Sat.Jan 09, 2016 - Fri.Jan 15, 2016

Corporate Innovation: 5 Trends Not to Ignore in 2016


Whether it was fear or greed, an increasing number of big brands woke up and introduced internal innovation programs in 2015. And, for good reasons: fear that a new startup could launch a disruptive new technology and steal market share, pressure to create new revenue streams — or both.

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John Bessant on Why Innovation is About Connections

HYPE Innovation

John Bessant is Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter University. Back in May 2015 he gave a talk at our Innovation Forum in Bonn (he’s coming back again in April 2016).

Sorting through our Innovation Management Tools

Paul Hobcraft

We all are caught up in handling and understanding different management tools. The numbers are accelerating, and if anything it’s adding more confusion to the pile we already have.

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Three Flawed Ideas That Create Innovation Theatre

Tim Kastelle

“One of my pedagogy professors said an interesting thing once: teachers spend their time in the classroom teaching, while students, who you’d hope would spend the time learning, are actually studenting ; that is, performing the gestures they’ve been taught to perform to seem like legitimate students.”

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.

The Change Planning Toolkit™ is Now Available

Braden Kelley

It’s finally here! Following the success of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire, it has become abundantly clear in my work with clients that for any organization to be good at innovation they must be good at change.

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Why most businesses aren’t prepared to embrace what’s necessary to actually innovate


Not all entrepreneurs are innovators, only a handful. The result is that the vast majority of businesses out in the world were not born from creative ideas, rather derivatives.

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What Assumptions Underlie Your Business?

Tim Kastelle

Hypothesis Testing for Lean Startups - Part Four in the Lean Startup Series Every social activity that we undertake is subject to underlying assumptions.

We Need To Innovate The Innovation Process

Digital Tonto

While it may be more romantic to believe in lone geniuses and flashes of insight, truly exceptional innovation is a team sport. Related posts: We Need To Innovate The Science Business Model. An. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Every assumption is an innovation opportunity


We all make assumptions, we go along without thinking about what we do and much less why we do it; this is an opportunity for innovators.

Fleury’s idea market recognised for game-based approach to innovation


Exago’s client Fleury, the largest group of clinical analysis services in Latin America, reached the top five shortlist for large companies in the International IMP³rove Award 2015. Fleury was selected for its innovation drive and practices using a gamified platform. Read More. The post Fleury’s idea market recognised for game-based approach to innovation appeared first on Blog Clients' success stories incremental-innovation initiative-success innovation-results

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.

A Minimum Viable Product is an Object for Learning

Tim Kastelle

Part 5 in The Lean Startup Series The idea of a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is frequently misunderstood. From the name, people often think of it as a prototype, but really, it’s a learning object. Here’s an example from our first Lean LaunchPad program.

The Debate Between The US Government And The Tech Industry About Encryption, Explained

Digital Tonto

Weakening encryption would offer little to no benefit at possibly enormous cost. In fact, it may make us even more vulnerable. Related posts: Can Encryption Keep Our Information Safe? What Should. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Building A Better Human: The Future Of Human Augmentation


Better, stronger, faster. As long as there have been humans, there have been dreams of super humans. Today the line between technology and biology is blurring , and the idea of building better humans, through the use of technology, has evolved.

The Big Short demonstrates customer research

RTI Innovation Advisors

I don't know if you've seen the movie The Big Short, and if you haven't I won't spoil it for you. It's a good movie, and gets to the heart of the financial meltdown attributable to CDOs and sub-prime mortgages. If you lived through the stock market issues of the last decade, and are living through what the stock market is doing right now (feels somewhat similar, no?) then you can recognize that there was a shift in perceptions or reality.

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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!

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2015

Innovation Excellence

FORRESTER: Financial Services Innovation Requires Digital Tech, Matchmaking, and Discipline

Planview Spigit

Banking is an old business. But in the past year, the rapid adoption of financial services innovation technology has catapulted banking, insurance, and financial leaders into the now.

Do Accelerators And Incubators Serve Themselves Better Than Startups?

Faisal Hoque

There are now more support resources for startups than ever. Trouble is, most oversell and under-deliver. The post Do Accelerators And Incubators Serve Themselves Better Than Startups? appeared first on Faisal Hoque :: Entrepreneur | Author.

Innovation requires hands, heads, hearts

RTI Innovation Advisors

Lately I've been reading a lot of white papers, blogs and tweets about the importance of ambidexterity in corporations. Innovators and analysts have apparently decided that trying to convince organizations to simply become more innovative is too difficult. Innovation distracts from highly efficient day to day operations.

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.

Ditkoff: Storytelling @work

Innovation Excellence

Mitch Ditkoff's new book teaches us why storytelling improves efficacy for whatever it is that we are trying to communicate. It's simple to do, opens minds, and shifts behavior in a positive way. Here are some reasons why.

What could you be. just for one day?


I have dear friends that were ripped apart yesterday. I have to admit I was only a fan in passing. But this video was on my Facebook feed last night, shared by Adrian Belew, the lead guitarist on the song.

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CASE: How we identified & selected the right intrapreneur for one of our latest corporate startup projects.

Board of Innovation

For one or the projects we’ve been involved in lately, one of our challenges was to find the right intrapreneur to take the lead in an ongoing innovation project. When I say that “finding a qualified intrapreneur with the right fit for a corporate innovation project is very hard”, that’s an understatement. There are so many criteria you have to. Read More. The post CASE: How we identified & selected the right intrapreneur for one of our latest corporate startup projects.

Comment on 2016 is Nothing New by Robin Sol Lieberman

Stephen Shapiro

“Some innovators (including yours truly) are easily distracted by bright shiny objects. This is one of the enemies of innovation. Following through and extracting value is critical.” ” yes, critical. As someone who writes about charisma, I know the power of bright and shiny. Thing is, rarely do any of us want to attract or be attracted to, without bearing practical tangible real fruit from the relationship—or as you say, value.

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?

David Bowie and Innovation Excellence

Innovation Excellence

Remembering David Bowie as a consummate innovator.

Creative Thinking Skills – Protecting Yourself from Creative Thinking Challenges


Sometimes creative thinking challenges come from inside your own head. In many organizations, however, substantial creative thinking challenges come from leaders and cultures that may say they want new thinking, but seem to do everything they can to scuttle creativity.

The tools we used in our Innovation & Creativity training for PPG

Board of Innovation

Recently, me and my colleague Vincent facilitated a 2 day ‘Innovation & Creativity training’ for graduates of PPG, world’s leading coatings company (+46.000 employees, 15.4 Billion turnover). The overall goal of this training was to teach & inspire young graduates with the right techniques & knowledge to come up with creative solutions for challenges they face within PPG. This blogpost will guide. Read More.

Comment on 2016 is Nothing New by sshapiro

Stephen Shapiro

Thanks Robin


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.

Today Every Company must be a Service Provider and a Software Company

Innovation Excellence

Companies will need to think innovatively about customer needs. CEOs must ask ‘In the IOT what is our new value proposition?’ Firms will have to hire software engineers to design and deliver service solutions based on usage data.

7 Strategic Thinking Questions – What Happens on the Way to Your Brand?


On the Way to the Arch. I took the picture above on the way to morning mass at the church underneath the St. Louis arch. A sidewalk message to navigate the way to what is already a very visible landmark reminds me of my wife’s marketing activities in college.

Secrets from Silicon Valley’s Entrepreneurs, with Guillaume Villon de Benveniste

Rapid Innovation in digital time

Guillaume Villon de Benveniste is an innovation consultant, and blogger at the Innovation and Strategy blog. Herea are some chosen pieces from his book 'Secrets from Silicon Valley's Entrepreneurs. Continue reading → Innovation Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Lean startup Frugal innovation Jugaad Innovation User-Centric Design Guillaume Villon de Benveniste Time to market Uberization Blockchain

Comment on 2016 is Nothing New by sshapiro

Stephen Shapiro

Thanks Linda! I am a big believed that knowing what to “kill” (not who to kill) is the key to success. We get so attached to ideas and beliefs that we don’t make time/room for better ones in the future


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.