August, 2015

Idea challenges: Giving a Voice to New Business Opportunities

Imaginatik

How many ideas fluctuate within your organization without enriching your portfolio or becoming business projects? The vast majority of them are never even voiced, why bother when nothing happens right? Engagement programs are a valuable path to change that dynamic.

Delving into a complex world - finding research to help you learn and adapt

HYPE Innovation

"The world has never been as complex, dynamic and uncertain as it is today and the pace of change will only increase." We hear this consistently, our continual problem is trying to make sense of it.

Shifting Radically the Innovation Business Model

Paul Hobcraft

Shifting Radically the Innovation Business Model. I have been spending some significant time on questioning the current innovation business model, from both the customers (clients) perspective and the innovation consultants’ one.

The Whole Foods Strategy…Isn’t (Whole)

Matthew May

There’s an interesting strategic play being made by Whole Foods Markets, in the midst of the company’s nearly $2 billion one-day drop in market value a few weeks ago, on the announcement of a shareholder lawsuit.

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.

Why Companies are Turning to Innovation Centres

Destination Innovation

Nine out of ten companies believe that they are too slow to market with new products. In the consumer goods category around 80% of new products fail. Since 2000 52% of the Fortune 500 have merged, been acquired or gone bankrupt.

Is Innovation a Priority for CEOs?

Braden Kelley

We’d all like to be the best at everything and to make everything a priority, but that’s just not the real world.

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Designing an Innovation Management Event – Part 1: Laying the Groundwork to Engage Your Community

HYPE Innovation

Summer is not only an ideal time to catch up on some reading (maybe you remember Tim’s list from March), but also a perfect time to catch up on some skills. Collaborative innovation skills to be precise.

The innovating power of ecosystems and platforms

Paul Hobcraft

Our whole understanding of innovation is changing; there are numerous shifts occurring.

In the future you are either a digital business or a dead business

Game-Changer

Today, every business is digital and it’s changing how business is done. But many businesses have yet to wake up and understand this reality.

The Power Of Story

Digital Tonto

Look at any great enterprise and invariably its mission drives its strategy, not the other way around. And it all starts with a story. Related posts: Top-down vs. Bottom-up Strategy. How to Succeed. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.

Never Delegate Understanding

Tim Kastelle

What’s the best way to change something? There’s no easy answer to this question – but if we’re trying to design changes in the way our organisations work, we need to have a deep understanding of what’s going on in them.

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Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Innovate

Destination Innovation

The game Angry Birds was a huge hit for the Finnish game developers, Rovio Entertainment. It sold over 20 million copies on various mobile platforms. The spin-off products include books and a Sony film. Angry Birds was released in 2009.

Self-fulfilling Prophecies and Innovation Success

HYPE Innovation

Having organised a number of innovation management events for practitioners this summer it has (re)occurred to me just how strongly success ties into the psychology of winning.

Our inabilities to adapt needs changing.

Paul Hobcraft

Erosion is everywhere, it just seems inevitable, we somehow get caught up in the process of time and our organizations seem to ‘freeze’ before our eyes, then simply age. They become fixed, rigid and locked into their established ways, not adapting to the changes occurring around them.

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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!

Get More Done

Braden Kelley

What Matters Most Management (WMMM) is the Key to Success Most times you’ll see this posed as a question “What matters most?” ” as people grapple with finding the meaning of life.

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How The Collapse Of The Cable Business Model Will Bring A New Era Of Television

Digital Tonto

As the cable business model starting to unravel, we can expect an explosion of creative energy that will usher in a new golden age of TV. Related posts: The Future Of TV Is Here. Can Cable Survive? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Get comfortable being uncomfortable

Game-Changer

When’s the last time you made yourself purposely uncomfortable? It’s something to think about.

How to Write a Winning Business Proposal

Destination Innovation

The Business Proposal is an essential document not only for Sales people but also for anyone who wants to submit a serious proposition for internal or external approval. The process starts with a thorough understanding of the client’s needs, problems and priorities.

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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?

Play vs. work mode

HYPE Innovation

The other day I was playing a board game with my kids and I honestly can say I had the time of my life. Later, I did some self-reflection that resulted in what I wouldn’t call a groundbreaking realization, but it definitely shook my understanding of how I want my life to be.

Moving towards a new innovation service model

Paul Hobcraft

The realization that innovation goes way beyond product innovation is a massive hurdle for many of our existing organizations to overcome, certainly in what they are offering today as solutions.

Voting Open for Thinkers50 Top Management Thinkers for 2015

Braden Kelley

Thank you everyone for your nominations for the Innovation category of the Thinkers50 Distinguished 2015 Distinguished Achievement Awards. The short lists for the eight categories will be announced in early September.

How Philosophy Can Make You A Better Manager

Digital Tonto

The true value of philosophy in business life is not only that it leads to valuable self reflection, but that it can help us think more clearly about the practical issues we face everyday. Related. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.

It’s the little things that kill

Game-Changer

Our society tends to focus on the big ideas. We love them, me included. But since big ideas have no precedent, no path to follow, the challenge is they require uncommon action; little details that need to be figured out beforehand. So, everyone likes talking about big ideas.

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Adversity can be a Spur to Innovation – as shown by the Greatest of Composers

Destination Innovation

Possibly the greatest composer of all time and certainly the most revolutionary was Ludwig van Beethoven. Before Beethoven classical music was genteel, calm, structured according to strict rules and designed to please wealthy patrons.

Stop innovation fizzling out due to lack of leadership buy in

HYPE Innovation

I never seemed to have a shortage of ideas but getting the business support necessary to actually drive them through to implementation was at times struggle.

Technology leads, innovation exploitation is lagging

Paul Hobcraft

There is a growing, perhaps even an overwhelming business case, for transforming the innovation management structure. The new combination is the new connections through people and things (IoT) that we can achieve a new innovation potential.

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.

Living Life by Text Message

Braden Kelley

I did my MBA at London Business School in the United Kingdom and one of the benefits of studying at a top school and being an alumni is seeing all the really cool things that the entrepreneurial alumni coming behind … Continue reading → Innovation Technology mobile sms

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The Efficiency Paradox

Digital Tonto

Leaders today can no longer afford to think in conventional terms of efficiency, but must shape networks in the context of a shared mission. Related posts: Leaders Must Do More Than Inspire—We Must. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Customer discovery never stops

Game-Changer

Whether you are optimizing exiting products or services, creating something new, or rethinking your entire business, as a business leader, what’s one thing you can count on to deliver new and unexpected insights?

Bland Products Upset No-one but Delight No-one.

Destination Innovation

A Negative Reaction is Better than No Reaction. South Park is a highly successful cartoon sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central TV network. The show was launched in 1997 and quickly became notorious for its rude language, minimalist characters and black, surreal satire.

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.