Innovation Metrics

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  • All Your Innovation Questions, Answered

  • Innovation at The Nature Conservancy

  • Partnerships at Bayer’s Innovation Center

  • How Long Do Corporate Innovation Jobs Last, and What Happens Next?

Innovation programs have a very short lifespan if they don’t develop a metrics regime that indicates they are making progress — but also isn’t so onerous that too much of the team’s time is spent collecting data and compiling it into reports or presenting it on dashboards.

We put metrics into two categories: activity metrics, which show things like how many training sessions you’ve conducted or startups you’ve met with, and impact metrics, which show tangible outcomes.

A good starting place in this section is our research report, "Untangling Innovation Metrics: What every innovation leader needs to know."

Research Report

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Untangling Innovation Metrics

Measuring innovation has come up in every interview, conversation, and Field Study. This report captures what we’ve learned so far — both what executives are tracking today, and what they’re still working to capture.

Audio & Video Resources

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All Your Innovation Questions, Answered

We answer questions on corporate innovation submtted by listeners. Get advice on H3 innovation, going from good to great, and spreading innovation company-wide. 

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Partnerships at Bayer’s Innovation Center

Dr. Chris Haskell discusses how Bayer partners with startups, academic institutions, and other corporates at the company’s Innovation center.

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Does Measurement Kill Innovation?

Watch this Master Class to find out the difference between “activity metrics” and “impact metrics,” where to start, and how to evolve your measurement regimen over time. 

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Innovation by the Numbers

In our latest Master Class, “Innovation by the Numbers,” we explored the metrics and analytics behind innovation efforts with Innovation 360’s CEO Magnus Penker.

CEO Insights Videos

CEOs on Disruption, Culture & Executive Support

How should you be thinking about the impact of disruption in your industry? CEOs of Bose, TripAdvisor, and Eastern Bank weigh in...

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Best Practices in Innovation Governance

Innovation Leader’s Scott Kirsner presents high-level findings from our Q2 report, joined by executives from the healthcare, insurance, and media industries.

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Why Thomson Reuters Rotates Talent Between Labs

Mona Vernon, Chief Technology Officer of Thomson Reuters Labs, explains why the company began rotating employees between its innovation labs. Find out more in this video…

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Getting Valuable Insights Faster by Automating Data Flows

What are data flows? The data collected and processing to run and optimize your business. Jim Knapik of Northeastern University explains how to use them to deliver insights. 

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Nondini Naqui on Using Metrics to Define Success

Different stages of innovation ventures should focus on different types of metrics. Learn about which metrics you should be using and when from Nondini Naqui.

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Innovation Challenges & Choices with Nondini Naqui

Nondini Naqui, an intrapreneur and innovation leader who has worked in insurance and banking, discusses the challenges innovators face and how to overcome obstacles.

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New Tools & Resources for Innovation Leaders

Recording of our May 2017 webcast, featuring Scott Kirsner and Aaron Proietti explaining how to use six of our new downloadable resources, and answering questions.

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General Mills VP on Getting to the First Dollar, Failure, Key Metrics

Jim Kirkwood, Chief Science and Technology Development Officer at General Mills, explains how the company “gets to the first dollar fast” with pilot tests.