Practice of Innovation

"The way we work is our most important innovation." Observations by Curtis R. Carlson

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Improving Innovative Performance

The Role of Different Innovation Models There are many models for improving innovative performance. For anyone entering the field it is confusing. The supporters of each approach tend to believe their model can apply to all situations. That is only partially true. There are unique models appropriate to different businesses and for different stages of value creation.  (See also the related post, Visualizing the Innovative Enterprise.)

Visualizing the Innovative Enterprise

Continuous Creation of New Customer Value What does an innovative enterprise look like? Steve Denning and I recently discussed this question.  He asked, what is the right organizational image that communicates the fundamental ingredients required for innovative success? Consider the figure shown, which is my version of our collaborative efforts. See also the post, Improving Innovative Performance. Customer focus: Customers and their market ecosystem, to the right, are the focus of all.. Read More

Will You Succeed?

Measure Your Innovative Potential Can your enterprise or team succeed?  I have created two spread sheets that allow you to measure the innovative potential of your enterprise and your project team.  I call them the Enterprise Innovative Index and the Project Innovative index.  A discussion about their design and utility can be found by clicking on either Innovative Indices at the top of the home page or here.   The Enterprise Index spread.. Read More

Computers That Love Us

Value Hierarchy in a People-Centric Economy Are we obsolete? There are endless articles about what society will do once artificial intelligence, robotics, 3-D manufacturing, drones, and driverless cars can design, make, and deliver products and services better, faster, and cheaper than humans.  Will there be any jobs?  What does GDP mean when products are ubiquitous and almost free?  Will our world be a dystopia or a utopia? 

Customer Value Analysis

Products, Services, and Prospect Theory Behavioral science is now an influential part of economics. It needs to become a more important part of the discipline of innovation. Although the discussion below is somewhat speculative, it highlights important perceptual attributes of “customer value.” Prospect Theory inspired this discussion, but the focus is quite different. Therefore I call it “Customer Value Analysis,” a model to help better evaluate the relative merits of.. Read More

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