Innochat Archive

Large scale innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 11, 2014

How does large scale innovation happen? On what scale is innovation valuable and how are resources allocated for that?

Let's use the recent test of NASA's Orion vehicle as a trigger for thinking about the allocation of resources to areas of large scale innovation. (See brief notes on the NASA Orion program below).

Interstitial Spaces, Boundaries and Adjacencies

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 04, 2014

in·ter·sti·tial - in(t)ərˈstiSHəl/

adjective, of, forming, or occupying interstices. "the interstitial space"

One of the great challenges for those working in the realm of innovation practice is that the fuel for our practice is a ready supply of data, information and knowledge. Without that supply our efforts may be starved and success elusive. One of my frequent exhortations to clients is that I don’t care how they fill that pipeline (beg, borrow, cheat, steal —understanding the repercussions of all those choices, of course) but fill it they must.

Innovation in ecommerce

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 27, 2014

Our topic today was proposed by Anthony Feyitimi ("Tee-Tones") who is interested in the opportunities in ecommerce.

Ecommerce is topical

It is the festive season: today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA, and Christmas is less than a month away. Many people have been, and will be, buying gifts and, for many retailers, this is their busiest period of the year.

Learning to innovate

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 20, 2014

What is the relationship between innovation and learning?

Let's discuss the need to learn new skills in order to innovate. These might be practical skills involved in the specific field in which we are innovating. Or, at a meta level, they might be the skills to innovate at all.

Innovation and #TheGenZEffect w guest @DanKeldsen

Renee Hopkins's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Our guest this week, @DanKeldsen, has just released the book The Gen Z Effect: The Six Forces Shaping the Future of Business, which describes Gen Z NOT as a demographical construct, but as a generation-crossing set of behaviors shaped by technology innovation. In short, the Gen Z effect happens when the "simplicity and affordability of technology unites generations more than it divides them."

You can get the gist of the premise and the six factors shaping the change, in this fabulous 6-minute video:

Service Design — Innovating the intangible

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 06, 2014

A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to help facilitate a Service Design Unconference co-hosted by the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University and Philly Design Week at the social innovation co-working space,

Why is innovation hot now?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Let's explore the basis of the prominence of innovation.

For our #innochat of two weeks ago, Andrew Townley (@atownley) provided us with a challenge which was founded on the high profile that innovation is given today. We discussed the challenge then, now let's return to the foundation.


His challenge was to understand the business value of innovation, but the foundation was that innovation is considered to be important and to have a contribution to make.

Higher Education - Lower Innovation Expectations?

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 23, 2014

I have long been a proponent of the value of being a life-long learner. Digging into a new topic and “going deep” have been habits that I developed in high school and probably drive a lot of the work I do in the innovation space. I’m an intellectually curious and casually indiscriminate learner. I'm not necessarily a T-shaped person. More like an M-shape.

The business value of innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Our guest this week is Andrew Townley (@atownley), who has participated in #innochat for many years and is well known to many innocats. His chosen topic for this chat reflects his interest and experience in understanding how innovation activities contribute to generating business value.

Andrew helps people and organisations to implement their strategy through his business,  Archistry. He emphasises the importance of understanding capabilities, relating processes to results, and managing risk. For a sense of his approach, you might enjoy this article in which he describes the need to control processes in high performance businesses by drawing an analogy with driving a car, actually the highest performance road car available.

The language of innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 09, 2014

For some time, this topic has been lurking under the surface of our innochat conversations. Communication about innovation frequently uses terms which are assumed to be understood, are often seen as jargon, and risk carrying different meanings for different people, especially as some terms are potentially emotive.  For effective communication in any field, a language is required, consisting of elements and constructs which are sufficiently widely understood to enable their meaning to interpreted consistently.

Hopefully, this innochat get us started with that.

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