July, 2019

3 Ways Our Bias to Oversimplify the Future Hurts Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Estimates that attempt to quantify failure rates for innovative products and services typically sit in a range somewhere between 70-95%.

The interplay between innovation, creativity, and consciousness

ImagineNation

Innovation consulting can be a lonely place for a woman to play, especially in a conventional, male-oriented, and competitive marketplace like Melbourne is today. Making networking a key way of enhancing my intellectual, emotional and social capital, consciousness and creativity.

Learning to innovate in the IoT Age

RTI Innovation Advisors

Lately, many commentators are given to sweeping claims about seismic change. We are either in the 3rd or the 4th industrial revolution, depending on the commentator. It can be hard to keep up. However, where there is smoke there is often fire.

4 Questions That Will Make You A Better Innovator

Digital Tonto

Innovation isn't about ideas. It's about solving problems. The better questions you ask, the better problems you can identify. Related posts: Becoming A Successful Executive Doesn’t Prepare You To. [[ 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.

The 10 (+1) ingredients for building a collaborative innovation culture

Exago

According to CEOs, innovation culture is the pillar of business innovation, but it isn't always an easy feat. We share the 10 (+1) ingredients to build a collaborative innovation culture in your organisation.

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A Strategic Approach to Starting a Successful Innovation Program

InnovationManagement

I’ve recently been advising a range of leaders in how to start successful innovation programs. A couple are relaunches of efforts that were abandoned in the past, and others are starting from scratch in organizations (and sectors) that are more comfortable with the status quo.

How to Achieve High-Quality Ideas in Idea Competition?

Ideanote

In the previous blog post, we laid out the concept behind in-house innovation competition and the benefits that come with it. Now, we will give you a few useful tips on how to manage the contest to assure high-quality ideas are born. So, are you ready to go on an idea-hunting mission?

How to Measure Your Innovation Progress

IdeaScale

Innovation is universally regarded as positive, but in a business context, “good” usually has to be backed up by hard data. Unsurprisingly, companies committed to innovation want to be able to measure its impact, but many companies are unsure how to do that.

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Don't break the rules - become flexible and agile

RTI Innovation Advisors

I've read yet another good and insightful piece on success in digital transformation, which relies on an unfortunate metaphor - one about "breaking the rules".

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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.

Best Practices for Leading Innovation

IdeaScale

For innovation leadership to be more than just empty words, companies must understand innovation, determine the best ways to encourage it, be willing to put resources behind it, and understand the importance of the word “practices” in the term “best practices.”.

Checking for the global pulse of innovation

Paul Hobcraft

As a report, the 2019 Global Innovation Index (GII) is a whopper, at 450 pages, although 50% of this is detailed economic profiles and data tables for each country within the index. This GII report investigates and reports on 129 countries and then analyzes and ranks them accordingly.

Reigniting Innovation and Creativity

Innovation Excellence

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent Van Gogh Here’s an interesting question.

How to Hone Your Critical Thinking Skills to Spur Innovation

IdeaScale

Critical thinking involves going beyond cursory reasoning as sufficient proof that something is as it seems. It is one of the most important skills anyone can have, whatever their profession and whatever their position in the corporate hierarchy.

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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.

Idea Management: Learning When and How to Say “Enough”

IdeaScale

We all know intellectually that sometimes projects fail, but that doesn’t necessarily make it easier when it’s our project that fails. If you have ever had to scrap a project, you’re in good company.

How to Stay Ahead of the Game in a Fast-Changing Industry

IdeaScale

At the intersection of modern technology and advertising, digital marketing is one of the fastest changing industries in the world. And to stay relevant in digital marketing, you need to be innovative. And perhaps one of the most competitive and technology-dominated industries is digital marketing.

Is Organizational Structure The Secret to Innovation?

Innovation Excellence

Change your company’s structure to get bigger and better ideas. Just about everyone wants more creativity and innovation these days. But what’s the secret to getting it?

The Three Roles You Need to Have on Your Innovation Team

InnovationManagement

No matter the decade in which you grew up, the future promised one thing: flying cars. And yet generation after generation has been disappointed as our technological progress that has given us everything from angry birds to nanotechnology, but… still no Bladerunner vehicles.

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 Limited Value Of Ideas

Digital Tonto

The truth is that ideas need ecosystems to support them and that doesn’t happen overnight. To make an idea viable in the real world it needs to continually connect outward, gaining adherents and. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

How Do You Deal With Chaos? Focus On The Moment

Game-Changer

This is a post I’m writing for my friend Jesus, who’s taking on a leadership challenge … To thrive in chaos and adapt to change requires the mental preparedness to modify one’s thoughts at a moment’s notice. As an entrepreneur, I’m well adapted to chaos. I actually want it.

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Your Future Lies in Occupying the Innovation Job and Using the Skills it Provides

Paul Hobcraft

Source: World Economic Forum, Future of Jobs Report 2018. We all need to begin to grapple with what is redefining work in knowledge, skills, our experience, and our necessary abilities to be viable and useful. We continue to hear and begin to see the effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Going Beyond the Business Model Canvas

Braden Kelley

For decades when business people and aspiring entrepreneurs came up with an idea and became serious about commercializing it, they would, by default, create a business plan.

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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?

When the World Zigs, Zag.

Destination Innovation

John Bartle, Nigel Bogle and John Hegarty founded their eponymous agency in 1982 after leaving the TBWA agency. They started with a highly unusual principle for an advertising agency – no creative pitches.

Smart and connected devices change everything

RTI Innovation Advisors

In my last post I wrote about a big transition in innovation that will occur in the near future - when the tipping point is reached and most innovation is focused on smart, connected devices as opposed to dumb products.

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4 Things Every Business Leader Should Know About Artificial Intelligence and Automation

Digital Tonto

The future will be driven by humans collaborating with other humans to design work for machines that creates value for other humans. Related posts: 4 Things Every Leader Should Know About Applying. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

10 of Japan’s Top Robotics Companies Leading The World Into 2020

Rocketspace

The revolution in robotics has had a seemingly mild-mannered leader pushing forward with new technology and revolutionary innovation. This leader has acted as the industry powerhouse over the last several decades powering the advancements we see today. The leader? Japan.

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.