“The Method” – Contest

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To set up an innovation contest, we’ll first need a topic for sure. Clearly defined, “trendy” topic must push innovators to engage in contest. Sales, marketing, management or customer should trigger new topic from the business field that needs new ideas from our “innovation team”. This need seeker should provide quality description and customer situation of the topic, but avoid technical details as this could lead innovators into wrong path and there is no need for details in this phase – concepts are better.   Continue reading ““The Method” – Contest”

“Develop” Innovation: Coaching Software Developers to Innovation

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How to teach developers to innovation? How to inspire them? I tried to answer to these questions in my presentation on XXV ISPIM Conference: Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society held in Dublin last week. Continue reading ““Develop” Innovation: Coaching Software Developers to Innovation”

This time next year we’ll be millionaires

This sentence from “Only Fools and Horses”(British sitcom from 80s and 90s) summarize the dream of most entrepreneurs. Check this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp5hxHPlTq8 But, to be able to have such dreams – you must sail with your own ship – start a company … Continue reading This time next year we’ll be millionaires

Creative persons which can inspire other creatives

Persons which can inspire creative people? Here is a small list… First thought is Richard Branson (website) – his carrier is truly an inspiration, like story about starting Virgin Records(video above) or his idea about going to Airline business with starting Virgin Atlantic. His book “Screw It, Let’s Do It” is a big recommendation. He can be followed on twitter @richardbranson. “Everyone that works in Virgin is unique. They are not sheeps. They think for themselves. They have good ideas and I listen them. What is the purpose of hiring smart people, when you are not using their talent.” David and Tom … Continue reading Creative persons which can inspire other creatives

Starting points for creativity and innovation

I often hear questions like “How can I start my creativity?” or “How to earn money with my ideas?”. The best answer is always an advice to check few open innovation portals. It is always very useful to see examples and to be encouraged by creative products that are trying to conquer the market. First stop which everyone loves to see is surely Threadless.com, where you can submit T-shirt design and win cash, prizes & fame. One more site with similar content is cafepress. It looks so good, like the most of world’s designers are trying to create T-shirts. Starting site … Continue reading Starting points for creativity and innovation

What’s wrong with innovation in Croatia?

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I often hear totally wrong talks about innovation in Croatia.

Public opinion about innovators is that those are people, that got rewards on Innovation Fairs. So, when the header in newspapers say: Our Innovators got 3 gold and 2 silvers medals on Innovation Fair, most people think something like:

Well, we have so clever people who have ideas, what’s the problem with our economy? Continue reading “What’s wrong with innovation in Croatia?”

Developers and ideas, hm… (How to convince a developer to write down an idea?)

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Developers are creative beings, they find new solutions on a daily basis, so they somehow have to be creative? Yes, but…

They are often very reluctant in submitting or explaining their ideas. Continue reading “Developers and ideas, hm… (How to convince a developer to write down an idea?)”

How to encourage young minds?

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I just came back from the conference held on my hometown’s University and one of questions after my presentation was: “What can average student do after graduating to have a successful career?”.
Of course, unemployment is big problem here and many youngsters are going abroad (the same problem as in other parts of East or South Europe. The economic crisis, underpayment, nepotism… So, what to do?

First (big) Entrance of Open Innovation to Croatia

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With last month’s agreement between Agrokor and NineSigma, we have the first t(big) entrance of  Open Innovation strategy to Croatia. It’s coming from one of the biggest companies in this part of Europe, with cca. 40,000 employees and biggest retail chain in the country – Konzum. Agrokor operates in many areas of business including agriculture. Continue reading “First (big) Entrance of Open Innovation to Croatia”

Idea Generation Methods

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It’s always a challenge to bring the innovative culture of any organization to higher level. After promotion of innovation program and removing the barriers, one of tasks connected with that challenge is to be successful in Idea Generation. The focus can be on the quantity of ideas, but it is also always expected, that this ideas have a certain quality to be able to get realized at the end. Continue reading “Idea Generation Methods”