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Innovation Leader Connected Products Event

Strategy Off-Site in Boston June 23rd

A rare opportunity to discuss your connected-product strategy. Participants will talk through their specific issues, challenges, and strategies, and get honest feedback and guidance from experts, investors, designers, and others in a safe environment. Limited to 12 companies.

How Viacom uses lean startup and agile development to keep viewers engaged

How Viacom is using lean startup and agile development to keep viewers engaged Viacom executive Kimberly Hicks takes advantage of the media company’s prime Times Square location to test the company’s latest apps and get real-time feedback—part of her embrace of lean startup methods to ensure that digital products are developed with a keen awareness of the needs of both internal and external users. Get article (includes video) »

» Are you deploying (or exploring) lean startup methods?
Our Q2 research report will focus on how the lean startup approach is being used in the enterprise. We’ve got a super-short survey for you if you’re already using it (or thinking about it). Take the survey »

Corporate Innovators Sharing Best Practices: Oct.26-27
Innovation Leader & Cisco invite you to join us at the renowned Harvard Innovation Lab on October 26-27, 2016 for the “Teach-In” — a two-day learning event highlighting best practices shared by the world’s best corporate innovators.


Join live calls with execs at Cisco, Capital One, other experts

Upcoming calls in our “Innovation Leader Live” series:

Spurring entrepreneurship at Cisco
Thursday, June 2nd @ 1:00 p.m. EDT

Disruptive Labs at Capital One
Thursday, June 9th @ 2:00 p.m. EDT

Creating meaningful customer experiences
Wednesday, July 20th @ 11:00 a.m. EDT

Get details & register to participate »

Innovation Leader Spring 2016 Print Magazine

In the mail: Spring 2016 print magazine

Our upcoming issue is in the mail, and packed with 120 pages of guidance, case studies, and more, including:

• How Walmart remade its network of e-commerce labs
• MassMutual’s learning initiative goes national
• Visa explores buying without plastic
• Why food giant General Mills is thinking small
• And much more ... get details, download excerpt »

Our latest downloadable reports:
  • Innovation Labs Report
  • Innovation Benchmarking Report
  • Innovation Metrics Report
  • Innovation Hiring Report

  • Intrapreneurship: Get Up To Speed

    92% of leaders think intrapreneurship is solid strategy for innovation, but only 7% are getting significant returns. Learn how to leverage intrapreneurship: Join events in Waterloo Region, Montreal, Chicago.

    Recent articles by topic:

    How Viacom is using lean startup and agile development to keep viewers engaged

    Kimberly Hicks, Viacom’s vice president for user platform product management, says that in an arena where people’s media consumption behaviors and the devices they use are changing so quickly, the lean startup approach is extremely helpful. “We can’t just get a requirement, walk away and come back in six months, because the world’s changed,” she says.

    Why $3 billion Tata Communications sends employees to Silicon Valley for ‘immersion week’

    "We want to show people that there are different ways of growing a business, defining customer problems, and becoming more customer-centric," says Alex Pelletier, Head of Innovation at $3 billion Tata Communications, part of India's Tata Group. "In the old telco world, that is historically not so true." Pelletier explains how his company's Shape the Future program works, and shares slides...

    How Telefónica is using lean startup — without risking reputation or reliability

    The Spanish telecom company, with 123,000 employees around the world, has been embracing the lean startup practices made famous by author and entrepreneur Eric Ries — quickly building prototypes of new ideas developed in conjunction with customers, iterating fast to refine those prototypes, and speedily killing projects that don’t pan out. Here's how they make it work in an organization obsessed with reliability...

    How chipmaker Qualcomm is building an internal startup-venture capital ecosystem

    Plenty of corporate innovation programs struggle to produce tangible impact in areas that really matter to senior leadership. The San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm put that challenge front-and-center by dubbing its innovation initiative ImpaQt. In its first 18 months, says head of innovation Navrina Singh, it delivered a new surround-sound application for HTC smartphones and launched a robotics program to rival Intel, its biggest competitor. Singh explains how they've been doing it...
    See all Lean Startup articles »

    How the Catalyst Fund for new ideas works at Thomson Reuters

    Thomson Reuters has come to the realization that building proof-of-concepts and prototypes can require significant funding. The $13 billion media and information company created an internal seed fund called the Catalyst Fund in January 2014, overseen by CEO Jim Smith and Katherine Manuel, the Senior Vice President for Innovation. It provides up to $350,000 in funding to build and test prototypes. Here's how it works...

    Why $3 billion Tata Communications sends employees to Silicon Valley for ‘immersion week’

    "We want to show people that there are different ways of growing a business, defining customer problems, and becoming more customer-centric," says Alex Pelletier, Head of Innovation at $3 billion Tata Communications, part of India's Tata Group. "In the old telco world, that is historically not so true." Pelletier explains how his company's Shape the Future program works, and shares slides...

    How MasterCard adapted the Adobe Kickbox innovation kit to its culture

    Participating individuals and teams receive an Orange Box containing a $1,000 pre-paid card and tools to help them explore an idea and develop a pitch in 60 days. If the pitch is approved, the team receives a Red Box, which contains $25,000 and 90 days to develop their project further. We talk to Senior VP John Sheldon about how the program works.

    Examples: How companies are using Indiegogo to assess consumer demand

    Indiegogo SVP Jerry Needel explains how companies like GE and Hasbro have been using crowdfunding as a way to gauge consumer demand for new products — or engage collaborators in new ways. Needel also shares his advice. "We always counsel people to be authentic: who they are, what they’re trying to accomplish, and where they’re coming from," he says.
    See all Ideation & Prototyping articles »

    Head of innovation lab at $11 billion ADP on recruiting, focus, hand-offs

    Roberto Masiero, vice president and head of ADP’s New Jersey innovation lab, offers lessons and recommendations for companies looking to start their own labs. Among them: deploy small teams focused on specific projects. “They almost become like a family,” he says. “It drives the project, and it’s been quite successful so far.”

    How Viacom is using lean startup and agile development to keep viewers engaged

    Kimberly Hicks, Viacom’s vice president for user platform product management, says that in an arena where people’s media consumption behaviors and the devices they use are changing so quickly, the lean startup approach is extremely helpful. “We can’t just get a requirement, walk away and come back in six months, because the world’s changed,” she says.

    How the Sierra Club is broadening its digital reach

    In his first five years at the Sierra Club, Chris Thomas has advocated for building new digital platforms and introduced a start-up-like culture of testing and experimentation.

    Schneider Electric exec: Quick decision-making is key in Silicon Valley

    It has been just two years since the French multinational Schneider Electric set up an innovation center in Silicon Valley. But already, the outpost is helping the $30 billion company experiment with new services and business models. We talk to innovation VP Paul Campbell about its structure and one of the first projects...
    See all Digital Innovation articles »

    Head of innovation lab at $11 billion ADP on recruiting, focus, hand-offs

    Roberto Masiero, vice president and head of ADP’s New Jersey innovation lab, offers lessons and recommendations for companies looking to start their own labs. Among them: deploy small teams focused on specific projects. “They almost become like a family,” he says. “It drives the project, and it’s been quite successful so far.”

    How the Catalyst Fund for new ideas works at Thomson Reuters

    Thomson Reuters has come to the realization that building proof-of-concepts and prototypes can require significant funding. The $13 billion media and information company created an internal seed fund called the Catalyst Fund in January 2014, overseen by CEO Jim Smith and Katherine Manuel, the Senior Vice President for Innovation. It provides up to $350,000 in funding to build and test prototypes. Here's how it works...

    At Shell’s fast-growing TechWorks lab, it’s ‘all about deploying’

    We talk to the director of Shell TechWorks about the lab's projects, its funding, and its mission — finding cheaper, faster, and safer ways to drill for oil and gas, and to take advantage of future energy sources.

    Schneider Electric exec: Quick decision-making is key in Silicon Valley

    It has been just two years since the French multinational Schneider Electric set up an innovation center in Silicon Valley. But already, the outpost is helping the $30 billion company experiment with new services and business models. We talk to innovation VP Paul Campbell about its structure and one of the first projects...
    See all Labs & Spaces articles »