Archive for the ‘For the lieutenants: Drive the innovation process’ Category

Intellectual Property: the winning Mario Kart strategy

December 15, 2013 1 comment

20131215-165406.jpg Patent searching, filing and policing is rapidly becoming a drag on organizations’ resources and agility. The likes of Apple and Samsung only manage to neutralize each other in epic but ultimately no-value-adding battles, pharmaceutical giants are increasingly pressurized to limit the reach of their patents, all industrial sectors produce patents in great numbers without preventing in the end everyone from copying everyone else. While I appreciate this is a simplistic generalization, I get the feeling that the whole business around patents has reached the point of creating more costs than benefits for innovative companies. The time for a new approach has come: enters Mario Kart.
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Lego Minecraft: a Christmas Day lesson in crowdsourcing

December 26, 2012 2 comments

Crowdsourcing is not just for new entrants challenging established players; the latter can also leverage crowdsourcing to their advantage, enabling users to design new products and testing the demand at the same time.

And for the younger generation, this is simply a normal way of doing things. That’s the key lesson I learned this morning as I heard my youngest son explain the genesis of his Lego Minecraft set.
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Dissemination, Education, Value-creation – How Parmentier turned the potato from failed idea into successful practice

August 30, 2012 1 comment

In a recent article Peter Denning questions the common conception that organizations need to invest more in generating ideas to foster innovation. Instead he emphasizes the notion of practice, noting that we may actually be ‘idea rich, selection baffled and adoption poor’.

In extreme cases, our obsession with the idea idea leads us to look backward into successful innovations to reinvent the ideas that would be at their core, failing to recognize that experimentation and practice may have been the dominant success factors. An emblematic example that comes to mind is that of the BMX bike, which gradually emerged through the adhoc experimentations of a community of practitioners, rather than born out of a grand vision of a fully fledged BMX.

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Jugaad – A new discipline for the economy of the future

April 2, 2012 3 comments

It’s been called ‘low-cost’ or ‘frugal’; now recognizing India’s excellence – although not monopoly – in the domain of ultra-low-cost innovation, it’s finally been given a Hindi name: Jugaad.

Traditionally, Jugaad are locally-made small trucks that provide low-cost transportation for people and goods in rural India. These small trucks, equipped with an engine derived from an irrigation pump,  typically cost less than $2,000. Recently, the use of the term Jugaad has been extended to describe an improvised arrangement or work-around, which has to be used because of lack of resources or excessive constraints.

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Diversity and Transparency: the X-Factor way to more winning ideas

In their book Innovation Tournaments, Christian Terwiesch and Karl T. Ulrich identify four levers (and contend that there are only four) to more winning ideas:
– Coming up with more ideas (good or bad)
– Improving the accuracy of the selection process
– Enhancing the average quality of ideas
– Broadening the distribution of idea quality.

The X-Factor (alongside other talent-hunt TV shows) provides a good illustration of these four levers. Read more…

InnovToday 2011 in review

January 3, 2012 1 comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Thanks to all visitors from around the world who read this blog in 2011. See you in 2012.

Here are some excerpts:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,900 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

The most read post in 2011 was ‘The Bread Collector – When Tradition Meets Social Innovation’.

Click here to see the complete report.

Taking away degrees of freedom to rekindle the innovative spirit

August 26, 2011 3 comments

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Plato.

My son came back from a trip during which he broke a guitar string that he could not replace. He was actually delighted with the experience, having had to invent a different way of playing the instrument, discovering new harmonies. With one string missing, he had to work out the other to a whole new level. Read more…