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

3 Ways Corporates can Work with a Startup: Investing, Acquiring, or Partnering


Ah, the lure of fresh tech. Keeping abreast of—and working with—startups is a powerful way for corporations to stay competitive in an ever-changing and quickly innovating market—that much should be obvious.

Summer Reading List: 17 Great Books Every Innovator Should Read

Digital Tonto

The absolutely essential books for anyone who wants to change the world. Related posts: Summer Reading List: The Books Behind the Buzz. Summer Reading List: Books That Make You Think. Summer. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Dealing with the innovation legacy lying within your business.

Paul Hobcraft

I know the feeling, there has been such a considerable investment that has gone into previous innovation processes to get them established but much of this is actually out of date, it has become today a real ‘legacy’ issue but there is, of course, a real reluctance to challenge it. Well you should!

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The New Face of Startup/Corporate Innovation


On July 20th, Imaginatik and MassChallenge will release our joint research study on the State of Corporate-Startup Collaboration for 2016. Far from yet another online survey, this study is a big deal – and here’s why.

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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.

What Would Happen If We All Unplugged For One Week?


No blogs, no status updates, no snaps, no pins, no shares, no tweets; nothing. What happens if we take a digital detox? What happens, just like I mentioned on our previous episode where we discussed whether or not technology is making us dumber , is all about choice.

America’s Distinctive Brand Of Change

Digital Tonto

Throughout our history, it has been our openness that has made us a beacon to both new people and new ideas. That, in turn, has given us the ability to transcend our challenges and forever begin. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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How making Pros & Cons lists damage your innovation projects without you realising

Idea to Value

The science suggests that we will naturally try to find reasons to reject an idea before it begins. Could this most simple of all benefits analysis activities actually be one of the most harmful you can do at your business? I just got back from a lunch with a dear friend of mine, who was describing a potential project which was being discussed at his new accounting company.

How Innovators Distort Reality


Are all innovators alike? Michael Dearing, a venture capitalist, has developed strong views on the similarities of innovators after screening over three thousand founders and funding over sixty companies since 2006.

Stars, likes, investments – pick what suits you best


From likes to star ratings and market investments – or all of them working together – the Idea Market 3.5 release integrates multiple evaluation methods to choose from while setting up each challenge. A powerful differentiator, our solution is designed. Read More. The post Stars, likes, investments – pick what suits you best appeared first on Software platform-customization predictive-market software-update

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3 Strategies for Operationalizing Innovation


When corporations launch innovation programs through accelerators, startup partnerships, and other internal initiatives, they often encounter some big challenges. For one, innovation isn't intuitive. It's a process that requires a lot of patience and trial and error, which is tough for employees trying to meet their everyday quotas and performance milestones. Employees working hard to do a good job and get things right will hold themselves to high standards.

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.

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Innovation and Bridging the Generational Divide

Idea to Value

The innovation book Robert’s Rules of Innovation: A 10-Step Program for Corporate Survival lays out a step-by-step framework of 10 Key Imperatives that an organization must take to achieve profitable business growth through innovation. While a structured, repeatable innovation process is critical to create and sustain innovation in a competitive, dog-eat-dog marketplace, it alone is not always sufficient to turn a great innovative idea into a profitable “on-the-store-shelves” reality.

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The 3 Big Technologies for the Next Decade: Genomics, Nanotech, Robotics

Innovation Excellence

Technology does not produce progress by itself, we need to find important problems for it to solve and then must change how we work in order to take advantage of it. So while smartphone apps are cool and add convenience to our lives, the real impact of digital technology lies in front of us.

The Declaration of Innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

In the spirit of July 4th, and more importantly focused on the real need for innovation and the significant resistance to innovation in larger companies, it occurs to me that innovators need to create their own Declaration of Innovation. In 1776 a group of small colonies banded together to throw off what they saw as burdensome government in which they had little to no say. They felt taxed with representation, they were forced to quarter the soldiers they saw as occupiers.

7 Pieces of Advice – Only Some of Which I Passed Along


I’m frequently asked for free advice. You know the whole “can I pick your brain” routine. To which I typically answer, “If you pick my brain, it will never heal.”.

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!

5 ways to start projects with high team engagement


Projects in organisations can take a tremendous variety of forms. It basically signifies anything executed other than the day to day running of the company. It can be large complex projects such as hosting the Olympic Games to small patch releases in software.

Summer Reading List: 17 Great Books Every Innovator Should Read

Innovation Excellence

I’m writing a book to give managers a more complete account of how to match problems with solutions. To do so, I’ve cast a wide net, talking to a diverse array of executives and researchers about their work. There have also been many books that I’ve found helpful.

Retaining the innovative spark

RTI Innovation Advisors

Phil McKinney wrote a nice post yesterday about the failures of Kodak and Nokia. I did some consulting work (systems, not innovation) years ago as Kodak was beginning its long slide toward obsolescence, and it was evident to everyone there that film was king. Even as the first digital cameras were coming out, Kodak was far more focused on film. They were in a desperate fight with Fuji to retain market share in film, as the digital camera sales were ramping up.

9 Big Strategic Thinking Questions to Start Addressing Now


This time of year, preparing for upcoming strategic planning exercises may seem like something far in the future. Whether strategic planning is months away or close at hand, however, it’s always smart to get a head start tackling big strategic thinking questions that warrant in-depth consideration.

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.

Alvin Toffler the Original Futurist

Daniel Burrus

We recently lost a true avant-garde with the passing of futurist Alvin Toffler. I had the pleasure of meeting this great writer and forward thinker on several occasions. Toffler was a visionary who brought the subject of the future to both mainstream media and business with his groundbreaking book Future Shock (1970).

Top 20 Innovation Articles of June 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.

Using Systematic Innovation on Digital Assets

Innovation in Practice

The SIT method is great for creating exciting new products and services. Now I want to show you how to apply these techniques to digital assets. For example, let’s apply the Attribute Dependency technique to a website.

Banking for a better future


In 2015, after two years of intensive public consultation and an historic accord with 193 countries, the United Nations (UN) set the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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?

Topics Are Overrated!

It's Saul Connected

Go Off-Topic To Find New Ideas And Opportunities. Ever notice that we seem to learn more from conversations and experiences that careen off-topic? Topics are overrated! Admit it.

Constraints and Creativity (the mother of innovation)

Innovation Excellence

Musings on the theory of constraints and its relevance for creativity - and innovation - in business. Continue reading → Creativity Disruption Inspiration People & Skills Profiles of Innovators Business Models constraints history Lessons from Innovators music

Intuit Executive On Rolling Out Lean Startup for Maximum Impact

Innovation Leader

If you’ve been debating whether to roll out lean startup methodology in your organization, Bennett Blank of Intuit has a question: What are you waiting for


Recommended For Your Summer Reading “The Founder’s Mentality”

Adam Hartung

Summer is here, and everyone needs a business book or two to read. I’m offering some thoughts on “The Founder’s Mentality” by 2 very senior partners and strategy practice heads at Bain & Company – Chris Zook and James Allen.

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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.

Open Innovation Challenge to Map the Earth in 3D


Over the years, satellites have snapped super sharp images of our planet from all angles. And while they have provided us with a lot of insights into the Earth, these two-dimensional photos have their limitations.

Why Disruptive Innovations are Resisted

Innovation Excellence

A new study goes back through history to examine why disruptive innovations have been resisted, and what lessons we can learn. Continue reading → Book Review Build Capability Culture & Values Innovation People & Skills Psychology disruption luddites

ISPIM Prize for Excellence in Innovation Management awarded to Imagine with Orange

Rapid Innovation in digital time

ISPIM, International Society for Professional Innovation Management, is a network of researchers, industrialists, consultants and public bodies who share an interest in innovation management. Outstanding innovation management really matters, because great products and services are the result of excellent innovation … Continue reading → Innovation Imagine with Orange Innovation Management Prize ISPIM

Packaging Industry Challenges – a Nexus for Open Innovation


More than any time in history, diverse industries, companies and organisations are opening up their processes to a global crowd in the hope of expediting progress and finding diamonds in the rough.

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.