March, 2023

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Future-Centered Design: How to Turn Great Ideas into Action Plans

Daniel Burrus

Great ideas do not always come from the top down. As a matter of fact, some of the most transformative ideas that have gone on to change the world have been from a lower- to mid-level employee. From the iPod at Apple to the Happy Meal at McDonald’s—both digital and physical innovations in all industries have often stemmed from collaborative creativity at all levels.

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Can Diverse and Inclusive Crowds Increase Innovation by 6x?

IdeaScale

The research is clear: diversity drives innovation in the office and in your crowdsourced initiatives. Companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion have access to a greater range of perspectives and experiences, which leads to more creative solutions and faster growth. Leaders play an important role in creating a culture that celebrates and encourages different backgrounds, [.

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What value does an Innovation Ecosystem offer?

Paul Hobcraft

Converging ideas and thinking brings out creativity and different innovative solutions Innovation ecosystems are gaining good traction to build out a more robust innovation management system that can offer the interconnected network of organizations the opportunity to create and commercialize new ideas, concepts, products and services. Participating in innovation ecosystems does have a number of advantages Greater access to a wider range of resources and expertise through the bringing together o

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Don’t Try To Shape Opinions, Shape Networks

Digital Tonto

The biggest misconception about change is that once people understand it, they will embrace it and so the best way to drive change forward is to explain the need for change in a convincing and persuasive way. Change, in this view, is essentially a communication exercise and the right combination of words and images is all that is required. Even assuming that it is practical to convince people that way, by the same logic they can just as easily have their mind changed right back by counter-argume

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Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI

“Reimagined: Building Products with Generative AI” is an extensive guide for integrating generative AI into product strategy and careers featuring over 150 real-world examples, 30 case studies, and 20+ frameworks, and endorsed by over 20 leading AI and product executives, inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

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Achieving Balance With Company Culture, Benefit Design, and Employee Well-Being

Business and Tech

Employers are at a critical reflection point where we can look back at the last two years and evaluate what has worked and what hasn’t. Jennifer Santisi, M.S. Director of Communications, Integrated Benefits Institute The Integrated Benefits Institute’s recent analysis estimates that the cost associated with the loss of work hours due to COVID-19 is $213.1 billion, and the number of lost hours attributed to the pandemic totaled 6.6 billion.

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Developing an Effective Innovation Process: Benefits, Steps & Secrets for Success 

Qmarkets

Establishing the right innovation process to deliver on your enterprise company-wide strategy can be a real challenge, but it is crucial to the success of any innovation program. You need to make sure you’re leveraging the right resources and audiences as impactfully and efficiently as possible in order to move the right solutions forward. If this sounds scary, don’t worry!

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With an InnovationOps approach, the methodology doesn’t matter

Sopheon

We’ve talked recently about InnovationOp s in this space: a flexible yet structured approach to innovation that guides an organization through its unique innovation journey. InnovationOps brings together the people and processes related to discovery, product management, project management and portfolio management, governance and strategy execution, treating each as unified parts of a broader innovation picture.

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Understanding Novelty is the Key to Innovation

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski If you want to get innovation right, focus on novelty. Novelty is the difference between how things are today and how they might be tomorrow. And that comparison calibrates tomorrow’s idea within the context of how things are today. And that makes all the difference.

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5 ways product managers can accelerate innovation strategy in a new industry

Sopheon

You’re a product manager who’s made your mark at one company, and now you’re looking for a new challenge. For the more adventurous, it often means leaping off the high dive into a new industry. While product management skills tend to be transferable, they’re only as effective as your knowledge of the new industry.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Job One of the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act: Closing the Digital Divide

Business and Tech

The United States is taking bold steps to reinvigorate its economy through game-changing investments in high-tech research and manufacturing. For more than 50 years, U.S. businesses outsourced manufacturing overseas rather than investing at home. For example, engineers invented the semiconductor in the United States, but the nation produces about 10% of the world’s supply today.

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Best Selling Lateral Thinking Books

Destination Innovation

Here are my top four best-selling Lateral Thinking Books Lateral Thinking Puzzlers – published by Puzzlewright Press. The classic collection of the top lateral thinking puzzles. First published in 1991 and still in print. It has sold over 600,000 copies and is a firm favourite with puzzle fans young and old. Lateral Thinking for Every Day – published by Kogan Page.

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Completing transitions through innovation, ecosystems and sustainable approaches

Paul Hobcraft

Completing transitions through innovation, ecosystems and sustainability thinking Today, our innovation activity needs to transition through collaborating and co-creating, applying ecosystem thinking and platform designs for business. We increasingly recognize the future value and impact for businesses to grow, is through combining innovation, and external collaborations and ensuring solutions are more sustainable.

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The Great Digital Reckoning Is Near

Digital Tonto

Clearly, there is something afoot in Silicon Valley. The technology is maturing, the scandals keep getting bigger and, with information and communication technologies representing a mere 6% of advanced economies, we still have yet to see anything approaching the impact of earlier technology revolutions. Make no mistake, a reckoning is fast approaching.

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Mapping Digital Transformation: Retail’s Strategic Shift

Speaker: Jennifer Wright, Michael Scholz, Jasmin Guthmann, and Scott Canney

Digital transformation in retail is so much more than new technology. You need to get your whole organization, from entry-level workers to executives, on board with the new tech, new skills, and culture changes that digital transformation brings. Leading this mindset shift can be a daunting task… but that’s where this webinar comes in! Join our panel of experts as they guide you through the challenges of digital transformation, preparing you to avoid common mistakes and make the most of incredib

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Breaking the Mold: The Surprising Benefits of being Innovative in the Workplace

IdeaScale

As companies continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape of business, one thing remains constant: the need for innovation in workplace. Embracing innovative thinking can lead to significant benefits, both for employees and the organization as a whole. In this blog post, we'll explore the surprising benefits of being innovative in workplace and why it's essential [.

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Exploring the Different Partner Programs in a Partner Ecosystem

HYPE Innovation

As markets expand and customers’ requirements grow rapidly, businesses need to be ready to meet their clients’ changing needs. While coming up with solutions themselves is one approach, partnering with other companies in their partner ecosystem may prove more effective than developing a new offering from scratch on your own, which can be time-consuming and expensive.

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Vehicle Electrification: Key to a More Secure America – and a Sustainable Future

Business and Tech

There’s a 100-year transformation taking place right now in the automotive industry. Around the world, drivers, governments, and businesses are discovering — and embracing — electric vehicle (EV) technology and setting a path toward a cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation future. In the United States, the transformation has been gathering steam.

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Shifting the conversation from poverty alleviation to prosperity creation

Christensen Institute

In the recently published report , Scenarios for Future Global Growth, Charles Kenny and Zack Gehan forecast how the global economy will evolve by 2050. There’s good and bad news. The good news is that, by their estimates, no country will be classified as low-income (currently defined as having a Gross National Income per capita of $1,085 or less) by 2050.

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Software Composition Analysis: The New Armor for Your Cybersecurity

Speaker: Blackberry, OSS Consultants, & Revenera

Software is complex, which makes threats to the software supply chain more real every day. 64% of organizations have been impacted by a software supply chain attack and 60% of data breaches are due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. In the U.S. alone, cyber losses totaled $10.3 billion in 2022. All of these stats beg the question, “Do you know what’s in your software?

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Creating a Unified Future with Design Thinking: How to Align Sales and Marketing After M&A

Tullio Siragusa

Creating a Unified Future with Design Thinking: How to Align Sales and Marketing After M&A Post-merger and acquisition integration can be a complex and challenging process. One of the most critical aspects of successful integration is unifying the sales and marketing functions of the newly merged or acquired organization. This is because the alignment of these functions is essential for driving revenue growth, building customer relationships, and creating a strong brand image.

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To Build The Technology Of Tomorrow We Need To Create The Ecosystems Today 

Digital Tonto

These days, it seems that every time you turn around you see some breakthrough technology that will change our lives. We see media reports about computing breakthroughs, miracle cures, new sources of energy and more. Unfortunately, very few will ever see the outside of a lab and even fewer will prove commercially viable enough to impact our lives. Don’t get me wrong.

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A Letter Regarding Financial Faith

CorporateIntel

Dear Financial Community: The failure of Silicon Valley Bank is enormously troubling. Call it an isolated circumstance all you want, but it has further stressed our nation’s dialogue. An echo of other bank failures has followed SVB down the drain. Long lines of anxious customers waiting outside banks are never something we want to see. This was unnecessary.

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Do you have what it takes to be a great Director of Strategic Partnerships?

HYPE Innovation

Becoming a great director of strategic partnerships is no easy feat. Becoming a director of any kind is a challenge in itself but directing strategic partnerships is a unique role that requires a particular combination of skills, experience, and personality traits that set you apart from the rest. However, with the right mindset and dedication, anyone can achieve greatness in this field.

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From Whims to Wins: How a Customer-Centric Portfolio Transforms Product Strategy

Speaker: John Mansour - President, Product Management University

You know that sinking feeling. You’ve come up with a winning product strategy, everyone’s on board and energized, and you’re halfway down the path to execution only to have it submarined by something someone convinced your leadership was more strategic! It’s a scenario that’s all too familiar, and it exemplifies one of the biggest struggles with individual product strategies.

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Making a Case for Digital Forensics

Business and Tech

Dr. Kall Loper is vice president of Digital Forensics & Incident Response at Cyderes. He has been a partner-level practice lead at a global consulting firm, the U.S. Department of Justice, and has founded a forensics firm. He has also served as chair of an academic department and has been a professor for over twenty years. Dr. Kall Loper Vice President of Digital Forensics & Incident Response, Cyderes What are IT students being taught that they were not 10 years ago?

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The most important question in development

Christensen Institute

Who will fly, fix, and fund the helicopters? And why? One of the things that caught my eye in a February, 2023 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report was the change in helicopters for the Afghan army. The report noted that the Afghan Air Force (AAF) was “familiar with the Soviet-made Mi-17 helicopter” and was “able to do most of the maintenance on those aircraft.

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Why Sales and Marketing Need to Embrace an Elevated Consciousness: Going Beyond Targets and Revenue

Tullio Siragusa

Why Sales and Marketing Need to Embrace an Elevated Consciousness: Going Beyond Targets and Revenue In today’s fast-paced, results-oriented business world, it’s easy for leaders and their teams to focus solely on achieving targets and driving revenue. However, this narrow focus can often come at the expense of the bigger picture — the impact that a company’s actions have on its employees, customers, and the wider community.

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How to Keep Innovating in an Economic Downturn

Innov8rs

Innov8rs | As we seem to heading towards economic downturn, leaders find themselves trying to reduce costs and foster growth at the same time. This dichotomy delivered by the financial pressure is unfortunately pushing many leaders and top managers towards suboptimal decisions that tend to focus more on survival and not enough on investing in the future.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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What do product people do?

Sopheon

As innovation becomes a source of competitive advantage for companies, new roles and titles keep emerging. There was a time when project managers were the ninjas who got things done, on time and within budget. Next came the era of product managers who balanced customer needs with larger business objectives to create the market success of products. Now, we are entering an age where it’s not just product managers – but a larger group of product people – who are responsible for innovation and corpo

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Meet Brunner’s Vicie Simpson, social media pro and 2023 Black Excellence Award winner

Brunner

Brunner’s own Vicie Simpson is the 2023 recipient of the Black Excellence Award, given by the Public Relations Society of America’s Pittsburgh chapter. PRSA Pittsburgh established the award in 2020 to recognize and encourage young, talented Black men and women who are building careers in communications, public relations, and marketing. We had the chance to catch up with Vicie and hear what the Black Excellence Award means to her.

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Influencer Jez Rose on the Challenges and Triumphs of Building a Sustainable Business

Business and Tech

One of the things that bugs Jez Rose most is that humans don’t ask enough questions. “We just accept at face value what we’re told or what we expect something to be,” said Rose, a content creator, speaker, TV presenter, and creator of the world’s first carbon-neutral honeybee farm. “If nothing else,” Rose said, “going carbon neutral taught me that the right questions do all the heavy lifting.