Innovation Portfolio

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.

Innovation Measures #6 – Resource Productivity

Innovation Measures #6 – Resource Productivity

The overloaded development pipeline is a chronic problem in innovation. Over the past five years, resources have been a consistent constraint on our ability to deliver growth from innovation. If resources continue to be the bottleneck, then we should seek ways to maximize the value we can create with each unit of resource capacity.

Innovation Measures #2 - Development Cycle Time

Innovation Measures #2 - Development Cycle Time

The total amount of time required to turn an idea into a marketable product varies dramatically – and it should. Some ideas take longer to percolate while others need to simmer some while a market for them matures. Measuring total cycle time is not very meaningful nor helpful for the Chief Innovation Officer.

The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days

I hope it is not obvious to you that I am running behind on my writing. This post should have come out a couple of weeks ago when I first read an article on the Harvard Business Review website titled, “The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan” by Scott Anthony and Robyn Bolton of Innosight.

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: