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: , , , |

R&D Spend Does Not Equate to Being Innovative

The Annual Global Innovation 1000 Study by Booz & Company includes a list of the companies with the highest R&D spending. Forbes magazine did investment related research into these top R&D spenders and concluded that contrary to popular belief, companies that spend more on [...]

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

The Innovation Exchange: Five Lessons in Improving Execution from PepsiCo, Kimberly-Clark and J.M. Smucker

While establishing innovation and new product development process is no easy feat, effective execution and adoption of practices is even more difficult. Time and again, leading consumer goods companies recognize they need more from their innovation investments.

To address this, Sopheon and Kalypso facilitated an exchange [...]

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

The Misdirected Guidance of “Portfolio Balance”

Here is a simple message for all NPD and R&D managers and likewise for all Chief Innovation Officers.  This message is especially important for PMO’s with responsibility for analyzing a path forward for portfolios of new product development projects. [...]

January 20th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , |

Stage-Gate® – The Origin, Status Quo and Its Future

Stage-Gate recently celebrated its 30th birthday. We felt this would be a good occasion to take a closer look at where Stage-Gate comes from, its role and status today, and whether there is a future for this methodology. You cannot find a better person to [...]

January 20th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , |

Why Leaderboards Should Be Used Sparingly, If at All

I’ve seen many leaderboards used in idea management systems through the years that promote things like the top idea contributor or who has the best reputation and the like, all with the hope of driving or encouraging user participation. I won’t say that these tools [...]

January 20th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , , |

New Product Development Product Line Roadmapping

Focusing and Amplifying Innovation

Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping (PLSR) is a powerful process. Smart managers use this process to coordinate and accelerate work that pulls together and creates critical insights related to a line of products. This might sound simple and straight-forward, but in practice, [...]

December 16th, 2014|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , , , |

Terminology in the Innovation Management Business

Since my background is the science of language – linguistics – I always try to be as precise as possible when it comes to communicating our concepts to the market and our customers. I can tell you, that is not an easy job. You can [...]

December 16th, 2014|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , |

Are you Innovating or Renovating?

I have seen several research studies over the past couple of months about the decline of new-to-world and new-to-market products with a corresponding increase in incremental product improvements, product line extensions, and packaging changes. That begs the question – what should we consider as innovation?

Is [...]

December 16th, 2014|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: |

The “I” in Front of Ideas

When most organizations with an idea management system run into an obstacle and/or opportunity that needs to be resolved or addressed they run an idea campaign. A lot of people with different perspectives and experiences are invited to collaborate on the topic and asked to [...]

November 18th, 2014|Categories: Newsletter|Tags: , , |