May 22nd: How to Prevent AI from Becoming the Next Round of Innovation Theater


Artificial intelligence is the shiny new object poised to accelerate the “front end of innovation” process. A critical success factor in delivering real value, however, is a robust “back end of innovation” process. If your incubation methods and tools are fractured or inconsistent, at best you’ll end up with a (bigger) bottleneck in your innovation pipeline. At worst, you’ll run the risk of failing to deliver a return on your AI-enhanced front-end investment.

Join us on May 22 at 12pm ET for a conversation with David Matheson and Doug Williams from SmartOrg. During this session, David and Doug will delve into how a best practice back end of innovation process will help you:

  • Prioritize work both within a project and across the innovation portfolio
  • De-risk projects to build confidence in the business case and secure real funding for implementation
  • Improve throughput, accelerate outcomes, and fully realize the potential of AI transformation at the front end.

We look forward to having you with us and to addressing your comments and questions!

Speaker Bios

David Matheson, President and CEO

With over two decades of portfolio and innovation management experience, David Matheson is a leader in helping executives achieve better growth results. He is the President and CEO of SmartOrg – a company he cofounded in 2000 that provides software and services to support decision making and manage uncertainty. His qualifications include a Ph.D. in organizational decision making from Stanford University, as well as being a Fellow with the Society of Decision Professionals (SDP), where he is currently the president. He is also an educator, startup advisor, public speaker and author of “The Smart Organization” from Harvard Business School Press. When off from work, David gravitates towards his passion for cycling and dark chocolate.

Doug Williams, Associate Director, Innovation

Doug Williams leads the innovation practice at SmartOrg, Inc. and is responsible for all go-to-market activities for its Innovation Navigator software. Doug is an industry veteran, having helped over 80 organizations build and grow innovation programs during his time as professional services director at Planview Spigit and analyst at Forrester Research. An engaging speaker, facilitator, and a committed partner to customer success, he helps clients achieve their desired outcomes through a combination of listening, challenging orthodoxies, and building collaborative partnerships. Outside of work, Doug is a drummer in an alternative rock cover band and enjoys seeing live music, traveling, and cooking.