Using Stimulus to Innovate (Pt. 1 of 2)

David Moskal Innovation Leave a Comment

Have you ever found yourself stuck when dealing with a problem or an opportunity? Instead of spinning your wheels, consider doing some rapid research! In Innovation Engineering we call this Stimulus Mining. But first, a quick definition. What is Stimulus Mining? Stimulus Mining is taking the time (with your team or on your own) to complete targeted research that drives …

Choosing the Right Innovation Champion

Rhonda Honke Innovation Leave a Comment

We work with a number of established organizations across different industries who recognize the need for and are willing to invest in innovation. Quickly they realize that they need to identify and build the skills and abilities of innovation champions to help run projects and support the development of an innovation culture. In Innovation Engineering, those champions become certified as …

Has Your Great Idea Stalled?

David Moskal Innovation Leave a Comment

It can be a defeating feeling when you are passionate about your idea but the people you are sharing it with just don’t see the value in it. Or maybe you have an existing product/service or internal system that that is sliding down the backside of the curve. This leaves you with three options: 1. Push the idea ahead as …

Top 5 Ways to Make Your Development Process a Strategic Advantage

Rhonda Honke Innovation

Have you ever been really excited about an idea, only to see it die a slow, painful death through a rigid, cumbersome, and ultimately, expensive development process? You are not alone. Over and over again we see organizations invest time, money and effort generating ideas that don’t see the light of day. Some see that as a problem, but if …

Are you trying to improve a bad system?

David Moskal Innovation

  Innovation is not always about a sexy new product. Quite often innovations actually go unmentioned to the outside world because they are internal system innovations. Customers may not see them, but they keep an organization competitive. Now before reading further, I want to clarify a distinct difference here. Innovating a system or process is not the same thing as …

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Top 5 Reasons You Need Innovation Training

Rhonda Honke Innovation

Everyone has been talking innovation, including the senior leaders and Board at your organization. You’ve read a few articles and maybe even a couple of great books on the topic. Fantastic! You now understand why innovation is important and that it is critical to your business and industry, but where do you start? How do you innovate? I would argue …

How do you know if it’s time to innovate?

Rhonda Honke Innovation

Life is busy. I know. I get it. That said, if you want your business to be sustainable and lead your industry, you have to make time for innovation. Yes, it is hard, but if it were easy, everyone would be doing it! What are some key indicators that it is time to bring innovation to the top of the priority …

Math is the Muscle for Innovation

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership

Here is something I know is true. Innovation drives value and without math there is no innovation. Now, I have a confession to make. I flunked high school math. I didn’t see the connection, the application, or the relevance. It wasn’t until I entered the business world where I made the link between math and how we measure success. It …