August, 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Get comfortable being uncomfortable

Game-Changer

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

Tournaments: Collaboration for a Rapid Outcome

Imaginatik

Tournaments are community driven. Tournaments are an engagement tool aimed at achieving maximum performance in: Collecting ideas. Encouraging collaboration between participants with different skills. Achieving results for a challenge in a very short period of time -approximately one month.

The innovating power of ecosystems and platforms

Paul Hobcraft

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

The most common innovation project failures

RTI Innovation Advisors

I had the opportunity to speak to a leadership team that is considering building an innovation capability in their business. I was asked a question I get infrequently, but one I enjoy answering. The question is: what keeps businesses from innovating effectively? The answer that I think most leadership teams want is: good ideas. After all, it's easier to explain away the lack of innovation if you can say that most teams lack good ideas.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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Innovation decreases with knowledge

RTI Innovation Advisors

Did the headline of the post grab your attention? Did you think I was going to assert that dumb people are better innovators? Nothing of the sort. However, I think I can positively assert that bringing all of your knowledge to bear on a problem that needs innovation is often exactly the opposite of what you should do. Here's why.

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.

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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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!

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?

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! ]].

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.

Should you welcome or fear disruption

RTI Innovation Advisors

I was scanning through my Twitter feed when I came upon a tweet where someone was excitedly welcoming disruption in the financial sector. Strangely, it was from an individual employed in the traditional banking sector. This made me think of the old Simpson's show where Kent Brockman, the news broadcaster, is announcing that there are new alien beings taking over the earth, and that he, for one, welcomed the new overlords.

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.

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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Strategy that sticks

Game-Changer

How do you talk about your business’s strategy so that your employees get it? Any strategic planning session eventually needs to deliver a robust strategy, one that anyone can understand and execute.

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! ]].

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.