Before projects become products, they are ideas in the minds of your teams. They begin their life as product concepts, germs of your company’s future growth. How can companies manage the portfolio of product ideas, those as-yet unformed concepts that will eventually enter the pipeline and pass through a gated product development … [Read More...] about A Strategic Planning Process for Innovation: A Long Term Horizon for Product Planning
In a previous post, we advocated two systems for managing your company’s early stage product innovation activities. The first is a yearly planning process that ties the company’s vision to a strategy and provides a set of roadmaps that drive the annual budgeting process. This … [Read More...] about A Front-End Management Process For Innovation: Removing The Fuzz from the Front-End
In too many companies, the front end of development remains as fuzzy as it was decades ago. The same companies that will micro-manage IT, or spend time simplifying a portion of their manufacturing operations, show little interest in improving the early stage innovation activities that drive future top line growth. Within product development, … [Read More...] about Innovation: Are Two Systems Better Than One?
Our clients often ask us how they can become more innovative. Some seem to believe that innovation just appears as if by magic. Many believe that there is no process for innovation, even though there have been significant breakthroughs in this field of study.
Some companies benefit from some recent best practices that help improve innovation but … [Read More...] about Best Practices in Innovation: Creating Better Innovations Faster
According to the Conference Board’s 2013 CEO Challenge Study, “Slow to no recovery in mature markets is now joined by slowing growth in emerging markets, limiting global growth to three percent.” What CEO in their right mind would be satisfied with that kind of anemic growth? At this time, and perhaps in a unique moment in … [Read More...] about Culture of Innovation
The 2013 SXSW show was stimulating and frustrating all at the same time - but this time, my third time, the going got a lot better. This was the first time that I stayed for the entire show (except for the brilliant closing talk by Bruce Sterling). Why was the going better? … [Read More...] about The Passion of Digital Creatives at SXSW
APE Talk by Guy Kawasaki
Menlo Park Public Library
March 2, 2013
Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur (APE), Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch, Nononina Press, 2012.
Self publishing pros and cons:
You would like to enter new markets with your product lineup, but don't know if they meet the needs of emerging markets which value low cost and core features over frills. Or, you are starting on a new product platform and would like to provide a variant that meets the need of Africa, what features should you emphasize? Social Technologies can … [Read More...] about Social Technologies for Emerging Markets
Technical organizations are looking for ways to share ideas and innovate across layers and across projects and they have found that the creation of social innovation communities can be very effective. However best in class technology platforms, top executive sponsorship, and budget are necessary but not sufficient … [Read More...] about How to Succeed in Social Innovation
I am only 25% the way through this incredibly useful book edited by Ellen Lupton. The initial chapters are organized in a section called "How to Define Problems" and are incredibly potent, short, and illustrative descriptions of techniques for methods for defining problems, as well as ideation.