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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Innovating from Within: The 10 x 10 Laws

Mohan Nair has run the Innovation Force team at Cambia Health Solutions for 10 years now. He offers 10 rules to follow over 10 years in order to guide a program to success. 

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What Are the Do’s and Dont’s When Digitally Twinning Your Innovation Hub?

This illustration of a digital twin Innovation Utopia/Dystopia completes the trifecta of the “new normal” hybrid experience by including the virtual dimension…

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A Model for Measuring Corporate Innovation Programs

There is no silver bullet or a quick solution for measuring the impact of innovation, but this model brings structure to the process of measuring the health of innovation programs and their impact.

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How is Team Management Changing?

Teams no longer fail because of location; they fail because of poor management. All the tools exist to make this a success, and they are only getting better.

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Book Excerpt: The Catalyst’s Guide to Working Well

The new book Move Fast. Break Shit. Burn Out. is about “Catalysts,” a subset of innovators with “a deep-rooted need to create positive change.” 

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How Do R&D Organizations Need to Adapt?

Technology and the necessary skills needed to succeed are changing faster than our traditional organizational models can keep up — especially in our R&D organizations. 

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

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How Leading Brands Use Cognitive Diversity to Drive Innovation

Breakthrough innovation requires people with different mindsets to deliver big outcomes. And that cognitive diversity helps teams to see things differently and think differently. In this one-hour Master Class replay, learn how to collaborate with all kinds of creators: outliers, misfits, rebels, and crazy ones to envision ...

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Thou Shalt Identify and Implement the Tools Needed to Innovate

From design thinking to agile to double diamond to lean, there are many innovation methodologies for corporate innovators to gain guidance from. Most often these leaders are left to their own devices to come up with the right amalgamation that will lead to success. In his fourth ...

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Identificarás y Implementarás las Herramientas para Innovar

En su cuarto mandamiento en esta serie, Moisés Noreña recomienda que los equipos usen la Metodología Unificada de Innovación. La metodología tiene cinco partes.

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Making Ideas Pay at Atrium Health

In this Master Class, Todd Dunn, Vice President of Innovation at Atrium Health and Tad Haas, Executive Vice President at edison365 discuss how Atrium Health designs for impact.

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The New Paths to Competitive Advantage

As part of our recent Impact conference, Karim Lakhani and Navi Radjou discussed their latest ideas about the future of innovation and how they can be applied in large organizations.

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Tips for Planning & Launching A Winning Program

Jill Longman, Innovation Committee Co-Chair at Med-IQ, covers how to plan and manage the successful launch of an enterprise-wide innovation program. 

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Digital & Business Model Transformation at Rosetta Stone

Matthew Hulett, President of Language at the company, discusses how Rosetta Stone pivoted from a physical product to a subscription service…

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​Innovation Solutions Showcase 2020

At our Solutions Showcase in September 2020, five of Innovation Leader’s strategic partners shared how their organizations help address the challenges of 2020. 

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Visual Thinking: How To Draw Your Ideas

The first step of turning ideas into reality is to visualize and draw them out. Dave Gray shares drawing tips that innovators can use to communicate their visions. 

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Knowers & Learners: Different Psychologies

In our “Knowers and Learners” workshop, Dan Seewald explains the different mindsets that separates these types of thinkers, pulling from concepts in psychology.

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Upgrade Online Meetings: Virtual Whiteboarding

The final exercise from our “Upgrade Your Online Meetings” workshop teaches particpants how to make the most of the whiteboarding software Mural, and gives suggestions for redesiging work. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Suzi Hamill, former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments.

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Upgrading Online Meetings: Doodling to Communicate

This exercise from our “Upgrade Your Online Meetings” workshop asks participants to reflect on how they have adapted to working remotely during COVID-19. In order to share there stories, she asks that attendees draw their experience. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Suzi Hamill, former ...

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What Object Represents How You Work?

This exercise from our “Upgrade Your Online Meetings” workshop encourages participants to break out of the box and find a new format for facilitating online meetings. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Suzi Hamill, former Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments.