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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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Doing It All is Killing Your Innovation Process

Unfortunately we simply cannot “do it all” and have a healthy innovation pipeline, we are constantly talking to clients who have too many initiatives in the pipeline for their available resources. To improve the quality and financial performance from your innovation pipeline, organizations must […]

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June 17, 2014
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Text Mining Can Help Find White Spaces for Discovery and Intelligence

Text mining is a software technology that can help read unstructured texts. In other words, it recognizes grammatical structures of sentences, phrases and words and creates a kind of “fingerprint” from the source text as a result. Combined with conventional database indexing techniques, the […]

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June 17, 2014
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Science versus Marketing in Innovation: Who Wins?

I recently attended InnoCos, an event focused on innovation in cosmetics and personal care, where a number of professionals from across the industry spoke about their product development and marketing innovation initiatives.  Speakers varied […]

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May 20, 2014
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