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.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

When asked to support innovation, or integrate new ideas from an innovation team, they resist — because they are being paid to execute, not experiment. The “ideas” become complaints. TRUE STORY about how ideas from a low level, untrained worker made a Huge Difference.

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.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. Chicago, IL, August 1, 2018 — The MoshPit Innovation Service is an innovation project discovery service marketed by GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation). New Service Offering for Digital Technology Innovation.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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).

Top Jobs for Innovation Professionals in 2019


An innovation engineer is trained in advanced methods and tools for creating innovative ideas, accelerating projects, and solving problems that inevitably arise during innovation adoption.

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.