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When Innovation is a Moving Target

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:41 -- KevinMcFarthing

When I was growing up in the UK of the 1970s, there was a TV game show called The Golden Shot. The final part involved a member of the audience guiding a blindfolded cameraman to line the crossbow sights up to the bullseye. “Left a bit, right a bit, up, down a bit – FIRE”. If they were lucky, the bolt would hit the middle of the target and they would win a prize.

Innovation should always have a target.....

Big or Small - Which is Best for Innovation?

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 15:40 -- KevinMcFarthing

Recently I went to the Financial Times’ FTInnovate conference in London. The conference theme was “Big vs small: which one is better?” The conference chair freely admitted that the intention was to provoke debate, not to have a fundamentalist binary position with only one right answer. And there was a lot of good discussion and debate.

Design the Right Open Innovation Project

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:54 -- KevinMcFarthing

Open Innovation is now widely recognized as a way to enhance options for innovation by accessing external assets. However it can mean many things to many people; from running a crowdsourced idea scheme like Lego Ideas or MyStarbucksIdea, through to large co-branded initiatives like Senseo.

In the middle of this spectrum lie Open Innovation joint development projects. Put simply, these are projects where two or more companies work together to launch a product or service, usually exploited in the market place by one of the partners. But these can take many forms.

What Innovation Can Learn From Science

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:51 -- KevinMcFarthing

In a recent conversation, I remarked that I used to be a scientist.  Thinking about it afterwards, I realised that was wrong.  A more accurate description was that I used to practice as a scientist, first with basic science, then the discovery and development of science-based products.  But I am still a scientist, in other words I take a scientific approach to many aspects of my work; I think like a scientist.

Innovation - Where The Desirable Meets The Possible

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:15 -- KevinMcFarthing

One of my favourite definitions of innovation comes from Andrew Hargadon – it’s about making the possible desirable and the desirable possible. It neatly encapsulates supply and demand, implying that it’s something the customer wants and the innovator can deliver. It’s where problem and solution meet.

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