Sat.Jun 18, 2016 - Fri.Jun 24, 2016

Future Innovation demands a different approach

Paul Hobcraft

I certainly believe we are in need of a fresh approach to innovation. We are facing unprecedented challenges, sluggish growth and an increasing competition from unexpected sources.

3 ways to leverage your innovation ecosystem better

HYPE Innovation

Co-development partnerships. Broad business networks. Independent networked organizations. Meta organizations. Collaborative arrangements. Temporary networks of innovation. Global networks of partners….

Don't Let Your Corporate Accelerator Fail—a Blueprint for Success [Part II]


Corporate accelerators are invaluable for helping large, complex organizations stay agile into today's fast-growing economy.

What pisses off creative people more than anything else

Idea to Value

Everyone who has a naturally creative spark knows the dreaded feeling. The moment you realise that you’re actually being discouraged from having ideas because other people think they’re a waste of time. Have you ever experienced this: Your boss, manager or CEO decides that they need to come up with some new ideas for something. […]. Originally published at What pisses off creative people more than anything else. brainstorming innovation

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.

We’re in the top 5% of firms ranked by Happiness Works!


Exago’s one of the top 5% happiest organisations to work in, ranking eleventh in the Happiness Works – Happy Company 2016 initiative, among 209 surveyed participants. Now in its fifth edition, every year, Happiness Works assesses the overall well-being and. Read More.

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Future Innovation demands a different approach

Paul Hobcraft

I certainly believe we are in need of a fresh approach to innovation. We are facing unprecedented challenges, sluggish growth and increasing competition from unexpected sources.

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Are you one of 2.5% of people who can multitask?

Idea to Value

There is an old joke that women are better multi taskers than men. My girlfriend tried to tell me this joke while we were out walking once, but I didn’t understand it until I stood still 🙂 On a more serious note though, is it actually possible to multi task?


The Magic in Lean Startup is Hypothesis Testing

Tim Kastelle

I’ve been running Lean LaunchPad programs for a couple of years now, and all along, I’ve thought that the number of customer development interviews that a team does is a good indicator of how successful they’ll be.

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I keep arguing we all need to seek out innovation alignment

Paul Hobcraft

All too often strategy is not influencing the behaviours and outcomes around innovation, it is simply allowing them to be left to chance. Innovation is being ‘pushed down’ the organisation for others to interpret and offer their answers.

A Strategic Approach to Finding the Right Startup Partners


It's no secret that large companies are hungry for innovative technology are looking for startups to collaborate with, invest in or acquire. This can work out well both for corporate management and for entrepreneurs who need funding, guidance and the power of a major, global business. Finding the right startup-corporate relationships, however, can be elusive, especially when big-fish suitors don't know how to woo small-fish entrepreneurs.

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.

Your Organization Needs a “Whip” to Help Build a Widespread Innovation Culture

Idea to Value

The innovation book Robert’s Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival establishes a foundation of 10 Key Imperatives intended to help everyone from beginners to seasoned innovators. These 10 simple and practical steps create a structured, repeatable innovation process to Create and Sustain Innovation in order to Innovate and Thrive in an intensely competitive marketplace.

Microsoft’s Seeing AI Glasses

Braden Kelley

Saqib Shaikh lives is blind, lives in London, and is a core Microsoft developer. He lost the use of his eyes at age 7. Saqib found inspiration in software development and is helping build Seeing AI, a research project helping … Continue reading → Technology AI apps Artificial Intelligence Blindness Cognitive Science Microsoft software

I keep arguing we all need to seek out innovation alignment

Paul Hobcraft

All too often strategy is not influencing the behaviours and outcomes around innovation, it is simply allowing them to be left to chance.

If Big Data Is To Live Up To Its Promise, We Need To Fix Our Data Systems

Digital Tonto

The challenge is to take a balkanized world of data, made up of disparate islands and integrate it into a single, unified environment in which we can work effectively. Related posts: A New Era For. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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!

Are We Living In A Simulation?


Are we living in the Matrix? A posthuman future has never been easier to imagine. Elon Musk created news a couple of weeks ago when he told an audience at Recode that he believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization’s video game : It’s a well thought out argument.

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How UX Will Save the World

Boxes and Arrows

Douglas Adams, in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe , tells the story of the Golgafrinchians.

The One Thing That Can Transform An Idea Into A Phenomenon

Innovation Excellence

Do you enjoy picking groceries up in your electric car? When you get to the store, do you prefer to pay with bitcoins? Do you have solar panels on your house? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you’re in the distinct minority.

Why FUD has innovation all locked up

RTI Innovation Advisors

Ralph Ohr and I were exchanging ideas today via Twitter, and we were talking about a recent study of German executives that looked at why innovation failed in German companies. The top three reasons why innovation didn't move forward came down to fear, uncertainty and doubt. Oh, those weren't exactly the words that were used, but in context for today's post they'll work nicely. For those of you not old enough to remember when IBM was a real powerhouse, I'll need to introduce the idea of FUD.

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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.

Bill Walsh on Leadership


Bill Walsh is a towering figure in the history of the NFL. His advanced leadership transformed the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty. In the process, he changed the way football is played.

Content Marketing Strategy – 43 Resources from Our Curaçao Workshop!


On Friday, June 17 th , I was in Curaçao, located just north of Venezuela, to present a ¾ day workshop on social media and content marketing strategy for the Curaçao Tourist Board.

Making Design Thinking Work in Complex Ecosystems

Innovation Excellence

Being a good innovator is not enough

RTI Innovation Advisors

I think there are few firms that were more innovative than Intel. Notice that I'm using the past tense. Intel, lead by an excellent leader in Andy Grove, had a passion for being the best. Grove's focus - "only the paranoid survive" kept Intel as an industry leader and innovator. When I was younger, working for Texas Instruments, Intel seemed to constantly reinvent the computing industry. Many of us in the semiconductor space could only look on with awe. But now, the innovator has lost its chops.

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?

Microsoft buys LinkedIn – Smart move or Dumb move?

Destination Innovation

Microsoft’s core PC business of office applications and Windows operating systems is in decline so it needs new sources of revenue. It is splashing out $26B to buy social media business LinkedIn. Will this move add value for Microsoft shareholders or destroy it? The omens are not good.

Strategic Planning Workshop Ideas – The Brainzooming Process Is 10 Years Old!


We introduced the first Brainzooming strategic planning workshop resembling what we do today as The Brainzooming Group ten years ago, June 19-20, 2006. Here’s the story of how a request from a big supporter, then and still, instigated a major change in the Brainzooming methodology.

Innovation Lessons from Bohemian Rhapsody

Innovation Excellence

Here is an in depth interview with Barry Ainsworth, the man who engineered Bohemian Rhapsody, perhaps one of the greatest rock songs ever written. Read on.

Are you too busy to improve?

Norbert Bol

Last week I wrote about how we can learn to innovate by learning from haute cuisine chefs. Besides learning from models I think it is also important (1) to asses who we are and (2) to make a good assessment of the organization where the innovation should take place.

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.

Launching Innovations: The Do's and Don'ts

Innovation in Practice

At some point as an innovation leader, you and your team will launch new innovations into the market place. Those could be new products and services, it could be a new advertising campaign, or simply displaying your products at a trade show. These initiatives are an important test of your leadership.

Creative Quickies – What Innovation Strategy Superpower Do You Wield?


Wikipedia describes a superpower as a “fictional superhuman ability.” ” But what if the superpower weren’t fictional, at least when it comes to your ability to envision and implement an innovation strategy ?

How HR Can Drive Innovation for Customer Satisfaction

Innovation Excellence

What is the purpose of Human Resource Management? Is it to administrate brains, send them letters and pay them? Or is it to connect brains, drive innovation and delight customers? The answer is both.

Insight into our Design Thinking Workshops

Board of Innovation

Design Thinking – Case: Philadelphia (Geneva Global) When Geneva Global approached us for a Design Thinking training, we were immediately enthused. Not only because of the noble goal they envision as a company (impactful and efficient philanthropy), but also because of the interesting industry – applying Design Thinking in a Business to Business oriented context. To level out everyone’s understanding. Read More.

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.