Category: Growth

In the “How to Innovate…Strategically” paper, we examine how and when to use four common approaches to innovation, and which companies excel at each. We uncover the limitations and the challenges when implementing each method, and the top supporting tools for each approach. Continue reading

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How to Achieve Excellence in the Fuzzy Front-End – Part 1 - Innovation Excellence

The term “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) has been established for the early stage of innovation which determines the innovation effectiveness and hence ultimately innovation success. We wanted to better understand where leading firms are setting their priorities in the FFE currently and where they see things going in the future. To answer this, we conducted a study. Our train of thought and the main findings are in a two-part article series published here. Continue reading

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The Fractional Employee Future

In my last article 10 Reasons to Hire a Part-Time Chief Innovation Officer, I looked at the reasons why an organization might want to hire someone part-time to lead their innovation efforts (a follow-up to my previous post Hiring the Right Chief Innovation Officer). Now I’d like to explore the idea of a fractional employee in a much broader context with you… Continue reading

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Innovation Excellence - Mattel Talk: How to Gain Immunity from Innovation Funding Cuts

How to Gain Immunity from Funding Cuts Tips from Mattel, Inc. Martin Elliott, Senior Director of Mattel, Inc.’s New Business Ventures, tells innovators how to avoid the budget cut thresher. Think like a V.C.
Some reasons innovation budgets get cut: wrong executive sponsor, turnover, don’t demonstrate value, or core business takes a hit. Continue reading

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Is Your Innovation Pipeline Full of Junk Food?

Are you using the right discovery tools and methods to uncover the insights you need to make “health food”? Make sure you are. Your customers will thank you. Especially if you happened to ignore their voice. Continue reading

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The Mid Zone

The Front End / Back End model was right for its time… however, fast-forward nearly a quarter century, and we find that things have changed a bit. Continue reading

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Innovation Sighting: Adjustable Airline Seats

Here’s a nice example of the Attribute Dependency Technique, one of five in the innovation method called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). It’s a great tool to make products and services that are “smart.” They adjust and learn, then adapt their performance to suit the needs of the user. Continue reading

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