What is innovation? 15 experts share their innovation definition

Idea to Value

I spoke to 15 of the world’s leading innovation experts to get their definition of “innovation” The variety in their responses may surprise you. Analysis of all the definitions. The ultimate definition of innovation. What is your definition of “innovation”?

Eliminating innovation unknowns - definitions

RTI Innovation Advisors

How do we prioritize existing projects and new innovation work? Perhaps one of the simplest, and yet most important unknown to address is a definition of innovation. We at OVO often demand that our clients develop a consistent definition of innovation that can be communicated to teams within the organization. Thanks to UNC Thanks to UNC we can see just how loose and distributed the definition of innovation is for senior executives. But note the range of definitions.

Open Innovation: definition, what types and benefits

mjvinnovation

Under the open innovation paradigm, there is an important flow of external knowledge to the organization that transforms into collaborative projects and causes the purchase and incorporation of technologies created by third parties.

Project Management Techniques – 21 Articles to Better Manage Projects

BrainZooming

The Brainzooming blog wasn’t originally focused on project management techniques. Implementing innovation in organizations reluctant to embrace the changes needed to survive and grow requires what we’ve come to call “strategic project management.”

Are you managing projects or building ventures?

Peer Insight

This struggle is especially true whenever firms fall in love with that new idea and manage (and fund) it like a traditional project. Project. definition. Project : An individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned and designed to achieve a particular aim.

#1,530 – The Sketchbook Project

Greatest. Idea. Ever.

According to Atlas Obscura : “The Brooklyn Art Library houses the Sketchbook Project: a collaborative library of artists’ sketchbooks that’s grown every year since 2006. And the project is not only open for people to contribute to, but also for people to browse.

Everyone is a Project Manager

One2Team

If you take a second to think about your day-to-day professional tasks, I’m sure you can think of at least a handful that fall under the common definition of a project: planned work completed over a period of time to achieve a specific goal. Project Management

3 Innovative Projects with Ideanote to Get '19 Started

Ideanote

An Ideanote project can help you with that. We’ve picked out three of the most interesting Ideanote projects, with our best tips and tricks on each. And you guessed it, open innovation in an excellent Ideanote project to get started with. Today's third Ideanote project.

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.

A Project Management Methodology Evolving: Agile EVM

AureaWorks

Project management methodologies are very rarely one size fits all for every project. Program managers often must customize methodologies to suit their needs, occasionally even blending methodologies to satisfy all project and stakeholder requirements.

Can project managers be innovative?

Values Centered Innovation

This year’s Project Management Conference in Dallas focused on all things innovation. 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.

Earned Value Management Improves Project Performance. Here’s How.

AureaWorks

Part of a program manager’s role is to constantly seek ways to improve project performance. Is there a better way to manage this project?”. Program managers can quickly become overwhelmed with project improvement plans. Accurate Project Performance Measurement.

Another Good Year for The Good Men Project

CorporateIntel

I have just finished my third full year on the board of directors and as strategic advisor to The Good Men Project. If you’re not yet familiar with The Good Men Project, we are an editorial site that focuses on men’s issues in the 21st Century.

An Open Letter to Project Managers

Boxes and Arrows

Dear Project Managers, It has been a very enjoyable experience working with everyone over the last couple of months and sharing our ideas on UX design. There are definitely technical skills and knowledge involved, but I believe the most important skill for a UX practitioner is empathy, not Photoshop or CSS or how to read heatmap reports–as handy as those skills are to have and despite what many of the recruitment agencies would have you believe.

Scope Creep Fail Safes: Using PPM to Keep Your Projects On Time

AureaWorks

Together, these minor changes can add up to a more stressful project and a weaker product. As projects become increasingly connected within companies and vendors, there are more opportunities for scope creep. Here’s how you can prevent this phenomenon and guard your projects against it.

What You Need to Know About Insourcing

Planview Spigit

And for the past few decades, outsourcing has been the method of choice for getting things done without blowing the annual budget on a single project. Handing projects over to vendors requires an extensive commitment to preliminary planning and buy-in.

If you don’t know the critical path, hire a good project manager.

Mike Shipulski

Once you have a project to work on, it’s always a challenge to choose the first task. By definition, the next task to work on is the next task on the critical path. When you are late by one day on a critical path task, the project, as a whole, will finish a day late.

With innovation, it depends.

Mike Shipulski

By definition, when the work is new there is uncertainty. When you’re working on a project with a strong element of uncertainty, the only certainty is the task you have in front of you. With uncertainty, the project plan isn’t the most important thing.

Too Many Balls in the Air

Mike Shipulski

a company that respects their people should want (and expect) responses like these: As you know, the team is already working to improve processes C, D, and E and we’re behind on those improvement projects. If so, which project do you want to stop so we can start work on process A?

The Role of Imagination in Creating The Next Set of Breakthrough Innovations

Rmukesh Gupta

His typed record, as well as his photographs, may both be in miniature, so that he projects them for examination. This is probably the closest definition that I have come across for a data scientist. Tapping a few keys projects the head of the trail.

The Causes and Conditions for Innovation

Mike Shipulski

To figure out what’s going on with their innovation programs, companies spend a lot of time to put projects into buckets but this generates nothing but arguments about whether projects are disruptive, radical innovation, discontinuous, or not. Everyone wants to do more innovation.

Crowdsourcing vs crowdfunding – what’s the difference?

Wazoku

In sum, anyone is free to add their two cents or edit projects and by working together, the information is more powerful than any one person or even a department can create. Blog crowdfunding crowdsourcing definitions explained

If you want to learn, define a learning objective.

Mike Shipulski

And, because the if-thens are rearward-looking, they don’t apply the current project because every innovation project is different. (If How To Innovation Top Line Growth Problem Definition Problems Understanding PhysicsInnovation is all about learning.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

Beyond real world projects, I’ve studied the literature, theory, frameworks, strategy, thinking tools, facilitation, assessments, research, project management, team dynamics, and even improvisation. It’s all useful, but you can drown trying to make it useful in projects.

The Effective Model for Smart City Innovation: Tech4Muni

CREATORS

This is why this step is the first part of the program, created as a series of workshops starting from scratch and finishing with a very clear challenge definition. We assist municipalities in building the project framework to have a fast implementation program.

Moving Away from Best Practices

Mike Shipulski

Effective because it meshes with existing processes and projects. Assumptions Clarity Culture How To Innovation New Thinking Seeing Things As They Are Lessons Learned Problem Definition Trust-based approachIf the work is new, there is no best practice.

Diabolically Simple Questions

Mike Shipulski

Today’s work is complicated with electronic and mechanical subsystems wrapped in cocoons of software; coordination of matrixed teams; shared resources serving multiple projects; providing world class services in seventeen languages on four continents.

3 Character Traits of a Good Innovation Manager

Rmukesh Gupta

And in the same breath, they also say that almost all their innovation projects are either struggling to take off or have not yielded the kind of results that looked possible. Comfortable with ambiguity: Managers who are successful with innovation projects are comfortable with ambiguity.

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. Executing (and Protecting) the Project.

Earned Value Management As A Best Practice For Program Management

AureaWorks

It runs counter to contemporary business thinking, but one of the great modern project management innovations was the result of the US government imposing regulations on private industry. This quantitative data can be used for better decision making on projects.

Is reality real?

The Future Shapers

that would manage reality as a single and common reality, where the purpose, open questions and commitment had a clear definition. Why do projects get deviated? Let’s imagine a group (either in the company, family, friends, etc.)

Start Thinking Ahead: How to Harness PPM’s Ability to Promote Innovation

AureaWorks

Further, since there is often little definition or clear expectations of outcomes, most innovation outcomes are incremental, since that type of innovation relies most heavily on how things are done today. By organizing innovation into a dedicated, managed portfolio of projects.

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10 Ways to Empower Employees to Manage Workloads Effectively

AureaWorks

For project managers, self-reliant team members are more than a nice-to-have. If you think about it, the people that you hire to do this work are freakishly smart,” Joseph Flahiff at Whitewater Projects Inc. They definitely know a lot more about their work than you do.

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Digital transformation: Pandora's box or cornucopia?

RTI Innovation Advisors

Right now, digital transformation is a moniker without a definition. The truth is, like innovation, digital transformation is in the eye, and the definition, of the beholder. And when definitions are loose and not shared, different implementations will create different outcomes, and what could be a transformative activity is likely to become a discrete project. Digital transformation.

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Why I have a problem with the Global Innovation Index

Idea to Value

I spent 8 years as a management consultant, and a number of my projects were referred to as “Strategy Consulting” Here, we would be asked to make predictions for a specific topic, such as the likely growth rates for an industry segment based on trends.

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Shared innovation language accelerates innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

Nevertheless I felt it was important to establish a common definition and scope of innovation before moving ahead. What surprised me was the response from the participants when I started defining innovation, and seeking their definitions so we could arrive at a common framework. Further, the narrow definitions extended to outcomes. Second, from discrete to continuous and often concurrent projects. Language and common definitions are critical to any interaction.

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The True ROI Potential of Open Innovation

Innocentive

That’s definitely the purpose of many R&D projects. Let’s get down to brass tacks. What is the purpose of innovation for many companies? Is it to advance technology? You could say that. Is it to create a better world? But why do most companies choose to innovate? Seekers

What is a Job-To-Be-Done (JTBD)

Leanstack

A lot of their work influenced the development and still ongoing evolution of the Customer Forces Canvas and the Innovator’s Gift project. First, the commonly found definitions of a jtbd are circular, polymorphic, or purposely vague. This isn’t as actionable a definition.

Will an intelligent computer ever be able to create art?

Idea to Value

We are already seeing how Artificial Intelligence can begin to make creative projects, acting as a form of artificial creativity. So what is my definition of art?

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Every idea needs a sponsor

RTI Innovation Advisors

This idea is important enough that I took the extra 30 seconds and looked up the definition of sponsor. The definition that I felt was appropriate for this discourse was "one who assumes responsibility for some other person or thing".

You need a why and a how, not a what, for innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

Doing so without a definitive why and lacking the how is almost impossible. This is one reason so many innovation projects "fail" - they were rarely defined with success in mind. Is your strategy definitive and clear?

Agnes Sävenstedt

Innovation 360 Group

Project management. Director-Level Consultant. Background. Executive-level consultant and C-level positions including Head of Business Units, Head of Strategy and Head of Innovation.

Comment on How To Create a Culture of Innovation by What does innovation mean for educators? – SC Council on Competitiveness

Stephen Shapiro

This definition is at the heart of a continuous culture of innovation. Students must drive their own learning paths, and teachers must provide guidance so that students are immersed in learning content as they learn to solve problems, construct projects, develop presentations and create new knowledge. [… […] Stephen Shapiro defines innovation as “the organization’s ability to adapt and evolve repeatedly and rapidly.”