Fri.Apr 26, 2019

What is your Waterproof Teabag?

Innovation Excellence

Consider for a moment these self-contradictory innovations: The solar-powered flashlight The inflatable dartboard The underwater hairdryer The waterproof teabag The concrete liferaft At first sight they look silly but each contains the germ of an interesting idea.

Nesta’s Landscape of Innovation Approaches

Paul Hobcraft

You sometimes need to kick yourself. Well in my case that seems to be increasing by the day. I have to confess I have drifted in and out of checking on Nesta , based in the UK. Different reasons, different focus areas partly although innovation keeps us together, well me checking in on them, I’m not so sure it is the same their end. Nesta is an innovation foundation. They state: “For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality. It also means changing lives for the better.

The Gospel for the 2019 Agenda – Innovation


About ten years ago, four out of ten people in the world had a Nokia cell phone. We can only imagine how the CEO of Nokia ten years ago would have reacted if someone told him that in 2018 not one of us would have a Nokia. Editorial Trend Alert

Importance of Innovation – What it Means for Businesses and Society at Large?


According to McKinsey, 84% of executives say that their future success is dependent on innovation. Although innovation may sound like a buzzword for some, there are many reasons why companies put a lot of emphasis on it. Innovation Continuous Improvement Innovation Management

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

How To Leverage Your Strategy Reviews?

Ankush Chopra

It is common knowledge that if you want to succeed in a business career, you must demonstrate your mettle again and again. But to prove that you are a heavy hitter, you need to stand on the home plate; if you never get to the home plate, the world will never know your batting average.

18 Reasons to Develop a Culture of Innovation in your Company


Find out why having a strong culture of innovation is absolutely essential to thrive - and survive - in the digital age. Innovation Culture

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16 Techniques to Encourage Innovation in the Workplace


Promoting innovation in the workplace can be tough! Read-on to discover 16 (effective) ways to do it. Innovation Culture

Creating A Safe Warehouse

The Human Factor

Contributed post-. One of the more important parts of your business is the warehouse, and this is always likely to be the case. It is not only where the products themselves will generally get produced, but somewhere where a lot of the magic happens for your business in general.

Vision: the superpowers of Machine Learning


*Vision Image: Marvel/Disney. Created by Tony Stark, the android is such an advanced artificial intelligence that it has awakened self-consciousness in the events of Avengers: the Age of Ultron. In our Data Science universe, it represents Machine Learning. Machine learning is nothing more than a model of data analysis.

Are You Offering Your Customers The Best Service There Is?

The Human Factor

Contributed post –. Customers need to be treated correctly, and handled with care.

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

The Innovators’ DNA in a Design Infused Company


Whether a company has ten or hundred thousand employees, it has access to an untapped resource of unique, diverse and broad perspectives and insights that employees of these companies don’t share effectively.

Tips that will Help you to Throw a Successful Business Event

The Human Factor

Contributed post –. The idea of hosting a full event can be intimidating to say the least. There are a lot of parts involved and you also have to coordinate a lot of different people as well.

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Know that your customers’ needs will change

Beyond the Obvious

A big part of my business is being aware of, and responding to, the life cycles of my industry and my customers. Some of these are easy to see; you only need a cursory understanding of the effect of OPEC on gas prices in the early ’70s to understand why cars became more fuel efficient […]. Book Book Excerpts customers cycles fads future customers Killer Questions life cycle OPEC potential customers product trends

6 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Use Their Phones To Support Their Business

The Human Factor

image source. Contributed post – Running your own business can be incredibly hard work, especially if it is something you have never done before. With so many different things to stay on top of and things to remember, it’s a wonder anyone gets anything remotely productive done.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

Design Thinking: The Irony of Making Big Bets on a Test & Learn Methodology

Michael Roberto

I was interviewed recently for an article titled, "How to make the case for design thinking" by Stephanie Overby. The piece was just published by The Enterprisers Project this week. Here's an excerpt, in which I make the point that some organizations make big bets on adopting design thinking. going against the very philosophy of the methodology. which is to test, experiment, and learn - iterating often to get better faster.