Monthly Archives: December 2016

Planned or Emergent Innovation?

Most innovation initiatives are planned. We focus on a challenge, generate some great ideas and then put together teams to implement the best ones. For new products the projects might go through a stage-gate process where they have to clear certain hurdles in order to have extra resources released. There is a program and the projects adhere to it. Most ...

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Keep Innovation Management Simple

Keep Innovation Management Simple

Innovation is the lifeblood of business growth.  Innovation management is also a process; a means of getting the right product to the right people at the right time. Yet all too often innovation management doesn’t work well.  It can be uncoordinated, out of sequence, either cutting corners or over-engineered.  Innovation initiatives often start with generating broad ideas out of context.  ...

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Has your Innovation Program Jumped the Shark?

Jump the Shark

  Innovation programs and systems are launched with a lot of fanfare but the sizzle will fizzle unless you properly nurture your innovation program and the underlying policies, processes and systems you use to help deliver better innovation results.  How can you avoid this from happening? “Jumping the shark” is attempting to draw attention to or create publicity for something ...

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Create Your Invisible Advantage through a Culture of Innovation

Want a Culture of Innovation? Here’s how to create an organization focused on freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels across all functions. Editor’s note: This article based on Kaplan’s upcoming book, The Invisible Advantage Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. Superior results emerge ...

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Quality, Speed, and Cost: How to achieve all three in Innovation

Quality, Speed, and Cost. Pick Two. A long-standing belief across chemical and industrial product companies is that it’s not possible to rapidly produce low-cost, high-quality products. Many companies dedicate their best manufacturing equipment and people to quickly develop and launch a high-quality product, but these additional resources drive up costs unexpectedly. In other situations, management decides to deliver a very ...

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Insight #2: BIF Summit 2016

Insight #2: BIF Summit 2016 - Innovation Excellence

The Business Innovation Factory (BIF) Summit has no theme beyond presenting remarkable stories about transformation. Participants themselves discover patterns, aha’s, and insights that make sense for them. That’s what happens when you put stories of transformation together with curious people from all walks of life and many different fields. I’m sharing my top 10 insights from BIF2016 in a series ...

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