Three Creative Thinking Challenges

Destination Innovation

They are taken from six creative challenges included in my new course – Boost Your Personal Creativity. You can use the techniques and tips in this course to help you approach challenges in new ways and to find better and even brilliant solutions. This course will inspire you to start on your creative projects. Creativity Online courses boost your personal creativity creative thinking creativity creativity challenge online courseAre you creative?

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. Click on the course title to register. This deep-dive immersive course in innovation could change the direction of your organization – or career. This essential training for leaders and project managers provides answers, and from an industry thought leader.

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An Unconventional Approach to Manage Your Projects

Rmukesh Gupta

Almost everyone project manager that I meet wants to find out a way to do two things: Deliver their projects on-budget and on-time Be innovative in their approach while doing so. Yet, we know that most projects are neither on-budget nor on-time. The bigger and more critical the project, the more likely that it will over-run budgets and get delayed. So, why is it that most large projects fail? If yes, conduct an analysis on what did we learn from the project.

How To Defeat Global Project Problems

The Human Factor

Major corporations regularly embark on global projects that involve teams in diverse geographical locations. If you are considering embarking on a global project, or are already involved in one, then consider these factors that will have a huge impact on the success or failure of your project.

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?

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

Course Description: Innovation Intensive is a one day, deep dive, into fundamental and advanced concepts in innovation. It examines culture assessment, strategy, and on-going project management. In addition, it covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. Innovation team leaders and project managers learn what it takes to keep cycles spinning from year to year.

How to Evaluate Visual Project Management Tools

Kainexus

We’ve received a bunch of responses to our recent posts about visual project management. Many of our readers have shared their stories about how moving to visual management has helped them get more projects completed and to better understand the results of their improvement efforts. Other readers have asked questions about what to look for when selecting tools for visual project management. Kanban boards are among the most popular visual project management tools available.

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Planning a Taxonomy Project

Boxes and Arrows

Planning a taxonomy covers the same questions as planning any UX project. This article will go through the questions you should consider when planning a kitchen, er, um…, a taxonomy project. Resources: What are the project resources and constraints? Of course, I got it.). Understanding the scope of the taxonomy you’re building can help prevent scope creep in a taxonomy project.

Top 10 short-term online innovation management courses

hackerearth

Why take a course on innovation? List of courses. This is a round-up of short-term online courses for decision-makers who oversee driving innovation in their respective organizations. These courses guide you in gaining more insights about how innovation strategies and skills accelerate the operational efficiency and competitiveness in organizations. Course duration : 9 weeks. Course highlights. Course duration: 2 weeks. Course highlights.

Top 10 short-term online innovation management courses

hackerearth

Why take a course on innovation? List of courses. This is a round-up of short-term online courses for decision-makers who oversee driving innovation in their respective organizations. These courses guide you in gaining more insights about how innovation strategies and skills accelerate the operational efficiency and competitiveness in organizations. Course duration : 9 weeks. Course highlights. Course duration: 2 weeks. Course highlights.

Innovation is a Brutal DIY Project

Gregg Fraley

I’m the Abraham Lincoln of home fix-it DIY projects. Best to get projects started before a crisis. Point Two : Making a challenge a project is always a good move. Innovation is Projects. Point Three : I knew the challenge and had a project, so, why didn’t I do any research? I punch the wall and damage it, which means I’ve got another DIY project. Point Four: Projects can, and will, change, as you fail and learn.

Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

Gregg Fraley

Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. What I hear from top management: “we don’t have the time or resources for innovation projects, we’ll start later this year.” They know that they have to get projects underway, and managed efficiently, in order to fill the new product pipeline. One solution, not a new one, is to outsource innovation project management.

How to Run a Virtual Design Thinking Project with Remote Teams

InnovationTraining.org

In this guest post, learn how to effectively implement a virtually-led design thinking project. There’s no question that teams are capable of great things when working remotely, and there is no shortage of project management tools, virtual whiteboards and prototyping software out there to help. Staying on track: Throughout a design thinking project, teams need to repeatedly shift gears from diverging to converging, and apply different tools and mindsets at each stage of the process.

Is The Project Worth Pursuing?

Beyond the Obvious

However, selecting a course of action based solely on ROI can be limiting. What are your criteria for deciding that an idea is worth pursuing? We all have our own set of selection criteria, the first of which is usually looking for profits. If you are doing something really innovative, how on earth can you […]. Book Book Excerpts Bill Hewlett customers design FIRE HP Innovation potential customers printer product research ROI

Growkomp project yields a promising model for regional transformation projects

Innovation 360 Group

This ambitious development project was launched in 2016 with 8.2 million Swedish crowns funded by the European Social Fund , and ended on May of 2018, with a media conference to announce and celebrate the projects results, including: Average growth of orderbook by 25%. Innovation area in Growkomp project was very interesting, We have gotten fantastic opportunities to be stronger and competent at innovation.” — Johan Ragnar, CEO of furniture designer Ragnars Inredningar.

The Case for Ambiguity – How to Set Your IT Project Up For Success

MSSBTI

However, that is exactly what happens to an overwhelming number of leaders on a regular basis with their technology projects. A McKinsey-Oxford study found that large IT projects go over-budget 45% of the time, over-schedule 7% of the time, and under-deliver 56% of the time¹. Why do very capable individuals (who called in experienced implementation teams) consistently find themselves in the hot seat with their projects? How to Avoid Project Estimation Errors.

Project Management – Making It Easy

The Human Factor

If you have been working in your field for a while, you might be thinking about taking on a more significant project. Of course, it helps if you have a PMP certification – so you know the ins and outs before you start, but if you don’t have one yet, you can still have a crack at your first project. You can put the following tips to good use for managing a project, starting or running a committee, leading a team or organizing an event in most cases.

Keep Project Delay From Turning Into Project Failure

AureaWorks

When a big project goes off the rails, it can turn into an acrimonious fight, with lots of finger-pointing and accusations lobbed from all directions. And if the project is big enough, the press may even shine a spotlight on that trouble. Instead, the city got 1600 words in the newspaper chronicling the project’s failure. If your organization has a major project that is struggling to stay on its timeline, don’t let it come to this.

Think Your Company’s Pursuit of Innovation has Run its Course? Think Again…

Qmarkets

Of course, the terminology here is not clean-cut – overconfidence can sometimes be a good thing, if it encourages someone to persevere against the odds to achieve their dreams, and skepticism can sometimes be bad, if it discourages someone from following their dreams to begin with. Of course, we’ve developed new materials and designs, but the mechanical structure has remained the same – until now.

How to Rescue a Troubled Project

AureaWorks

Every project manager takes on a new assignment expecting the best outcome. In a perfect world, careful planning would lead to high-quality projects that are submitted on time and on budget. While most projects might have a few issues during the execution process, some get derailed. The client is not happy, the stakeholders are not happy, and the PM has to get back on course — immediately. Review the Project As Soon as You Start Missing Milestones.

Think Your Company’s Pursuit of Innovation has Run its Course? Think Again…

Qmarkets

Of course, the terminology here is not clean-cut – overconfidence can sometimes be a good thing, if it encourages someone to persevere against the odds to achieve their dreams, and skepticism can sometimes be bad, if it discourages someone from following their dreams to begin with. Of course, we’ve developed new materials and designs, but the mechanical structure has remained the same – until now.

Can project managers be innovative?

Values Centered Innovation

This year’s Project Management Conference in Dallas focused on all things innovation. Given my long-standing background with both project management and innovation, I was delighted to be on a panel that explored how project managers, their teams, and their company cultures could be more innovative. As project managers, you are always innovating with each project you manage, no matter how small or large the scope is, and no matter what the topic is.

Tips for Project Managers: Overcoming Obstacles and Completing Projects on Time

AureaWorks

percent of companies complete 100 percent of their projects, Gallup reports. This is a somewhat alarming statistic that begs the question, “Why is it so difficult to complete projects?”. The answer is that project managers are constantly coming up against the same issues that hinder their ability to see projects through to completion, which can be frustrating and demoralizing. 1: Overcome the Vagueness of Project Goals by Asking the Right Questions. Only 2.5

How to Setup Your IoT Project for Success

Taivara

Planning for metrics and reports may feel like the last thing you want to worry about when there are so many more important things to do during the launching of a new IoT project. My “measure of success” wasn’t management’s measure of success, and I found myself pushing for a project that had zero reason for survival. We’re going to tell a good story about why our results make sense and the IoT project is a success. For your IoT project, define the primary goal.

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The 4 most useless people to have in your innovation project

Board of Innovation

Let’s assume your innovation project has a clear purpose. The people you invite to your brainstorms & workshops are of course carefully selected. The post The 4 most useless people to have in your innovation project appeared first on Board of Innovation. Example: “You want to find new sources of revenue based on the existing assets you have as a company.” ” To develop a new product or services you decide to launch an innovation accelerator.

How Reliable is Intuition in Mature Project Management?

AureaWorks

As any seasoned project manager can attest, reality can sometimes evolve rapidly and in unpredictable ways, which is something no decision-making framework can fully anticipate. Add to that mix the great expectations clients can impose, and you have a recipe for stalled projects without the guidance of someone who can make smart decisions on the fly. Fortunately, intuition is something project managers can actively develop over time. Product Management Project Management

Improve Your Project Management Systems With the Five Levels of Maturity

AureaWorks

The success of project management strategies within an organization can be measured in five stages of maturity. Even companies that seem to hit their deadlines and complete projects on budget can lack maturity without the right management systems. Introducing the Project Management Maturity Model. Many companies tackle projects on a first come, first served basis. Level one companies complete projects whenever they come in to the best of their ability.

How Corporations Can Manage New Ventures and University Projects as Extensions of their Advanced Product Development

Corporate Innovation

In this manner, companies are now more symbiotic with new ventures and university research projects than ever before. They spend lots of time looking at new ventures and university projects in order to report what is happening back to a parent organization or parallel organization, which is largely consumed with other issues, like keeping the main business running and satisfying their existing customers. new ventures) and/or technical projects in universities.

How Corporations Can Manage New Ventures and University Projects as Extensions of their Advanced Product Development

Corporate Innovation

In this manner, companies are now more symbiotic with new ventures and university research projects than ever before. They spend lots of time looking at new ventures and university projects in order to report what is happening back to a parent organization or parallel organization, which is largely consumed with other issues, like keeping the main business running and satisfying their existing customers. new ventures) and/or technical projects in universities.

Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Do Purpose First, Select a Framework, Then Do Projects. Without a Clear Purpose, Innovation Drifts Off Course. Using a structured innovation framework is a project success factor. It happens through projects. The best innovators organize their efforts around projects. Without a common focus, a purpose that describes how you provides value to others, you’ll be doing projects that are ultimately doomed to failure.

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The 4 most useless people to have in your innovation project

Board of Innovation

Let’s assume your innovation project has a clear purpose. The people you invite to your brainstorms & workshops are of course careful selected. The post The 4 most useless people to have in your innovation project appeared first on Board of Innovation. Example: “You want to find new sources of revenue based on the existing assets you have as a company.” ” To develop a new product or services you decide to launch an innovation accelerator.

The Tale of Amar, Akbar, Anthony and What They All Need to Succeed

Rmukesh Gupta

He will have to write emails that are persuasive, he will have to write up project plans and new product description and what they will do, that are able to persuade his senior executives to fund his ideas. You can use the same method to come up with an email that can convince for you, or create a sales pitch that can convince your customer or write a project plan that can convince senior management to open up their budgets and fund your idea. Three Friends.

How Corporations Can Manage New Ventures and University Projects as Extensions of their Advanced Product Development

Corporate Innovation

In this manner, companies are now more symbiotic with new ventures and university research projects than ever before. They spend lots of time looking at new ventures and university projects in order to report what is happening back to a parent organization or parallel organization, which is largely consumed with other issues, like keeping the main business running and satisfying their existing customers. new ventures) and/or technical projects in universities.

My New Project — Unpacking the Innovator’s Gift

Leanstack

I’m working on my most ambitious project yet. This is the essence of Continuous Innovation …And yes, there is a step-by-step framework for doing this…And exactly what this new project is all about codifying as a framework. Bob liked what I had done with the Lean Canvas and asked me to take a look at how he has been applying JTBD: “We have successfully applied JTBD in our consulting practice across many projects, but we often struggle to explain what a job even is.

Get INNOVATION MASTERY at a Nice Discount!

InnovationLabs

People who in those organizations (and many more) are now using Innovation Mastery – our new online innovation course. Anticipating the Future Business Model Innovation Collaboration and Co-Creation Creativity and Ideation Design Thinking Innovation Innovation Culture Innovation Metrics Innovation Process Innovation Tools Main Content Project Management Strategy and Innovation Visual Modeling

Persist Like a Zen Mushroom Hunter

Gregg Fraley

Even a project that is dead-in-the-water can be revived with a fresh insight and subsequent action. If a project is frustrating you, let go, relax. His Innovation Facilitation training courses provide cutting edge tools and techniques, including unique proprietary tools. Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Creativity and Self-Expression Innovation Inspirational Writing Creativity Hen-of-the-Woods hope insight insights mushroom hunting persistence projects Zen

Running Out of Time: How Workflow Planning Can Reduce Missed Deadlines

AureaWorks

When a project is falling behind, managers have two choices: allocate more time to the work (making the timelines for other projects tighter), or ask employees to put in extra hours to hit the deadline. Even the best-planned projects seem to fall behind schedule, leaving employees stressed and overworked. The Psychology Behind Late Projects. This also occurs in companies when employees work on other tasks and then rush to complete a project before the deadline.

The Benefits of Adaptable PPM Milestones

AureaWorks

When projects have tight deadlines, project managers tend to be so focused on getting work done that they don’t stop to evaluate how processes can improve. These small markers give project managers the opportunity to step back, evaluate a project and make any necessary adjustments for improvement. As you plan your project, it’s important to differentiate between the three key elements of any project: a milestone, a deliverable and a task.

Invest in Innovation Skill Building

Gregg Fraley

If you read my post here and feel like this would make sense — h ere are my course offerings. Training in basics like brainstorming, but also more advanced concepts like innovation cycle management, frameworks, and facilitation of innovation teams and projects. And worst of all — there are no innovation projects actually happening. Without projects — Nothing — will happen. In fact, I have a public course scheduled for February in Denver.

What We Can Learn About Government Innovation from DARPA

IdeaScale

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has already changed the course of history. DARPA was where the internet, the graphical user interface, the voice assistant, and GPS were pioneered, changing how we work, play, and live. Here’s what we can all learn from DARPA’s approach to innovation management and product design strategy. Be … Continued. The post What We Can Learn About Government Innovation from DARPA appeared first on IdeaScale.

Better Products Faster: How to Use PPM Processes to Strengthen Your R&D

AureaWorks

And yet R&D can be so susceptible to outside pressure: Stakeholders who push for an accelerated time to market, budget constraints that hamper access to resources vital to R&D, teams diverted to projects deemed more immediately urgent. Of course, all of these complications are a question of an organization’s ability to effectively prioritize its projects. This is where project portfolio management come in. Executing (and Protecting) the Project.

What Is Business Intelligence?

Collective Innovation

Anything that can help illustrate what the impact of a new course or product may be. Knowing your company can also involve getting a wider view of opinions when charting a new course and how much support certain decision have. Business intelligence is the collection and analysis of data to support decisions at all levels of the organization.

Colorado Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

A brief post to make sure you know about the upcoming Denver, CO public course in Advanced Innovation Facilitation. Essentially this is intensive, hands-on workshop that trains people in innovation frameworks, and tools for strategy, ideation, research, and project management. It’s a course for innovation project managers, consultants, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs who want to have more productive strategy, idea generation, and innovation action plans.