Human side of innovation – innovators inside organizations

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In the world of continuous changes and new trends it is important to have in your team, department or organization, people who think different and who approach to problem in different manner. Often, it’s difficult to recognize innovative persons. They are shy and mostly they hide their ideas in fear not to be copied. Nevertheless, with time some of their features will come along: Continue reading “Human side of innovation – innovators inside organizations”

Creativity cards

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You want to unleash your creativity? Think again about your ideas or come with a new one?

Our 50 cards raise questions “What if…?” which can guide you to think from the other angle or to question yourself using three main topics:

  • business trends,
  • techno-trends and
  • in another man’s shoes

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The Innovation Paradox – book review

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Davila&Epstein has done it again. After their first book “Making Innovation Work” (Davila, Epstein, Shelton 2006.) they are back with “The Innovation Paradox – Why good businesses kill breakthroughs and how they can change”.

After reading dozens of innovation & creativity books I stopped thinking that there could be a new great book which will enforce me to underline 1/3 of content but here we are… Continue reading “The Innovation Paradox – book review”

Nurturing Innovation

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Setting the preconditions for great results

Have you heard a friend or colleague making fun of his/her superiors because they are doing something “stupid”? On the question “why don’t you suggest a solution?” you get an answer “they wouldn’t listen” or “they don’t care for my thoughts” or “let them do what they want!” Continue reading “Nurturing Innovation”

“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

Book: The Fuzzy Front End of Innovation

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Book review: Oliver Gassmann, Fiona Schweitzer: Management of the Fuzzy Front End of Innovation (Springer, 2014)

Well, this was a surprise! This book really gives a wide range of topics with interesting examples and advices useful for work in creative industry. Continue reading “Book: The Fuzzy Front End of Innovation”

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”

Establishing Innovation Culture

My paper “Establishing Innovation Culture”, about installing Innovative Climate in big organization is available via this link on issuu. I presented it on the Conference for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Maribor, 2 years ago, and got a great feedback. Hope that you’ll like it! Please comment! Continue reading Establishing Innovation Culture

Start of Innovation in Software Development Companies

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How can any software developer become an Innovator? Is it possible that innovations exist in any software company?

Software development in small and middle size companies can be encouraged in the same manner as in big companies. The effort and the time spent surely must be scaled, but the general principle which should bring the innovation culture into the teams can be copied.

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The Zero Phase of the Innovation Process

The “zero phase” of the innovation process is to convince the very first person to get behind your idea.

Idea can be shortly explained to a colleague at work or to a friend at the coffee shop, where first comments should encourage to further thinking and reshaping of idea.

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I’ve just read interesting article on Business Week: about Whirpool’s innovation process that evaluates and screen thousands of ideas. Whirlpool’s three-pronged definition of innovation: “It must meet a consumer need in a fresh way; it must have the breadth to become a platform for related products; and it must lift earnings.“ The final section of the article: “What can executives learn from Whirlpool’s approach to screening ideas? • Define Innovation A brief, concrete definition of innovation will help employees evaluate new concepts at the front end, screening out those that just don’t fit. As a concept progresses, keep returning to … Continue reading innovation process article