As stated by Jan Martijn Everts in the blog ‘You get what you give’, senior management and sponsorship are important aspects of running successful Idea Challenges. There is no arguing about that. Management support and sponsorship are a necessity for the initiative itself. But should senior management also visibly participate in the online Idea Challenge…

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More and more organisations are implementing DevOps way of working. This means that a product’s development is being done by the same team that does the operations of this product. What does this mean for prioritizing the work within the team? It concerns different types of work with different goals. In order to make the…

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Do you know the feeling that when you are looking for novel or radical ideas every time you do an ideation session amongst your employees the winning ideas are incremental ones? In our business we sometimes see Idea Challenge being organised that aim for novel ideas but eventually end up with a selection of the…

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In contradiction to what many people think, Idea Challenges are not about getting, they are about giving. Your employees will not automatically start sharing great, useful and relevant ideas to your organisational needs. As an organisation, you must give a lot before you get anything at all. And I do not mean prizes or money.…

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All organisations face one or more challenges they need to tackle. Some have decreasing markets due to the crisis and need to cut costs, while others are looking for other ways to serve existing or new customers. Your organisation is probably also facing a number of challenges. To gather possible solutions for your challenges, crowdsourcing…

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Starting and growing a community for your employees, clients or suppliers for innovation is not as easy as “just setting up a forum-like website and communicating the website-location to the participants”. Online communities are not simply tools that you can switch ON and then wait for the ‘all important’ knowledge-sharing to happen. Fortunately, there are only two basic principles that need to be covered.

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A few weeks ago I read a question on Innovation Excellence from someone who wanted to know the best way to improve the quality of ideas generated across the organisation. Several answers were given but none of them seemed to really satisfy. All answers ticked a few of the right boxes but there wasn’t one that ticked them all.

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