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Les articles les plus lus sur INNOWEO

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Les 3 articles les plus lus sur INNOWEO en Février et Mars:

Qu’est ce que le « Design Thinking » ?

Innovation Tools: Le design thinking, expliqué.

Renault s’essaie à l’open innovation dans la Silicon Valley

Tous en Français. Tous au-dessus et même largement au-dessus de 150 vues…


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The 15 levers to creativity

Creativity is something strange that can happen wherever you are. Unfortunately I often hear « I am not a creative man, I cannot do it… ».

Being creative is simply about being confident, curious, active and persistent. Here our 15 levers to build a creative self-confidence and show your ideas to the world.

  1. Forget what you learned at school
  2. Stop taking to much caution
  3. Act before you doubt
  4. Connect, connect, connect (topics, ideas, behaviour, localisation, tech…)
  5. Keep It Stupid Simple (KISS)
  6. If you can clearly put words on it, keep it, otherwise kill it
  7. Be visionary, take a step back to look and think
  8. Hack your daily tools
  9. Be hungry even if you are lost
  10. Be courageous: accept to be wrong
  11. There is no « Why? » only Do it and see the results
  12. Iterate: Design. Test. Feedback. And redo.
  13. Everything is possible so try it
  14. Make a clean place, destroy what is existing and restart from scratch
  15. There is no crisis, only opportunities

What point would you add?


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Employee Engagement in the Innovation Process

Innovation Excellence just issued an article entitled « Employee Engagement in the Innovation Process ». This worth reading (see button below to read it).

Especially, this pool result focus on the incentive that could be given to employees regarding their innovation involvement to reward their ideas or their achievement.

I personally fully believe that the success of innovation is based on employee involvement. However most enterprises don’t measure it. More than that most of enterprise does have incentives for their « innovative » employees. It is surprising to find that someone is giving most of the time money to someone else for something which is not really monitored…
There are ways to monitor employee involvement and reward them, even not on a monetary basis. That works and gives very good results.But don’t forget one thing, employee involvement will work if you put energy to embark people. However, in a company, only the top management involvement will guaranty the success of your innovation initiative and insure that people will sustain their commitment into the innovation process.

 

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INNOVATION TOOLS: Benchmarking

Benchmarking
Benchmarking

 

Benchmarking can be a very powerful tool for innovation. I use it very often and it has really to be mastered if you want to avoid falling in usual traps.

Why should innovators and/or project managers benchmark?

I think that most innovators and PM benchmark even without noticing it.
Good pratices identification, sharing of experience, identification of patterns etC… the goods of benhcmarking is not to demonstrate (and there are some more than the ones I have listed here)
As we all know, innovation begins with curiosity. When you benchmark you are actually the most curious woman/ma on earth.
Positionning you and your company among your peers is the most important thing both as an innovator and as a project manager as you have to understand wether you are in good shape and in a good dynamic or if you are close to fall down in the precipice.

What are the common mistakes in benchmarking?

I personnaly use benchmarking for several needs. Each of those topics have their own tricks and issues but one common should be named now:

It is not because it is Google that it will work at home

Meaning that it is not because one practice work perfectly in another company that it will make you the next worldwide leader on your market. Your organisation has its own culture and history, its own employees with their strength and weaknesses, it own processes and own clients. Never forget to take care of that when trying to import something that works outside inside your own company.

How to leverage on benchmarking efforts?

I used always the same approach when benchmarking a company or a internal project etc…

  1. Humility
    One has to be very humble when benchmarking, humble but visionnary. This very nice process seems to be better than yours but you are not bad and changing will certainly add more troubles than benefis.
  2. Brake, brake, brake.
    Always try to espace/avoid/run far from the Wahou effect. A nice presentation, a friendly talk, amazing results on the bottom line are signs that you have to study the situation, not 100% to apply it.
  3. Always in question
    The real question you have to ask yourself always and always is:

How will I create special value out of that

That is the only mantra you should have in mind.

 

Benchmarking is a tool that is very powerful to innovate within your company or your project. You should use it as much as possible with regards to the above issues.

And you, do you see more issues and good practices regarding benchmarking?


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9 steps to a successful Business Model Canva

FR_Business-Model-Canvas

I have made several canvas so far. Some of the ones I have taking part to design are actually reshaping their business. And I have a couple of lessons to share with you and try to give you some simple hints to also end on a powerful game-changing Business Model.

  1. Analyse your current Business Model
    That is your starting point, don’t neglect it.
  2. Work in group
    We are much cleverer  working in groups. But choose your group wisely.
  3. Learn from others
    Competitors / other companies outside your playground, just be curious…
  4. Define different scenarios
    There is no perfect business model, there are options, scenarios that you have to have in mind. For one of my projects, I had more than 10 different scenarios.
  5. Visit your future
    By building business model you are defining your future so do it, visit your future, share your vision.
  6. Show me the money
    You are here to develop your business (or you are a NGO…) so focus on money and how it goes into your pocket
  7. Visual is king
    Make your business model canva visual. show the patterns, show the flow, show the relationships.

    Graphic Business model canva
    Graphic Business model canva from businessmodelinc.wordpress.com
  8. Test, Test, Test
    Go to your partners, your clients, your stakeholders and test, test, test your assumptions and your models.
  9. Implement quickly
    Once you ended on a defined model, implement it as fast as possible.

If you manage to do so, you maximise your chance to be good 😉

Do you see more steps to follow or want to give us some feedback. Please leave a comment.


 

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Spotify Engineering Culture

In Innovation, SPOTIFY is an interesting example. They are really the good practice in Agile and they adapt the Agile management to their need at an incredible level.
Some times ago, Henrick Kniberg, issued a very nice video describing the Agile engineering culture in this very interesting start-up (is it still a start-up?)

If you rather like the drawing….

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In a second video, Henrick presents within other interesting thing, the way to establish a « fail friendly » atmosphere

Again the full drawing.

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3 key parameters to (successfully) innovate

To innovate wisely and maximise the chances to be successful, each and every innovators should at least follow this 3 steps rule:

Identify an unsatisfied need

The need is the basis of your success. If you identify correctly the need then you are able to define a solution to this need. That’s your idea. As there is a need, you are sure that there is a market too. The best ideas come from an obvious need.

Create the new user experience

Once you have your idea and the need it saves, you have to deploy a solution. To do it, please focus on user experience. How many solutions aimed to fulfil a need and failed because the UX was bad or even worth because the usage was unsatisfactory?

Invent your own business

It is fundamental to implement your own business model; Don’t copy, don’t reinvent, just do it your way.
The business model is really core to your innovation. don’t fear to propose first-of-a-kind model to your management. If it worth it, there will be no worries.

 

And you, what steps would you add?

 

 

Entreprise Libérée!!!

L’entreprise libérée est à la mode en ce moment. Parait qu’elle surperforme les autres ect etc… Une petite vidéo sympa réalisée par l’agence POSSUM Interactive vaut mieux qu’un grand discours pour comprendre ce qu’est, au final, une entreprise libérée.


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