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October 30, 2019

The stereotypical image of start-up world is trendy young hipster types putting in the long hours and changing the world.  Then a quick game of beer pong before they ride home on their urban scooters.  The stereotypical image of the corporate innovator is a little diff...

September 30, 2019

The Design Sprint methodology, developed by Jake Knapp at Google Ventures, brings together a cross-functional team for five days and moves them from problem mapping to testing prototypes with real customers.  I have used the methodology frequently with corporate client...

July 18, 2019

The end of an intense innovation boot camp is normally heralded by the pitch panel – an opportunity to pitch your idea in five minutes to a panel of senior execs, hopefully to gain investment to explore your idea further.  Recently, on a boot camp I was introduced to t...

June 20, 2019

When I kept being told by well meaning folk in my network that I should start my own thing, I would look at them incredulously and ask who on earth would pay for an innovation consultant who lives in the Cotswolds?

So, three years on here’s a few things I have learnt ab...

May 23, 2019

While coaching on a global accelerator programme recently, one of the teams pitched to kill an idea they had been working on for the last four weeks.  In front of senior leaders from across their business, they essentially recommended their idea be killed and that they...

April 24, 2019

We recently ran an open innovation experiment bringing together Baxi Boilers and Coventry University.  It was to test to see if an online collaboration platform could deliver value for both partners. We recruited and facilitated a diverse academic crowd, hosted on the...

December 11, 2017

This was the year I finally managed to realise a long held ambition and attend my first Canvas Conference in Birmingham – a conference full of ‘insider stories from product people’ organised by the fab team at 383. I don’t really consider myself cool enough to be a ‘pr...

November 20, 2017

A guest blog from Danielle at Purple Monster, part two of a series, as we start to explore how creativity and innovation can be encouraged at an individual and team level...

There are plenty of “innovation processes” around- even though applying a process to innovation...

October 30, 2017

A guest blog from Danielle at Purple Monster, part one of a series, as we start to explore the difference between creativity and innovation and how businesses need both the right culture and a strong process to deliver....

You are invited to a meeting and you are told t...

September 29, 2017

So, you’ve developed an idea which you think is really great.   What’s your next step ? Get out of the building to find out if anybody likes it and perhaps more importantly, will anyone buy it ?

Back in the day this would have called for some sort of focus group....

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