Innovation governance – Practice Before you Preach

When companies think about innovation they often start with mulling over questions about what the appropriate process and organization should be and what the governance framework should look like. But often a process that looked good on paper is too hard to implement in the real world. What’s a better alternative? Experimentation.

Companies can spend months talking to stakeholders, engaging them in workshops and come up with a design that in practice turns out not to work or fails to be adopted by the organization. So what’s the better way to save whoever is tasked with this from throwing in the towel halfway through the implementation? The answer is by adhering to the same approach you would when trying to commercialize new ideas, experimentation!

Rather than feel under pressure that the governance structure must be 100% correct from the start, focus on creating early engagement and momentum and iterate the governance structure over time, this author recommends.

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