October, 2023

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The Importance of Staying Scrappy in an AI-Driven Era

Tullio Siragusa

The Importance of Staying Scrappy in an AI-Driven Era In an age of rapid technological advancements, companies everywhere are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to modernize their operations. While there’s no denying the appeal of these advancements, there’s also tremendous value in the manual, old-fashioned approach to problem-solving and discovery.

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Innovating the future by combining humans, technology, and AI

Paul Hobcraft

The interplay potential in exploring the combination of humans, technology and AI This interplay between humans, technology, and AI is dynamic and involves continuous interaction, collaboration, and feedback between these elements. The future of innovation, by combining these, offers a very rich promise to provide a fascinating and different future.

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Innovation in Water: Gresham’s Energy Net-Zero Wastewater Treatment

IdeaScale

In the world of innovation, everyone loves to focus on tech giants like OpenAI, national institutions like the US Military, or transformative non-profits such as the Grameen Bank. Yet, the true magic of innovation isn't confined to these limelight entities; it also thrives in the initiatives of smaller, local governments—where innovation has the power to [.

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The Stories We Tell Determine The Change We Can Achieve

Digital Tonto

Change always begins with a grievance. There’s something people don’t like and they want it to be different. We like to see ourselves as heroes fighting for everything that’s right and we question the motivations of those who oppose our cause. When we believe in something passionately, it’s hard to see how anyone, in good conscience, can see it another way.

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Peak Performance: Continuous Testing & Evaluation of LLM-Based Applications

Speaker: Aarushi Kansal, AI Leader & Author and Tony Karrer, Founder & CTO at Aggregage

Software leaders who are building applications based on Large Language Models (LLMs) often find it a challenge to achieve reliability. It’s no surprise given the non-deterministic nature of LLMs. To effectively create reliable LLM-based (often with RAG) applications, extensive testing and evaluation processes are crucial. This often ends up involving meticulous adjustments to prompts.

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Lateral Thinking in Business Strategy

Destination Innovation

How can you differenitate your business from the competition? Let’s look at some examples of lateral thinking in business strategy and innovation. Nintendo Wii’s Motion Controls : What radical feature can we add? Nintendo introduced a major innovation with motion controls in the Wii gaming console, revolutionizing the gaming industry. This approach was creative and unexpected, setting Nintendo apart from its competitors Sony and Microsoft.

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How to Use Generative AI and LLMs to Improve Search

TechEmpower Innovation

Artificial Intelligence (AI), and particularly Large Language Models (LLMs), have significantly transformed the search engine as we’ve known it. This presents businesses with an opportunity to enhance their search functionalities for both internal and external users. With Generative AI and LLMs, new avenues for improving operational efficiency and user satisfaction are emerging every day.

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Our Need Is To Shape Innovation Dynamically.

Paul Hobcraft

In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, the ability to build a strong case, stay informed, and think critically is the key to unlocking success and driving innovation. For me, this landscape is marked by its dynamism. Here, market trends evolve, new technologies emerge, and consumer preferences shift lightning-fast. In this environment, success isn’t just about being prepared for change; it’s about actively shaping it.

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Innovation: It Matters

IdeaScale

Innovation is hot. Perhaps too hot says the Wall Street Journal’s Leslie Kwoh, who declares, “Innovation is in danger of becoming a cliché—if it isn’t one already.”1 Innovation, she elaborates, was mentioned 33,528 times in last year’s quarterly and annual reports, up 64 percent compared to five years ago. But for all the talk, there [.

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Why Is There So Much B t?

Digital Tonto

Pretty much everywhere you look, you’ll find b t. We are constantly bombarded with politicians and “experts “on TV, at conferences and on social media, spouting b t. An economist would tell you that it is simply impossible for so much b t to exist, because the market values truth, but of course that’s b t. One possible reason that there is so much b t in the world is that there are so many b *s.

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Ask an Absurd Question

Destination Innovation

Why would you ask a question that everyone knows the answer to? The great thinker and astronomer Carl Sagan asked this question, ‘Is there life on Earth?’ But he asked it from a different perspective; from the viewpoint of an unknowing observer far outside the Earth. In December 1990, NASA’s exploratory space probe, Galileo, was due to fly past Earth.

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How Mature Companies Are Scaling Transformational New Businesses

Scaling transformational innovations in large companies is challenging due to ‘Company Fit’ issues, which arise when the resources, processes, and priorities (RPPs) of the core business are not aligned with the needs of the new business. Many companies have learned how ambidexterity—the ability to both ‘exploit the present and explore the future,’ can help them address these issues for ideation and incubation of new innovations, but scaling transformative business innovations remains a challenge

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5 Tactics to Combat a Culture of False Urgency at Work

Harvard Business Review

The headwinds of false urgency can be intense. But they also foster a reactive culture. If everything is urgent, there’s little opportunity for creative and deep work, which tends to flourish only when there’s time and space. In this article, the author offers tips that will help you focus on what’s truly urgent in your organization and enable your team to deliver strong results and sustain high performance over time.

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Redefining Conflict Resolution: The Design Thinking Way

Tullio Siragusa

Redefining Conflict Resolution: The Design Thinking Way Business conflicts have been a staple challenge since the advent of commerce. However, the dynamics have evolved, particularly with the onset of digital industries and multicultural teams. As conflicts become more nuanced, leaders seek innovative methodologies for resolution. Among the most promising approaches is Design Thinking, traditionally associated with product design and user experience but increasingly recognized for its potential

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Building Innovation Ecosystems need to be connected.

Paul Hobcraft

During this week, commencing 15th October 2023, I am discussing and explaining a framework for building innovation ecosystems on my ecosystem4innovators.com posting site. I have been exploring for some time a transformative concept to move innovation into the world of ecosystems. I outlined my proposed framework in an extended series of posts here on this posting site, summarized after a series of detailed descriptors in this post of “ The building out of the Composable Innovation Enterpri

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As education choice grows, expect more school unbundling, but no great unbundling

Christensen Institute

Every few years it seems that hype grows around the possibilities of unbundling education. The latest fuel is the emergence of at least 14 states with education savings accounts (ESA) programs that allow families to pay for a variety of educational programs and supports from public funds. As a recent article in Education Next , where I’m an executive editor, proclaimed, “While parent-led unbundling is not a new phenomenon, the current movement has expanded so quickly that it’s been dubbed ‘the G

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How Automation is Driving Efficiency Through the Last Mile of Reporting

Speaker: Jamie Eagan

As organizations strive for agility and efficiency, it's imperative for finance leaders to embrace innovative technologies and redefine traditional processes. Join us as we explore the pivotal role of digitalization and automation in reshaping what is commonly referred to as the “last mile of reporting”. We’ll deep-dive into why digitalization is no longer a choice, but a necessity for finance departments to stay competitive in a fast-paced environment touching on: 2024 trends for the Office of

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We Need To Take A More Evidence-Based Approach For Transformation And Change

Digital Tonto

Today we are in a change crisis. Businesses need to internalize new technologies like AI and adapt to new realities like hybrid work, but still struggle to adopt decades old skills related to lean manufacturing, agile development and cultural competency. If we are going to drive the transformations we need to compete, we need to take an evidence based approach.

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The Art of Leapfrogging across the Energy Transition.

Innovating4Energy

The art of leapfrogging accelerates the Energy Transition Any search for advantage or validation of making a change must consider the art of leapfrogging, especially in the Energy Transition we are all undergoing. Leapfrogging can accelerate the rapid and transformative progress toward a more sustainable and efficient energy ecosystem that provides advantage and customer identification.

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Help Your Employees Develop the Skills They Really Need

Harvard Business Review

The future of work will not be determined by technology, but by creating the right mix of education, exposure, and experience needed to develop skills and put them to work, creating a vastly more productive workplace and economy. In this article, the authors recommend a “70/20/10” learning model, in which only 10% of learning comes from formal instruction (education), 20% from social learning or mentorship (exposure), and 70% from hands-on, experiential practice with feedback (experience).

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Blueprint for Bouncing Back: A Design Thinking Guide to Unemployment

Tullio Siragusa

Blueprint for Bouncing Back: A Design Thinking Guide to Unemployment Life’s journey is peppered with unpredictable twists and turns. Among them, unemployment often casts a formidable shadow, marked by anxiety and doubt. Yet, beyond the immediate challenges, it offers a chance for introspection, reinvention, and growth. This article sheds light on how to transform this phase into a period of rejuvenation, offering practical strategies to ensure hope, positivity, and evolution.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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The future interplays between design thinking, technology and AI

Paul Hobcraft

Exploring the interplay between Humans, Technology and AI for design thinking Why is design thinking regarded as so crucial to the future of innovation in a world of accelerating interplays between humans, technology and generative AI? By embracing Design Thinking principles differently in the future of innovation, organizations can foster a more profound culture of creativity, empathy, collaboration, and user-centricity.

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The flaw behind coding bootcamps’ attempt to disrupt higher ed

Christensen Institute

In the 2010s, coding bootcamps caught the higher education world’s imagination. The movement sparked both excitement and fear. General Assembly, Galvanize, Flatiron School, Dev Bootcamp, and more were written up in media outlets like Forbes , The New York Times , and TechCrunch, and attracted venture capital and heady valuations. At the Christensen Institute, we wondered if they might disrupt universities’ master’s degree programs.

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Never Underestimate The Power Of Identity

Digital Tonto

Our identity and sense of self drives a lot of what we see and do, yet we rarely examine these things because we spend most of our time with people who are a lot like us, who live in similar places and experience similar things. Our innate perceptions and beliefs seem normal and those of outsiders strange, because our social networks shape us that way.

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An Innovation Rant: Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Robyn Bolton Why are people so concerned about, afraid of, or resistant to new things? Innovation, by its very nature, is good. It is something new that creates value. Naturally, the answer has nothing to do with innovation. It has everything to do with how we experience it.

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Mapping Digital Transformation: Retail’s Strategic Shift

Speaker: Jennifer Wright, Michael Scholz, Jasmin Guthmann, and Scott Canney

Digital transformation in retail is so much more than new technology. You need to get your whole organization, from entry-level workers to executives, on board with the new tech, new skills, and culture changes that digital transformation brings. Leading this mindset shift can be a daunting task… but that’s where this webinar comes in! Join our panel of experts as they guide you through the challenges of digital transformation, preparing you to avoid common mistakes and make the most of incredib

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Project Managers, Unlock the Power of Timeboxing

Harvard Business Review

Modern work is inherently project-based and collaborative. We are all project managers to some extent. From film directors and restaurant owners to lawyers and accountants, many professions involve managing projects. For everyone, not just project managers, mastering timeboxing can be a gateway to bridging the gap between intention and execution. You’re probably already timeboxing, at least a little.

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the Dynamics of Being Connected for Innovation Ecosystems

Ecosystems4Innovating

In any connected innovation ecosystem, l see four main components that must be explored, connected and built out. These are connecting value creation, knowledge transfer, co-creation and competitive positioning. Recognizing these as interconnected builds on the core of what we already have; we make our innovation activities more dynamic and integrated, looking to provide further impact.

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BIG Ideas: How ICL Built a Billion Dollar Innovation Accelerator

Qmarkets

ICL’s story begins at the lowest point on earth. Nearly a century ago, a Siberian adventurer, engineer, and businessman named Moshe Novomeysky secured permission to establish a mining facility in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Over the years that followed, this venture would overcome significant obstacles and make countless breakthroughs on its journey to becoming the global innovation powerhouse known nowadays as ICL.

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How far can “navigation” tools really take students?

Christensen Institute

In recent years, as more states and districts have wrestled with the definition of “college- and career-ready,” alternative postsecondary pathways have multiplied, and career-connected learning has gained steam, a new term has popped up in education: navigation. Navigation has slightly more expansive connotations than its predecessor, “guidance.” It’s not just about one single, high-stakes decision about where to apply to or enroll in college.

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How to Achieve Product-Market Fit

Speaker: Dan Olsen - Product Management Trainer and Consultant, Author, and Speaker

Everyone working on a product is trying to achieve the same goal: product-market fit. But most products fail to do so. In this webinar, product management expert Dan Olsen will share his simple but effective framework for achieving product-market fit from his book The Lean Product Playbook. He will explain his Product-Market Fit Pyramid and The Lean Product Process, a 6-step methodology that guides you through how to: Determine your target customer Identify underserved customer needs Define your

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These 4 Simple Rules WIll Make You Exponentially More Effective And Productive

Digital Tonto

Shortly after I first arrived at college, my wrestling coach told my teammates and I that we would all be attending a freshman technique camp. It turned out to be something quite different than what I had expected. He didn’t teach us any advanced or esoteric method, but instead demonstrated the basics. It was incredibly humbling. The fact that we were there in the first place, competing for a Division 1 program, meant that we had all demonstrated outstanding accomplishment.

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A New Innovation Sphere

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Pete Foley I’m obsessed with the newly opened Sphere in Las Vegas as an example of Innovation. As I write this, U2 are preparing for their second show there, and Vegas is buzzing about the new innovation they are performing in. That in of itself is quite something.

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10 Ways to Prove You’re a Strategic Thinker

Harvard Business Review

To get ahead in the business world, it’s not enough to think stategically. You also have to effectively communicate those ideas. There are several ways to do this, including elevating the conversation to focus on the big picture and broader context, being forward-looking in your comments, anticipating the effects of potential decisions, connecting disparate concepts, simplifying complex issues, using metaphors and analogies, stimultating dialogue with questions, showing you are informed, activel

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Helping Novelis Achieve Sustainable Innovation | Sopheon

Sopheon

The best chefs will tell you that a great meal isn’t salty, but salt is absolutely critical to bringing out the flavor a dish already has. At Sopheon, we like to think of our customers as the main course and our innovation management software, Accolade, as the seasoning. The brands we partner with already come to the table with a track record for innovation, and we just help to do it at scale—innovative flavor enhancement, if you will.

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.