December, 2017

Connecting Innovation is the New Order of Play

Paul Hobcraft

There is a lot of change occurring in our innovation abilities. There is this constant shift to more open-sourcing and collaborating. We are seeing profound shifts that technology and digital transformation are bringing us to deliver innovate differently.

8 Best Tech Newsletters To Subscribe To

Game-Changer

If you have not been keeping up, emerging technologies will drive the Next Economy. Which means that in the future, you’re either a digital business or a dead business.

When Corporations Fund Startups, Both Can Win

Digital Tonto

A corporate venture program can provide a valuable window into the future Related posts: How Power Is Shifting From Corporations To Platforms. Could Ukraine Be The Next Silicon Valley? 4 Things. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Transform Your Business with a Change Success Manager

Braden Kelley

“Stealing the role of customer success manager from the world of SaaS is the key to making your digital transformation efforts a success.”

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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.

7 Essential Skills Required to Succeed as An Entrepreneur

Idea to Value

Many entrepreneurs believe that the most important factor that will determine their level of success with a startup relates to their overall experience and skills in the niche area. However, the most successful entrepreneurs have developed a certain set of skills that have helped them reach their goals.

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As we enter 2018 we will need Knowledge Graphs

Paul Hobcraft

I received an early New Year present, actually, it came from Siemens. They had invited me to their Siemens Innovation Day in mid-December 2017. I really appreciated it, yet it took me time to absorb all that was provided, over these past two weeks.

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Your Need For Certainty Kills Innovation

Game-Changer

Innovation is as much about attitude and perspective as it is about process. It’s an uncertain path that tests women and men’s mental and emotional fortitude; it’s not for everybody. As innovators we have fight against human nature; our own and that from our fellow humans.

4 Skills That All Great Innovators Share

Digital Tonto

Great innovators aren’t prima donnas or glory seekers. They are problem solvers. Related posts: Truly Great Innovators Do These 4 Things. The Most Important Thing That Great Innovators Do. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Wrap Up Those 2017 Loose Ends and Finish the Year Strong

Braden Kelley

As 2017 comes to a close, perhaps you are a manager or leader with a project that you are responsible for finishing before the end of the year. Why not get an MBA-qualified resource to help you complete the work?

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.

These Xiaogang farmers could have been executed for their innovation in 1978, instead they changed China forever

Idea to Value

The year was 1978. The location was the small town of Xiaogang, China. And the situation was desperate. But what came next should serve as an inspiration to any leader trying to improve the innovativeness of their teams. After years of governmental and agricultural mismanagement, people in China in the 1970s were starving to death of famine.

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Innovation Gift Giving

RTI Innovation Advisors

We find ourselves near the end of another fruitful, eventful year, here at December 19, 2017. All eyes turn toward the holidays (actually, the merchandising happened in October and the Christmas muzak started in early November it seems). While there are a few working days left in the month, and year, I thought I'd offer up some ideas for those individuals who are hard to shop for on your lists. Today, gifts for the frustrated corporate innovator.

Creating the Industrial Ecosystem

Paul Hobcraft

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Siemens Innovation Day. I really appreciated it, yet it took me time to absorb all that was provided, over these past two weeks. One outcome is this post. I am grateful to have had the time to translate this in my mind.

6 Books I Read In 2017 That Are Worth Your Time

Game-Changer

If you’ve been following me for a long time you know I have a very Hungry Mind. On top of magazines, articles and reports, I read at least 1 book per month; and have gone up to 4 in years past. This year I read 15 books in all, lighter than before but interesting nonetheless.

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.

Transformation Takes More Than Ideas, Behaviors Also Need To Change

Digital Tonto

We need to be open to new possibilities to solve new problems. Innovation needs exploration. Related posts: It Takes A Lot More Than A Big Idea To Change The World. The Next Great Transformation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Indispensable Employee Attributes for Successful Innovation in Your Business

HYPE Innovation

We all know that old, wooden idea suggestion box that was flamboyantly presented during the Q1 openings but ended up tucked away under someone’s desk. It started off great, with people adding various ideas with equally different purposes but after a while, it died and became part of the company relics. For companies, these inputs for change are highly welcome. By tapping into the wisdom of the crowds within the organization, they can innovate their business for the better.

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Who Makes the Decisions in Crowdsourcing?

IdeaScale

You will likely engage your experts and authorities at the earliest stages or your program through discussion. These are the people who know a great deal about the subject matter of the campaigns and can give you strong feedback on your problem statement and criteria for success.

Communication and repetition are vital for innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

I was working out this morning before work and as usual, watching the breaking news. At 7am there are a range of news choices, and strangely each network seems to have the exact same advertisements on during the breaks. As I was working out I realized that I knew the side effects of several medications that I don't need and don't take. These side effects include headaches, vomiting, and so on.

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!

The enemy is already within. The flood gates are open. Can GE recover?

Paul Hobcraft

Managing cash, balancing this out with your liabilities and obligations, knowing your market dynamics, and equally, having a good understanding of where the future growth lies, are all essential for managing any healthy business.

10 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Emotional Artificial Intelligence Could Do

Game-Changer

This was the year most every large company took notice of the rise of artificial intelligence.

Four Models of Intrapreneurship Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Research shows that growth fueled through organic innovation is more profitable than growth driven by acquisition, in part because the organizational capability required is vastly different. But the litmus test is.

Using the Power of Crowdsourcing to Combat Humanitarian Catastrophes with Innovation

HYPE Innovation

That old saying - ‘many hands make light work’ - takes on a particular meaning in the world of innovation. Faced with open-ended challenges which require radical solutions, the more minds we have on the task the more likely it is that the innovation ‘light bulb’ will flash on! Whether we are seeking a radical new idea for a novel challenge or suggestions to help improve an existing situation there’s no doubt that shared creativity is a powerful resource.

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 4 Dynamic Stages of Collaborative Innovation – Number 3: Idea Review

IdeaScale

What’s the best idea among the ones you’ve defined? You’ve collected ideas. You’ve refined them. Now it’s time to see what’s made it through the process and evaluate which to act on. But how should the process of reviewing ideas be engaged in?

Quirky: Traits innovators share

RTI Innovation Advisors

Thanks to my blog, and hopefully the insights I share here, I'm often asked to review books about innovation and innovators. Recently I was asked to review a book entitled Quirky. The subtitle is: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World. Their capitalization, not mine. The traits that innovators possess or share has been an interest of mine for quite a while.

Top Posts of 2017

Digital Tonto

The articles you liked the best over the past year Related posts: Top Posts of 2016. Top Posts of 2013. Top Posts of 2012. Top Posts of 2015. Top Posts for 2014. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. All Posts Top Posts

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Game-Changer’s 10 Most Popular Posts of 2017

Game-Changer

2017 was a good year in many ways. For one, it was my 10 year anniversary as a blogger ! Yes, I’ve been writing Game-Changer since 2007. And as I’ve done in years past, here are the 10 most popular posts of 2017. A Critical Measure of Innovation: Leadership and Priorities.

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.