Wed.May 22, 2019

Five Hurdles to Idea Management and How to Clear Them


Brainstorming is the beginning of idea management, but only the beginning. To keep the momentum going, idea management needs to clear away hurdles you may unintentionally put in the way. Whose Job Is It?”

Innovation Ecosystem Maturity


I do not believe in comparing different innovation hubs around the world and creating “most compelling” rankings. The reason is simple?—?it it does not really matter whether Singapore, Tel Aviv or New York are better or worse than the other.

Here’s What Most People Get Wrong About Minimum Viable Products

Digital Tonto

The advantage of creating an MVP is that it essentially acts as a research lab where you can safely test hypotheses and eliminate sources of uncertainty. Related posts: The Hair-On-Fire Use Case. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Mobility Startups to Watch in 2019


The transportation industry is taking it up a gear. The value chain is no longer delineated by traditional players and their skill sets —instead, a more holistic mobility ecosystem is developing. As part of this evolution, there are several players vying to build a strong position from incumbents such as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and tier one manufacturers to “new-school” tech-startups and opportunistic venture capitalists.

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.

Combining lean startup and agile with a design-led approach reduces business risk

Innovation Excellence

For most corporations, leading in quality means continually pursuing organizational excellence. This means leaders have to make sure that the organization is fit for its purpose, stays that way, and keeps improving over time. Maintaining quality is much easier when the risks involved are lower.

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Even if You Predict the Future Perfectly You Still Won’t Capitalize On It

Innovation Excellence

In 1993 AT&T predicted the future in one of the most successful and prescient ad campaigns ever. They still missed the boat. Here’s what you can learn from their mistake. Editor’s note: Portions of this post are excerpted from my latest book Revealing The Invisible: How Our Hidden Behaviors Are Becoming The Most Valuable Commodity. Innovation Leadership Technology

Execs Discuss Elevating the Human Experience in Boston

Innovation Leader

We brought together innovation, technology, and R&D leaders from large organizations in Boston. One topic of interest was responsible data stewardship. Photos inside

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12 Great Performance-Coaching Books to Read [2019]


How important is coaching to your organization? Do you coach your direct reports? Would you like managers and leaders in your company to coach employees more often and in more effective ways? Could good coaching solve a performance deficiency in your workplace?

How to Avoid a Marketplace Flop


You know Gerber. It has built a strong brand with parents from all around the world over the last 90+ years. Parents know that when they choose Gerber, they are getting quality food for their babies. Like all companies, however, Gerber needs to innovate and grow.

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.

Key Innovations that are Transforming the Supply Chain Industry


Technology is transforming every industry across the globe, and its effectively driving the business world forward as a whole.

Sustain Strategic Focus: Align with External Cycles

Focused Momentum

Gaining a different perspective and discovering new influences on success are ideal outcomes of a robust strategic planning process. However, they don’t have to be packed away as you document your plan and move into implementation.

A virtual consultant is born!

Board of Innovation

Our consultants move heaven and earth to help businesses innovate in a relevant and meaningful way. But how do we keep raising the bar even more? To facilitate the needs of our customers on a different level we set out a new goal for ourselves: becoming half human and half machine. Sounds a bit sci-fi. Continue reading. The post A virtual consultant is born! appeared first on Board of Innovation. All Inspiration Expertise

Open Innovation Drives Subway Menu Innovation


To innovate its menu offerings a fast food restaurant franchise forges an open innovation partnership with a food and travel video network

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!

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

The Benefits of Innovation Training for Operational Employees. 85% of CEOs put Innovation as a Top Three priority. Consider a Brown Bag Innovation Training or Immersion in Innovation Concepts. Why is it that organizations don’t invest in training operational employees?

Which Lean Manufacturing Tools Can Improvement Software Enhance?


One of the reasons that the Lean manufacturing business methodology is so popular with companies in every industry is that it comes complete with a set of tools for structuring and managing the goal of continuous improvement and waste reduction.

Silvia Heras (Zurich Insurance): “With ‘Imagina’ we have placed all employees on the same level”


Building a common space where Zurich Insurance employees and agents can contribute and build ideas to improve any aspect of the company and, more specifically, improve customer service.

Trends and Technologies Innovating the Banking Industry


Trends will matter in the banking industry in the months and years ahead. The challenge is to find out which ones are the most relevant to a given company. Is it big data and AI? Maybe the cloud? Or maybe open banking?

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

Trends and Technologies Innovating the Banking Industry


Trends will matter in the banking industry in the months and years ahead. The challenge is to find out which ones are the most relevant to a given company. Is it big data and AI? Maybe the cloud? Or maybe open banking?