Innovation QI

Building Your Innovation Team: Jobs, Roles and Proficiencies

A large, global company was reconstituting its corporate innovation team after a period of massive and intense reorganization involving all aspects of the business. The key innovation stakeholders were given what was essentially a blank sheet upon which to design and build a corporate innovation system that would drive transformational […]


The State of Innovation 2016 – 2017

It’s the time of year for those of us of with a forecasting bent to opine on the state of innovation practice and what’s to come in 2017. We don’t claim to have perfect insight, but our reading and research, our participation in multiple innovation conferences, and our work with […]


Breaking Through: A Mindset for Business Transformation

What do you do if you are a business leader who needs to drive significant growth in your business but realizes that sticking close to your core, despite its current success, is not going to be sufficient? How do you break the bonds of company orthodoxy that are, quite frankly, […]


Developing New Eyes: Discovering Opportunities in a Well-trodden Domain

This tale represents a composite account of several real client project experiences Inovo has had over the past three years. This tale is told in the first person to share the experience that we’ve seen many times, through our clients’ eyes. If you see yourself in this situation, then know that […]


Insights from the Yearly Strategic Innovation Conference

At the 6th annual Strategic Innovation Summit on September 19-20, twenty individuals came together to collaborate on identifying and solving the most pressing innovation issues their companies face. Here is a glimpse of what happened at this year’s summit. Culture What are the unwritten rules that inhibit innovation in your […]


Creating an Innovation System: The Intersection of Strategy, R&D and Business Development

A major US company is currently in the process of getting rid of their large corporate R&D group. They are moving all of the scientists and engineers into the Business Units. Over 50 years of R&D tradition is being disrupted. What could go wrong? Looking closer at the rationale for […]


When it Comes to Innovation Strategy, We’re All Below Average

With apologies to Garrison Keillor and Lake Wobegon where ‘all the children are above average’, when it comes to innovation strategy, it’s safe to say ‘we are all below average’. An explanation is in order. A survey of innovation experts (leaders and team members of innovation groups) at 55 large […]


Predictive Testing of Opportunities

An innovative growth opportunity presents itself to a company. Should it be pursued? What is the likelihood of success? Despite decades of struggling with these questions, companies still find them very difficult to answer. Over the past two decades, many advances in innovation theory, processes, methods and tools have been […]


Do Your Really Have an Innovation Strategy?

Innovation Strategy Your company has a strategy and a strategic plan and you probably go through a yearly exercise to create this year’s ‘strat plan’. So how is an innovation strategy different from a business strategy and why does it matter? Innovation strategy is simply the way companies plan their […]


Your Portfolio is telling You Something. Are you Listening?

“One of the most important challenges of any large and complex organization being the balancing act between low, medium and high risk projects with the portfolio. … only about 10% are truly innovative. … about 80% of the new value creation comes from the innovative launches.” – Stephen King, Portfolio […]