Last week saw us in NYC running our Innovation Architect course. We had a good turnout with participants from a number of interesting organisations. There was lots of good input and the feedback was extremely positive.
One of the subjects of heated debate was innovation strategy. Did a company need an innovation strategy? What purpose would it serve and how would you articulate it? The group was divided initially but with some probing on basic issues – what is the objective of your innovation? is it a top priority for top management? is it limited in scope or should it be limited? – and so on, we started to get some consensus that, firstly, few companies had an innovation strategy and, secondly, articulating what that strategy might be would focus innovation initiatives.
Other hot topics included positioning the innovation with stakeholders, evaluating ideas, and scaling local innovations. Every course brings a new piece of the puzzle.