Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

Gregg Fraley

Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. It’s not a new idea but it’s one more companies should consider. So what’s stopping you from kicking off an innovation initiative?

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Projects, Projects, Projects. Innovation is complex and difficult — but one thing about it is not. What’s quite simple about innovation is that projects are what make innovation real. are Not Innovation. Lean is not innovation.

Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Do Purpose First, Select a Framework, Then Do Projects. Without a Clear Purpose, Innovation Drifts Off Course. Innovation Leaders sometimes get it backwards. In the innovation space there is endless discussion about frameworks. It happens through projects.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

New Service Offering for Digital Technology Innovation. Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. GFi is now offering a new version of MoshPit to discover ideas that exploit new digital technologies.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

If you’re in the Chicago or Denver areas, check out these innovation training course offerings. Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi) is offering three public courses in late October and early November. Innovation Intensive, Beyond Design Thinking. A truly innovative culture?

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

Training Accelerates Innovation. 94% of managers are unsatisfied with their companies innovation performance. 70% of CEO’s see innovation as a key driver of growth. Why then is corporate America so woefully undertrained in innovation fundamentals?

Innovate Where You Are — and With Who You Have

Gregg Fraley

Off-Site Innovation can indeed spur creativity. I like what Cardinal Health and Crimson Cup are doing in Columbus, OH with offsite innovation spaces. I like the attention they’ve paid to team diversity and on a customer-centered process. Projects alone can change cultures.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation. He’d asked me what I did and when I told him I was an innovation consultant, his eyebrows raised. I replied “you need to be thinking about project cycles and measures.” Are people empowered to innovate?

10 Elements of an Innovation Mandate

Gregg Fraley

Getting a Mandate to Innovate is Key. Larger companies typically have an innovation process in place. They don’t always work, but the majority of the Fortune 1000 has some kind of innovation process or system. Nearly any process is better than no process.

To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Innovation is Learning. For many years I kept the concepts of innovation and learning in separate boxes. I thought innovation was creating new things of value, and, learning was understanding new things. I now believe that learning and innovation are joined at the hip.

Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders. Invest in Frameworks, But First, Establish a Culture Where Innovation Thrives. For results, leaders need to foster innovation fundamentals and integrate them into organizational culture. There is no innovation without creativity.

Different Ideas Emerge From Different Doing

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Programs Based On Best Practices are Doomed to Mediocrity. Things I’ve heard recently from c-suite executives about their own innovation programs: “Floundering and ineffective, if I’m honest.” ” “We don’t do idea generation well.”

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Intensive . Master Innovation Trainer: Gregg Fraley. Course Description: Innovation Intensive is a one day, deep dive, into fundamental and advanced concepts in innovation. It examines culture assessment, strategy, and on-going project management.

The Innovation Imperative

Gregg Fraley

The Innovation Imperative… growing innovation culture and capacity. If you want an organization to survive, you must innovate. But innovation is more than survival, it’s the heart beat of an organization. Pitching ideas, prototyping, and resourcing innovation.

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Gregg Fraley

Innovation Training. “Innovation Intensive, beyond Design Thinking” Public Course* With Master Trainer Gregg Fraley. Comprehensive Immersion Course for: Innovation Project Managers, Teams, Executives, Facilitators. Why innovation?

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. The recently published Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation , provides practical techniques to break down many of the barriers to innovation in business. Innovation requires more than just idea generation.

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

Robert Brands

How to Fine-Tune Working Relationships between Boomers and Millennials to Create Harmonious Innovation Teams. The recently published Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation , provides practical techniques to break down many of the barriers to innovation in business.

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6 Lessons from Our 2018 Innovation Management Award Winners


IdeaScale recently announced the winners of our 2018 Innovation Management Awards. Queensland Police Service was recognized for Best Engagement Strategy, Covia won the award for Best Innovation Process, and the Transportation Research Board won for Best Innovation. Respond to Every Idea. Keeping people engaged meant responding to every idea by asking a general question to stimulate discussion. Workflows Can Help Tremendously when Prioritizing Ideas.

What do we expect from Innovation? Mostly disappointment

Paul Hobcraft

Good innovation is notoriously hard to achieve. There are so many obstacles and uncertainties as you take an idea or concept through to eventual release. Much of the innovation discovery journey is a disappointing one. So where does innovation sit within your organization?

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Intrapreneurship 101: How To Master Innovation Within Your Company


L et our Intrapreneurship 101 give you a better idea of what it takes to set up a successful innovation process within your company. Stop generating ideas and start creating ROI instead. Many intrapreneurship programs put the major emphasis on creating ideas. The good news is, the idea is very often the starting point. The bad news is that an idea is the starting point. Intrapreneurship: How to empower your employees to innovate".

Shifting Radically the Innovation Business Model

Paul Hobcraft

Shifting Radically the Innovation Business Model. I have been spending some significant time on questioning the current innovation business model, from both the customers (clients) perspective and the innovation consultants’ one. The innovation consultants’ dilemma.

The Secret to Your Success: How to Innovate with a Good Idea Management Process


Why an Idea Management Process is Important and How to Do It. Innovation is, for sure, la mode du jour. Every business out there is busting a gut to innovate, be seen to innovate or be innovative. But many attempts at innovation end up bombing.

Scaling Innovation Training: How to Start, Maximize, and Scale Innovation Training


Achieve bigger innovation results through helping others learn and develop their innovation and ideation skill for the first time. Most of us didn’t major in “innovation” in college or even have a course or a single 2 hour-long workshop on the topic.

Brainstorming with an expert, Matt Nelson


In this installment of “Brainstorming with an [innovation] expert” we invite Matt Nelson from Hyundai. He just finished up his role as the Innovation and Technology Planner at Hyundai and is now returning to the University of Michigan to get his masters in Design Science.

What is innovation? 15 experts share their innovation definition

Idea to Value

I spoke to 15 of the world’s leading innovation experts to get their definition of “innovation” The variety in their responses may surprise you. The ultimate definition of innovation. Innovation is truly a confusing buzzword which many people love to hate.

An Innovative Culture: Define It, Cultivate It and Use It to Enable Transformation


A culture of innovation is more than a buzzword. Many organisations struggle to first define what makes a culture innovative, let alone build an innovative culture. WHAT DEFINES THE CULTURE OF AN INNOVATIVE ORGANISATION? Day to day, failure drives innovation.

There are Knowns and Unknowns in Innovation: Let’s Manage Them Differently

Paul Hobcraft

For innovators so much of innovation is hard to detect, it needs discovery and working through these quadrants of knowledge as well. We need to treat ideas the same on how anything needs assessing but it needs to pass through a different thinking about knowledge understanding, as there are ‘known knowns’ and ‘unknown unknowns’ and we need to prepare for both within our innovation activities. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.

Corporate Innovation – How To Overcome Unique Challenges


The biggest challenges in corporate innovation and how to navigate them. Corporate innovation is hard. More and more, we’re seeing innovation programs close their doors after only a few years, with few senior leaders in the organization recognizing any real value from their efforts.

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50 Research Methods for Innovation Infographic

Open Innovation EU

After having a successfull career at Holst Centre, Valer decided to start his business with just a small idea: solving unwanted urine loss. Not surprisingly, they found it very hard to get to the real innovation challenge or problem in the market by using these research methods.

33 Routes to Open Innovation

Open Innovation EU

It has been a while since Henry Chesbrough coined the term Open Innovation and formulated it’s definition: “combining internal and external ideas as well as internal and external paths to market to advance the development of new technologies.” In the course of time, the terminology surrounding Open Innovation has evolved alongside developments in management literature and practises. Open Innovation as a paradigm on itself is on its quest to touch base.

Fostering Innovation with Technological Solutions – Part 2


Innovation and Idea management platforms. It isn’t too much of a leap into the darkness to see the similarities to the world of innovation management software and their ability to act as the starting-off point for organisational missions of discovery and innovation.

Six Internal Innovation Sources You should know


Spotting efficient sources for different types of innovation is a challenge for innovation leaders. We took a closer look at the most important sources of innovation in large companies: The Leadership. In this case, each business line becomes a source of innovation.

7 Habits of Highly Innovative Companies


Innovation. Nevertheless, many market participants still face the enormous challenge of figuring out the blend of all necessary elements and the right mix for a successful innovation process. Interestingly, Gmail , Google News , and AdSense evolved out of 20% projects.

Choosing the right innovation approach for your business


Undoubtedly a critical aspect of long-term sustainability and survival, innovation is a complex process, which organizations need to be good at. Understanding the term “innovation”. Innovation is a term that carries with it immense possibilities of success and sustainability.

The Creative Process And How Idea Management Solutions Fit In


Hardly anybody still doubts that innovation is the biggest driving factor for success today. And most people know that innovation is more than just an idea. The creative process and the innovation process. innovation team. Don’t go with the first idea.