Innovation Methodologies

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It’s hard to change the way large companies operate — from sourcing and developing ideas to launching them into the market — without bringing in new approaches. We don’t advocate the use of any particular innovation methodology; rather, we report on how companies are applying them and the results that they’re achieving. We also interview leading teachers and proponents of various methodologies.

Our coverage of innovation methodologies has included approaches like design thinking, lean startup, frugal innovation, the dual operating system, and the business model canvas, among others. One place to start is with our report on how the lean startup methodology is being applied in large organizations.

Articles & Case Studies

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What Powers the Business Models of Apple, IKEA, and Uber?

In this book excerpt, Langdon Morris lays out a framework and questions that can be helpful in designing new business models or improving existing ones.

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Steve Blank on Building Innovation Teams

Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur, Steve Blank shares how companies can set up a system that fosters innovation and effectively creates change. 

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P&G’s Top R&D Exec on Startup Disruption and Lean Innovation

Kathy Fish, P&G’s Chief Research, Development, and Innovation Officer, discusses lean innovation, data science, and measuring productivity. Our exclusive interview is inside…

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Exclusive Book Excerpt: ‘The Intrapreneur’s Journey’

“Giving employees time and freedom to work on their own ideas makes great business sense,” write Hugh Molotsi and Jeff Zias in the forthcoming book “The Intrapreneur’s Journey.” 

Daniel Seewald, Senior Director of Worldwide Innovation at Pfizer

Leveraging the Power of Crowds to Enhance Design Thinking

Crowdsourcing should take place before a design session, contends Pfizer exec Daniel Seewald. In fact, it can be the difference between a mediocre session and a high impact one.

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L’Oreal VP on the Effective Use of Design Thinking in Business

Jackson Wang shares his advice on the most effective ways to use design thinking, highlighting lessons from his work as VP of Retail Design at L’Oreal and Procter & Gamble.

Research Report

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Making Lean Startup Work

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.

Audio & Video Resources

Dan Roam

Closing the Innovation Blindspot with a Visual Story

Using just a pen and paper, Dan Roam shows you how to tell your innovation story under 10 minutes — even if you can’t draw to save your life. 

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Suzi Hamill on the Power of Play

 Suzi Hamill, the former Vice President of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments, shares how play can help teams work more cohesively. Watch the video…

The Innovation Universe

Building the Right Foundation for Innovation

Nancy Tennant, a professor the University of Notre Dame and the former Chief Innovation Officer at Whirlpool, explores how to build the right foundation for innovation at your company. 

Alexander Osterwalder

Overcoming the Challenges of Business Model Innovation

Alex Osterwalder, inventor of the Business Model Canvas, shares how testing new business models can help companies prepare for the future.

Unlocking Play Webcast

Unlocking Play, the Secret Ingredient of Teams that Work

Suzi Hamill, the former Vice President of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments, shares strategic approaches to designing play into work.

Steve Blank Video

Steve Blank on Building Innovation Teams

Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur, Steve Blank shares how companies can set up a system that fosters innovation and effectively creates change. 

Podcast Season 1 Episode 8

Startup Culture in Big Companies

Can big companies behave like startups and capture their culture? To find out, we interviewed Steve Blank, a key player in the lean startup movement. This episode also features insights from Lyft COO Jon McNeill.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 6

Moving Fast...Full Speed Ahead!

Can a big, slow company really move fast? And is faster necessarily better? To find out, we talked to Rachael Schwartz, formerly of Keurig. This episode also features Trip Advisor CEO Steve Kaufer.

Podcast Season 1 Episode 4

(Better) Business Model Innovation

 Can changing your business model make your company an innovation powerhouse? We sit down with Rick Paster of Walmart Global eCommerce and Mark Johnson of Innosight to find out. 

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Navi Radjou on How You Can Implement Frugal Innovation

Navi Radjou, whose TED talk on frugal innovation has garnered over 1.6 million views, explains some of the values driving the phenomenon, and answers questions.

Naureen Meraj

The Importance of Following-Through with Initiatives

Naureen Meraj, a training and digital transformation leader, discusses why teams should be wary of “one-time-wonders” and the best platforms for gathering ideas.

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Taking Cultural Differences into Account

Naureen Meraj, a training and digital transformation leader, discusses why innovators should think about cultural differences when running training workshops.

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How Gamification and Incentives Can Build Employee Engagement

 Naureen Meraj, a training and digital transformation leader, discusses gamification and incentivizing participation in innovation. Find out more in this IL Confidential video.