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What large companies want (from small ones).

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 16:31 -- KevinMcFarthing

In the film, “What Women Want”, Mel Gibson’s character has the ability to read women’s minds and understand what they’re thinking.  In the real world, we often need to second-guess what our existing or potential partners want.  This is the case for Open Innovation (OI), when smaller companies with something to offer try to understand just exactly what large companies need, and whether there would be complementarity between the two.

The Trinity of Product Development

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 08:33 -- KevinMcFarthing

The early stages of innovation are inevitably quite uncertain and poorly defined.  The Front End process gradually clears the fog, you’ve done your research experiments and confirmed that you have both technical and market feasibility.  There comes a point when the development target is clarified, and this is where the Trinity of product development takes over.

The members of this special group are:

Innovation isn't easy, but it's simple. The Innovation Engine podcast......

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:43 -- KevinMcFarthing

Building on my recent blog post, I did an interview with Will Sherlin of 3Pillars Global, in the Innovation Engine series.  The message is the same - the technological and logistic challenges of innovation are tough enough, so the management structure of innovation should be and indeed is, simple.  

To innovate or not to innovate - now that's a question

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 09:16 -- KevinMcFarthing

Hamlet’s line “To be or not to be…” is one of Shakespeare’s most famous. And he did write quite a few good ones. Hamlet’s concern is a choice between living a troubled life; and embracing death. OK, it’s a fairly deep analogy when it comes to innovation, but the choice of embracing or avoiding innovation choices can lead to corporate death – think Kodak.

Is Innovation Really Everybody's Job?

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 18:37 -- KevinMcFarthing

Recently I was reminded of the famous scene in the film, Spartacus, where all the slaves shout “I’m Spartacus”.  The prompt was another statement that innovation is everybody’s job.  It’s fairly common, for example a thread on the Beyond Innovation group page on LinkedIn, running a poll on the subject “Innovation is Ev

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