Focusing on User Needs to Drive Innovation

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There is no question that Google has brought us some great products – from Google Maps to You Tube and Chrome.  They also continue to try to solve some very challenging technical problems – a computer platform on a pair of glasses and self-driving cars to name a few.  For many reasons, these new technologies …
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Is Walmart About to Help Make the Smarthome Mainstream?

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The recent launch of Apple’s HomeKit app as part of iOS10 and the success of Amazon’s Echo has put the news spotlight back on the smarthome. Perhaps the entrance of a new giant – Walmart – can accelerate adoption of smarthome technologies which have been the perennial “next big thing.” Walmart intends to play the …
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Setting Up a Quick-Turn Innovation Team – Part 2

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Part 2: Training, Tools and Support  In the first blog post of this series we covered some basic things to consider when putting together a quick-turn innovation team to address a specific challenge. After you select your team, provide that team with training and tools and ensure they have the support they need to be …
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Setting Up a Quick Turn Innovation Team – Part 1

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Part 1: Picking the Right People We love the innovation strategy work that we do and are big proponents of helping companies incorporate innovation into every part of the organization, so that everyone considers it part of their job AND has the tools and training needed to innovate. But there are times when there is …
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Top 10 Innovation Infusions: Conduct a Team Visioning Exercise

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Our Top Ten Innovation Infusions are fun and effective actions you can use along with your other innovation efforts. Most are quick and easy, some require a little more planning, but all of them are great ways to infuse innovation into your team, whether you are embarking on a larger innovation culture shift or are …
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Top 10 Innovation Infusions: Create an Online Innovation Campaign

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Have you ever thought of crowdsourcing your innovation challenge?  Creating an Online Innovation Campaign is a great way to engage employees in ideating – in a collaborative, online environment.  Innovation Campaigns can also be used to engage customers or potential customers in your ideation process if you want to open the ideation challenge to the market. …
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Top 10 Innovation Infusions: Build a Team Journey Line

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We’ve pulled together 10 tips to help company’s jump start innovation that we would like to share with our colleagues to help as they explore new innovation efforts.  These tips are fun and effective tools that are quick and easy and great way to infuse innovation into your team, whether you are embarking on a …
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IBM and Design Thinking

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Fast Company hosted a huge Innovation Festival this past November in NYC and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to participate. It was a five day event that included site visits to innovative companies all over NYC. One of my favorite site visits was the Design Camp session at IBM. The session was …
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Top 10 Innovation Infusions: D.School Crash Course

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Our Top Ten Innovation Infusions are fun and effective actions you can use along with your other innovation efforts. Most are quick and easy, some require a little more planning, but all of them are great ways to infuse innovation into your team, whether you are embarking on a larger innovation culture shift or are …
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Do You Need a Lightning Bolt or Just Some Good Brainstorming?

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Many companies sit around waiting for the lightning bolt to strike to give them the next “big idea”.  I recently read this article called Where Ideas Come From on Fast Company by the inventor of the Narrative Clip.  His story didn’t start with the lightning bolt.  All he knew going in, is that he wanted …
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