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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An Ambidextrous Approach to Innovation Has Never Been More Important

We all know that innovation is important. But do we really know how to innovate effectively, even in chaotic times such as these? It’s all about finding the right balance…

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Is Your Organization Earning ‘Trust Points’ with Customers — or Losing Them?

Every action your organization takes in the digital world either racks up or loses “trust points” with your customers. Apurva Shah, CTO of Duality, explains.

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Working from Home: Seven Tips for Doing It Productively

Christian Ponce from LogMeIn shares tips to help teams effectively innovate from home, stay connected, and balance their jobs and home lives.

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15 Slide Presentations from Big Company Innovation Executives

These 15 slide presentations offer insights into innovation strategy at organizations like NASA, Google, Nike, Mastercard, and Procter & Gamble. Get them all here…

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Five Innovation Tips to Start Your September

Vacation season is over, so brush up on what you missed while you were at the beach. Check out five takeaways from our August coverage of corporate innovation…

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The Five-Step Approach to Disruptive Thinking

Luke Williams of NYU walks through the five steps of disruptive thinking, the “hybrid” approach to innovation, and what innovators can learn from professional chefs…

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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Navigating Priority Changes at Your Company

Innovation teams are facing budget cuts and changes in strategy. Brant Cooper shares how teams can navigate priority changes and get inside the minds of senior leaders.

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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.

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Re-Designing Your Virtual Meetings

If you’re suddenly spending the entire day convening with colleagues in Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, or another meetings platform, you already know the challenges of making them feel engaging and productive. As a host, how can you create the context for everyone to contribute, rather than tuning out or multi-tasking?

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Navigating Priority Changes: Ranking Initiatives

The second exercise from our “Navigating Priority Changes at Your Company” workshop presents a two-by-two that helps teams rank their priorities. Watch the video above for a detailed explanation from session leader Brant Cooper.

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Navigating Priority Changes: C-Suite Zoom

This exercise from our “Navigating Priority Changes at Your Company” workshop describes how to create a stronger connection to your senior leadership.

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Discover, Access & Manage Ecosystem Relationships in a Low/No Touch World

How do you build ecosystems when travel and serendipity are limited for the foreseeable future? Watch this webcast to learn how to form partnerships during lockdown.

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Leveling Up Customer Empathy at Fitbit & More

How can teams use empathy to understand their customers? Irina Kozlovskaya, Director of Industrial Design at Fitbit, shares how her team uses empathy to design better products.

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The Secrets to Success at Intuit’s Lean Startup Program

In this episode of One Quick Thing, Bennett Blank shares how Intuit’s Lean Startup program generated $20 million in new revenue.