Harvard Business Review

Zombie Projects

Zombie Projects

A recent Harvard Business Review article suggested that resources for new innovation initiatives in most companies could easily be freed up simply by killing a portion of what the authors called “Zombie Projects,” initiatives that lurk in the unsanctioned shadows of the organization. In firms without a disciplined portfolio management process, the zombies are often running the show.

Beyond the MVIS

Beyond the MVIS

Earlier this week, I recommend reading Scott Anthony’s article in the December edition of the Harvard Business Review titled, “Building an Innovation Engine in 90 Days”. The paper describes an approach to creating what the authors call a Minimum Viable Innovation System (MVIS) in a very short period of time. The main point of my earlier post was that the new Chief Innovation Officer must execute projects using the MVIS approach while building a more robust and sustainable innovation business system.

Building an MVIS

Building an MVIS

I recommend reading Scott Anthony’s article in the December edition of the Harvard Business Review titled, “Building an Innovation Engine in 90 Days”. The paper describes an approach to creating what the authors call a Minimum Viable Innovation System (MVIS) in a very short period of time. The prescribed process is very similar to what I have suggested is the appropriate initial focus of a new Chief Innovation Officer. The MVIS approach calls for identifying and executing a small number of high-impact projects with significant executive oversight using a standard venture capital investment model.

The Capitalist’s Dilemma – Scorecards

The Capitalist’s Dilemma – Scorecards

Final thoughts on Clayton Christensen’s article in the June 2014 edition of the Harvard Business Review, “The Capitalist’s Dilemma”. I encourage you to read it and think about its application in your own organization. The conclusion of the piece calls for renewing the capitalist system to overcome the collective reluctance to invest in market-creating innovation with four suggested solutions:

The Capitalist’s Dilemma – Invest Now!

The Capitalist’s Dilemma – Invest Now!

Continuing to think about Clayton Christensen’s article in the June 2014 edition of the Harvard Business Review, “The Capitalist’s Dilemma”. The article contends that investor myopia and outdated assumptions about capital being a scarce resource cause companies to underinvest in market-creating innovations that are necessary for their long-term prosperity.

The Capitalist’s Dilemma – A "Good Gut" > BASS

The Capitalist’s Dilemma – A "Good Gut" > BASS

Last week I wrote a general commentary on Clayton Christensen’s article in the June 2014 edition of the Harvard Business Review, “The Capitalist’s Dilemma”. The article contends that investor myopia and outdated assumptions about capital being a scarce resource cause companies to underinvest in market-creating innovations that are necessary for their long-term prosperity. In this post I would like to talk about spreadsheets.