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Innovation Management Day 1: How to Launch Your Program

Posted by Maria Wenning on Jan 24, 2017 1:05:28 PM

 


In the above webinar, HYPE's Colin Nelson looks at how companies launch their innovation programs, and the key considerations to have in mind. Here's a brief walkthrough of some of the main talking points.

Firstly, why do organizations implement innovation programs? The three reasons our clients mention most frequently are:

  • driving more innovation,
  • reducing costs,
  • and increasing employee engagement.

What would have been your answer to the question? Would you know the goals for your company? An effective innovation program starts with the end goal in mind: what should it set out to achieve?

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Our 10 most popular articles from 2016 - with summary

Posted by Tim Woods on Jan 3, 2017 9:50:09 PM

Over the past year we've tried to offer valuable content for innovation managers, and not to spam you with more innovation waffle (there's enough of that out there). I hope we did a decent job in that regard?

But among the daily bombardment of things to read, you might have missed some posts, so here's a shortcut to the most popular 10 from 2016, and since we're all so short of time, each has a quick summary to help you decide if it's worth your time reading.

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How to turn around a failing program

Posted by Tim Woods on Nov 5, 2016 8:32:04 PM

Not all enterprise innovation programs go well - sometimes they crash and burn, and sometimes they slowly degrade until they fall off the radar. As an innovation manager, you don’t want to see this happen, and ultimately you are in the driving seat when it comes to taking action to steer the program on track, others are unlikely to do it. In a recent webinar, my colleague Khattab Al-Ali, looked at ways to turn around a failing program, and also ensure new programs are set up to avoid failure.

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Three lessons from “Grit” to make you a better innovator

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Aug 3, 2016 12:58:03 PM

Love it or hate it, innovation advice is everywhere.

In places where you expect to find it – like Guy Gawasaki’s 5 innovation tips on American Expresses’ Open Forum. Or places you don’t – like a story about the most structurally innovative pile of dirty dishes by The Onion or a very innovative edition of the Cartoon Lounge and an Innovators Issue by the New Yorker.

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Absorptive Capabilities for innovation: What Really Matters

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on Jul 29, 2016 11:59:53 AM

ca·pa·bil·i·ty \ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ - the quality or state of being capable (an ability); a feature or faculty capable of development (a potential); or the facility for an indicated use. Capability to outsmart (or outspend) the competition; capability to put the Business Model Canvas to some good use; capability for new product or service development – like making a Ghostbot, a bot that “uses artificial intelligence to help daters gracefully exit undesirable situations, without having to deal with it themselves”.

Useful or otherwise, capabilities are something we talk a lot about when it comes to managing innovation. After all, wouldn’t it be nice if innovation success came with a formula? (Abode has one by the way!) A formula to make it repeatable?

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Best Of The Bonn Forum: The Secret Sauce

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on May 16, 2016 8:17:21 PM

Continuing the “Best Of The Bonn Forum” series, this next post is all about some of the handy (and often surprising) resources our presenters used to refine and redefine their innovation processes, principles and culture. From “children’s” stories to established toolkits and cutting-edge software & algorithms, getting innovation started is as much a science as it is an art.

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Best Of The Bonn Forum: Robert Neuhard On “New School” Crowdsourcing

Posted by Oana-Maria Pop on May 9, 2016 6:54:59 PM

As you’ve probably seen & heard by now, John Bessant’s talk on learning the new innovation game wasn’t the only intellectual delight (+ conversation starter) at this year’s Innovation Managers Forum in Bonn. Robert (Bob) Neuhard, Executive Director for Operational Strategic Initiatives at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), delivered an equally rich & entertaining presentation on “new school” crowdsourcing or “Leveraging Collective Genius to Deliver Innovations that Advance Strategic Objectives” at his institution. Below, a summary of this talk, but the full talk is available to watch at the end.

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5 Spectacular Product Failures -- And What You Can Learn from Them

Posted by Maria Wenning on Mar 10, 2016 4:01:08 PM

Everybody loves a good success story. After all, that's what inspires innovators to develop the next Coca-Cola or iPod or Corvette. But we can get even more value (along with a few laughs) from the whopping failures. Yes, there is lots to learn from the Edsel, New Coke, and other phenomenal flops. The key is to (quit laughing and) take the lessons learned by others to apply to your own innovation process. Here are a few product failures that you can learn from.

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The Five Pillars of Trust for Innovation Programs

Posted by Michel Meisterjahn on Feb 9, 2016 1:05:41 PM

We all know that innovation management is hard work. Yet somehow, for some innovation professionals the challenge is harder than for others. Innovation managers are often the “lone wolf” in their company, especially when they are just getting started. Whether systematic online innovation management didn’t happen at all before or whether the last program just failed, it can be a serious challenge to convince management and fellow employees that there is actually business value in what you do.

If you’re one of the lone wolfs, here’s some guidance on how to get started when you set out to make innovation management work at your company.

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The 8 Characteristics of a Strong Innovation Program

Posted by Maria Wenning on Dec 14, 2015 5:50:25 PM

Innovation is the hallmark of a company that grows, prospers, and makes its mark on both the industry and the world. Though innovation is often attributed to a single idea, there are actually a number of characteristics that help contribute to an environment of innovation. Here are some of the hallmarks of innovative organizations. Can you replicate their success with your innovation program?

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