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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. Including execs from Pfizer, FedEx, MasterCard, Procter & Gamble, Cisco, and many others!


Our latest downloadable reports

Innovation Leader publishes in-depth quarterly special reports on a variety of topics. Our latest reports are listed below. Reports are available for members only.

  • Innovation Labs Report
  • Innovation Benchmarking Report
  • Innovation Metrics Report
  • Innovation Hiring Report

  • How rapid prototyping helps $90 billion Wells Fargo innovate faster

    “Rapid prototyping makes something physical and tangible, so everyone can align their understanding of what it is, versus just talking about it,” says Wells Fargo SVP Robin Beers. Inside, she shares how the company uses the approach. Read the case study »

    All you need to know: Recruiting & Training

    Our members consistently tell us that some of the biggest challenges for their innovation organization is finding, recruiting, motivating, and training new members of the team. Our new “topic” page compiles our best articles, live calls, and resources on recruiting & training. Check it out »

    Lean startup at work in large companies

    Innovation Leader - Lean Startup Report We recently set out to ask executives at large organizations about the benefits they’re seeing from deploying lean startup; the allies who’ve been helping them; the challenges they’ve encountered; the software and consultancies they’ve been relying on; and the advice they’d share.

    The result is our latest report, “Lean Startup: Making it work in large organizations.” The 83-page PDF is filled with advice, case studies, articles, interviews, and results from our survey of Innovation Leader members on lean startup deployment.

    The report is available to Innovation Leader members only, so we hope you’ll join us for full access. In the meantime, have a look at a summary of the report.


    Report: The state of startup/corporate collaboration

    Corporations and startups are working together like never before. A new report from our strategic partner Imaginatik, The State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016, discusss what this means for your innovation agenda, and best practices for startup/corporate collaboration. Download report here »

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    The secret of corporate innovation is …

    Here are seven things we see having a big impact inside large organizations, and seven things that set you up for failure.

    ‘Go where you’re loved’: Intuit executive shares advice on rolling out lean startup for maximum impact

    If you've been debating whether and how to roll out the lean startup methodology in your organization, Bennett Blank of Intuit has a question: What are you waiting for? "I can't tell you how many times I've talked [about lean] with other executives who are like, 'OK, we'll spend four or five months benchmarking it, and then we'll put together a program, and then we'll spend eight months creating the curriculum, and then we'll launch it next year.'" Here's how Blank did it at Intuit...

    Lean startup: Making it work in large organizations

    Our 83-page downloadable report is filled with advice, case studies, articles, interviews, and results from our recent survey of Innovation Leader members on lean startup deployment.

    Survey highlights: How large organizations are deploying the lean startup approach

    Slide presentation that shares some of the data, comments, and advice from our 2016 survey on how large organizations are using the lean startup methodology. Based on 170 qualified responses, with 82.4 percent of respondents saying they've already deployed lean startup in some form at their companies.
    See all Lean Startup articles »

    ‘Learn fast’: At Wells Fargo, using prototypes to go beyond just talking about products

    "Rapid prototyping makes something physical and tangible, so everyone can align their understanding of what it is, versus just talking about it," says Wells Fargo SVP Robin Beers. Inside, she shares how the company uses the approach, along with a slide highlighting some guiding principles...

    Treating projects like startups and keeping senior leaders in the loop at Johnson Controls

    New projects at the company pass through three stage-gates: pursuit, realization, and commercialization. Johnson Controls' Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President for Global Innovation explain how projects are funded, and how they work with senior leadership to make decisions about their fate.

    Lessons from Alex Goryachev on running Cisco’s first company-wide idea challenge

    On a recent Innovation Leader Live call, Cisco's Alex Goryachev discussed the company's recent Innovate Everywhere Challenge, including how he got thousands of employees to participate, how they recruited external judges, and why he changed his mind about letting the teams involved interact directly with customers. Includes 30 minutes of audio...

    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...
    See all Ideation & Prototyping articles »

    Audio: Shell and Thales execs on setting up innovation outposts, gauging impact

    Executives from Shell TechWorks and the Thales xPlor initiative joined Innovation Leader editor Scott Kirsner earlier this year to talk about what they hope to accomplish with the innovation labs they've set up in the Boston area, and how they're being measured. Here's the audio and slides.

    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.
    See all Labs & Spaces articles »