December, 2018

What You Need to Know Before Creating an Innovation Culture

HYPE Innovation

Raise your hand if you don't want an innovation culture in your organization. The Innovation Manager

Packaging Innovation in 2019: Corporate Innovators and Startups Leading the Way

Rocketspace

Since plastics were first introduced, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced. Due to their functional properties and low cost, the use of plastics as packaging feedstock was integrated into all global economies and its production increased twenty-fold over the past half-century.

Create! Don’t Compete

Game-Changer

I’ve had many meetings with principals in large organizations and companies who say, “I am worried my business will be completely replaced by some Silicon Valley startup. How can I build something to counter that?”.

The Need for Digital Innovation Platforms

Paul Hobcraft

I want to offer some thoughts that need us all involved in innovation to think about as we finish out 2018. If you are frustrated with your current innovation process then read on.

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The 5 Competencies of Highly Innovative Organizations

Speaker: Dr. Ankush Chopra, Professor of Strategy, School of Management Fribourg

Professor Ankush Chopra studied over 100 companies in North America and Europe to seek answers to the above questions. He found that companies across the world use the same set of competencies to become successful innovators. In this webinar, he shows how you can use these insights to develop and lead an innovative organization.

Treat Your Innovation Pipeline just like your Sales Pipeline

Destination Innovation

Managing the Sales pipeline is a well-developed executive skill in any company selling large ticket items to business customers. Each sales person has to gather data and input their reports and forecasts.

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Imaginatik and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre to Co-Present During Poster Session at the World Open Innovation Conference

Imaginatik

Imaginatik will be attending the 5th Annual World Open Innovation Conference (WOIC) in San Francisco, CA on December 13th and 14th. We’ve partnered with our valued customer, The Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to develop and submit an open innovation paper describing our work together and the resulting economic impact. Our paper was selected to present during the Poster Session on December 13th. We hope you can join us. This year’s WOIC theme is “Digital Transformation for Sustainability.”

Raising Capital for Your Startup? 5 Things Investors Are Looking For

Rocketspace

Fundraising is a process. It takes time and energy — more time and energy than you might think. And based on the conversations that we've had with experienced startup founders, raising capital for your startup, on average, takes three to six months. Startup Services

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How Borderlanders Prepare Us For The Future

Game-Changer

My friend Rachel Christensen gave an insightful talk at TEDxTijuana titled Beyond Your Border , the story of borderlanders: those people whose lives exist in two countries and prepare us for the future! Two months ago I invited Rachel to talk about this topic on my podcast; check it out here.

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The problem of scaling can confuse those innovating.

Paul Hobcraft

The problem of scaling can confuse those innovating and can this be changed? I have been often returning to scaling struggling with finding the best answers. Many organizations struggle with scaling.

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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.

Breaking Taboos – Two Lessons for Innovators

Destination Innovation

During WWI there was tremendous demand for bandages and sterile dressings for Allied wounded on the Western Front. The US company, Kimberly-Clark, developed a new cotton-like material from wood-pulp. It was highly absorbent.

Six million dollar innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

Since I write about innovation regularly, I often receive questions about "the future" of innovation. Who really knows anything about the future of innovation, when many of us don't fully comprehend all of the tools and activities for innovation that are available to us now. My standard response is in the title of the post. In the future, we'll do innovation work much more quickly than we do today, we'll be smarter about our approach and increasingly we'll never do it alone.

How to Keep Your Creative Team Fresh & Inspired

IdeaScale

Creativity is about more than just art. Creativity is how we get great innovation, but encouraging creativity in a structured environment, like work, can be a bit tricky. Fortunately, with a little creativity of your own, you can get the ideas flowing.

Who Are the Best Corporate Event Planners in London?

Rocketspace

Hosting a successful corporate event in London requires the expertise of a skilled corporate event planner. When it comes to planning events, time management, resource allocation, and communication across multiple teams are absolute necessities.

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.

What Consensus Means For Driving Innovation

Game-Changer

Why do organizations fail? There are many reasons, mostly because they become irrelevant by failing to evolve and adapt to a changing world.

Entering 2019 – What Do Each of Us Need to Focus Upon?

Paul Hobcraft

As we enter 2019 I always like to take a day or so, to reflect and think about what I should be focusing upon in the next year, around innovation. What has influenced me in 2018 and what I feel is shaping my thinking going into 2019?

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The Explosive Power of Trial, Error and Self-Play

Destination Innovation

In 1997 an IBM computer called Deep Blue famously defeated the world chess champion, Russian Gary Kasparov. It was seen as a seminal victory for a machine over the human brain. Deep Blue had been programmed by chess experts who gave it all the tactics and strategies known in chess.

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The state of innovation at the end of 2018

RTI Innovation Advisors

Since everyone is compelled to write at least one backward looking story at the end of the year, I've chosen as my topic a review of innovation at the end of 2018. This review isn't meant to be an attempt to grade innovation activities or suggest better or worse approaches, but to think about innovation holistically and consider the implications and ramifications of where we are, and where we who would like to think of ourselves as innovators will be moving in the future.

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!

Maintaining an Innovation Mindset as Your Business Grows

IdeaScale

There’s something to be said for stability, but also innovation. If you’ve ever seen a plant grow, you know that new shoots are flexible and willing to go nearly anywhere and try nearly anything to get at the resources they need.

Have You Seen These 7 Cool Conference Venues in London?

Rocketspace

Hosting a conference is no easy feat. There are a ton of preparations to make leading up to the event. From seating and food to speakers and exhibitors, event planners must. Event Venue

Transform Your Customers, Don’t Just Serve Them

Game-Changer

Do you or your organization lead its customers? Yes, lead. Not just serve them, but lead them. In other words: Do you look out for them? Do you demand of them when they don’t demand more of themselves? Do you transform them?

How best to use innovation to fight corruption: 2 Case Studies

Idea to Value

Corruption is a huge problem. It is estimated by the United Nations that up to 5% of the global economy (estimated to be around $2.6 trillion) is lost to corruption annually. In one case I remember vividly from 2015, Nigeria’s former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was arrested for allegedly stealing $2bn [Ed: Yes, that’s a billion with a B] by awarding phantom contracts to buy 12 helicopters, four fighter jets and ammunition.

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?

Ten Top Places to Visit in the Cape Town Area

Destination Innovation

Photo of Cape Town by HP Botha on Pixabay. The Western Cape of South Africa has much to offer the visitor. Here are some recommendations for fascinating places to visit. Cape Town. Watched over by the imperious Table Mountain, Cape Town boasts many splendours.

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Alert to the press: prototypes aren't finished products

RTI Innovation Advisors

I rise today to do something I find strange. I'm actually going to defend Elon Musk. Musk is receiving a significant amount of negative press after his unveiling of the Boring Company's (if you need to throw stones, do so at that name) pilot tunnel. To the shock and dismay of many people, the prototype is only a mile long and uses Tesla cars rather than the futuristic car depicted in mockups.

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Align Innovation Incentives to Goals

IdeaScale

A lot of crowdsourced innovation programs will tell you to offer incentives to your community of participants in order to drive engagement – but sometimes that’s a challenge for organization either because of budget restrictions or company regulations.

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De Beers Group’s GemFair™ and Tracr™ move into RocketSpace Campus in London

Rocketspace

debeers group corporate innovation partnership

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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.