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The Innovation Blog

HBR Blog: Today's Innovation Can Rise from Yesterday's Failure

Posted by Creative Realities on March 29, 2011

In this HBR Blog, created by Jay F. Terwilliger with partner Mark H. Sebell and Vijay Govindarajan, this simple framework is used to determine the success of an innovative effort. It takes corporate will, a marketplace, and strategic competencies to succeed. In other words, successful innovation requires motive, means, and opportunity. Innovation efforts fail anytime they fail to deliver on all three of these domains strongly enough.

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Topics: Mark Sebell, Jay Terwilliger, Vijay Govindarajan, Learning From Failure, Innovation, Innovation, Cross Functional Teams, Pursuit of Ideas, strategic innovation, growth, new product development

The Silos Effect (a.k.a. Collaboration's Kryptonite)

Posted by Creative Realities on February 1, 2011

 Over the last 22 years we have worked with hundreds of clients in over 35 different industries. This is important to establish because we know the following topic is a factor in any industry.

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Topics: information silos, departmental silos, Mark Sebell, Innovation, Collaboration, Cross Functional Teams, Management, Creating an Innovation agenda

7 Tips for Managing the Complexity of Launch

Posted by Creative Realities on October 18, 2010

Product launches are complex.  That was the main takeaway of the PDMA 2010 Lab E – Launch for Commercial Success which I had the privilege of attending today.  The session kicked off with an apt and literal example: a NASA shuttle launch.  When NASA launched the Saturn V rocket, its engineers were depending on the successful integration of 2 million distinct systems.  2 million!  And, as Richard Koppel pointed out, NASA operates in a space (get it?) where getting it right the first time is “mission critical” – if something goes wrong, not only are millions of dollars wasted, but people die.  Fortunately, product launches are not as high stakes as shuttle launches, but you still want to ensure your innovation is brought to market as seamlessly as possible.  So how do you launch successfully given all of the variables, risks and uncertainties inherent in the process?  Here are the top 7 themes of the day which will help you make sure all systems are go when you blastoff.

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Topics: Innovation Roadmap, Launch, Product Launch, Design, Brand Experience, Chris Dolan, Innovation, Cross Functional Teams, Risk, M.A.S.H, M.A.S.H

The 5 Essentials for Innovation

Posted by Creative Realities on October 15, 2010

At Creative Realities, we have identified five essentials for innovation.  These are attitudes and behaviors that will make even the best-planned and best-executed innovation processes easier to pursue.  In our experience, no innovation effort can reach its full potential without these five innovation essentials:

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Topics: Learning From Failure, Educated Gut, Innovation, Cross Functional Teams, Pursuit of Ideas, Essentials for Innovation