One of the big projects we’ve been working on at IL over the past several years has been building tools, templates, and other resources to help people working on innovation in large organizations. We’ve created PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, idea scorecards, a glossary of terminology, and many others. We’re excited to collect them for the first time in this 50-page report. 

Everything in this report has benefitted from input from our community of corporate innovation, strategy, and R&D leaders. And some of these resources have been created by people who have been in one of those roles, like Aaron Proietti (formerly an SVP of Innovation at Transamerica) and Rachael Schwartz (formerly a VP of Product Management and Innovation at Keurig). 

This report is sponsored by HYPE Innovation, one of InnoLead’s strategic partners, and includes advice from Jennifer Dunn, Director of Customer Success on “How Not to Fail: A Visual Tool for Managing Your Innovation Program.”

Table of Contents

Reference Docs & Guides

Making the Case for Innovation 5

Two Organizational Choices for Innovation 8

Glossary of Innovation Terms and Strategies 10

How Startups Can Work with Us 13

Innovation Interpretations 14

Worksheets & Templates

Corporate Innovation Roadmap 17

Idea Evaluation Scorecard 19

Sample Monthly Progress Report 24

RASCI Matrix 26

Scouting Worksheet 28


11 Major Barriers to Innovation 33

Six Types of Innovation Lab 36

16 Signs You are Under-Investing in Innovation 38

Incentive Ideas 39


Innovation Urgency Quiz 41

How Sophisticated is Your Startup Strategy? 42

How Well-Developed is Your Innovation Strategy? 43

Is Our Company’s Culture Supportive of Innovation? 44

Advice from Our Sponsor, Hype Innovation 

How Not to Fail: A Visual Tool for Managing Your Innovation Program 30