Paris Accenture Innovation Center: Creativity on starting-blocks


What is the Paris Accenture Innovation Center ? In a nutshell, a dizzying innovation team, acting in a tremendous place for creativity! Albane Liger Belair, Accenture Paris Innovation Center Director, and her deputy, in charge of the program lead, Mathieu Cambe, kindly walked me through this amazing space. Identity and purpose Paris Accenture Innovation Center opened in April 2016. Other ...

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Using Agile Product Portfolio Management

Agile Portfolio Management

  Product managers and organizational leaders turn to portfolio management after they have two or more products to simultaneously manage. It reduces headaches and wasted effort. Traditional product portfolio management is the discipline and framework for applying your two most precious organizational resources—your people and your money—to get the greatest value out of your product investment. The primary goal is value maximization. ...

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Lessons from Four Great American Innovators


In 1912 a young scientist from New York, Clarence Birdseye departed on a fur-trading expedition to Labrador in Canada. While he was there he noticed that the local Eskimos kept their fish fresh in winter by freezing it in the ice.  He was intrigued to find that the fish retained its flavour and did not deteriorate. He wondered whether the same ...

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Robert Brands – You Will Be Missed

Robert F Brands

I was saddened to learn today of the death of Robert F Brands, a frequent contributor to Innovation Excellence. He died in an ATV accident while vacationing with his sons and the innovation community (and frankly the world) has suffered a great loss. Robert F Brands is the author of two books: Robert’s Rules of Innovation – A 10-Step Program ...

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How Formula 1 and other ‘extreme contexts’ inform breakthrough innovations [Case Studies]


Understanding the essence of our context can be the key to innovation In my last year at University, I had one course that caused me major headaches: Project management. In groups, we had to devise a project that provided a solution to a problem and implement it. The hardest part was, obviously, conceiving of an original idea. One day our ...

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TED Global: Open-Source, Open World [video]


Embrace our wide-open shareable future where everything’s hackable and the power of the crowd propels innovation… Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that’s inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine — from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to make ...

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Moving the Crowd in a New Direction


The use of crowdsourcing: the goal for me, is to engage and move the crowd towards a new direction, by encouraging out individual thinking and discovery, searching for combining these contributions; ones that lead to novel, new answers that move a challenge forward into a solution,  one that has improved value over the existing. The community is encouraged to form, ...

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Can You Prevent Your Idea from being Rejected?


When you have come up with great ideas the question is how to make them reality. In practice, I have learned that if they don’t fit your organizational goals, your idea will be rejected and nothing will materialize in the end. It is essential to check this fit as early as possible in your innovation journey. Fending off  ‘No’ The ...

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