Exploring the innovation journey

While jogging through the woods in Holten, the Netherlands, the area where I grew up, I realized that going on an innovation journey is a lot like exploring the woods. Something I often did with my brother and our dog, when I was a kid. That is however not what I had in mind during […]

Learning by doing

Learning by doing sounds easy, however, it requires preparation, guts, and practice to make it work. In an innovation project, there are many occasions that learning while doing is the only option. Years of schooling have taught us how to learn before doing, in the process, many of us have lost the ability to learn […]

Planning for uncertainty

Uncertain projects are notoriously difficult to manage. Ambiguous projects are deemed impossible to plan. Early stage innovation projects are uncertain and full of ambiguity. So how do you plan and manage that in your innovation project?

Managing innovation on a shoestring budget

When I was doing value engineering workshops and other idea generation exercises for the projects of Fluor Daniel in the Netherlands, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I am sure it feels the same way for many innovation managers, till reality hits. While there are plenty of opportunities, you have no budget, […]

A great idea or another shiny object?

The world is full of opportunities, especially nowadays. Your talented and ambitious employees know that. When they approach you with one of their ideas, how do you know they are on to something or chasing just another shiny object?

Validating new concepts

Validating a new concept is often a chicken and egg problem. You need funding to validate this new concept, yet to get funding – you need to have validated the concept. Do you recognize the scenario below? There has got to be a better way You came to the office extra early, because your manager […]