation Tool to Supercharge Your Innovation Efforts

Leapfrogging

Over the last two decades, I have had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s most innovative business leaders to help develop innovative solutions and services for companies big and small. Description of the White Space Innovation Process .

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New Year’s Resolution: Catch Up on These Must-Read Innovation Blogs from 2019

IdeaScale

Are you looking for ways to take your innovation strategy to the next level in 2020? Check out our top innovation blogs from 2019 for tips on transforming your product, process, market, and more. Seven Free Brainstorming Tools for 2019. Top Innovation Conferences for 2019.

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Creating an Innovative Culture in a Remote-First Organization

IdeaScale

Overview: While the fundamentals of creating an innovative culture at a company remain the same when remote, such as encouraging ideas and using small teams to build up, the remote workplace offers new challenges for innovators. Remote Work And Innovation Culture.

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6 Building Blocks for Innovation Department Success

IdeaScale

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. They’re already overloaded and adding “innovate” to their task load may not get a good reaction. However, there are ways to cultivate innovation success, and creating an innovation department is one of them. Define Roles and Processes.

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Does Your Company Struggle with Innovation Anxiety?

IdeaScale

Innovation anxiety can keep your team from doing its best. This principle is as true of innovation as everything else. . Here’s how to fight “innovation anxiety.” What Is Innovation Anxiety? On one level, innovation anxiety is easy to understand.

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Crowdsourced Innovation: Three Things I Learned

IdeaScale

During my first two weeks as a Marketing Intern for IdeaScale, I learned about how the business world operates, particularly how an organization uses crowdsourced innovation with tools such as IdeaScale. I didn’t realize how important crowdsourced innovation really is in the business world!

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The lost innovation pathway

Paul Hobcraft

I was recently working through a set of older presentation files and came across this extract concerning innovation again and thought I must share this. Are we making real progress in our innovation activities? The extract offers much for any innovation pathway we might be considering.

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Remote Work Has Become One of the Business World’s Most Innovative Tools

IdeaScale

And despite two years of practice, many companies worry about what working remotely means for creativity, innovation, and culture—so to put those fears to rest, let’s look at how remote work opens the door to diverse perspectives, and gives businesses the flexibility to face larger changes.

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