Innovation

Thinking Through a Crowdsourcing Initiative [2/3]

Crowdsourcing does have a real potential in my mind but does seem to have some formidable issues to work through, to be well understood and managed. Partnering with experts in this field will help overcome many of these barriers or at least have reassuring suggestions for resolving them. Let’s take a look at some of these here in this post. ...

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Rodeo Innovation

If you have ever watched calf roping in the rodeo, you have seen the cowboy ride out after a running calf, rope it, throw it to the ground, loop a rope around its back legs, and throw his hand in the air. Some innovation programs are run in a similar manner. I have been associated with innovation programs in large ...

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15 Outspoken Quotes on Innovation

Yes, Innovation is extremely difficult. That’s why I love it actually. My personal goal is to spark innovation by making it less complex so you, your colleagues and/or clients will be able to innovate yourself. As blogger on innovation I have written more than 200 posts. I reread them to identify15 essential innovation messages. Being Dutch makes me kind of outspoken and ...

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Where is the Crowdsourcing Movement Heading? [1/3]

Author’s note: This is a three-part series. Crowdsourcing has been growing in interest for some time to change our thinking in innovation discovery. It can hold a key for us to help solve vexing questions, real challenges, and connect different voices, that builds into a community that can combine and open up the fields of opportunity for new solutions. Crowdsourcing ...

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Top 20 Innovation Articles of September 2016

Drum roll please… At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 8 as part of our FREE email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? But enough delay, here are September’s twenty most popular innovation posts: Learn from ...

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Can you set targets for creativity? Part 1 – why?

This is the first of two articles on setting targets for creativity. The topic of part 1 is why targets should be set; part 2 deals with how to set them. There is a stereotypical representation of creativity as a light bulb moment, which in reality isn’t common. Related to this, there is the perception that creativity is something purely ...

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A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

As rightly pointed out by Tim Kastelle recently, it’s imperative to distinguish discovery from execution when it comes to startup and innovation activities – bearing in mind that both purposes are complementary and equally important. Along with the case made in my previous post, this suggests following a dual approach to balanced corporate innovation management. The main objective of dual approaches is to sufficiently separate exploration-/discovery-oriented initiatives from exploitation-/execution-oriented ones ...

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Defining Portfolio Scope: Is it Necessary for Effective Portfolio Management?

Many of our clients ask if they need to specifically define what projects, products or offerings should be included in their product portfolios and what should be left out. Leading portfolio management practices advocate the need for defining portfolio inclusion criteria. Why is it necessary to define your portfolio’s scope? There are at least two compelling reasons: clear portfolio ownership ...

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10 Key IP Strategy for Innovative Companies to Maximize Business Value

In this post, I have consolidated the key principles foundational in my process of using IP Strategy to create and maximize business value in innovative organizations. (1) Rethink what patents should “protect”: If you are an innovator, the customer solution you provide is far more important than the product you are making. Full stop. This means that if you call a ...

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