Oct 21, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
Last week, we introduced the topic of R&D’s frequent lack of marketing support for its ideas and some culturally ingrained attitudes that can contribute to this. This communication gap is frustrating, especially for those in R&D whose role it is to develop and sell-in new initiatives. This week, we continue this discussion and describe strategies to help overcome resistance.
Oct 14, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
One of the most common frustrations expressed by R+D professionals is that marketing lacks interest in their ideas. Why is this often the case, and what can be done about it?
Sep 29, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
There are two basic types of open innovation missions sponsored by technology seekers: Nice to Find Soon (NFS) and Must Find Now (MFN). Given the vast difference in success probabilities between them, how can a would-be technology provider distinguish between them? After all, the technology seeker isn’t going to label them as such.
Sep 28, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
Toys, especially Legos are inspiring amazing innovation. Two recent TV news stories help us to understand what’s possible with inexpensive toys and a vivid imagination.
Sep 22, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
Satyamev Jayate, one of India’s highest-rated television shows, is using big data as a means to effect meaningful change. Its unique approach to crowdsourcing social innovation could be adapted in many ways.
Sep 17, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
What practical innovation lessons can managers learn from the music and video game industries? Plenty, based on my read of Innovation Playlist: 11 Business Innovation Lessons from the Music and Video Game Industries by Elvin Turner, Chris Parles and Andy Billings.
Sep 10, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
Forbes magazine’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies bases its ranking on a metric called the Innovation Premium. How does your company stand up using this measure of innovation success?
Sep 09, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
Many would-be innovators share a common frustration: persistent difficulty in gaining traction for their new ideas with the people they need to cultivate in order to advance them. Why do they often struggle? There are numerous reasons, but a common one is that they all too often rely on opinions to make their case instead of applying facts and data.
Sep 04, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
Whose side are you on? Apple, Samsung, the designers, the future innovators, the lawyers? And what will the verdict in favor of Apple mean to all innovators?
Sep 03, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
It’s time for innovation leaders to get out of ‘zombie mode’ and claim a strategic position in their organizations.
Aug 29, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
Product development requirements often change in the course of a project, sometimes for the most arbitrary of reasons. Too often, the executives who ask for these “tweaks” fail to understand the significant ripple effects these changes can cause in terms of manpower, resource allocation and time, warns Michael Fruhling.
Aug 21, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
The biggest single success factor in any open innovation initiative, according to Michael Fruhling, is when a corporation has a specific, time-sensitive need that it must meet.
Aug 16, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
You can find in this article a grasp overview of reasons for change in our organization and how it could be boosted by applying innovative approaches.
Aug 13, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
What could be better than free? With online education, some are finding that, not only are the courses free, they may also be better for learning and teaching.
Aug 07, 2012 | By: Chuck Frey
One important question for innovators on a tight schedule: why invent from scratch when borrow for free? Designers and engineers for rover Curiosity have taken that lesson to the max.