We’ve all experienced those mind-numbing meetings –there are a lot of people in the room, and many issues to resolve – but at the end of the meeting, little has been accomplished – what a waste of time and energy! Much as been written about the mechanics of running effective meetings – having an agenda, getting the right people in the room, focusing on agreements and decisions. And while these mechanics are necessary, they are not … [Read more...] about Make Meetings the Best Use of Your Time (Instead of a Waste of Your Time)!
We see many of our clients using virtual communities to communicate and collaborate with customers, suppliers, or other partners. They find that social solutions can accelerate innovation and product development. Managed communities enable the best resources to share ideas, collaborate, and present the best proposals to the leadership team. The Social Community Matrix is a tool that helps you select the best type of community for your needs, … [Read more...] about Social Community Matrix: Getting the Most Out of Social Communities
We have been working with companies eager to develop more innovative products using such social technologies as BigIdea or Spigit. We find that their success rate is low because these companies rarely understand the structures and processes required to turn participation in these networks into innovative new products. The Social Innovation Readiness Scorecard is a decision-making tool that gauges an organization’s capability to initiate and to … [Read more...] about The Social Innovation Readiness Scorecard: Applying Social Communities to Product Innovation
What Is the Tool? Social Innovation Readiness Scorecard The Social Innovation Readiness Scorecard is a decision-making tool that provides executives and teams with an objective view of their organizations’ capability to successfully implement social solutions to drive product innovation. The scorecard helps you determine whether or not the team is best prepared to launch a social solution by providing critical questions in ten areas. These … [Read more...] about Applying Social Communities to Product Innovation: Social Innovation Readiness Scorecard
High-performance teams are not desirable in achieving innovation and speed - they are essential. However, most companies underestimate or overlook the benefit and opportunity that come from high-performance teams. In our work with world-class technology companies, high-performance teams are, quite frankly, part of their DNA and contribute to their competitive advantage. There are many examples of dysfunctional teams that have heroically pushed … [Read more...] about Building High Performance Teams To Drive Innovation
What Is the Tool? Four-Fields Process Map Originated in Japan, the Four-Fields Map is a graphical technique most commonly applied to cross-functional processes. Unlike more traditional project planning methods that apply work breakdown structures and critical path analysis, the Four-Fields Map emphasizes the elements of tasks, teamwork, and quality. The tool describes the execution of a process across four areas: 1) Phases: discrete … [Read more...] about Optimizing Processes: Four Fields Mapping