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Creating a culture of Innovation

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Talk I gave at #CHARITYMEETUP on innovation at work

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Creating a culture of Innovation

  1. 1. Creating a culture of innovation in the workplace
  2. 2. Why is a culture of innovation important?
  3. 3. • You’ll make your customers happy • You can reduce waste by building more successful products • You’ll increase employee morale
  4. 4. Approaches we’ll look at to foster a culture of innovation • Defining Innovation • Cultural Attitude • People • Physical Space • Tools
  5. 5. Why does your business want to “innovate”? • To build more, faster? • To launch new features? • To explore new opportunities, new revenue streams? • To fend off competition? • To pivot the business?
  6. 6. Present people with a problem to solve, not a solution to implement
  7. 7. Cultural Attitude
  8. 8. Start conversations with “What if?”
  9. 9. Encourage those that say “I have a crazy idea”
  10. 10. Don’t wait for perfection. It never comes.
  11. 11. Invite people to innovate – don’t force it
  12. 12. Resist project management techniques
  13. 13. Embrace failure
  14. 14. Church of FAIL
  15. 15. People
  16. 16. Further reading At the core of a culture of innovation is the team
  17. 17. Innovation is not a solo sport – it’s a team game
  18. 18. Involve all facets of the business
  19. 19. Give permission for others to innovate outside of your sphere of influence
  20. 20. What makes a successful innovative team?
  21. 21. Co-located Self Sufficient Dedicated
  22. 22. People think roadmaps looks like this “When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek (TEDx)
  23. 23. Physical Space
  24. 24. Further reading
  25. 25. Hot Desk Wednesday
  26. 26. Roadmap death! People think roadmaps looks like this “You need to set up and organize so that you can do as many experiments per unit of time as possible.” – Jeff Bezos, Amazon
  27. 27. Tools
  28. 28. How people think roadmaps look…
  29. 29. The reality…
  30. 30. Pick the ones that let you experiment best
  31. 31. Things to avoid
  32. 32. Silos No colloboration Large teams
  33. 33. ANTI Collaboration
  34. 34. Avoid freezing up when overwhelmed
  35. 35. In Summary
  36. 36. 1. Develop a definition that’s right for your business 2. Build out a team with the license to innovate 3. Create a physical space that empowers them 4. Pick the right tools that work for you 5. Iterate and reflect (often)
  37. 37. Innovation lessons from Pixar http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/innovation/innovation_lessons_from_pixar_an_interview_with_oscar-winning_ How Pixar fosters collective creativity https://hbr.org/2008/09/how-pixar-fosters-collective-creativity Hello Innovation – 9 ways Pixar cultivates creative culture http://www.helloinnovation.com/blog/9-ways-pixar-cultivates-creative-culture-can/
  38. 38. Thank You

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