February, 2018

Monitor Your Innovation Capability in these Three Areas

Destination Innovation

Many organizations have top-level goals for innovation but struggle to measure progress toward them. How can you assess the current state of your innovation capability? There are three critical areas to consider.

A New Integrated Innovation Engagement System

Paul Hobcraft

I have written extensively, certainly over the past eighteen months, about our need to take innovation into a new era, designed for today and tomorrow’s “fit for purpose” Below you will see my view of how I see this sketched out, as my suggested concept outline. Does it make sense?

Amazon Go is the future of supermarkets. But right now it allows you to steal tampons.

Idea to Value

Amazon has just taken another step towards owning your entire shopping experience, by opening the world’s first supermarket where you just pick up whatever you want and leave.

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Driving Innovation in Higher Education – Insights From an LSE Report

HYPE Innovation

There are a variety of forces impacting colleges and universities today: economic and demographic, financial and ideological. Even forces related to how higher education is “consumed”. In response to this fast changing environment, institutions in higher education are changing too. Higher Education

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.

People Walk Away When You Waste Their Time and Talent

Game-Changer

Miserable, undervalued, overlooked, not living up to my potential, taken for granted. These and other words are used by people who’s employeer doesn’t let them be the best version of themselves at work. Last week I met two very talented guys with high technical chops.

Innovation Isn’t About What You Know, But What You Don’t

Digital Tonto

Innovation, necessarily, is about the future, but all we can really know is about the past and some of the present Related posts: Crappy Innovation. Apple’s Innovation Problem. The 30 Years Rule. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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A new paradigm: focusing on Work to be Done

Paul Hobcraft

Much of what we read about with artificial intelligence, deep learning and robots can present a fear that our jobs are simply going, vanishing fairly soon.

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Elon Musks new $0 salary, and what it can teach us about visionary innovation leaders

Idea to Value

When it comes to innovative business practices, Elon Musk doesn’t appear to do anything half-hearted. In fact, we have previously spoken about how Elon Musk shows how you can turn a Twitter complaint into a solution in 6 days.

How Value Co-Creation can Boost Your Innovation Process Significantly

HYPE Innovation

No matter the industry, co-creation of value is a hot topic. Marketing specialists swear by it; manufacturers and service providers try to integrate it in their innovation practices; researchers study it. Value co-creation happens within networks and enable individuals, groups and organisations to connect, collaborate, solve problems and satisfy heterogeneous needs and expectations together.

The Raid on Entebbe – A Tale of Two Leaders

Destination Innovation

Idi Amin. Yitzhak Rabin. On June 27 1976 Air France flight 139 from Tel-Aviv to Paris was hijacked following a stop at Athens airport. Security at Athens was lax and four terrorists boarded the flight. Two were German, Brigitte Kuhlmann and Wilfried Bose and two were Palestinian.

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.

We Have Learn To Embrace Uncertainty And Confusion

Digital Tonto

If answers were easy to come by somebody else would already have found them Related posts: The One Big Reason Every Business Needs To Embrace Complexity. Broken Logic, Uncertainty and Emergence. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Keeping Your Best Friend Safe

Braden Kelley

Every so often something comes along that is super funny, super cute, and super functional, all at the same time. Check out the video below and then we’ll dive in to the innovation potential of The Rocketeer Pack by ZuGoPet.

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Make every idea count for your business this year

Exago

Are you truly committed to finding those new ideas to grow your business in 2018? You're not the only one. Learn how Exago innovation management software can make every idea count for your company with your freedemo@exago.com.

Net Neutrality and its Impact on Innovation

IdeaScale

In today’s technologically advanced society, the Internet is a vital resource for start-ups and established businesses alike when it comes to driving innovation.

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!

This new Japanese banana has a peel you can eat

Idea to Value

I didn’t that I would be writing about innovation in fruit this week. But that is exactly what I found when someone told me about a new type of banana from Japan. D&T farms has found a new way of cultivating bananas which appears to have two very useful perks. This is achieved through a special propagation method involving keeping the plant at sub-zero temperatures of below -60 degrees Celcius.

Will big data solve the innovation gap?

RTI Innovation Advisors

For many companies, I think there is a relatively significant gap between what they actually generate as compelling new products and what they wish they generated. We could call this the "innovation gap". The gap is real, and it means that many companies aren't as profitable or as competitive as they'd like to be.

Here’s How We Can Make The Next Big Thing Happen Much Faster

Digital Tonto

An obscure government program may be a blueprint for the future Related posts: Inside The Race To Build A Battery That Can Power The 21st Century. Why Energy Storage May Be The Most Important. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

10 Ways Higher Education Could Be Transformed to Support the Needs of a Changing World

Innovation Excellence

Is there a future for higher education? There is probably no other industry or social institution quite as invested in the future than education, yet its struggles with self-reinvention manifest as a ticking time bomb, putting the future of both the institutions and wider society at risk.

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?

What are the good and the bad costs in your innovation agenda?

Exago

When introducing a cost-cutting strategy in your innovation agenda, you should first have a clear view of your company’s strategy and map out good and bad costs for programme intervention, at macro and micro levels.

Debunking 5 Myths about Building an Innovation Team

IdeaScale

Build the best team, by ignoring these myths. Building an innovation strategy can be intimidating, and often it’s a relief to have a team together. But too often, innovation teams meet, talk, and come out with ideas, but nothing else.

Lead. Don’t Compete

Game-Changer

This is a quick post I’m writing for a friend of mine who’s in the middle of a leadership challenge … It’s easy to look at what others are doing and copy that. It’s easy to follow what already works. It’s all easy, no need to think about it.

9 Ways a Brand Can Sustain a Social-First Content Marketing Strategy

BrainZooming

I’m delivering a workshop at the Social Media Strategies Summit in San Francisco today. It will cover creating a sustainable, social-first content marketing strategy.

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 5 Whys

Digital Tonto

By continually questioning you can get beyond mere grievances, start attacking core problems and begin to make a real difference Related posts: Building A Network To Solve Education. Everybody. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Understanding 25 Cognitive Biases That Impact Business [Infographic]

Innovation Excellence

The best way to combat a cognitive bias is to have awareness of its existence and how you or those around you will react to certain informational stimuli. In business, these cognitive biases can actually work in your favor as you provide people with justification for their shopping decisions.

Step 3: Invest more in a bottom-up approach for your innovation agenda

Exago

When developing your innovation agenda, bear in mind that employees deal daily with inefficiencies in your company, having often diverse and powerful ideas related to organisational processes and products. The following are real examples of this. The post Step 3: Invest more in a bottom-up approach for your innovation agenda appeared first on Exago. Blog Insights collective intelligence Efficiency employees experience innovation-results innovation-tips

5 Innovation Engagement Best Practices

IdeaScale

More and more companies are inviting their employees to participate in company-wide ideation. Companies that do this contribute to overall innovation program health by ensuring a healthy top of the funnel stocked with ideas and allies. But with this opportunity comes new challenges.

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.

Innovation Leader Profile Survey

Game-Changer

What does an innovation leader look like ? What are her / his traits, attitudes and behaviors ? Gaia Grant , a PhD candidate research student at the University of Sydney Business School , is conducting a study to answer these questions.

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Are you starving for powerful female leaders in your strategy planning workshop?

BrainZooming

We were facilitating report outs at a strategy planning workshop after multiple teams tackled developing high-level plans to improve various employee challenges in a relatively high-performing company.

4 Things Every Leader Should Know About Applying Artificial Intelligence To Business

Digital Tonto

You need to train and integrate a cognitive agent much as you would a human one Related posts: 4 Ways Every Business Needs To Use Artificial Intelligence. We Need To Stop Searching For The One. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Innovation Starts With The Right Mindset

Innovation Excellence

My back of the envelope observation is that about 1% of doctors, engineers and scientists have an entrepreneurial mindset and the 6 habits that define it, as described by Narang and Devaiah, in their book, “Orbit Shifting Innovation”: 1.

Using Data and Messaging to Drive Product Activation

Speaker: Ruben Ugarte, Founder, Practico Analytics

Onboarding users is filled with possibilities and challenges. Not only are you showing the user how to use your product, but it's also a chance to connect with them and understand their needs. Of course, it’s crucial to have a good onboarding experience to drive your activation metrics. Quality onboarding is the first step towards turning a newly acquired user into a repeat user. If you're looking to optimize your onboarding to improve your activation metrics, this webinar is for you. Ruben Ugarte will be focusing on how to improve all aspects of onboarding experiences by understanding how your current onboarding process is stacking up, and giving you the tools to prioritize what to try changing. With improved onboarding, you'll see less drop-off and a happier user experience.