Systematic Idea Generation and Organizational Capabilities for Front-End Innovation Performance in SMEs


This study seeks to answer two key questions about front-end innovation: when do idea generation activities involving internal and external partner’s payoff, and which organizational capabilities support idea generation activities for achieving high front-end performance?

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. One solution, not a new one, is to outsource innovation project management.

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Projects, Projects, Projects. What’s quite simple about innovation is that projects are what make innovation real. Unless they are in the context of an actual project. Having beers and kicking ideas around are not innovation. Projects.

Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Do Purpose First, Select a Framework, Then Do Projects. Using a structured innovation framework is a project success factor. It happens through projects. The best innovators organize their efforts around projects. Without a Clear Purpose, Innovation Drifts Off Course.

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

Innovation projects are about a lot of meetings. Seven Facilitation Fails: Most innovation project managers haven’t been trained in facilitation. Doing the hard and detailed preparation work ahead of time can save the entire meeting — or project, from failure.

The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment

Gregg Fraley

Solving an innovation culture problem isn’t easy, but your solution had better include interesting, compelling, and fun, Projects. Projects are how cultures actually change. Are You Having Fun? Innovation Should Be Fun, Joyful, and About Playing With Concepts.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

This essential training for leaders and project managers provides answers, and from an industry thought leader. Innovation Intensive will help you improve the effectiveness of innovation projects. All participants walk away with a shell framework and ideas they can put to immediate use.

Innovate Where You Are — and With Who You Have

Gregg Fraley

Mandate it (ask for it), Innovation Training, Focused Projects, and Ad-Hoc Temporary Teams. As part of an organizational innovation project, ask for ideas using virtual systems. Projects alone can change cultures. Check out BrightIdea (a leading Idea Management System).

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

I replied “you need to be thinking about project cycles and measures.” I added my punchline, “because if you’re not doing projects you’re not doing innovation.” My “projects” reply is a cocktail party answer.

Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Ideas are still needed to fill pipelines! There is not enough mental preparation done with participants before brainstorming/idea generation sessions. Start thinking of idea generation as a project that takes a few weeks, not a one day session.

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work

Gregg Fraley

Seven Idea Generation Fails. I might be getting to old to hold back on saying this about ideation, aka idea generation, aka brainstorming. Based on my experience, about 80% of idea generation doesn’t work. 80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work.

To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Deliberately embracing learning — as part of the innovation process — can lead to better ideas and improved innovation results. Inventions and ideas are, essentially, new combinations of existing concepts. Eventually that egg hatches into an innovative idea.

Ten Things United Airlines Might Have Done

Gregg Fraley

Culture change doesn’t happen without a project. How United could change would be to organize an innovation project to improve that would involve every person in their organization. United Airlines can’t afford Not to do an innovation project.

Different Ideas Emerge From Different Doing

Gregg Fraley

” “We don’t do idea generation well.” If you are relying on best practices, and not making an effort to go beyond them, you aren’t going to arrive at different or breakthrough ideas.

Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

Creativity, and creative ideas, are essential ingredients, and, without other fundamentals , like projects and implementation — great ideas are a waste of time. If you’re a leader, create the mandate , and get a diverse team organized to carry it out, in Projects.

The Risk of Not Innovating

Gregg Fraley

Instead, get started on innovation projects. You won’t have a pipeline of ideas and nascent products and services. Make innovation part of your culture with innovation projects. Projects are how you change your culture.

Economic Development Teams Need Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

But in the spirit of an Economic Development “What If…” What If all those other Amazon bidders had put that same energy, and money, into doing innovation projects that are smaller in scale, but, new, different, and clever in their regions?

10 Elements of an Innovation Mandate

Gregg Fraley

At the core of nearly any process is… a project. However… Stumbling into innovation projects without a mandate is a disaster waiting to happen. I’ve seen the following scenario happen: New Innovation Director gets a project started. You get the idea.

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

When I step into a room to facilitate a strategy, innovation, or idea generation session I usually find a great deal of energy. Training the teams, having a skilled facilitator in-house, and frequent practice of divergent thinking are essential to effective idea generation sessions.

Colorado Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

Essentially this is intensive, hands-on workshop that trains people in innovation frameworks, and tools for strategy, ideation, research, and project management. It’s a course for innovation project managers, consultants, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs who want to have more productive strategy, idea generation, and innovation action plans. A brief post to make sure you know about the upcoming Denver, CO public course in Advanced Innovation Facilitation.

Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

Gregg Fraley

If your looking for a quick way to jostle up fresh ideas, go with the simpler ones. Mash-Ups are a bigger idea than musical creations. The idea of a scanned, or traced field on a cathode ray tube came to him when he was plowing a field. Breakthrough ideas are elusive.

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Innovation 2015 or Five Lame Excuses?

Gregg Fraley

Projects are what change culture. In fact, Nothing changes innovation culture except real world innovation projects. I don’t know how to do innovation — start a project and learn as you go! But at the heart of it, it’s about ongoing projects.

Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes

Gregg Fraley

Make a list.Partially done projects, that is, things you haven’t put fully into play, but there is active development, a plan and a commitment to launch the project, do count. Were there any ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to perceived risk?

Innovation Facilitator Tool Kit

Gregg Fraley

I’m assuming the facilitator is a hands-on project leader who facilitates meetings, such as idea generation or strategy sessions. A box of Crayons — Get the huge box, and you also might get those sets of 8 for less ambitious projects and individual work.

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GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

It examines culture assessment, strategy, and on-going project management. In addition, it covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations.

Disaster: CEO’s Ignoring Digital Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Things are moving too fast for 24-month stage-gate innovation project cycles. Even the magic of Design Thinking is not enough to inform you as to what projects to do and ensure success. Does Any CEO Have the Luxury to Ignore Digital Transformation and Innovation?

Innovation Strategy Power Tools

Gregg Fraley

What projects might we get started before the end of the year? What trends and ideas outside our industry might we adapt to innovate? Doing Mash-Ups with creative consumers leads to interesting, and yes, out-of-the-box ideas. Challenge Mapping & IdeaKeg.

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Gregg Fraley

Comprehensive Immersion Course for: Innovation Project Managers, Teams, Executives, Facilitators. Send new project leaders, managers, facilitators, and essential innovation team members. Typical Innovation Project Cycle (materials include a shell process). Innovation Training.

The Innovation Imperative

Gregg Fraley

The content is about how the best organizations do it; mindset, frameworks, project selections, and how to create the elusive culture of innovation. Getting innovation teams and projects started and accelerated. Pitching ideas, prototyping, and resourcing innovation.

12X More Ideas Than Brainstorming for Any Innovation Need, Any Time, and For Any Business

Innovate2Grow Experts

You will get an overview of how you can consistently generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming for any need, at any time, in any kind of business. Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 produces 12 times more ideas than brainstorming. Personal perspective: in life we sometimes face conundrums and wish that we had more ideas to solve or fix a situation. Here is why you can believe that Quantum Idea Generation 2.0

Is your company just performing “Innovation Theatre”?

Idea to Value

They will showcase large initiatives for gaining ideas and suggestions from across the organisation. They will point to their last brainstorming session and say how successful it was, how it produced hundreds of ideas (or at least post it notes).

6 Lessons from Our 2018 Innovation Management Award Winners


Serving the Australian state of Queensland, the QPS set out to create a collaborative process for all 15,000 staff members to speak outside the chain of command to submit ideas, ask questions, or share knowledge. Respond to Every Idea. Keeping people engaged meant responding to every idea by asking a general question to stimulate discussion. The company’s old idea generation process was manual and organized according to department.

For interesting innovation, ignore your instincts

RTI Innovation Advisors

I've been around the block for a while, and every once in a while I'll tell the folks on my team who are younger than me what's likely to happen with a specific strategy or project. Worse, when you bring all of your historical baggage with you, you will try to force ideas to work within the context you are familiar with and where you can bring your past knowledge and frameworks to bear. It's in this zone where new ideas that haven't been tried or haven't been applied correctly live.

The Power of Stimulus To Inspire Breakthrough Innovation Solutions.

Innovate2Grow Experts

Stimulus is the second of the four Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 elements we utilize in a creative session to generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming – and a quality of ideas you will never get from brainstorming. Here is a brief recap of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0 Quantum idea generation produces at least 12 times more ideas than brainstorming. The benefits of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation in Practice

Here’s what they need to see and believe: An innovative corporate culture is one that supports the creation of new ideas and the implementation of those ideas. Developing an idea management and tracking capability.

How to Get a Quantity and Quality of Ideas That You Will Never Get From Innovation Brainstorming.

Innovate2Grow Experts

This is the second in a series of four blogs on Quantum Idea Generation 2.0. First, it is about innovation in its broadest meaning – whenever you need ideas to make something that exists better and/or to develop something entirely new. Here is a brief review of Quantum Idea Generation 2.0. In the previous blog I covered: Quantum idea generation produces at least 12 times more ideas than brainstorming.

What do we expect from Innovation? Mostly disappointment

Paul Hobcraft

There are so many obstacles and uncertainties as you take an idea or concept through to eventual release. A promising idea did not foresee a roadblock that cannot be resolved. Those not involved directly within the innovation project constantly remain skeptical or require more proof.

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Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge

Gregg Fraley

Very few organization’s are any good at all at Brainstorming/Idea Generation. If your innovation program doesn’t have a Project orientation there will be no culture change, or innovation. What You Should Be Learning in Innovation Training. But you probably are not!

Taming Blue Sky Ideation: Collecting Ideas that are Both Novel and Valuable


Just submit the idea and we will decide if we can make it happen.”. In two blog entries, I provide guidelines to help you go broad, avoid pitfalls, and collect ideas that are valuable and relevant to your organization.

Identifying and Implementing Innovation Measures

Integrative Innovation

Others measure innovation as a process , using metrics – such as the number of innovation projects in progress. For most companies, innovation has become a top priority. To rate innovation performance, quantitative performance indicators are often used.

You don’t need more ideas.

Mike Shipulski

Innovation isn’t achieved by creating more ideas. Innovation is realized when ideas are transformed into commercialized products and services. In a way, creating ideas that languish in their own shadow is worse than not creating any ideas at all.

Innovate your processes before innovating your products

RTI Innovation Advisors

I was leading an innovation training session, talking about the reasons for conducting trend spotting and scenario planning prior to idea generation. No matter how good your ideas are today, most firms cannot hope to realize them as new products or services for months or years. What will the world look like when we are ready to finally release a product based on an idea from the past?

New: Innovate! App Brings Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT) to Your Computer and Tablet

Innovation in Practice

With a few clicks of the mouse, you can generate thoughtful, fresh ideas to solve a problem or improve a product. SIT refutes the traditional view of creativity, which is typically considered as thinking “outside the box” to find big ideas. Want innovation at your fingertips?