Keep early-stage teams on track

Are your innovation projects taking too long and is the return on investment of your innovation efforts too meager? We have designed a solution to keep early-stage innovation projects on track, so that you can check out a maximum number of opportunities with limited resources and quickly identify the most promising innovation projects to pursue.

Managing innovative self-starters

Innovative companies know that innovation requires self-starters. They also know how difficult it is to manage these self-starters, as that can seem like herding cats. Many managers are afraid of chaos if they let their innovators explore. Can you have both? That is, encourage self-starters and remain in control over the innovation process? The answer […]

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? When planning for an innovation project, you basically have three options, Waterfall, Agile, and Discovery-Driven planning. Three project management […]

Onboarding early stage innovation teams

In your innovation portfolio, you need many early-stage teams. Yet, onboarding such teams can be dragging on your innovation resources if you don’t have the ability to process these teams efficiently and effectively. Especially because most of these teams are destined to explore only and won’t result in the new high-value offerings you need. The […]

How to incentivize innovation

Every organization aspires to innovate. Or at least wants to reap the benefits: clients that come to you for your unique solutions, high-profit margins because there is more demand than you can service, and great job candidates because they want to work for you. What to incentivize to get from this aspiration to these results? […]

New business development; missed opportunities and unnecessary expenses

Recently, I coached three participants of the New Business Development program at the Rotterdam School of Management. These participants worked respectively for an architecture, a law, and an IT firm. Three totally different professional service providers, yet their new business development challenges were remarkably similar. The business development function They all work for firms that […]

Disciplined innovation

Disciplined innovation may sound like an oxymoron, however, it is not. You need both. That makes creating a culture for innovation a balancing act. The process can be messy, but it needs discipline and management. And truthfully, adding a little more discipline to the process will make you more successful. The hard truth about innovative […]

Time commitment as the scarcest resource

Professional service organizations (such as law firms, hospitals, and consultancies), are organizations whose primary asset is a highly educated professional workforce and whose outputs are intangible services encoded with complex knowledge. As a result, these organizations differ significantly from manufacturing firms in their organizational structures, employee composition, and decision-making processes.  The most valuable asset of […]

The new PDMA essentials

The third of the PDMA essentials was published at the PDMA 2018 conference. It addresses constrains in the new product development process. The context in which innovation projects are executed create constraints that make best practices ineffective. The book provides recommendations of how to address and overcome these constraints. 

What managers can learn from helicopter parents

Helicopter parents mean well, they want to best for their kids. Meantime, their care is often suffocating from the child’s perspective. These children are deprived from the opportunity to try things themselves, to learn, and to fail. A counter movement promoting free-range parenting has emerged as a result. Parallels can be found in organizations, where […]

Turn innovation into a rewarding and meaningful experience

How come that we have turned something that should be valuable, rewarding and meaningful – that is, introducing new services and developing new solutions – into something stressful? Most innovation projects cause stress because the innovation process is either a black hole where everything is unclear or a bureaucratic nightmare where projects are fiercely competing […]

Innovation fears

CB Insights surveyed 677 corporation and released a report with interesting findings on the state of innovation in these organizations. From the report it seems that companies fear innovation and don’t walk the talk.