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Innovation processes and an innovation discussion in Dallas

unlocking innovation.pngI was asked by the Dallas SIM chapter if I could provide a presentation related to innovation. The presentation was titled:  Innovation - Driven by Conflict.

 

The presentation was focused on all the conflict that IT organizations need to deal with today and the role innovation has in overcoming the conflict and unlocking value.

 

As part of the research for this effort, Kas Kasravi provided me a list 34 innovation methods.

 

 

In the presentation I talked about TRIZ and how a method like this actually looks for conflict and innovative solutions from other industries or applications.

At the end of the presentation I provided a list of lessons learned:

  • Innovation is a continuous process and not a single event
  • Innovation requires just enough discipline and rigorous execution but not so much as to stifle creativity
  • Measurement is critical(both to understand what you expect as well as what actually happened)
  • To be successful, innovation requires open and honest dialog and assessment of current state and opportunities

 

We then broke into a discussion facilitated by Leon Kappelman where each table brought forward their best innovative examples as well as situations that prevented innovation.

 

Items like working on pilot projects that matter and have executive support were common across many tables. Also the fact that sometimes innovative teams need to be separated from the normal business functions in order for them to incubate and thrive came out a few times.

 

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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