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This month, in the Innovation Machine: A practical guide on how to empower the Innovation Function of your company during the lockdown. Also, a method to accelerate your ideation processes — by adopting a simple ‘idea model’ — and the key traits of Digital Product Leaders.

Innovation in Times of Crisis

How and why to accelerate innovation in times of crisis. I recently had the opportunity to speak to RGI in their first online innovation summit, where I shared my thoughts on ‘innovation in times of crisis’. In this article, I am summarizing the key points — and sharing the actual deck.

Accelerating the ideation process with the ‘Idea Model’

When ideating at scale, it is important to capture ideas using a shared, compact format. This article presents the Idea Model along with various examples of how to write effective executive summaries for your product or business concepts.

The 9 traits of a digital product manager

What makes a great product leader? What are the key qualities that lead to inspired teams and products that people love? …

How and why to accelerate innovation in times of crisis.

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I recently had the pleasure to speak to Really Good Innovation in their first online innovation summit, where I shared my thoughts on ‘innovation in times of crisis’. Here are the summary points — and the actual deck embedded in the following.

Why invest in innovation during times of crisis?

1. To increase your opportunity discovery bandwidth.

The world is changing rapidly and the ability to spot high-potential innovation opportunities, early enough, becomes a survival trait for businesses.

2. To improve the ‘state of mind’ of your company.

Innovation can strengthen the connection among employees and teams, it can fix the morale, the shared attitude.

How to empower innovation in times of crisis?

1. Make it more ‘available’

Provide all the innovation resources via digital means; make your innovation channel always-on.

2. Make it more ‘flexible’

Remove bureaucracies; Make your innovation process simpler, faster, and asynchronous. …

A chain of ideas ‘written in stone’ on blockchain — in the context of Open Innovation. A global platform for publishing ideas, empowering collaboration, and contribution.

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Image by athree23 from Pixabay

I genuinely believe in ideas. Great ideas energize and inspire people; they can transform teams, products, companies, or even societies; they can bring fresh views to complex problems; they can reshape strategies and shed light on unexplored areas.

Yes, ideas alone cannot change the world or build business empires. In practice, even the boldest of ideas can be forgotten, abandoned, or fail due to poor framing and/or execution. To drive results and bring impact, great ideas also need exceptional execution which usually involves a massive effort and collaboration across various teams and, in some cases, organizations.

However, every initiative starts with ideas. It is some great ideas and their potential that inspires individuals, businesses, scientists, and the entire world to move further. And this was the source of inspiration for a new kind of sharing platform: a place where people can articulate and share their concepts, in search of ‘attention’ from the ecosystem — other innovators, businesses, the startup world; communities, and the market. …

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This refers to a patent application on how technology can capture the ‘rhythm of the game’ in sports events by leveraging smartphones and/or wearable devices by members of the audience.

A technology augmenting the online/TV experience of watching a live match by providing and visualizing the pulse of the game. Users watching a live game (physically, in-stadium) naturally react to certain match events and express themselves with ‘universal’, ‘natural’ movements. As the match evolves, ‘dramatic’ events causing the audience to react with a certain movement (stand-up, jump, etc.) is captured sent back to the central server, which processes the data in search of ‘concurrency-based patterns’ which are then translated and visualized to the connected online users. …

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Imagine a high-tech election process where a weight factor is assigned to the vote (not the citizen) via a process aiming to reflect the level of ‘context understanding’ of the citizen at ‘voting time’. The higher the level of context understanding —that is, the reality — by the citizen, the higher the importance of the vote.

The level of ‘context understanding’ could be objectively determined via a secure, randomized digital micro-questionnaire to be answered by the citizen as part of the (online) voting process.

Such a voting process would effectively reduce the importance of emotion-driven voting behaviors and the impact of stereotypes, tradition or other non-rational components. …

Five social concepts that could evolve in successful startups!

This post presents five social product concepts— from music and news to recruitment services — which have been in my ideas backlog for a while and could inspire ambitious entrepreneurs out there and trigger product development discussions.

1. A Social Music Discovery service

Allow people to naturally discover music by accessing the most popular & recently played songs in reference to a particular social situation.

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Assuming a particular social arrangement (a class in a University, customers in a Bar/Movie theater, friends having a coffee etc.); this app scans the connected music services of each person in the arrangement (for instance Spotify accounts, YouTube music content, etc.) …

A Universal Model for Articulating Business (and other) Ideas

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The Power of Ideas (and a Model to Untap it) — cover photo by Jelmer Assink on Unsplash

Ideas are powerful constructs; provided that they are articulated in the proper way and handled efficiently, they can become the starting point of impactful initiatives.

The problem with business ideas is that they can come in a wide range of formats and varying levels of detail and sophistication: On the one hand, an idea is ‘expressed’ on a sticky note and put on the wall for ‘evaluation’; on the other hand, ideas may be presented through lengthy and difficult-to-consume decks or documents, that usually receive limited attention and engagement.

Organizations need a standard, compact way for articulating ideas. As a user story may describe the user's need or a feature of a product, the Idea Model can capture any idea in a concrete, ‘executive summary’ statement as shown below. …

A patent application on synthesizing accurate, engaging, contextually relevant, and personalized query responses

A closed-loop natural language query pre-processor and response synthesizer architecture accepts natural language queries and dynamically synthesizes query results. The query results may be in the form of data stories.

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The architecture identifies, selects, and composes candidate response elements into a coherent and meaningful query result. The architecture also implements an adaptable delivery mechanism that is responsive to connection bandwidth, query source preferences, query source characteristics, and other factors. Feedback from multiple sources adapts the architecture for handling subsequent queries

Start with the problem, understand your users, the market, your competitors; define the ‘complete product’; then identify its smallest subset which can still bring enough value to early customers; so they stay engaged and promote your product.

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This article provides actionable guidance on how to define a good Minimum Viable Product and avoid common mistakes and risks. If you are in the process of designing a product, or setting up your startup or otherwise involved in product management, read on.

1. Start by framing the problem

One of the most important steps in the product development process — is the understanding and proper articulation of the problem. It is a good idea to use a model, a structure to help you formulate the problem with clarity.

Start by describing the ideal situation versus the current one, and how certain users are impacted by this…

Digital Technology is everywhere and it is redefining how we live, communicate, and work. Most importantly, it accelerates how we innovate.

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Our digitized world accelerates innovation in many ways. The unprecedented pace of innovation we experience is powered by a massive digital ecosystem of resources, tools, infrastructure, and advanced capabilities that a few years ago would have been classified as ‘science fiction’. Our social structures and work models are impacted by recent innovations leading to new forms of communication and collaboration. Movements such as the open-source and open collaboration both drive innovation and benefit from it. The following summarizes the state of digital technologies, the things to come, and opportunities for innovation.

We Generate an Astronomical, Rapidly Growing Amount of Data

The world’s network of humans and machines generates astronomical volumes of data. It is estimated that our digital universe will size about 175 zettabytes by 2025[i]. And this volume is growing exponentially. Of course, a significant percentage of this is just noise or even fake, low-quality, and unreliable data. But subsets of this data describe most types of human activity at a global scale, and at the same time, at an amazing level of detail. …

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