April, 2017

Misfit Manifesto: What Rebels Want From Their Boss

Game-Changer

How do you lead and manage for innovation? Not all cultures where innovation thrives look the same, but they all have things in common. One of them is they all unleash their black sheep ; the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. . How do you do that? You have to understand what drives them.

The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse

Idea to Value

In this very special guest post by Professor KH Kim, we find out the updated facts of what is happening to people’s creativity levels over the past decades, now with updated statistics for 2017.

How to mobilise the right audiences for innovation challenges

Exago

When putting your innovation challenges together, make sure you have a complete plan with clearly defined, targeted audiences, across cultures and business units, as well as key messages, frequency expectations, a communication and incentives strategy.

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Innovations Degree’s of Connectivity, Interactivity and Sharing

Paul Hobcraft

We often forget it is our people that really make innovation work. They determine the ideas, drive these forward to deliver them as new innovation concepts into the world.

6 Ways to Build a Successful Innovation Program

Learn how forward-thinking leaders use crowdsourcing to impact their company’s bottom line through methods such as creating a culture of innovation.

Four Tips on Decision Making from Jeff Bezos

Destination Innovation

In his 2017 letter to shareholders Jeff Bezos shares some powerful insights into decision making at Amazon. Jeff Bezos. “To keep the energy and dynamism of Day 1, you have to somehow make high-quality, high-velocity decisions. Easy for start-ups and very challenging for large organizations.

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What is Free Innovation?

Hype

Kittihawk, 1903. Wilbur and Orville Wright, up at an insanely early 5am, listening to the wind singing in the wires of their fragile aircraft. They’ve been doing this for three years – in fact ever since they had the idea of attaching wings to the bicycles their repair business operated on.

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The TRUE story of Post-It Notes, and how they almost failed

Idea to Value

Everyone knows the story of the humble Post-It Note, and how it represents an idea’s ability to evolve and flourish. Some people would even hold up Post-It Notes as a symbol for innovation itself, much like the lightbulb is a symbol for an idea.

How Cisco Works with Startups to Drive the Innovation Pipeline

Rocketspace

Major corporations don't need to be told to collaborate with startups and small firms to innovate – that message is being received loud and clear. But how they collaborate and what they learn from those collaborations can mean the difference between barely innovating enough to survive and being on the cutting edge of competitive innovation. Working With Startups Open Innovation Corporate-Startup Partnerships Innovation Models

Digital technology is changing the innovation ‘game’

Paul Hobcraft

Digital technologies are beginning to have a real impact on the methods, approaches, and rates of our innovation outputs. Social technologies are giving us real-time understanding.

Got a big decision to make? Try the Three by Three method.

Destination Innovation

Let’s say you are faced with a tough problem. You have wrestled with it for a while and now you have to make a decision. One approach is to use what I call the three by three method. You start by considering many options. You narrow this down to three choices. Your current best option, the CBO.

Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

The difference between DMAIC, DMADV, and Innovation Management

Hype

Now many of you might not be any the wiser on what DMAIC and DMADV might mean, unless you have had some exposure to Six Sigma.

How To Shape An Innovative Mindset

Game-Changer

What do innovators do that imitators don’t? Innovators are alike in many ways, they ask more questions, observe deeper, cultivate a diverse network and experiment more. Simply put: innovators are Hungry Minds ; they have insatiable curiosity and a bias for action. .

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We Need To Educate Kids For The Future, Not The Past. Here’s How:

Digital Tonto

The work of the future will involve humans collaborating with other humans to design work for machines Related posts: How We Should Prepare Our Kids For The Future. Are You Using Data To Analyze The. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

What is your level of Innovation Maturity?

Braden Kelley

Introduction When it comes to innovation, no two companies are likely to be pursuing innovation in the same way, and they are also likely to be at different stages of innovation maturity.

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Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

A rigorous, quantitative analysis of corporate innovation cultures – the most comprehensive study on this topic ever.

The backdrop of digital transformation and its consequences

Paul Hobcraft

Digital transformation is now omnipresent and has the potential to reshape the way all organizations operate.

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Why Government is Essential for Private Sector Innovation

Destination Innovation

Steve Jobs announced the iPhone to the world on 9 January 2007. This iconic product became a sensational success and propelled Apple to become the most valuable company on Earth. It created a new product category, the smartphone, which has become the must-have item for people in all nations.

Why Diversity Matters in Innovation Management

Hype

"Oh, I've never thought about it that way!". Have you ever said this to a friend or a colleague at work? Or has anybody ever said this to you? Probably. We don't always share the same opinion or the same point-of-view with other people in our private or business environment.

Daydreaming: Imagining Creates Reality

Game-Changer

Ilustration by Christian Laborin. We live in a society that values and rewards efficiency over creativity. Yet, the tasks that lead to efficiency are slowly being taken over by robots and bots leaving us humans to do things that are not repetitive in nature.

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.

These 3 Technological Forces That Are Changing The Nature Of Work

Digital Tonto

As automation produces ever greater abundance, humanity itself is becoming the scarce, and therefore most valuable, resource. Related posts: Why We Seem To Be Talking More And Working Less—The. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Help Support Gender Equity on May 10th

Braden Kelley

I am excited to announce on behalf of Innovation Excellence friend Tiffany Shlain that 50/50 Day is less than a month away and we can’t wait for this global conversation about gender equality!

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The Global StartUp Ecosystem

Paul Hobcraft

The 2017 report by Startup Genome recently came out (April 5, 2017) You can find it here “ Global StartUp Ecosystem Report 2017 ” which provides a 150-page review of the global state of startups.

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Are you building your innovation challenges right?

Exago

Having identified your key innovation challenges – aligned with your company’s higher purpose and strategic goals and made attainable, useful and targeted – it’s time to focus on describing them plainly and completely, to guarantee you’ll get meaningful content.

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How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.

Innovation Strategy – 40 Articles on Fostering an Innovative Workplace Culture

BrainZooming

We see seven keys to creating an innovative workplace culture where individuals are able to meaningfully contribute to the organization’s innovation strategy.

Learning is Different From Education

Game-Changer

Illustration by Christian Laborin. While in college I was the guy that jumped from one topic to another. I wanted to learn what I wanted, when I wanted at my own pace. So, if I wanted to jump into a class from the electronics major, that’s what I did.

Don’t Look For A Great Idea, Look For A Good Problem

Digital Tonto

To create anything that is truly pathbreaking, you need to look for it in new places. Related posts: The Big Idea Myth. Here’s What’s Wrong With Your Great Idea. Great Companies Don’t Adapt, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Management Technology Innovation Leadership Strategy

Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos

Braden Kelley

Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.

A light-bulb moment in Innovation Learning

Paul Hobcraft

Over the past few weeks, or is it months or is it even years, I have been constantly thinking through how we are learning in our innovation understanding.

What Drives Your Organization?

Idea to Value

As strategy and innovation consultants, we get called in to organizations when they are exhausted from trying to grow significantly and not meeting their goals. In most cases, the organization is trying to do too many things without a way to tie them into a coherent meaning. Most of them need to either discover or rediscover and articulate what we call their Golden Thread, their driving aspiration.

Innovating Through Vertical Expert Networks

Imaginatik

Many of us have heard the old phrase, ‘If only Boeing knew what Boeing knows.’ Usually accompanied by a pronounced sigh and a shrug of resignation.

Entrepreneurship Hack: The Startup Idea Matrix

Game-Changer

Hey Peeps, this is a quick and must share post for you! Although ideas are a dime a dozen and execution is what matters; ideas do matter. You have to start somewhere, right? With that said, how do you generate new business concepts?

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Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?