Author Archives: Braden Kelley

Lean Innovation Series – Introduction

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I've started working with a local healthcare insurance company in a role focused on driving improvement and innovation in its membership and billing operations. The company has a big focus on LEAN throughout the company and always has some sort of value stream mapping (VSM) or rapid process improvement workshop (RPIW) going on through the Kaizen Promotion Office (KPO). Despite this only being my second week on the job, I have already been involved in the company's LEAN efforts.

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Crowdsourcing Diplomacy

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Lets look at Innovation, Crowdsourcing, and the United States Government for a minute... The world continues to move faster than ever and diplomatic responses from the United States are required that are both increasingly more complex and more urgent, and the required solutions must address the inherent situational challenges while also protecting the interests of the United States and its allies. To deal with this diplomatic reality, the United States State Department is...

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Role of Personal Branding in Innovation

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I've been thinking a lot lately about personal branding, in part because several people have told me that I seem to do it pretty well, in spite of the fact that I would never call myself a personal branding expert or endeavor to make my living as a personal branding consultant. While I think the topic is an interesting one, it is more because I am curious about...

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Making a Run for the Innovation Border

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Do you ever see a product that makes you wonder either: (A) Why didn't I think of that? (B) How come nobody ever thought of that before? Well, those are the thoughts that hit me when I opened the newspaper this morning and was greeted by a surprisingly tasty looking Waffle Taco that Taco Bell is launching to anchor their new breakfast menu.

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Coca-Cola Looking to Bring Some Innovation to Your Home?

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Recently I came across an announcement that Coca-Cola is partnering with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to sell Coke products as part of Green Mountain's new home beverage system slated for a release later this year. For those of you who aren't familiar with Green Mountain, they make the popular Keurig in-home single-serving coffee machine (which became a popular home and office item after Nespresso's patents expired). Is there any innovation here?

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Starbucks Retail Innovation in Switzerland

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What happens in Switzerland if you forget to buy your latte or cappuccino before you get on the train? Well, Starbucks has taken the next leap in connecting with customers as they make their rail connections, moving beyond retail locations in train stations across Europe to opening its first store on a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) car, the national railway line for Switzerland.

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What is Deeper Learning?

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We here at Innovation Excellence are passionate about innovation AND education, because it is not just companies that need to innovate, but countries too. And the countries that do the best job of educating the next generation of innovators will be the ones that will live at the top of the food chain and reap the monetary and societal benefits.

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