Excellence in the Fuzzy Front-End – Part 2

In the first part of this article series we argued that that the scope and nature of innovation is changing. Big Data, Social Innovation, Additive Manufacturing (3D-Printing etc.) Design Thinking, Lean Start-up, etc. are becoming Good Practice in innovation management. We argued that in “making innovation things right”, i.e. in the back-end of the innovation funnel, many firms have established …

T-shaped people and their areas of expertise

A great deal of success in Open / Collaborative Innovation depends on winning the „right people“ for driving the change. Studies have shown that T-shaped experts are pivotal in this approach. We came across an interesting question in our recent project work: How does one evaluate efficiently the expertise base of an individual?” In other words: How could you efficiently …

Software for the fuzzy front-end: Focus areas and how to make it fly

Judging by Our project pipeline, leading firms are intensifying their efforts in developing the fuzzy front-end of the innovation funnel. We are currently conducting a study to better understand where things are going. First, preliminary results suggest that development efforts are targeted at This does not mean, of course that other issues such as e.g. extending the innovation ecosystem and …

How to turn breakthrough innovation ideas into innovation success

Just recently, innovation-3 had an internal workshop on “How to turn breakthrough ideas into an innovation success.” From our perspective, the search for breakthrough innovations in products, services and processes and Business Model Innovation (which surely is a breakthrough) has climbed on the top spot of the innovation agenda. We’ve got data points to support this thesis: Firstly, we’ve got …