Sample Innovation Services

What I wrote last week is true of any service, not just innovation service. So I just re framed what I have encountered as innovation services as a list below. Obviously words like facilitation or workshops is missing, but I am sure you will get the drift.

· Idea Generation

o Large number of ideas to choose, merge and conceptualize

o Usable, realistic, futuristic concepts

o Simple situated methods for practice

· Rapid Prototyping

o Demonstrating ideas

o Cost estimates for concepts/ideas

· Consulting

o Process set up

o Leadership mentoring and coaching

· Probe

o Ongoing measurement of outcomes and action impact

o Survey design

· Intrapreneurship Program Management or may be managing internal venture funds


Life of an Idea not Lifecycle

For reasons that are, probably historic lifecycle has become a word without life (a dead process), may be my earlier life in IBM did this to me, without my being aware of it.

For ideas we don’t need a system to support the innovation lifecycle or other point of no returns, we need warm bodies that will breathe life into ideas.

Life comes with indicators like ‘react and sustain’, ‘grow’, ‘respond to stimuli’, ‘reproduce’, and all the rest of life’s richness, not a status and a workflow.

Think twice if you are in innovation management before you get on a new assignment to consolidate idea platforms or building governance around innovation or making innovation social with your organization.