The American Institute for Innovation Excellence is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization organized as a professional research “think tank.”
Under this organizational framework, the AIIE limits and dedicates its operations to promoting innovation excellence, for the exclusive and charitable benefit of government agencies, corporate entities and the greater good, through research, development, education and publication within the following focus areas:
Innovation Management Best/Next Practices Development Innovation Management Maturity Concepts Innovation Execution Delivery Methodologies Portfolio, Program and Project Execution Models Innovation, Idea and Creativity Concept Education and Training
Is Phase-Gate The Right Tool For The Job? Research Question(s): If the leading framework and approach for innovation management, such as phase-gate, requires such prolific modification by its professional user base, is it simply the wrong tool for the job? If the answer to question one is in the affirmative, what are some alternatives to moving beyond these linear, step-by-step process-based approaches for innovation management?
Research Approach… Review: Foundational & Historical Assessment Analysis: Challenges With Traditional Phase and Gate-Based Approaches Concept Development: The Innovation Portfolio Management Model Innovation Architecture Implementation Recommendations: Innovation Portfolio Management Model Suggested Implementation Roadmap Commonly Used Innovation Management Process Artifacts
A New Innovation Management “Value Chain” Needed a way to resolve three of the biggest pain points (and main points of failure) experienced by organizations seeking an innovation management approach: Aligning innovation approach to overall organizational strategy Strategic Alignment Review, selection and management of multiple ideas Portfolio Management Execution of individual initiatives within the portfolio Execution Management
Determines where the organization needs to be positioned for the future and how they will get there from a tactical perspective Also ensures a focus on market and environmental trends, developing responses to various potential future scenarios and observing consumer preferences and behaviors
Ensures independent assessment of market trends, research on new scientific developments, exploration of alternative uses for existing materials and encourages innovative new thinking This “blue sky” approach will ensure that thinking is not limited to strategic intent, thus ensuring an appropriate mix of risk / reward initiatives within the innovation portfolio.
Strategy and possibility are combined to ensure that the organization works on the right initiatives to maintain a growth focus and starts that work at the right time within identified near-term, mid-term and long-term time horizons.
The portfolio-based approach explores risk, places initiatives into categories that align to strategic focus areas, manages resources, sets priorities and conducts time-boxing, sequencing and duration setting functions.
The Innovation Portfolio Grid Sustaining Portfolio “Keep The Lights On” (KLO) Activity Maintenance Support Incremental Portfolio Continuous Improvement / Lean Activities Line Extensions Feature Releases New Concept Development – Breakthrough Portfolio Existing market “game changers” New Concept Development – Disruptive Portfolio New / Adjacent market “game changers”
The Innovation Portfolio Grid (cont’d) A “Place Your Bets” D B F C E G
Circular feedback loop between Execution and Portfolio Development, ensures that the individual efforts being managed within portfolio remain aligned to the appropriate overall strategic portfolio focus areas and time horizons.
Day-to-day project operations are planned, executed, monitored and controlled. Monitoring and reporting make up the main feedback mechanisms utilized to ensure the initiatives either continue toward delivery or take some other action to change course.