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  • Book/eBook
  • Doblin

Ten Types of Innovation

For many years, executives equated innovation with the development of new products. But creating new products is only one way to innovate, and on its own, it provides the lowest return on investment and the least competitive advantage. The Ten Types of Innovation's framework provides a way to identify new opportunities beyond products and develop viable innovations.

  • Partner Resource
  • Inventium

The three crucial stages for customer involvement in the innovation process

While this blog post by Inventium focuses on engaging with customers, this approach is also critical when speaking with your internal customers, your employees. The stronger your assumptions are about needs and what creates value, the less likely you we are to seek out what they truly want or require.

  • Book/eBook
  • Dean Schroeder and Alan Robinson

The Idea-Driven Organization

Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder argue that an organization's employees are best positioned to listen to the customer, identify and solve problems, and provide the insights for the next generation of products and services. Rich with examples, the book lays out a process for management to solicit and engage employees, turning the organization into an idea-driven one.

  • McKinsey Quarterly

The Eight Essentials of Innovation

Since innovation is a complex, company-wide endeavor, it requires a set of crosscutting practices and processes to structure, organize, and encourage it.

  • Book/eBook
  • Eric Ries

The Lean Startup

Eric Reis' seminal work describing how to navigate through uncertainty. Essential reading for everyone involved in realizing innovation. The Lean Startup describes a methodology for practicing validated learning towards reducing the risk of creation.

  • Harvard Business Review

Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days

Great ideas remain captive in the heads of employees, innovation initiatives take way too long, and the ideas that are developed are not necessarily the best efforts or the best fit with strategic priorities.

  • Partner Resource
  • Culturevate

New Focus on Building Innovation Cultures

A recap on the FEI Conference from Culturevate and their key takeaways. One notable observation is the impact that front-line employees now have with innovation. A reconizable shift, almost every presenter talked about the need to continually engage employees in innovation activities, with a goal of generating broader cultural enhancement across the organization."

  • Partner Resource
  • Cloverleaf

Managing Ambiguity

Cloverleaf has a lot of experience guiding organizations in innovation; this is a good piece on dealing with the vagaries of needs & goals, emphasizing managable, iterative action that involves contributors.

  • Book/eBook
  • Dean Schroeder and Alan Robinson

Ideas Are Free

Ideas Are Free explains how sustainable competitive advantages in areas ranging from productivity and responsiveness to cost reduction and quality assurance are only possible with the attention to detail that comes from getting and implementing large numbers of ideas from employees.

  • Partner Resource
  • Cloverleaf

Four Collaboration Killers – and How to Fix Them

Talking in circles, stuck in a rut, losing focus, uneven participation—Cloverleaf describes blockers and practical ways of how to overcome them. We like that Cloverleaf always finds a way to move people towards action.

  • Partner Resource
  • Inventium

Bottom up, top down

We agree with Inventium’s view, that the most effective, long-running programs are able to capture both the energy from the community (bottom-up) as well as alignment with the organization's objectives (top-down). Ignore either at your peril!"

  • Partner Resource
  • Culturevate

Seven Signs That Your Innovation Program is at Risk of Failure

Is your innovation program stagnate or at risk of failure? Anthony Ferrier, CEO of Culturevate discusses the seven most common signs of a failing innovation program. A few signs to be cautious of include: a focus on activity rather than more concrete business oriented results, ideas aren’t being built, and wavering executive sponsorship. We want you to avoid these pitfalls and keep on the track of success.