Software supporting the FFE and innovation effectiveness

Through this series of articles we have built a case that large organizations should invest energy in actively designing their early phase of the innovation process – the so-called “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) – in a way that delivers more meaningful and promising innovation ideas and concepts. Up till now, we have spoken about “hard facts” and “soft facts” in designing …

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 …

Frank Mattes’ view on the new SAP Innovation Management

End of July this year, SAP SE released its software for inspiring and managing the fuzzy front-end of the innovation funnel (see HERE). innovation-3’s Frank Mattes played a part in shaping the software and was hence invited to be part of the global launch event. During the event, Frank was asked on his view on the software. Here’s his statement:

Leading firms are discussing with innovation-3 about “Open Innovation inside the firm”

Open Innovation inside the firm (sometimes also called intra-firm Open Innovation) is an extremely hot topic in Central Europe. And innovation-3 is in the sweet spot of helping leading firms to use the “wisdom of the internal crowd” for driving innovation performance. In the second half of May, innovation-3 will conduct a one-day workshop on this issue with clients and …

Findings from a practitioner’s workshop on cross-industry / Big Data radical innovation

Recently, innovation-3 conducted a one-day workshop with some 30 practitioners from leading Central European firms (see HERE). We looked at how radical innovation can be achieved via a cross-industry / cross-funnel approach, by a Big Data approach and by the confluence of these two, Big Data-enabled, industry-crossing Business Model Innovations. Within this context, we focused on three main topics: Cross-industry …

Hot topic in in Central Europe: Systematic Serendipity in Open Innovation

It seems that leading Open Innovation firms in Central Europe add a new twist to their Open / Collaborative Innovation: „Systematic Serendipity“, i.e. the systematic search for „unexpected“ innovation partners and innovation corridors. We have two data points to support this thesis. Firstly, we are currently supporting a major industrial company that builds up a new unit which would be …

Findings from a practitioner’s workshop on Radical / Business Model Innovation

Recently, innovation-3 conducted a one-day workshop with some 30 practitioners from leading Central European firms (see HERE). The workshop focused on two main questions: Radical / breakthrough Innovations defined In the classical Ansoff matrix, radical (for the sake of simplicity we abandon the “breakthrough” for the rest of this article) are in the “New technology / new market or application” …

Integration of B2B customers in Open Innovation

It is now 10 years since Henry Chesbrough published his groundbreaking book on the “new  imperative for creating and profiting from technology”. A lot of insight has been generated since then about how firms could win the innovation race by leveraging the expertise of a connected world with exponentially growing and globally distributed knowledge. Probably the largest part of material …

The next frontiers of Open Innovation: Business Model Innovation, Breakthrough Innovation

On a regular basis, innovation-3 conducts cross-company workshops with clients and business friends to discuss current developments and topics in Open / Collaborative Innovation. This is a great chance for innovation-3 to validate our thoughts and project results and gives us also the opportunity to better understand where client needs are heading to. Recently we asked our ecosystem, which topics …

Collaborative Innovation Inside & Beyond the Firm – Two Worlds Become One

This year, a very interesting trend in collaborative innovation can be observed in Central Europe: The once distinct concepts of “Enterprise 2.0” and “Open Innovation” are merging. Firms are taking a holistic view on collaborative innovation and put the question about whether collaborative innovation should happen primarily within the firm’s walls or with externals out of the focus. This trend …

Three hot topics in Open Innovation for German MNCs

  “Which are the three most important hot topics in Open Innovation in which you feel the need to exchange Best and Emerging Practices?” was the question that I sent out to innovation-3’s network of clients and business friends at the beginning of November 2011. The answers to this question may not be fully representative but they give a good …

How to Make Cross-Industry, Cross-Science Innovation Work

Many companies have already discovered that breakthrough innovation needs openness to for cross-industry and cross-science approaches, and especially for new industries. The big question, the answer to which is worth millions of Euros, is how to do it. In a 16-page case study (published here) I analyzed how InnovationLab is attempting to find an answer. InnovationLab is an innovation consortium of …