In larger companies, it is common and beneficial to have more than one innovation program. In fact, I have seen situations where there are close to 100 different programs or teams looking for ideas in large companies. The challenge comes with how you stop each one doing the same thing and defining the boundaries of the day to day operational groups. This post will look at one way you can try to bring some harmony to all the possible activities within your company.
The fundamental part of the ideation process is the selection of ideas. Too many people see innovation programs as idea blockers killing ideas by applying “Toll Gates” at various stages of the process. We look at how you can change that view and provide a balanced approach to idea selection.
Collecting ideas is a fundamental part of any innovation program, and how you do it makes a big difference to the results you will see. Here are 5 things you should think about and ensure you have a well-defined ideation process:
When looking at the idea collection process as part of an innovation program, it is easy to think that you will never get the number of ideas that you want. In the Ideation activities I have run, the majority of the ideas are submitted in the final week. Here are some statistics to help you understand the typical process and why it is not a bad thing to get last minute submissions.
Everybody wants to innovate or drive innovation, however, it seems very difficult for us to come to a common definition or set of terms when describing it. Innovation is not a thing, it is a process, and typically people describe abstract processes differently and use terminology that comes from other activities. In this post, I want to create a framework for innovation terminology to help people new to the topic understand how these terms relate to each other.
Why you should care about innovation
I care about innovation because I think that innovation is needed for a society to develop. I know people think that innovation is for companies only but in many cases, the benefactor of truly new ideas are the everyday people like you and me.