Monthly Archives: July 2016

New Model with Four Routes to Start Innovation

Start

The start of innovation is described by Wikipedia as the messy getting started period of a new product development process. It is in the front end where the organization formulates a concept of the product or service to be developed and decides whether or not to invest resources in the further development of an idea [i]. The ‘front end’ is the informal start ...

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The 2015 Lean Startup Conference

Lean Startup Conference

GE Powers up a New Generation of Corporate Innovation The company formerly known as General Electric (GE) is synonymous with technological advances such as the light bulb, TV and nuclear power but until recently its innovation processes that were forged in the industrial revolution had not kept pace. Speaking at the Lean Start-up conference here in San Francisco, GE leaders ...

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Strategic Canaries

Canary

Animal sentinels, such as canaries in coal mines, provide critical warnings to people in vulnerable positions. Because they more quickly succumb to the danger in the environment, they can give crucial time for people to escape when things have gone horribly wrong. Since innovation is a process of evaluating available options, knowing when one option, or a group of options, should be abandoned.

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How PARC Saved Xerox

Xerox Alto

Xerox invented the core technology that made personal computing easy and fun—the mouse, the graphical user interface and the ethernet—but it was Steve Jobs who built the Macintosh and profited. By now, the story has become so well known that it’s almost a cliche. The story resonates because it ties into two recurring themes: The wily entrepreneur outmaneuvering the bloated corporate behemoth and the primacy of business acumen over the development of core technology. Yet there’s a lot more to it than that.

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Innovate by Adopting a Role Model Organization

Woman Hand Picks Symbol Business Man From Row Of Businessmen

Can you innovate and improve business performance by copying another company from an entirely different industry?  This is what the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Michigan did when it wanted to transform its customer service and operational efficiency.  The hospital borrowed some of the practices of a five star hotel and hired a new CEO who had previously worked ...

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