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20 Things Good Managers Know About Innovation

20 Things Good Managers Know About Innovation | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to innovate more, and many people don’t know where to start. Which is weird, since we actually know quite a bit about how innovation works. Here is a list of some of things that we know are true..
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7 Tips to Speed Time to Innovation

7 Tips to Speed Time to Innovation | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
This article delves into the goals every organization should work toward to boost product development performance, looks at how these goals further a product organizations ability to bring innovative products to market, and outlines the ways that a...
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Gripes, grumbles and grievances

Gripes, grumbles and grievances | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Nesta's world-leading research is helping to expand understanding of how innovation works best in the UK, and how policy can best support it.
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Complaints are often seen only from a negative perspective. But they can be a great way of tapping into new insights for innovation. This is a great report with examples and ideas on how complaints can be turned into a positive experience for all.

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The Decline of Innovation and the Resurgence of Incrementalism

The Decline of Innovation and the Resurgence of Incrementalism | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
You are sitting in your company’s New Product Development governance meeting, excited to finally get approval for development of a new disruptive product in a new market segment.  Your company has ...
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The 1990s was a period of disruptive innovation, when companies were not afraid to take risks. Have we become risk averse and reverting to safer incrementalism? This article explores this question with intersting insights.

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How coaching and knowledge sharing accelerate innovation + video links

Presentation at the Front End of Innovation EMEA conference 2013, Copenhagen.
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Philips shares its approach to knowledge management for innovation. It goes beyond coaching and mentoring to create an effective 2-way highway to share tacit and explicit knowledge. They have been applying this for 2 years now, and it seems to have been effective in creating an effective knowledge sharing environment to accelerate the innovation process.

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Innovation QuickWin: Driving Decisions with Ideas | futurethink

Innovation QuickWin: Driving Decisions with Ideas | futurethink | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
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How many times do you come out a brainstorm with lots of ideas that you don't follow up. Having a brainstorm session is fun and it lets you feel that you are doing something useful, but innovation only works if it is implemented.

 

This quick video give you some tips as to how to prioritise your ideas to take forward.

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On Cultivating a Culture of Innovation

On Cultivating a Culture of Innovation | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

Innovation, the endless effort to find a better way, cannot be achieved by robotically lining up best practices and imitating them. The real catalyzing agent for innovation is the ground from which these best practices spring -- the confluence of purpose, people, and processes better known as culture.

 


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John Michel's curator insight, March 15, 2013 8:14 AM

Innovation, the endless effort to find a better way, cannot be achieved by robotically lining up best practices and imitating them. The real catalyzing agent for innovation is the ground from which these best practices spring -- the confluence of purpose, people, and processes better known as Culture.

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Is Creativity the New Business Edge?

Is Creativity the New Business Edge? | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
The business world is very rational. Operational excellence, financial mastery and technology savviness have become pre-requisite not to stand out as a winner but to be allowed to compete.

Via Peter Verschuere
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In this fast-moving environment, it is not enough to see an oppportunity. You need to come up with an innovative solution, and you need to develop and launch it faster than all your competitors.

 

Companies rarely excel at both tasks. First, rather than storming ahead with your first concept, you need to take time to consider if it is really the best solution or is there some way that you can extend the innovation to make it more valuable to the customer and stay ahead of the competition. This is where the creativity part comes in. And then you need to have excellent processes in place to fast track the project to completion.

 

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A Wandering Mind Is Good For Creativity

A Wandering Mind Is Good For Creativity | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Researchers have been analyzing daydreaming, and they’ve found those stray thoughts to be remarkably common — and often quite useful.
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Something we all have experienced - that we often come up with a good idea or a solution when our mind is elsewhere and when we are least expecting it. Not research has shown that a wandering mind is indeed good for creativity.

 

However, we cannot rely on serendipity to result in a solution. I find that 'structured daydreaming' is a good method. First, be clear about the problem/issue that you are trying to solve; best to write it down in simple sentence. Next think of an associated topic and let your mind wander. If that doesn't work, then try an unrelated topic. And if all else fails, then sleep on it!

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Innovating the Weakest Link

Innovating the Weakest Link | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Responding to an article on why innovation is difficult, Tim Josling from Leura, Australia, wrote this to the editor of The Economist (January 26, 2013): Another useful insight is provided by something akin to Amdahl’s law in computer design,...
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Successful innovation means looking at the bigger picture. As this article says, it's not just about the most obvious part of the customer journey, but the whole journey from how the customer finds out about your product, the decision process in deciding to buy, the purchase, actual use, storage, disposal...all the tasks associated with your product or service.

 

Stealing a march on the competition is most likely to occur in an area that the rest of the field have taken their eye off.

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Why You Need to Ask Why

Why You Need to Ask Why | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
What problems are you facing that could be approached differently simply by asking why.... and then why again... and then why again.. until you get to the core of the issue?
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Asking why as a tool for Root Cause Analysis

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Using a War Room to Create Pervasive Innovations

Using a War Room to Create Pervasive Innovations | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Your teams did their market research. They ran an array of consumer insight sessions. They found the customers’ real Need. They ran professional ideation and storyboard sessions. They created prototypes and performed market tests.
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Solutions with the greatest staying power are produced by organisations who build desirable products that can adapt and stay relevant despite the competitions best efforts to destroy their sales. And competition may come from inside as well as outside the company.

 

We may not all have the resources to set up a War Room full time, but to set some time aside and look at the situation from new perspectives can give you new insight ( as per de Bono's 6 Thinking Hats), can be time well spent.

 

This will let you simulate battles in a controlled way and help you design better products and strategies that equip your teams with the right tools.

 

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Can Video Games Change the World? | Innovation Management

Can Video Games Change the World? | Innovation Management | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Once purely a form of entertainment, video games are now being used to explore solutions and educate the public on some of the world most challenging social issues.
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Gaming has been around for some time as a source for education, to build empathy, generate insights, and allow individuals to simulate what it might be like to experience some of these issues first hand.

 

The use of games for social change is only emerging: there is great potential in using this tool to educate, change minds, and change behaviour.

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Creativity and Connectivity Key to Productive Workplace

Creativity and Connectivity Key to Productive Workplace | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Creativity and beauty in the workplace encourage productivity and performance.
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Creativity in the workplace doesn't happen by chance - it needs to have the right ingredients with careful nurturing.

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Improvising Innovation

Improvising Innovation | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
As companies seek to build innovation capabilities more broadly among their employees, the question arises how best to teach these innovation skills.

Via Peter Verschuere
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Some practical ideas for introducing concepts of innovation into your organisation.

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Do-it-Yourself Open Innovation: Start By Looking In the Mirror | Innovation Management

Do-it-Yourself Open Innovation: Start By Looking In the Mirror | Innovation Management | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
To succeed in a fast-paced competitive global economy, small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) are increasingly adopting Open Innovation (OI) management strategies.
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Creative Thinking for Modern Business | Business 2 Community

Creative Thinking for Modern Business | Business 2 Community | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
These days, we put a premium on creativity. It doesn’t even really matter what industry you work in, position you hold in the organization, or what department (Creative Thinking for Modern Business: These days, we put a premium on creativity.
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The Anticonventional Thinking (ACT) Method (2.0)

The Anticonventional Thinking (ACT) Method (2.0) | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

I introduced the anticonventional thinking (ACT) about a year ago and presented it at the European Conference of Creativity and Innovation (ECCI) in 2011. Since then, I have presented it in workshops and have faciltated ACTings (ACT sessions). In doing so, I have realised that the method could be improved. In particular, the method needed simplification and clarity. Hence, I have rewritten the ACT whitepaper. Below is a description of the method.

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As with all processes, creativity needs a structure to be effective. I really like Jeffrey's very practical approach to stretch thinking, coming up with 'sexy goals'.

 

I particularly like his ideas of WASNT sheets - What Are the Steps Needed To.. - for following up ideas.

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Start at the End - Innovation in Practice

Start at the End - Innovation in Practice | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Dave Lavinsky is a serial entrepreneur who built his own company from the ground up. His book, Start at the End, was a #1 Bestseller on Amazon just one week after it was released.
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Starting at the end is great advice. You need to know your obejctives and where you are going. One great TRIZ tool is the Ideal Final Result (IFR), which is the optimal product that maximises value for the customer and minimises cost and waste. The IFR may be unrealistic, but it forces you to stretch your thinking beyond the normal confines

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Crowdstorming: Three Patterns for Crowdsourcing Brainstorming

Crowdstorming: Three Patterns for Crowdsourcing Brainstorming | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Author Shaun Abrahamson has spent the last decade conducting large scale brainstorms with online crowds. Over the last three years, he's identified three main patterns for crowdsourced brainstorms.
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Crowdstorming, or soliciting ideas from crowds, is growing in popularity. At its simplest it is about looking for new ideas. however, this soon becomes unwieldy if you have to manage large amounts of data.

 

Collaboration is an improvement, but the most advanced companies are looking totally integrated systems to create multiple iterations and feedback loops.

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When is an Innovation an Innovation?

When is an Innovation an Innovation? | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Greg Satell and I have been talking about whether or not innovation needs a purpose. While we agree on many points, we can see two differing views on the question. I will argue that within an organisation, innovation does need a purpose.
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Innovation is a process. First you need to go through the process of Ideation to explore new opportunities and gain insight, and then you need to take this insight further to develop it into a product or service that adds value for your customer.

 

Both steps are necessary to deliver innovation to the market.

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Getting Out of the Commodity Trap

Getting Out of the Commodity Trap | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Has your product lost competitive advantage? If your customers cannot differentiate your product from those of your competitors, most likely you have fallen into the “commodity trap”.
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Good advice for setting yourself apart from the competition and creating a differentiated brand

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Introducing New Ideas Using Analogies

Introducing New Ideas Using Analogies | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Analogies can help people make sense of technological change and other innovations. Using them effectively relies on recognizing both their benefits and pitfalls.
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Analogies are a great way to ease users into a new unfamiliar technology, as this article indicates.

 

But analogies are also a useful tool for creativity. It is easy to get blinkered when thinking about your industry, but thinking about how other industries work can be a useful exercise to jog us away from the familiar. When thinking about managing waiting lists in hospitals, how do banks or airlines manage their customer processes? Looking to re-design seating for tractors (a rather unusual project I was once involved with), then how does the automobile or airline business design comfortable seating?

 

 

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Fear vs Creativity – Entrepreneurial Spark

Fear vs Creativity – Entrepreneurial Spark | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
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David and Michael are two young entrepreneurs at the Entrepreneurial Spark, where I am mentor. They have developed the next generation travel pillow that offers superior comfort and support, as well as looking good.

 

In this blog David shares his tips for how to get 'in the flow' with creativity. It centres around being mentally and physically in a good space, then being able to combat the fear of the unknown, of failing, of appearing foolish. Knowledge reduces fear, which in turn releases the creativity..

 

Look out for David and Michael's Powernap in a store near you!

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38 Predictions About the Future

38 Predictions About the Future | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
What will the world look like in the future? This infographis tells us what the future holds for the science and tech world.

 

 


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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, March 23, 2013 9:02 PM

As a writer, I find this set of predictions both interesting and, well, less than overwhelming. I'd like to see more creativity, especially with regard to the "least likely" possibilities, and less focus on tech companies. I'm more interested in thinking about what life might be like, than in which social media giant is on top. What predictions do you have, and what do you think are the odds for or against?

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 19, 2013 5:11 PM

Hmmm can we predict the future... will be interesting to see what happens with these tools.

Stephen Gwilliam's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:40 PM

Q. How are we best preparing our students with 21st century fluencies in our schools given these predictions?