Innovation Tip: Fast Track Your Ideas

8 July 10

fast track your ideasAre you moving fast enough when it comes to testing and building your ideas? The best innovators know that prototyping and piloting ideas are critical parts of the innovation process. These steps lead to new learning and insights, and result in a better final product. But too many organizations place too much pressure on the prototyping phase of a project and work for months to get the prototype “just right.” The goal of prototyping should be to seek feedback, not acceptance.

Prototyping and piloting should be focused on getting peer and customer insights and feedback so that the ultimate product is not just innovative but also functional in terms of meeting customer needs. Read the rest of this entry »


Blind Innovation: Don’t Let it Happen to You

30 October 08

We’ve just wrapped up the publication of our latest white paper, Ready, Fire! Aim? Why a fear of commitment is killing innovation. It’s the third installment of our annual “Innovation Tracker,” which examines the results of our 20-question online innovation diagnostic from innovators across a variety of organizations.

What did we find this year? Simply put, organizations are approaching innovation efforts without first taking the time to lay down the proper foundation. They’re blindly engaging in innovation activities such as idea-generation and culture-building while avoiding discussions around innovation strategy and processes. The problems with this are many. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with Scott D. Anthony of The Innovator’s Guide to Growth

24 September 08

Today, I’m posting an interview with Scott D. Anthony. Scott is President of Innosight, an innovation consultancy based in Watertown, Massachusetts (right near my hometown). The interview is part of Idea Sandbox’s Post2Post Virtual Book Tour.

Scott is the lead author of a new book, The Innovator’s Guide to Growth, which takes the idea of disruptive innovation (made famous by Clayton Christensen’s 1997 book The Innovator’s Dillema) and outlines the implementation/execution piece of the puzzle. Read the rest of this entry »

Innovation @ Google

12 March 08

futurethink innovation @ google

I “attended” (sat at my desk and watched) a webinar yesterday called Innovation @ Google: A Day in the Life. The main speaker was Naveen Viswanatha, a sales engineer for Google Enterprise. His talk was focused on what goes on inside Google’s walls that help the company innovate so consistently. Here are some of my favorites:

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Re:Thinking the Ordinary

11 March 08


We devote a lot of brainpower at futurethink to devising new ways to teach and practice innovation. Two things we speak about frequently with organizations are: 1) the power of harnessing a diverse set of eclectic minds, rather than just expert minds to more quickly solve a problem or better generate ideas, and 2) the importance of looking at things from a different perspective.

That’s why I was so glad to read abut the recent Stanford University Innovation contest.

Each year, Stanford’s Technology Ventures group selects an everyday object (this year:

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