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.
The world is changing rapidly and the ability to spot high-potential innovation opportunities, early enough, becomes a survival trait for businesses.
Innovation can strengthen the connection among employees and teams, it can fix the morale, the shared attitude.
Provide all the innovation resources via digital means; make your innovation channel always-on.
Remove bureaucracies; Make your innovation process simpler…
User stories are simple, yet extremely powerful constructs: they describe pieces of functionality from a user’s point of view, expressed in a solid, compact way. They reflect what a particular class of user needs and the value to be gained. The format is very simple and easy to use. There are several variations, including:
“As a <role or persona>, I can <goal/need> so that <why>”
Or, in another instance:
“As a <particular class of user>, I want to <be able to perform/do something> so that <I get some form of value or benefit>”
User stories provide an excellent way to…
Depending on their angle, people understand different things when they hear the word ‘Innovation’ — and this varying level of understanding occasionally leads to lengthy discussions, confusion, and eventually, false expectations.
In today’s world, everybody is talking about Digital Transformation, being Agile, and delivering Disruptive Innovation. But very often, these terms become business buzzwords: they are overused and gradually lose their essence.
This page is part of the effort to organize and explain frequently used innovation terms into a practical Innovation Glossary. Find below the core innovation definitions along with related processes, methodologies, practices, and innovation artifacts.
Agile engineering refers…
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…
Reflecting on more than two decades of innovation work, the weakest points of innovation programs usually refer to the lack of solid innovation definitions and tools. Innovation is often perceived differently depending on the point of view and the background of the observer. In the typical corporate environment, ideas flow in as lengthy decks or documents with no standard structure and associated processing mechanisms.
Ideators often have a hard time explaining their ideas with clarity — due to lack of time, tools, or due to limited experience and lack of guidance.
The following form — the Business Idea template- empowers…
Think about your business or the service you provide to your customers. That business or service depends on a whole system of people and technologies to make it work. You can imagine it as a spiderweb. Your service sits in the centre, with suppliers, workers, technology, and customers connected to it through the lines of the web. Different parts of your business that support that service are also on the web, as well as anything else that affects your service, like laws, other businesses, and even current market trends.* Every spiderweb — every system — will look a little different.
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.
The various forms and types of innovation allow multiple views and interpretations — depending on the perspective of the observer. Customers, employees, managers, and leaders understand innovation in their own context and probably have different expectations and definitions of success. For instance, a startup team perhaps perceives innovation very differently than the typical established company.
In our digital world, it is well understood and widely accepted that innovation is the only way to remain competitive and stay in business. …
Consider this thought experiment.
You’ve run Sales at a business for three years. This year an opportunity presents itself, a fork in the road. You can select one of two choices:
Choice A: Deliver, with 100% certainty, one million pounds to your company’s bottom line (profits) this year.
Choice B: Deliver, with 1% certainty, one billion pounds to your company’s bottom line (profits) for this year.
[Attribution: Astro Teller, Innovation Leader at Google X]
Which do you choose ?
Choice A is tempting. And for the risk averse amongst us, it is a solid choice. Nobel prize winning scholars Amos…