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Getting Started with Roadmapping

An article on our blog, Introduction to Strategic Roadmapping, introduced the concept of strategic roadmapping.  The next question that naturally follows is, “How do we get started with roadmapping?” The best — and easiest — way to start a roadmapping process is to […]

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September 16, 2014
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Managing Change by Positively Communicating the Message

Recently, I attended an innovation workshop hosted by KPMG and Sopheon and it featured speakers from Fortune 500 consumer goods companies. As the workshop moved from this speaker to an interactive panel, the conversation flowed around the common innovation challenges felt by attendees, […]

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September 16, 2014
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Link Strategic Planning & Innovation via a Theme-Based Approach

An organization’s innovation efforts become more efficient and effective if they are tied to the company’s strategic planning process.  Linking the two processes, however, is easier said than done. How can companies use their strategic plans to guide innovation? One way to do this […]

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September 16, 2014
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Innovation Process Management: How Can We Involve Top Management?

Over the past several years, a significant amount of my work has been with large companies. In working with them, I have assisted with their innovation processes, specifically, improved the way they should manage their innovation processes. Innovation process management includes methods and software […]

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August 19, 2014
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Keys to a Successful Innovation Governance Implementation

One of the things we recognize as we work with customers about to undertake this kind of initiative is that it can be daunting. There is a lot to do. Further, the work can be risky from a personal as well as professional standpoint. […]

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August 19, 2014
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Four Levels for Great Ideas

If you ever wonder about the maturity of your company’s ideation process, these four levels are a simple yardstick – whether you have software to support them or not.

Level One is the age-old suggestion box. It’s been around forever and is the entry level […]

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August 19, 2014
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What is Project Management Software?

A long time ago as I was just beginning my career, I took a project management course at IBM. They were very adamant in explaining that project management was not a Gantt chart or a PERT chart. While the name of the project manageme[…]

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July 15, 2014
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How Not to Avoid Product Failures at RFP Stage

In the weeks following another product withdrawal (Wrigley Halts Production of Caffeine Gum) we can reflect that history is littered with high profile product failures – and yet they continue with disappointing regularity. In May of 2012, Gartner research highlighted a 50% failure […]

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July 15, 2014
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Five Principles of Effective Idea Development

Gartner Research has found that 80% of executives say they have a gap in alignment between strategy and product development activity. Similarly, 79% of top managers say their company does not have enough high-value projects in their portfolio, according to research by the Product […]

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July 15, 2014
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The Role of Idea Managers in the Innovation Process

To gain the most benefit from their innovation efforts, companies need to manage their innovation process. The early phases of the innovation process – namely, idea gathering, idea development, and idea review – are particularly important to manage because they are typically the “fuzziest” […]

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June 17, 2014
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