Why Your Employees Are the Key to Recovery

InnovationManagement

In this article, we will look at how to identify and understand employee contributions, and learn how to work with idea generators, evaluators, and activators.

Ideation Rate: Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Planview Spigit

MIT’s Sloan Management Review recently published a story that focuses on the research Spigit conducted with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management around quantifying a culture of innovation. In other words, we set out to move beyond the why behind creating a culture of innovation and look at the how. In doing so, we surfaced actions a company can take actually build and sustain a culture of innovation. What is ideation rate?

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The Innovation Hotline: How Colruyt Group is Championing Intrapraneurship with Collaborative Idea Generation

Qmarkets

Its rapid expansion from a small, family-run wholesale goods business in 1928 into a multinational conglomerate with 30,000 employees, can be attributed in part to the creative – and ingenious – ways it has crowdsourced ideas from employees. We form the ‘Centre of Excellence’ for idea management at the company. We also run workshops offline to generate new ideas for company improvements, as well as enrich them.

The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment

Gregg Fraley

The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment. A lot of fuss is made over innovation culture. And… I have a simple one question assessment leaders and managers can use to take the pulse of their innovation culture. ” If the immediate answer isn’t “yes” — you’ve got a culture problem. Solving an innovation culture problem isn’t easy, but your solution had better include interesting, compelling, and fun, Projects.

Measuring Innovation Performance

led to the number of novel ideas generated per 100 employees or the. ect of culture on creativity, organizations have their own ways of de?ning performance measures of innovation, it is important to know HOW INNOVATION HAPPENS Good ideas can come from anywhere. s areHow realistic they are The more diverse the source of ideas, the more superior. and varied the idea quality. Better employee engagement and cross-functional collaboration spawn better ideas.

Ideating at Enexis – Driving Operational Innovation in Dutch Energy Sector

Qmarkets

Yet the company has managed to generate hundreds of new ideas each year since 2014, resulting in millions in cost-saving and improved employee safety. From the necessity of growth the most creative ideas are often formed. How does an idea travel through your system?

Ideating at Enexis – Driving Operational Innovation in Dutch Energy Sector

Qmarkets

Yet the company have managed to implement up to 300 new ideas a year resulting in millions in cost-saving since 2014. From the necessity of growth the most creative ideas are often formed. How have you handled innovation and specifically idea management in the past?

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

I’m also a bit weary of chasing or developing the latest, greatest, and most sophisticated tool for ideation. Yes, I’m an innovation writer, trainer, and consultant, AND, without a creative culture you’re building innovation on a mound of sand. But without creative belief and culture, advanced tools are likely to fail. How can an idea be useful if it’s not in play? Build Innovation From The Ground Up. Creative Thinking Can Be Trained.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Does your culture support innovation? Small “i” innovation can be generated at any level, so communicate to all that you seek ideas to improve. If a good idea pops up, by all means resource it and get it into action. Is your culture supporting innovation? It’s a cliché, but you have to get the culture right. There are several ways to thoroughly assess if you have an innovative culture, but let’s keep it simple here.

Got a Great Idea? Don't Take Credit For It

Innovation in Practice

We want to resist the temptation of judging ideas depending on where it came from. If we like the person, we tend to like their idea. And what this means for you in practice is that you have to find a way to strip ideas of their identity. You can boost the creative out put of your team just by making sure these ideas don't get thrown out prematurely. That keeps the ideas anonymous. It helps them eliminate that natural tendency to have a bias to that idea.

How You Ask for Innovation Matters

Gregg Fraley

If you ask for innovation ideas in an idea campaign, make it clear to all that the effort has top level support. Be prepared to process a lot of ideas. Provide feedback, as you go, to the ideation, steer it a bit. Ask for more ideas of certain kinds, less of others, etc. If necessary, modify your question to make it more specific if you’re not getting interesting ideas. Once done and the ideas are processed, communicate what happened.

Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

Gregg Fraley

If your looking for a quick way to jostle up fresh ideas, go with the simpler ones. Background — Mash-Ups in Pop Culture, Invention,, and Innovation. Background – Mash-Ups in Pop Culture and Invention. Mash-Ups are a bigger idea than musical creations. Conceptual blending was brought to my attention by Michael Michalko in his fine book Creative Thinkering , but the idea of concept blending was first articulated by Arthur Koestler back in the 50’s.

Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes

Gregg Fraley

Yes, there are other ways to assess innovation culture that are more thorough (such as Teresa Amabile Ph.D. Were there any ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to perceived risk? Were there ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to lack of resources? By cycle I mean conceiving of a project to innovate, forming a team, creating something new or different, and putting the idea into a queue for actual implementation.

Innovate Where You Are — and With Who You Have

Gregg Fraley

Do things to create an innovation mindset and culture in all parts of your organization. As part of an organizational innovation project, ask for ideas using virtual systems. Make sure you have a focused challenge, and make sure you’ve got resources (people in an ad hoc team) to take the best ideas forward — in a project. Projects alone can change cultures. Check out BrightIdea (a leading Idea Management System).

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

A truly innovative culture? The course covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation tools, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. All participants walk away with a shell framework and ideas they can put to immediate use. Brainstorming done effectively, more ideas, better ideas, and powerful tools for amping and refining ideas.

Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley

When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I always find a great deal of energy. Training, a skilled facilitator, and frequent practice are essential to effective ideation sessions and creating a broad and systemic organizational innovation culture. Training helps instill structured creative thinking and innovation process as a cultural value, so people will do it all the time and keep innovation spinning.

Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

Gregg Fraley

It’s not a new idea but it’s one more companies should consider. Cultural shift is hard, and can only be done by doing. Or when you have an idea that would open a whole new market and set your companies future for years to come. Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. It sure beats doing nothing. See my Seven Essentials for hiring below.

Small “i” Insights or Large “I” Insights Yield Different Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Qualitative Consumer Verbatims Lead Directly to New and Improved Ideas. Working with Fortune 1000 companies I’ve found cultures rich in respect for qualitative research. The trap is thinking that consumer words, aka insights, are great launching pads or problem frames for ideation. ” That would lead to ideas for training, or more tellers, or efficiency processes, essentially improvement ideas.

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Disaster: CEO’s Ignoring Digital Innovation

Gregg Fraley

How do they shift the culture of an established company to become intrapreneurial and nimble? Our answer is that a new innovation methodology is emerging that blends current best practices with more rapid innovation project cycles, market knowledge, new ideation techniques, and analysis of where digital technology is best applied to reinvent or disrupt the organization’s value chain. Does Any CEO Have the Luxury to Ignore Digital Transformation and Innovation?

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs of this blog post and will now cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or not understood by the members of your team. Few people want to deal with the Rube Goldberg-like nature of the beast -- the attempt to more dependably structure the process of originating, developing, and executing new ideas. Viable ideas will be refined. Idea Champions.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

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. More ideas, better ideas, and tools for amping and refining ideas. How to plan and execute training, ideation, strategy, and brainstorming sessions. Innovation Intensive .

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's assume for a moment that you and your company value BIG IDEAS -- the kind of ideas that have the potential to change the game, differentiate you from the competition, and spark some major business growth. Yes, it's always possible that a sudden rainstorm will save your ass, but praying for rain is not exactly a dependable way to ensure a pipeline of powerful, business growth ideas -- the proverbial "front-end of innovation". Spontaneous idea generation is great.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's assume for a moment that you and your company value BIG IDEAS -- the kind of ideas that have the potential to change the game, differentiate you from the competition, and spark some major business growth. Yes, it's always possible that a sudden rainstorm will save your ass, but praying for rain is not exactly a dependable way to ensure a pipeline of powerful, business growth ideas -- the proverbial "front-end of innovation". Spontaneous idea generation is great.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's assume for a moment that you and your company value BIG IDEAS -- the kind of ideas that have the potential to change the game, differentiate you from the competition, and spark some major business growth. Yes, it's always possible that a sudden rainstorm will save your ass, but praying for rain is not exactly a dependable way to ensure a pipeline of powerful, business growth ideas -- the proverbial "front-end of innovation". Spontaneous idea generation is great.

Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

Gregg Fraley

For results in idea generation you need a system, a framework, and a wide, deep chest of tools. How can you generate great ideas with a more systemic approach to “brainstorming”? If you don’t care about the wonky aspects where I write the article Fast Company should have published, skip directly to the headline below, A System to Get Great Ideas. . The Culture the Pop Literature Around Brainstorming Ignores. A System To Get Great Ideas.

Gregg Fraley - Untitled Article

Gregg Fraley

If you are seeking to enhance innovation culture and jump-start or improve innovation efforts, this is the course to attend. The focus is on the front-end-of-innovation, where challenges are identified, ideas are generated, refined, and pitched to management for further development and resourcing. Innovation culture assessments. Involving and engaging a wide group (Open innovation concepts and use of virtual ideation platforms). Innovation Training.

Spigit’s 2018 Fall Product Release: Machine Learning, New Use Cases, and More

Planview Spigit

The inspiration behind this release, which you’ll hear more about in the below video, was simple: help customers drive significant cultural change. With that in mind, we set out to reimagine the user experience and expand the flexibility of the Spigit platform to give customers even more ways of creating culture change. Boost efficiency with new machine learning capabilities for both ideators and administrators accelerating the idea generation process.

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Top Jobs for Innovation Professionals in 2019

IdeaScale

They can help client businesses construct strategies and business plans that realign goals around a culture of innovation. They may also advise on innovation culture, ideation processes, and identification of new markets. An innovation engineer is trained in advanced methods and tools for creating innovative ideas, accelerating projects, and solving problems that inevitably arise during innovation adoption.

You don’t need more ideas.

Mike Shipulski

Innovation isn’t achieved by creating more ideas. Innovation is realized when ideas are transformed into commercialized products and services. Innovation is realized when ideas are transformed into new business models that deliver novel usefulness to customers and deliver increased revenues to the company. In a way, creating ideas that languish in their own shadow is worse than not creating any ideas at all. First, define the customer of the ideation event.

3 Dimensions of Innovation: the 23 Capabilities your company needs to succeed

Idea to Value

Most companies don’t understand that innovation isn’t just a single process that can be improved, but the result of capabilities existing within the company which enables ideas to be developed and scaled into solutions. I have shown previously how innovation is all about the delivery (rather than just development) of ideas that deliver value, as well as the most important management frameworks for innovation. Also a culture where change is expected and supported.

What do we expect from Innovation? Mostly disappointment

Paul Hobcraft

There are so many obstacles and uncertainties as you take an idea or concept through to eventual release. A promising idea did not foresee a roadblock that cannot be resolved. Even the majority don’t have processes for ideation and development phases. Idea Generation, Development/Design, Commercialization/ Launch, Optimization/ Management and Product Retirement. Good innovation is notoriously hard to achieve.

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Improving the success of your employees in the front end of innovation

Ideanote

Successful ideation requires finding the right tension between creativity (flexibility) with a systematic process (control). The paradox occurs from the complex nature of the ideation process. Identically, too much flexibility reduces the efficiency of the ideation phase. In result, reducing the overall quality of ideas produced. Subpar ideation outcomes affect the future potential success of a project. Top management will always be a trump card for an idea.

How SOS Alarm applied a structured process to their hackathon

Innovation 360 Group

When was the last time you were at a hackathon where top management cared about the ideas presented and had an internal system in place to take care of them? In the fall of 2017, Swedish emergency service operator SOS Alarm decided to run a hackathon to generate ideas for future service offerings. During hackathons, participants often fall in love with one idea early in the process. Fostering an innovation culture at SOS Alarm by ideating with the organization.

The Role of Innovation in New Product Development: Three Approaches for Success

Qmarkets

FFE is the starting point of NPD and is where new product ideas are generated before entering the formal development process. Developing a strategy here is key in creating an efficient and cost-effective idea generation process, but how should you approach this?

Bringing better Ideas to market faster with AI

Innovation 360 Group

Too many ideas? The challenge lies in capturing, organizing, and testing ideas to bring new innovations to market fast enough to realise value. . The chaotic process of creativity is difficult to predict, yet is often the essential fuel for new idea generators. While organizations have an ability to gather ideas, many still struggle with the remaining phases of the innovation process. Organize a large volume of ideas?

How SOS Alarm applied a structured process to their Hackathon

Innovation 360 Group

When was the last time you were at a hackathon where top management cared about the ideas presented and had an internal system in place to take care of them? In the fall of 2017, Swedish emergency service operator SOS Alarm decided to run a hackathon to generate ideas for future service offerings. During hackathons, participants often fall in love with one idea early in the process. Fostering an innovation culture at SOS Alarm by ideating with the organization.

Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity – Part 3

Integrative Innovation

The funnel describes the main stages and gates every idea has to pass through on its way to a product, service or business model innovation. Typically, the first stage of an innovation funnel is “ideation”, the last one “market launch”. Ideation : Ideas for innovation in products, services and business models are generated. More and more, Enterprise 2.0/Social Business platforms are becoming a critical tool for discussing, enriching and prioritizing these ideas.

5 Tricks to Adopt Everyday Design Thinking

Ideanote

Idea generation is great for coming up with novel ideas, and everyday design thinking can help you understand its usefulness. All these methods aim at gaining a thorough understanding of the problem before stating clear goals and objectives prior to idea generation. The idea generation phase seeks to embrace many possible solutions. This depth of understanding enables the generation and expansion of multiple possible solutions.

Design Thinking Tools: how to use them to solve complex problems

mjvinnovation

We can define Design Thinking as: “A structured, human-centered approach to innovation which seeks to generate solutions that align user’s desires and needs with business value generation.” Ideation: collaborative brainstorming sessions with the help of tools to create innovative solutions. Generation Sessions: meetings with team members and stakeholders to carry out activities to present their views and share their experience with the project thus far.

Why Measuring the Value of Your Innovation Program from Day One is Important

Planview Spigit

Our survey data bears this out: 86% of our customers cite building a culture of innovation and 81% cite increasing employee engagement in innovation as the top reasons for implementing a crowdsourcing program in the first place, as compared to just 39% who cite developing better products and services. What ideas do we have that align with our strategy? What ideas do we have in our innovation pipeline? What ideas have become successful projects?