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Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

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I’ve been working with large companies and the U.S. government to help them innovate faster– not just kind of fast, but 10x the number of initiatives in 1/5 the time. A 50x speedup kind of fast. Here’s how…read full post or download MP3.

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Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

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I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.” Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of … Continue reading

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Getting to “Yes” for Corporate Innovation

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I’ve been working with Roberto, the Chief Innovation Officer of a diversified company I’ll call Sprocket Industries. I hadn’t heard from Roberto in awhile and when we caught up, it was clear his initial optimism had faded. I listened as Roberto … Continue reading

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Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

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I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At our company we have a culture that fears failure. A failed … Continue reading

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Why Corporate Skunk Works Need to Die

In the 20th century corporate skunk works were used to develop disruptive innovation separate from the rest of the company. They were the hallmark of innovative corporations. By the middle of the 21st century the only companies with skunk works will be the ones that have … Continue reading

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Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

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Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups…read full post or download MP3.

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Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

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For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace. More often than not the results of these acquisitions are disappointing. What can companies learn from others’ failed efforts … Continue reading

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ESADE Business School Commencement Speech

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President Bieto, Dean Sauquet, members of the faculty, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen….Thank you for the kind introduction. I’m honored to be at a university noted for knowledge, and in a city with 2000 years of history –  home … Continue reading

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Why Internal Ventures are Different from External Startups

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Henry Chesbrough is known as the father of Open Innovation and wrote  the book that defined the practice. Henry is the Faculty Director of the  Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, at U.C. Berkeley in the Haas Business School.  Henry and I teach … Continue reading

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Why Companies are Not Startups

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In the last few years we’ve recognized that a startup is not a smaller version of a large company. We’re now learning that companies are not larger versions of startups. There’s been lots written about how companies need to be more … Continue reading

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