Strategic Portfolio Planning and Resource Prioritization

Preparing for an upcoming portfolio review? Then it is important to check whether sufficient progress has been made on the top innovative initiatives. Or has development been slower than planned, because the targets set in the strategic portfolio have been affected by the leakage of [...]

May 19th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , |

Dream Beyond the Here and Now to Innovate

One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein:

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein

I live [...]

May 19th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , |

Enterprise Innovation Management: A Q&A with Andy Michuda and CINO Summit Management

Recently, I presented at the Chief Innovation Officer Summit (CINO). The CINO conference management asked for my thoughts on the following questions. I thought inKNOWvations readers may also be interested [...]

May 19th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , |

Three Examples of How “What If” Resource Planning Scenarios Have Benefited Companies in Times of Crisis

I have heard some great stories over the last few years about how companies have leveraged top-down resource planning and “what if” portfolio optimization techniques to quickly and more confidently make decisions that deliver better product, portfolio and shareholder value. In the past, companies comfortably [...]

April 21st, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

Help! My NPD Process is Stuck in the 80s

Your NPD process is stuck in the 80s when…

  • Your organization still calls it ‘gated process’.
  • Your portfolio of projects consists of an Excel™ spreadsheet.
  • Projects get into the process and never get killed.
  • Concepts are generated from random brainstorming or are management pet projects.
  • Your product line roadmap is [...]
April 21st, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , |

Three Takeaways from Top Innovation Professionals in Consumer Goods Packaging

The failure rate of new products is often over 50%, and can be as high as nine out of ten in some industries.  A recent conference, Best of Food and Beverage Packaging, featured innovation professionals highlighting the implications of technology and trends in food [...]

April 21st, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , |

Innovation and New Product Development (NPD) Q&A with Bob Cooper

During a recent webinar titled The Five Most Important Drivers of Success in Product Innovation – That Most People Get Wrong! with Dr. Robert Cooper, President of the Product Development Institute Inc., he fielded a number of audience questions. Bob is also the creator [...]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

Technology Development and Open Innovation

Companies with complex products or processes are frequently engaged at a given moment in a number of activities which can be described in terms of technology development, open innovation or both. In my experience, it is advantageous to link some of these by implementing a [...]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , , |

Searching for Business Intelligence with Text Mining Techniques

In a recent blog post, I began this theme with a brief discussion of how text mining can help find white spaces for discovery and intelligence. This post is about how with help of text mining techniques you can transform masses of “unstructured” data [...]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

Chief Innovation Officer Summit (CINO) Debrief: Back to the Innovation Future

Recently, I presented at the Chief Innovation Officer Summit (CINO).  I have wondered for some time how the market would differentiate between the two CIO titles and roles that have evolved in the corporate world. The traditional CIO stood for Chief Information Officer of [...]

February 17th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |