Open Innovation

BOF 3.0 – Ruffle Your Innovation Feathers

I had the opportunity to attend Brightidea’s Birds of a Feather (BOF 3.0) event at Chevron’s headquarters the other day. For those of you not familiar with Bright Idea Birds of a Feather events, they are periodic events for innovation practioners from Brightidea customers (e.g. HP) and non-customers (e.g. Chevron) to get together to discuss innovation challenges and share practical ...

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Breaking Innovation Barriers by Looking Beyond

This is Finalist #2 of 3 in the Business Innovation Factory (BIF-5) Ticket Contest Vote for this entry by leaving a comment or sending an @reply to @innovate on Twitter with “I vote for #2” in it. If you are a scientist or an engineer, you know firsthand that innovation is neither inexpensive nor straightforward. It is a long convoluted ...

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Creating a Culture of Innovation

I define innovation as an “organization’s ability to adapt and evolve repeatedly and rapidly to stay one step ahead of the competition.” A culture of innovation, when done right, gives you a competitive edge because it makes you more nimble with an increased ability to sense and respond to change. A culture of innovation has less to do specifically with ...

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Book Review – "The Silver Lining" by Scott Anthony

A couple of weeks ago I received “The Silver Lining” by Scott Anthony in the mail. “The Silver Lining” is a relatively short, easy, and pleasant read. Scott introduces several different concepts in the book in addition to the main thesis – which seems to be that companies must prune their innovation portfolios, refeature their products to meet ever-changing customer ...

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Innovation Collaboration

How Leading Firms Use Open Innovation Many CEOs see collaboration as key to their success with innovation. They know they cannot achieve their innovation targets using internal resources alone. So they look outside for other organisations to partner with. A good example is Mercedes and Swatch who collaborated to produce the Smart car. When Mercedes wanted to produce an innovative ...

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incentive2innovate – Creating an Innovation Culture

The second panel on the second day at the incentive2innovate conference at the United Nations was on creating an innovation culture in your organization. The panel was moderated by Dwayne Spradlin, CEO, InnoCentive: Neil Blakesley, VP, Strategy Marketing & Propositions, BT AmericasMarthin de Beer, SVP, Emerging Technologies Group, CiscoJohn Gibson, CEO, ParadigmJudy Estrin, Author, “Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the ...

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Interview – IdeaConnection CEO – Scott Wurtele

I had the opportunity to meet interview Scott Wurtele, CEO of IdeaConnection when he was down from Canada this week. I also had the opportunity to meet his lovely wife Wendy Wurtele, VP of Design for the company. They started IdeaConnection part-time a couple of years ago and began focusing on it full-time about eight months ago when they sold ...

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Why MyStarbucksIdea is a Bad Idea

Today we will examine Starbucks’ open innovation attempt – MyStarbucksIdea. You may have come across it already, but it is worth examining because it represents one of the largest open innovation efforts to date, and it is the first I have seen built on a customized salesforce.com platform. Some might say it is just a fancy suggestion box and not ...

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