May, 2017

Innovation is The Opposite of What We’re Pretending The Word Means

Game-Changer

Every once in a while someone says or writes something that is worth sharing. I want to introduce you to Tom Goodwin, who wrote a great piece called Why you probably don’t want innovation. His point is that everyone wants innovation without knowing what it means; which I agree with.

The single biggest reason why startups succeed

Idea to Value

One of the most complicated questions to answer in business is why some ideas succeed and others fail. That is where I came across this interesting TED Talk by Bill Gross (video above), who is the founder of the first US-based startup accelerator: Idealab.

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Kickstart Innovation by Removing the Barriers

Destination Innovation

Surveys show that the large majority of senior executives see innovation as critical for their businesses but are dissatisfied with progress in this area. If you want to make your organisation more agile and innovative where should you start?

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The Internet Of Things Is Transforming Industries You Would Never Think Of

Digital Tonto

As digital connectivity begins to transform physical machines, it’s likely that we’re now in the early days of a new productivity boom. Related posts: The 5 Powerhouse Industries of the 21st Century. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.

Needing To Think Applied Innovation Services

Paul Hobcraft

We can simply go on and on in the many ways we have evolved our problem-solving techniques or methodologies, as those help the innovation and discovery process; incremental, piecemeal and experimental.

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Mapping Innovation with Greg Satell

Game-Changer

Every Business Manager asks itself the same key strategic question about how to approach innovation: what do I do?

Podcast #014 Tendayi Viki – What is Lean Innovation?

Idea to Value

In today’s episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Tendayi Viki on what exactly “Lean Innovation” is.

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11 Great Things to See and Do in South Florida

Destination Innovation

Deering Estate. Many visitors think of Florida in terms of Orlando and Disney World. But I believe that once the children have grown up you will find that South Florida has much more to offer. Here are my picks for great things to see and do in South Florida. The Florida Keys.

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Building a Culture of Continuous Innovation

Braden Kelley

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.

We are pushing away from the old innovating core

Paul Hobcraft

I continue to investigate and explore as much of the thought leadership on innovation as I can, it continually points to a change in how we approach innovation.

Where does Triz fit within our growing organizational practices for Innovation?

HYPE Innovation

We have seen a consistent change over the years to move towards a more inventive engineering and discovery mindset within our innovation approaches.

It All Starts With A Provocative Question

Game-Changer

It’s not unusual that we get stuck in situations where we’re not able to find a way forward and feel like we’ve exhausted all options. In these situations we struggle, get stressed out and block ourselves from exploring other options. What do you do to get unstuck? .

Playfulness: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

Idea to Value

The world’s greatest innovators exhibit 27 creative attitudes, and playfulness is one of the most critical attitudes (Kim, 2016). Playfulness is approaching situations in an exploratory manner and seeing the lighter side of a challenge with a sense of humor, which enables flexible thinking. While innovators are focused and passionate about their pursuits, they do not take themselves too seriously. Being serious leads to an uncreative, boring life.

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.

Too much Precaution deters Innovation

Destination Innovation

The precautionary principle states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public, or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is not harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action.

Interview with Change Management Review

Braden Kelley

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Are We Crushing Real Innovation?

Paul Hobcraft

Well, this morning I came across an article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, entitled “ America has become so anti-innovation – it’s economic suicide ” written by Ben Tarnoff, a writer on technology and politics, living in San Fransisco.

Collective Behavior in IdeaScale Communities

IdeaScale

Contributions from community members in the form of valuable ideas are seen as strategic assets in the success of IdeaScale initiatives. The larger the community of participants the more diverse views are likely to appear; more diversity increases the chances of producing valuable ideas.

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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!

Can Creativity Be Scheduled?

Game-Changer

Can creativity be scheduled? via NY Times. Actually, it’s necessary to making progress. From The New York Times Can Creativity be Scheduled? What if you don’t have to be “creative” to create? We all know the archetype of the creatives, right? Eccentric, weird, scattered, messy.

Persistence: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

Idea to Value

A persistent attitude is one of the 27 characteristics found in the greatest innovators (Kim, 2016). It is defined as continuously striving and committing to goals regardless of immediate rewards. It is one of the most critical creative attitudes. Innovators are passionate about and committed to their goals, which compels them to persist physically and mentally. They never quit, continuing even when they experience challenges, setbacks, or failures.

Innovation Needs Communication

Digital Tonto

Increasingly, we live in a social economy with collaboration at its center Related posts: How Communication Drives Innovation. How Innovation Really Happens. The New Era Of Cognitive Collaboration. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Ten Reasons You Might Suck at Innovation

Braden Kelley

In a popular previous article we looked at the Top 10 Reasons Not to Innovate.

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?

The innovation value lies within the new system

Paul Hobcraft

Core capabilities have upsides and downsides. As many of our business organizations seek to optimize their processes across the company, they are constantly reaching more outside to gain growing partnerships and greater innovation interactions.

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Innovation: Learning from Failure

IdeaScale

Many people look at failure as a complete negative. I like to think of failures as the route to innovation. The keys to innovation from failure are to have a culture around dealing with and accepting failures, failing fast, and learning from the failure. So how do we go about learning from failure?

3 Key Criteria of Disruptive Innovation

Game-Changer

Just a few hours before sitting down to write this post I was in a meeting were a group of people pitched themselves as disruptive, they aren’t, but people on the other end of the table soaked it all in.

Innovation is the Most Potent Form of Leadership Development

Idea to Value

You can’t outsource the important things. After working with more than 100 clients, we have noted one of the most critical factors in the success of an innovation project: if you outsource all of the work on your innovation projects, they will fail. It doesn’t matter if you use our humble Studio or a 7-figure firm from Palo Alto or London. Many good innovation firms can generate consumer insights and craft a winning portfolio of concepts that have the nature to change your top-line growth.

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.