Binary Yes/No questions on innovation are typically quick and here are some examples
1. When was the last time you heard an original idea for your business?
2. My people log ideas into a central system regularly?
3. I choose ideas to invest in at least once a year, a quarter or a month?
4. My review process for the portfolio includes new idea implementations?
5. We derive strategy from a family of ideas?
6. We have set criteria for all ideas based on utility, applicability, market, originality, uniqueness, costs etc.?
7. Our people know the exact business constraints within which their idea has to work?
8. We communicate these constraints on a regular basis and watch the responses?
9. We do specific campaigns for ideas periodically?
10. New idea implementation gives our people better appraisal ratings?
11. There are groups that work together on original ideas voluntarily without organizational support?
12. We are aware of these groups and consult them on specific needs
13. Our customers get ideas from our people for their needs regularly
14. Business plan meetings include at least 5% new junior people
15. Value addition is part of our commitment / contract
16. Outcomes from specific innovation exercises are available to everyone in the organization?
17. I dedicate time to look at new ideas from the field, new needs from prospects or within sales/service functions
18. My strategy is aligned to customer needs
19. My business earns 40% from new service/product lines formed less than 3 years ago
20. My leader is considered lead innovator or user for our own products
You may also choose such adjective oriented questions for specifics; usually responses are on a scale
1. Our meetings show readiness to listen to new ideas
2. We have sense of availability of resource/cash/time
3. We have past experience of failed experiments that we can leverage
4. We have measures for innovation at various levels including people/team/organization across HR/IS/Strategy/Finance functions