Sat.Nov 14, 2015 - Fri.Nov 20, 2015

How To Write a Book in 45 Days

Matthew May

It came together fast. Perhaps too fast. The proposal and contract for a new book, that is. It took all of a couple weeks to go from a 1-page concept to signed contract. Most authors would rejoice at that kind of speed, and indeed I did.

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Risk and Innovation frustrate me

Paul Hobcraft

I have been really struggling in the past few weeks. Partly a niggling health issue finally got resolved with a ‘delightful’ week in hospital, a couple of operations later, with a reasonably speedy recovery now thankfully under way.

To accelerate innovation, focus on culture

RTI Innovation Advisors

There's an old joke about perspective and laziness I love and have used before on this blog, because it illustrates many of the challenges (and opportunities) of corporate innovation. The joke goes that a young man steps out of a bar, and spies another person, obviously drunk, peering intently at the sidewalk under a street lamp. Curious, the guy just leaving the bar goes over to the drunk and asks "what are you doing?" The drunk answers "I'm looking for my keys".

10 French Innovations that Changed History


In the aftermath of a terrible tragedy, or an act of malice, we are called upon to remain strong. We take it upon ourselves to stand together and to remember what gives us strength and unity.

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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.

How to Embrace, Rather Than Be Threatened By Disruptive Innovation

HYPE Innovation

Talk and action often exist in different universes. That's one reason why disruptive innovation sometimes appears to arrive out of nowhere. Plenty of organizations talk a good game about innovation, and meanwhile those who actually are innovative are busy changing the world. Innovation Strategy

What every organization can learn from the CIA’s Red Cell to avoid stagnation


How can your organization avoid stagnation and future proof itself?

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10 French Innovations that Changed History


In the aftermath of a terrible tragedy, or an act of malice, we are called upon to remain strong. We take it upon ourselves to stand together and to remember what gives us strength and unity.

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Analytics for Innovation: Why You Need to Read the External Signals

Innovation Excellence

How can you use big data to increase your chances of success at the fuzzy front-end through big data analytics? At the recent IE Product Innovation Summit in Boston, we shared our firm’s learnings to date and showed how can works in a case study on Keurig.*

Reputationville: A World Where The Work Finds You


Imagine living in a world where, just like an Uber driver is waiting for you when you need it, the work finds you. To a certain degree, we’re already living in a world where reputation matters.

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A Weekend Spent Thinking about Last Friday


I initially saw something about last Friday’s events via a TV turned to ESPN way across a restaurant. After making it back to a computer and starting to learn more about what happened, I followed our own advice and pulled our social sharing on Twitter and Facebook for the weekend.

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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.

It’s our anniversary, but you’re the one getting the gift!


As part of our eight-year anniversary celebrations, we’ve decided to give an amazing gift: one free idea management programme (software and services) for a whole year, starting January 2016. Could it be you? The winner will be able to: Use. Read More. The post It’s our anniversary, but you’re the one getting the gift! appeared first on Blog Exago idea management software innovation-results

Why Smart People Struggle to be Innovative

Innovation Excellence

If you’re employed by a business and are reading this article, the chances are you’re quite smart. You must have a level of knowledge and expertise in something that your employer values – which is why they offered you a job in the first place.

Hire a lean entrepreneur for one year. The story of Symbio

Board of Innovation

At Board of Innovation we love to share our learnings as soon as we finish an innovation project. Not so long ago we shared the tools we used during a 3-day ideation brainstorm and a checklist to organize your own corporate innovation accelerator.

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How to Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone


We’re developing a workshop on creative thinking techniques for a B2B salesforce in a few weeks.

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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!

Why Social Skills Are Trumping Cognitive Skills

Digital Tonto

The future belongs not to the strongest or the smartest, but those who can collaborate—with humans and machines—most effectively. Related posts: The New Learning Organization. The New Era Of. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Separate Innovation from Entrepreneurship!

Innovation Excellence

The words innovation and entrepreneurship became synonymous in our language, and the place we see this the most is in universities and business schools. But why are we linking these two words? Why is being an innovator means I have to launch a startup company?

Unleash Your Visual Superpower!

Boxes and Arrows

From start-ups to banks, design has never been more central to business. Yet at conference after conference, I meet designers at firms talking about their struggle for influence. Why is that fabled “seat at the table” so hard to find, and how can designers get a chair?

Creative Thinking Exercise – Rethinking Shrimp


Sometimes you think you know best, only to find later that you have absolutely NO clue. As an example, I wrote some time back about the “Shrimp” creative thinking exercise we included during a creative thinking workshop for a regulated financial services company.

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.

The ultimate gift guide to boost innovation in your company

Board of Innovation

The holiday season is coming, wondering which gift your boss / manager will give you this year? Or even better, you are in charge of the gifts this year. Great news, we’re sharing ‘our wishlist’ with you early this year.

The Little Known Secret To Pixar’s Creative Success

Innovation Excellence

With 15 Academy Awards and an average worldwide gross of over $600 million per film, Pixar might just be the most successful creative enterprise ever—and one of the most profitable.

How to Make Sure You’re Heard in a Difficult Conversation


I'm honored to host this excerpt from Amy Gallo 's new book, HBR Guide to Managing Conflict at Work. Amy is a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review and a wise woman. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ How to Make Sure You’re Heard in a Difficult Conversation Your words matter.

7 Strategic Thinking Questions When Things Aren’t Working


What do you do when things aren’t working as planned ? Panicking or shutting down and not trying something different doesn’t work when all eyes are on you. You have to be ready to try something else, but what? 7 Strategic Thinking Questions When Things Aren’t Working.

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?

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Stephen Shapiro

Killer article, so much to agree with on so many levels. As a Speaker who showcases often for no fee, it is by design and lands me many events at full fee, it is a wonderfully easy strategy really, and I embrace it. The more who see me the more I know will want to hire me.

New, Better Way to Search for Technology

Innovation Excellence

You are tasked to find that all-important next big thing—how do you find it among the deluge of information on the web? Joe Granda presents a scouting tool that firms can use to quickly route and evaluate technology and investment opportunities.

What You Need to Know About Idea Software

Planview Spigit

What is idea software? Idea software, often referred to as idea management software, is a powerful solution that you can use to ask for, collect, analyze, and track ideas from diverse groups of people, also called a “crowd.”

How to Verify Your Assumptions At Small Sample Sizes

Grasshopper Herder

(This is a guest post by Luke Szyrmer, a Product Manager and Consultant, and author of the just released Launch Tomorrow, a book on the use of paid advertising to test, launch, and promote new products. You can find Luke on Twitter, LinkedIn or his website.) Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the [founder] to […] The post How to Verify Your Assumptions At Small Sample Sizes appeared first on Lean Startup

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.

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Stephen Shapiro

Thanks Chris. And you are so correct! Some people would rather be a victim and blame everyone else for their situation instead of taking the bull by the horns and doing something about it


Sanofi’s Prescription for Innovation Success

Innovation Excellence

What do you do if you’re stuck on a “burning platform” with an implicit mandate to innovate but the time is not quite right for your organisation to kickstart a formal innovation hub? If you’re Tal Rapke, you just do it.

11/18 WEBINAR: Driving Digital Innovation through Crowdsourcing

Planview Spigit

Prioritizing digital innovation is only one of the many challenges leaders face in today’s idea-driven business climate. And it’s not something to table until bandwidths and budgets are better — it’s critical right now.

Millennials Have Outshone Their Inventive Forebears By Leaps And Bounds

Daniel Burrus

More and more of late, the age range of the entrepreneurial demographic — those innovators responsible for the most recent advancements in tech we’ve benefitted from and enjoy — has skewed younger.

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.