Sat.Apr 02, 2016 - Fri.Apr 08, 2016

Why the MBTI test is useless in innovation programmes

Idea to Value

Chances are you’ve heard of and maybe taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test. Unfortunately, what it tells you is pretty much pointless. I remember when I was at Deloitte, my whole cohort took the MBTI test to find out more about our working preferences.

Diana Neves de Carvalho takes the lead at Exago


Blending consultancy, management and information technology (IT) expertise, Diana Neves de Carvalho is now Exago’s chief executive officer (CEO). Her problem-solving talents and ‘make it happen’ spirit are focused on one main mission: to provide innovation managers the most efficient. Read More.

If You Don’t Value Brilliance, You Don’t Value Innovation


Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see. In a perfect situation, you have both on your side. On most situation, you have neither. No traditionally managed corporation would ever hire a Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Larry Page type of person.

The Definition of Innovation

HYPE Innovation

What happens if you ask a group of so-called innovation experts about their definition of innovation? Nick Skillicorn did this and he gathered the answers in an interesting blog post that shows how vastly different even topic experts see the term “innovation”.

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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.

Your boss hates being asked for permission to innovate

Idea to Value

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is “What do I do when my boss won’t let me innovate?”

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Boost Innovation and Recruitment with a Hackathon

Destination Innovation

. Does your company use hackathons? If you think that they are just for software companies and tech nerds then think again. Today every company has to be a software company and every innovator has to find new ways to meet customer needs. The principle is simple.

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What technology should be un-invented?


Not all innovation is great, there are pros and cons to everything. The world is full of products no one really needs, and there other products that have unintended consequences. What are those things that are ubiquitous that we don’t need?

More amazingly creative music videos by OK GO

Idea to Value

We’ve already highlighted OK GO ‘s amazing zero-gravity video. But when you look at their previous videos, you’ll be overwhelmed by how creative they are too.

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TED Talk: The Suprising Habits of Original Thinkers [video]

Innovation Excellence

After years of studying the dynamics of success and productivity in the workplace, organizational psychologist Adam Grant discovered a three powerful and unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure.

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The One Big Reason To Every Business Needs Embrace Complexity

Digital Tonto

Managers need to embrace complexity. Not because it will make their enterprise more efficient—it won’t—but because that’s what will allow them to create maximum value in an increasingly complex. [[ 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.

Destructive and Constructive Innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

Today I read a long post that claimed that up to 30% of the banking jobs in the US would be "destroyed" by innovation. No longer will we need bank tellers. Any job that can be automated or done by machines will be. This is a classic case of creative destruction, described by Schumpeter as a component of innovation. Innovation will always create disruption in existing conventions, economies and industries. This means that it will also destroy EXISTING jobs.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – 3 Responses to New Ideas


In my corporate days, I was dispatched to work with competitive companies our corporation purchased. The objective was to help them become better strategic thinkers and marketers. The ground rule was, however, I couldn’t tell them WHAT to do.

Top 20 Innovation Articles of March 2016

Innovation Excellence

Drum roll please. At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 10 as part of our free Innovation Excellence Weekly magazine and email newsletter.

How and Why You Want to Strip Great Ideas of Their Identity

Innovation in Practice

You've heard that old adage. Don't judge a book by its cover. The same holds true in creativity. We want to resist the temptation of judging ideas depending on where it came from. Yet, its very difficult for us to do this. If we like the person, we tend to like their idea.

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!

4 Tips for Designing Apple Watch Apps

Boxes and Arrows

The global wearable technology marketplace is growing at a staggering rate, estimated to increase from $7.1 billion in 2015 to $12.6 billion by 2018. One of the hottest segments in that market is smartwatches. In the past year alone, smartwatch shipments have increased from 7.4

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Content Marketing Strategy – 5 Things Your Content Can Deliver


What a strong first day at the Brand Strategy Conference in New York. There were lots of great ideas and very little free time! The kickoff presentation on the first day was from Kodi Foster, Vice President – Data Strategy at Viacom.

Google Introduces the Self-driving Bicycle [video]

Innovation Excellence

This spring, Google is introducing the self-driving bicycle in Amsterdam, the world's premier cycling city. Google wants to "make biking safer, smarter, and easier by applying self-driving technology to biking". Will they?

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Four Reasons Why The Most Successful People Are Great Collaborators

Faisal Hoque

Specialized knowledge doesn't go very far all on its own. Nobody succeeds for long in a silo. The post Four Reasons Why The Most Successful People Are Great Collaborators appeared first on Faisal Hoque :: Entrepreneur | Author.

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.

You Can Be Disruptive by Asking a Simple Question

Daniel Burrus

Every marketplace and industry is currently going through a digital transformation. The days of having a “wait and see” approach in business are over. Your brand along with your products and services will need to continually evolve to remain relevant in a world dominated by increasing digital disruption. The word disruption often conjures negative connotations. However, when we take a step back from the rapid pace of change, it becomes apparent that everything can be improved upon.

Strategic Thinking Exercises – Doing the Impossible with Nothing?


How can you “do the impossible with nothing”? That would definitely take extreme creativity ! On Easter Sunday 2016, Mother Mary Angelica, the Foundress of the EWTN Network, the Catholic media organization , passed away at the age of 92.

Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise [interview]

Innovation Excellence

Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise is a new book from Bloomsbury, written by IX contributor Peter Cook. In this interview, Peter answers some questions about the book and its contents.

The Case for Dual Innovation

Integrative Innovation

The first time I was advocating the idea of a dual innovation approach, here also referred to as organizational ambidexterity, is now more than 5 years.

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?

Tesla Model 3 – This is What a “Game Changer” Looks Like

Adam Hartung

Tesla started taking orders for the Model 3 last week, and the results were remarkable. In 24 hours the company took $1,000 deposits for 198,000 vehicles. By end of Saturday the $1,000 deposits topped 276,000 units. And for a car not expected to be available in any sort of volume until 2017.

Branding Strategy – 14 Articles on Engaging an Internal Brand Team


I am in New York today delivering a Brainzooming branding strategy workshop on Engaging Your Internal Brand Team. The event is the Brand Strategy Conference. Our content addresses collaborative ways to strategically engage employees in creating and delivering the best brand experience.

Innovation needs all 3 levels of support, so what happens if you miss one?

Innovation Excellence

The words creativity and innovation are often used interchangeably. For my doctoral dissertation, I had to spend time defining them and reached the following definition of (and relationship between) the two words. Creativity is an individual function.

Dev Patnaik, Founder and CEO of Jump Associates, Set to Speak at Spigit’s 2016 Ignite Summit

Planview Spigit

With the 2016 Ignite Summit right around the corner, we’re thrilled to share with you one of the newest additions to our list of amazing speakers.

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.

Early Data: Budgets, CEO Support, Metrics & Risk Tolerance

Innovation Leader

In February, we posted an assessment of the maturity of corporate innovation programs — and how they are being accepted by the culture. Get early results here

Your Product is Not Your Product

Rmukesh Gupta

We do a lot of hard work to come up with a new product.

Innovation and Introduction to TRIZ Theory for New Product Development Process

Innovation Excellence

The TRIZ approach and best practices such as the Stage-Gate Process can greatly benefit each other. These approaches are not rivals, but rather can be used to amplify each other’s successes.

Dev Patnaik, Founder and CEO of Jump Associates, Set to Speak at Spigit’s 2016 Ignite Summit

Planview Spigit

With the 2016 Ignite Summit right around the corner, we’re thrilled to share with you one of the newest additions to our list of amazing speakers.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.