Processes & Tools

20 Tips for Ideation Excellence

The fuzzy front end of innovation confronts you with a lot of questions. In my new book ‘Creating innovative Products and Services’ I try to solve them with the FORTH innovation method. The fuzzy front end is the nickname for the start of innovation or ideation phase. Getting innovative ideas is a vague process. It’s considered as hard to do. ...

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Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2011: Idea Management Enlightenment

Well, it’s been a year, and Gartner released its Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2011. First, know that Gartner publishes dozens of individual sector hype cycles. Each one plots the specific technologies and concepts relevant to that field. But the one for Emerging Technologies spans across multiple industries. As Jackie Fenn, vice president and Gartner fellow notes: Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” targets strategic planning, innovation and emerging technology professionals by highlighting a set of technologies that will have broad-ranging impact across the business.

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More on Innovation Metrics

I suspect the vast majority of innovation professionals would agree that measuring what you do is important. That may well be a statement of the blindingly obvious, but the debate diverges dramatically when considering what is actually done. Luis Solis of Imaginatik wrote a good post here on Innovation Excellence clearly distinguishing between input and output metrics. I’d like to ...

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Innovation – You Know You Want It, Now How to Implement It?

“Successful innovation is turning ideas into money,” as Innovation expert Nic Hunt so distinctly and accurately describes. Innovation is the ability to convert ideas into value for your company, customers and shareholders. Successful innovation is not a one time deal, but a process that delivers sustained, long term profitability. Any company can develop one or two innovations over the course of time, but having a focused vision will deliver sustainable innovation – producing profitable results for your company time and time again.

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Confusing the Pilot and the Prototype

I found  an innovation team the other day that spends its life doing pilots Now, don’t get me wrong. That is a perfectly good way to make innovation investments. Pilots are an important outcome of the innovation process because they let an organization “suck it and see” before they take whatever-it-is to a broad base of customers. But I was struck, when talking with this ...

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Call for SPIKE AWARDS: Social Product Innovation Leaders

When the SPIKE Awards were launched in 2010, the goal was to highlight the best examples of companies using social media principles and technologies to enhance and extend their innovation and product development processes. Our research on Social Media and the Product Lifecycle told us that forward-thinking companies were experimenting; piloting programs like open innovation, crowdsourcing,  social product development, public ...

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