Insights to Inspire Your Approach to Innovation in 2015

Posted by Gretchen Hoffman at 8:50 AM, January 06, 2015


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Technology zips along while everyone tries to keep up, but the reality is, keeping up is not enough. Companies are devoting more energy and resources to innovation, knowing that it’s no longer enough to want to compete with the likes of Apple – they need to BE the next Apple for true security.

And that’s a tall order. To have a shot at a breakthrough, you need to systematically innovate – leaving that next great idea to chance won’t cut it. So here are eight insights to inspire your innovation efforts in the New Year – and to put you in the right mindset for capturing these great ideas before your competitors do!

1. Risk Management No Longer Stifles Business Innovation - Risk managers and innovators might seem like unlikely bedfellows, but the two make for a winning combination. It’s important to make the distinction between simply changing (i.e. adapting to the marketplace) and true innovation, of course – creating change and driving others to adapt to change smartly is where this duo excels.

2. Five Ways to Boost Innovation Governance for Growth in 2015 - When it comes to innovation governance, “the tentative steps being taken are inconsistent with perceived value.” Companies know that innovation is the way, but they’re getting thrown off track by company politics, spread-too-thin structural distribution, and wait-and-see thinking. Here are 5 ways innovation governance can propel businesses forward in 2015.

3. Rethinking Your Innovation System - “As customer expectations grow and markets evolve more quickly, companies can’t expect to innovate in the ways they used to. Innovation models themselves need to be systematically innovated, rethought, and updated.” By treating innovation as a strategy requiring a system of its own, you limit loss of both time and revenue that might result from a less organized approach. With nuggets like “Fail fast and fail cheap” and “institutionalize IP” this is a must-read.

4. Innovation Comes in 4 Shades of Gray - There’s more to innovation than simply developing new products. Knowing where else to focus your attention, and what kind of results you wish to yield, can make innovation efforts that much more worthwhile. So can trying new approaches. Because as Larry Myler says, “The enemy of improvement is the deeply rooted notion that because ‘we’ve always done it this way,’ we should just continue to do so.”

5. The CIO’s Choice: Adapt or Fail - As varying technologies emerge, shift and change, and innovation becomes a priority, CIOs are being challenged to be flexible enough to adapt to the constant changes coming their way, as well as being able to predict the future and assess how best to prepare for what WILL come.

6. Inventing Products is Less Valuable Than Inventing Ideas - Inventing a new product is great, but what’s even better is running with the idea BEHIND the product and creating an entire field of products, or a new lifestyle for people to embrace. Think of the transition from iPod to iPhone to iPad and you’ve got the idea. Now how do you duplicate it?

7. Most Companies Fail to Invest in Sustainable Innovation - With the average lifespan of a company on the S&P 500 shrinking by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years (and projected to decrease further), “innovation” needs to be more than just a buzzword. Companies need to commit, invest, and have an actual plan for sustaining, or they could find themselves on the extinct list down the road.

8. Crowdsourcing Gains Enterprise Credibility - Lacking innovation resources? Look beyond the typical sources to your followers and prospects to offer insight and ideas. It’s working for Coca-Cola, NASA and others.

Like everything else, innovation success requires focus and planning and routine checks along the way. Keep at it and your chances improve exponentially.

Do you have a system in place for innovation? Let us know what’s working and what isn’t!

And to inspire you even further, check out 7 Must Haves for Achieving Innovation Management ROI.


10 Articles That Redefined Innovation in 2014

Posted by Gretchen Hoffman at 12:51 PM, January 05, 2015

10 Articles That Redefined Innovation in 2014


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Smart enterprises know that innovation is the holy grail of success, especially in the current technological landscape. It’s not enough to succeed on your current merits – you’ve got to redefine the industry you’re part of, redefine your product, or redefine your customers’ experience. And these ten articles helped redefine the innovation space in 2014. And in case you missed them, we’re sharing them here so you can start 2015 on the right foot!

1. 12 Innovation Lessons for 2014 (They’re Still Relevant) - All businesses can learn from understanding the latest innovation trends, especially when these trends are illustrated by real-world examples like Google, Phillips and more. Where do you want to be? Figure it out by following the lead of companies who are already there.

2. Data Science Handbook: 3 Tips for Becoming a Data Scientist - Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about data science in one place, from some of the field’s most prominent voices:

 

  • DJ Patil, co-coiner of the term “data scientist” - “Data Science is a team sport”

 

  • Michelangelo D’Agostino, formerly of Obama 2012’s data team - “[You have to] figure out how to push through and not be frustrated when something doesn’t work, because things just don’t work most of the time.”

 

  • Clare Corthell, creator of “The Open Source Data Science Masters” - “In the end, the greatest reward … came from what taking a risk demonstrated about me.”

 

3. Running Your Company at 2 Speeds - “Digitization has led to bifurcated competition that challenges monolithic corporate structures. A two-speed approach to architecture will help companies navigate what’s likely to be a tricky period of transition.” Having trouble deciding what should be fast-tracked and what can wait? This will help.

4. Global Innovation Barometer Insights - How many executives believe that collaborative innovation activities drive revenue and profit? What are the barriers standing in the way? How many companies are executing key drivers they believe result in successful innovation? The answers to these questions (and more) are answered in this infographic by GE - and some of them may surprise you.

5. You Are Not Late - While it might seem like we are fully entrenched in our digitized lives, we are merely at the threshold of all that is possible. Innovators have an open playing field to create all that we’ll take for granted in the next few decades. Don’t waste the opportunity – it’s not too late. Promise.

6. Inside Shell’s Gamechanger Program - “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.” Shell’s Russ Conser quotes Charles Dickens to illustrate the general idea behind the Gamechanger program – which is to offer innovators the opportunity to “experiment” with their ideas in a safe place to discover if they have something worth pursuing further. “Some of the people who are most innovative and entrepreneurial just can’t help themselves when they get out of bed in the morning. They want to change the world… So we offer them a place to do that.”

7. How EBITDA Is Killing Enterprise Tech Innovation - Innovation requires a degree of risk, but taken too far could spell disaster for even the mightiest of companies. Tech is moving fast, but tech alone does not equal growth. Who will step up to lead this movement against EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization)? It should be you!

8. A Desirable-Future Haiku - Whatever future we envision for ourselves, it begins now with innovations we’ve yet to imagine. If you can’t quite see it, don’t worry – with a little help from some Twitter users, Kevin Kelly now can. He’ll tell you all about it.

9. Clayton Christensen vs. Jill Lepore and the Debate on Disruption - Is Innovation merely disruption of the status quo? And is this disruption a good, or bad, thing? The debate between Christensen and Lepore is like a reality show for innovation junkies…

10. Top 40 Innovation Bloggers. - And no top list would be complete without a nod to the innovation bloggers who create and share the content that keeps the conversation moving – and advancing. Check out the contenders for the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2014 and then check out past years’ influencers while you’re at it!

Whatever your thoughts on innovation, it never hurts to look at things from a new angle – some would argue that’s how innovation happens – and see what shakes out. And listening to some of the greatest thinkers on the subject is never a bad idea regardless!

What inspired you to do something differently in 2014?

And check out this bonus article on how Cisco uses Brightidea to improve innovation across their business.


10 Innovation Predictions to Heat Up Your Secret Sauce to Success in 2015

Posted by Gretchen Hoffman at 8:44 AM, January 02, 2015


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Innovation is the lifeblood of business. You need to harness it to stay ahead. And in 2015, we expect these ten changes will figure prominently in the innovation space. Are you ready to the meet these challenges?

1. Programs will require ever-greater flexibility. Innovation programs will be expected to offer ever-greater flexibility to meet the needs of stakeholders to crowdsource solutions.

2. Wider adoption of innovation programs. More businesses will recognize the need for harnessing innovation, as the process becomes unweildly for those successfully (somehow) keeping it in together now.

3. Fierce competition to innovate faster. Businesses lacking innovation programs will experience greater frustration this coming year, as their competitors will beat them to market with similar ideas.

4. 24/7 Global innovation. Global innovation will become more coordinated, offering 24/7 collaborative insight across time zones.

5. Investor confidence tied to accelerated innovation. Companies hoping to compete, but lacking a collaborative innovation option, will continue to fail fast, but will find it harder to recover investor confidence and push forward to the next idea.

6. Innovation management leader given larger budgets, and expected to show rapid results. Savvy businesses will increasingly budget for innovation management teams and “innovation” will be built in to all job functions enterprise-wide. And innovation teams will be expected to demonstrate ROI faster.

7. Data scientists will drive innovation program needs. Some predictions around increasing importance/need for data scientists to consider here: 2015 and the Data Scientist: 5 Key Predictions.

8. Companies will start running their own Hackathons. As more businesses push to innovate faster, they will use the Hackathon model to drive rapid prototyping and break down internal barriers to development of new ideas.

9. Innovation programs managers get seat at table. Over the past few years, companies have been building small, centralized Innovation teams. 2015 will see the emergence of dedicated roles in that team break out and become more influential in their companies.

10. Innovation software will be a key differentiator! As software dedicated to driving innovation in companies continues to advance, it will reach a tipping point in its functionality – and it will drive cultural change in the organization (without the need for consultants to support it).

Do you agree with this list? Did we miss any? Share YOUR predictions in the comments!

And get your complimentary copy of The Forrester Wave: Innovation Management Tools Report to learn more ways to accelerate innovation processes and programs.


The Innovation Station with Kati Stutsman of Catamaran

Posted by Kate Pietrelli at 9:29 AM, November 19, 2014

At Birds of a Feather 2014, Brightidea discussed innovation management with Kati Stutsman, Business Analyst with Catamaran. Kati believes that communication is not only one of the most challenging elements of running a successful innovation program, but it's also one of the most rewarding pieces of the process for both the innovation team and the employees. The program leverages social communication tools as well as lots of video to trigger energy and excitement within employees for their program.

Catamaran runs the Innovation Station, their corporate innovation program using the Brightidea platform. The objective of their program is to crowdsource ideas from employees across the organization and manage those ideas in the way that's most effective. Catamaran operates their program from a relatively small dedicated team, like many innovation teams today, which includes a Director of Innovation Strategy responsible for ensuring that the team is focused on the right initiatives, and an Innovation Program Manager responsible for ensuring the Challenges are run on a timely basis. Collectively, the team focuses on ensuring that they're building relationships across the organization with key stakeholders.

Kati's team has quickly found that participation ultimately comes down to communication. Not only how they communicate to employees and to the executive teams -- and this can include anything from new Challenges and opportunities to recognition, metrics and more -- but then turning this into a two-way conversation, such that employees feel comfortable and safe innovating within the company. One of the big initiatives that The Innovation Station is focused on right now is recognition at the corporate level, integrating with HR recognition programs and ensuring that when people bring good ideas to the table, they're recognized. Innovation doesn't happen just within an innovation department, it happens companywide on the smallest level to the highest level.

Communication is not only one of the most challenging, but most rewarding pieces of the process. Not only for their innovation program management team, but also for the employees. The Catamaran team is finding that social media features within Brightidea as well as video are effective tools for communicating with employees. Kati finds that video pushes the energy and excitement for employees, and that they leverage the medium to drive inspiration and engagement to make something actionable.

Like many innovation teams, Catamaran's innovation team is a small group of less than five members. As a small team, they're starting with achieving quick wins. Kati notes that once you get the quick wins under your belt, the innovation team builds credibility in the organization, sustainability, and the ability to replicate and be actionable moving forward. The Innovation Station will continue to focus on turning quick wins into larger objectives and bigger results.

Stay tuned for more insightful innovation presentations from Birds of a Feather 2014.


Introducing The SHOP – Innovating From the Inside Out with Jeff Ferreira-Pro of VSP Global

Posted by Kate Pietrelli at 9:39 AM, September 12, 2014

Jeff Ferreira-Pro, Idea Curator at one-stop vision shop VSP Global’s innovation lab, The SHOP, addressed our audience at Birds of a Feather 2014, and we’ve made the video available for you to watch, here.

VSP Global is much more than an insurance and healthcare company that offers vision care to 64 million Americans. They also manufactured 3 million pairs of glasses last year, developed management software for optometrists, and launched a fashion company making stylish eyewear.

Jeff’s group launched The SHOP last year as a VSP-owned startup with the independence to pursue what the eyewear and vision care industry will look like in the next 10-15 years.

VSP’s units are divided into discrete silos, like 5 different companies, that Jeff and The SHOP are working to bring together for crowdsourcing innovation, using Brightidea. They began seeking areas of opportunity for disrupting the retail eyewear industry in the age of online shopping.

The SHOP believes wearable technology is the wave of the future and VSP is producing Diane Furstenberg prescription glasses with Google Glass. Their partnership with Google Glass spawned a tenfold increase in visits on their employment website, displaying the value of marketing and partnering with strong brands.

Alternative manufacturing is another area where they see great potential, embracing 3D printing and dynamic manufacturing to meet unpredictable demand. New technology such as mobile retinal scans and mobile prescriptions, might be seen as threats to VSP’s traditional business model, but The SHOP is working to embrace these new technologies and capitalize on them.

Their innovation program employs a cross-organizational team, with ideas divided into disruptive ideas, challenging ideas, and straightforward ideas. The straightforward ideas come organically, without the need for The SHOP. For the others, The SHOP employs a top down, bottom up, middle out structure that draws on resources from all departments, at all levels of the company to inspire innovation. They have seen positive response from including groups not traditionally associated with innovation, such as finance.

They facilitated eyewear manufacturing by having each unique prescription pair of glasses tagged with a smartphone-activated LED, so that each can be easily located on the assembly line, reducing costs by eliminating the need for five full-time “finders.” This innovation doesn’t just come from The SHOP. By sourcing ideas from across the organization, such as from these “finders,” they are able to get innovation from those working in the trenches.

These steps have created a thriving innovation program at VSP Global. What’s up next for The SHOP? Implementing a program to track and record their successes and failures to learn from their past mistakes. They are also defining new metrics to track disruptive ideas, which don’t lend themselves well to traditional metrics.

Stay tuned for more insightful innovation presentations from Birds of a Feather 2014.


Announcing Brightidea Fall 2014: Our Most Comprehensive Platform Release Ever

Posted by Steve Bell at 10:25 AM, September 09, 2014

We told you it was coming, and now it's here! Today, on the anniversary of the first day we opened our doors, we're pleased to announce the Fall 2014 release. The culmination of thousands of developer hours and private beta testing, Brightidea's Fall 2014 release is our most feature-rich platform release in company history.

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The focus of the Fall 2014 Release is on delivering the world’s most flexible innovation platform for people-powered innovation. Recognizing that your corporate innovation needs are as diverse and unique as your people, the Brightidea platform offers the broadest set of capabilities to support a spectrum of innovation programs and processes, including crowdfunding, open innovation, new product development, public challenges, and dedicated innovation teams.

With this massive flexibility, organizations now have a single platform for all their collaborative innovation needs, whether your programs are simple or advanced, new or mature, external or internal, time-boxed or ongoing. Most importantly, the Brightidea platform will adapt as your innovation needs evolve over time.

Here are some of the key highlights of our Fall 2014 Release:

Next Generation Workflow
Years in development, this new configurable workflow is the keystone to the Platform’s unprecedented flexibility. With the new workflow, you can configure a complete end-to-end process that aligns with your existing innovation use case, whatever it is.

At first glance you might recognize the design as similar to an agile task board. The concept is similar, but instead of moving tasks from left to right to completion, you are moving ideas through a completely customizable evaluation and selection process.

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The new workflow gives you the power and flexibility to configure and manage each step and stage in the process. Want a second round of Scorecarding? Add it in. Need to include a Crowdfunding step? Add it with a click. Want to further refine top ideas? Drop in a Development step. It’s that easy.

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You can drag and drop ideas from step to step, or use our Rules Engine, which brings us to the next feature enhancement.

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Enhanced Rules Engine
The platform’s Rules Engine has been integrated with the new workflow, providing new automation capabilities. You can now 
automatically advance ideas based on a rule being met. For example, auto-graduate an idea from the Initial Screening step to the Scorecarding step if the screening score average is 6 or greater.

 

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New Crowdfunding Feature
Crowdfunding is a hot topic. These days you can crowdfund anything from movies to restaurants to new business ventures – and, of course, ideas.

With the world’s most powerful collaborative innovation platform designed to crowdsource the best ideas, it just made sense for us to develop the next logical step in the process – crowdsource project funding. In fact, experience has shown us that a sure fire way for an innovation project to hit a roadblock is when the project funding becomes a hot potato in the organization.

With our new Crowdfunding feature, you can now source financial investment from across internal business units to launch key projects.

Quickly transform the Brightidea platform from the voting process to the crowdfunding process with the click of a Setup button. Once enabled, a new area in the Post Idea section is added to include the idea funding duration and goal.

Funding stats can be displayed in the View Idea page using the “Funding Stats” widget, as well as in Idea Boards, as shown below.

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Crowdfunding is an exciting new platform addition to the end-to-end innovation cycle, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it helps our customers take the best ideas across the finish line to successful implementations and outcomes.

New Idea Prioritization Tools
Innovation programs often stall because organizations don’t have the tools or processes to evaluate, shortlist, and select the best ideas from the many that have been gathered. This is a common occurrence for companies that have tried to build homegrown “innovation portals” with general-purpose tools like SharePoint. By focusing only on the front end, you end up with a big suggestion box full of ideas and no effective way to sort through and select the best ones.

Since companies have varied evaluation processes, we’ve augmented our existing evaluation tools with several new tools, giving people the broadest choice of methods to shortlist and ultimately select the best opportunities. Here’s what’s new:


This new prioritization tool is particularly useful when you are working with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to help evaluate ideas. With the recognition that a SME’s time is valuable and limited, Single Scale allows you to engage them early on in the process to facilitate efficient, scalable idea screening.

The process is straightforward: SMEs who are assigned a Single Scale action item simply rate ideas on a scale of 1 to 7 with the click of a button.

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Through a new Manage dashboard, the Challenge Manager can track screening completion, send reminders, re-assign screening tasks, and advance ideas to the next step in the evaluation. As mentioned above, idea advancement can also be fully automated through our Rules Engine.

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Stack Rank
Stack ranking is a common method for evaluating ideas relative to one another. In essence, you determine the order of a list of ideas from best to worst.

With the new Stack Rank tool, the Challenge Manager sends an action item to a list of people who will place a set of ideas in a stack rank order via a simple drag-and-drop.

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As with the other evaluation tools, a new Manage dashboard shows the ranking progress, each “ranker’s” result, the average score for each idea, and provides the ability to move the idea forward to the next step.

Pairwise
Pairwise comparison is typically an alternative to stack ranking. With the Pairwise feature, the evaluator is presented with two promising ideas at a time, and simply selects the one they like best. They are then presented with the next pair of ideas, and so on. Through this process an algorithm ranks the ideas.

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Idea Development
It is very rare that an idea in its original form makes it all the way through to selection. More typically, top ideas go through further iteration and refinement. The new idea development feature allows you to add a Develop step to your workflow. When an idea advances into a Develop step, an action item will automatically go out to that idea submitter requesting more information. The request is presented in the form of questions, which can be short form, long form, drop down, checkbox, or attachment formats.

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End-to-End Dashboard
With a platform designed to manage the end-to-end innovation process, it’s important to have actionable business insight every step of the way. This new E2E Dashboard gives the Innovation Program Manager insight on overall pipeline performance. The configurable Dashboard is designed to display key statistics to judge how well a challenge or other pipeline is performing. You can select which top indicators you want to have displayed.

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These are just a few of the highlights of the Brightidea Fall 2014 release. For more information about the Brightidea platform view our website at brightidea.com.

For Brightidea customers, don’t forget to sign up for the Brightidea What’s New Webinar on September 24th, where we’ll provide a more detailed overview of the release, including live demos of some of these exciting new capabilities. Email invitations will be going out on September 10.


Julianna Benedick of Panasonic Discusses Their Innovation Program, SPARKZ

Posted by Kate Pietrelli at 8:33 AM, August 12, 2014

Brightidea took some time at Birds of a Feather to speak with Julianna Benedick, Director of Marketing for Panasonic, about the structure and breadth of Panasonic’s Brightidea-powered innovation program.

Julianna feels strongly that innovation functions best as a democratic process, and that mantra was employed right down to their program’s name, SPARKZ. The program relied on input from all levels of their organization to build a brand identity, starting with the name, color scheme, and communications platform.

SPARKZ is centralized in the operations arm of Panasonic’s marketing department, but they are working to expand collaborative innovation to other departments, so they play a role in managing the process. Heavily involving other departments furthers Julianna’s goal of creating a democratic innovation program that spans the entire organization, even seeking input from their ace sales force, the Shark Team.

In addition to drawing on the collective knowledge of the organization, SPARKZ is also designed to serve the entire company, facilitating innovation in all departments, from marketing to supply-chain.

They have seen that, using this wide-reaching approach, small teams of only a few people can achieve greater innovation by creating departmental challenges and leveraging the fresh views of others.

To achieve their desired results, Julianna has learned from experience that it is critical to have iron-clad back-end processes in place to handle ideation and leverage the knowledge of the entire organization, with persons in various departments having ownership of individual pieces.

Watch the full video and hear what Julianna has to say on running innovation at Panasonic.

Stay tuned for more great Birds of a Feather 2014 presentations and insights.


Nielsen Case Study on Achieving Innovation Program Success

Posted by Kate Pietrelli at 11:52 AM, July 29, 2014

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Nielsen is the definitive brand in worldwide market intelligence and consumer media viewership information. As new media technologies developed quickly in the second decade of the new millennium, Nielsen faced the challenge of an increasingly complex innovation program and the inability to effectively manage its ideas. Their innovation program desperately needed some innovation. They sought a better way to track and visualize their innovation program in visible and accessible metrics, and increase employee participation.

Nielsen enlisted the help of Brightidea to develop a dynamic and autonomous, yet still intuitive, platform for idea management. They wanted a system that was so simple that users from any background and skillset could operate it without prior training. In restructuring its innovation process, Nielsen created one dedicated group for the entire company, with three program managers who provided each business unit with a roadmap of optimized innovation guidelines and direction. Brightidea implemented a WebStorm building platform for Nielsen, on which employees and customers are encouraged to submit ideas on specified topics and objectives, or “Challenges.” Managers evaluate submissions and drive participation by hosting 10-15 incentive Challenges at any given time. Employees and customers are reassured that their voice is being heard with regular updates to the status of their Challenge.

Over time, Nielsen has achieved widespread adoption of the program, churning out over 500 highly qualified idea submissions per quarter. Product development Challenges have already produced multiple ideas that are in the incubation or proof of concept stages. The “Cycle Time” Challenge was particularly effective at reducing development hours, thereby reducing costs and increasing revenue. In 2013, the “Cycle Time” Challenge saved Nielsen over four million employee hours, across all teams.

Looking forward, Nielsen plans to further restructure their innovation program to focus on critical business areas, including revenue, measurable quality enhancements, productivity and long-term sustainability.

For the complete case study download here: Nielsen case study.


New Features To Make The IPM’s Job Easier

Posted by Steve Bell at 10:34 AM, July 24, 2014

While the Product and Engineering teams are heads-down working on our big Fall 2014 release, we’re still rolling out great new features as part of our agile approach. We continue to focus our efforts on making the job easier for Innovation Program Managers, with features that improve operational efficiency and flexibility.

In case you missed any of them, here are highlights of some of the more significant features, many in response to customer requests.

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When we rolled out Idea Boards earlier this year, the response was tremendous. This new “Pinterest-style” visual view made ideas really pop and drive engagement. After getting feedback that not every customer took the time to upload images for each idea, we decided to take it to the next level by giving more idea image control to the challenge administrator.

With this new beta feature, challenge admins can assign images to each Idea Category, so that if an idea submitter didn’t add an image to his/her idea, the default category image will be automatically added based on the idea’s particular category.

We also added the option to disable the idea submitter’s ability to add their own image if Category Images are enabled.

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Reputation Points for Idea Status Changes

Reputation points are an important tool for motivating employees and recognizing their contribution - not only for idea creation, but also for participating in the community conversation around other ideas.

We’ve added the capability for reputation points to be automatically added when an idea status is changed by the administrator or a Rules Engine rule.

For example, if a business rule triggers the advancement of an idea from ‘Reviewed’ to ‘Shortlisted’, the relevant reputation points would be automatically applied to the idea contributor. The thought being that the individual should be recognized for a contribution that clearly has value.

The reputation point updates are automatically reflected in the User Stats widget, Leaderboard widget, Manage user interface, and User Activity report.

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Copy Ideas Across WebStorms

Another new capability that improves efficiency is the new beta ability to copy one or more ideas from one WebStorm to another one. This eliminates “recreating the wheel” in certain cases. For example, you might have a process improvement idea for one department that could apply to other departments. Instead of submitting the idea three or four times it can be copied instead.

From the Actions dropdown in the WebStorm Admin grid, administrators are given the option to copy attachments, votes, comments, extra submission questions, and any additional information.

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Mobile Challenges List

As the Brightidea mobile app continues to gain tremendous acceptance, we’ve received great customer feedback around additional features. One such new feature is the ability to create a mobile challenge list.

Until now, the same challenges have been displayed on both Web and mobile. With this new feature, IPMs have the flexibility to check whether a challenge is Web only, mobile only, or both in the visual challenge widget. As an example, a company might want to run a public challenge to customers via their mobile devices.

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We’ve also made efficiency enhancements and across-the-board performance improvements to the Brightidea platform so that you’ll experience faster search and page loads, including:

  • Enterprise search performance improvement up to 200%.
  • Enterprise Setup page performance improvement up to 48%.
  • Enterprise Admin setup page performance improvement up to 50%.
  • WebStorm setup page performance improvement up to 50%.
  • WebStorm Admin page performance improvement up to 13%.
  • SwitchBoard page performance improvement up to 11%.

That’s the lowdown for July. Stay tuned for more details on the Fall 2014 release coming in September.


Jacqueline Krain of Pearson Global Talks Innovation Management with Brightidea

Posted by Kate Pietrelli at 9:17 AM, July 23, 2014

We sat down with Jacqueline Krain, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Pearson Global, for a few insightful minutes at this year’s Birds of a Feather event at Quicken Loans and discussed her experiences with Brightidea and innovation management.

Pearson Global first established their IDEA innovation program four years ago to gestate the full life-cycle progression of an idea from seed to fruit. Their task was to develop an innovation program for global clinical assessment, throughout their twelve intercontinental presences. The program had to manage innovation of their core intellectual property across their varied learning-product lines and services.

Paving the way for their innovation overhaul, Pearson underwent a restructuring last year, which included establishing the role of Vice President of New Business and Innovation, overseeing both a business incubator and innovation strategy. With efficacy the ultimate concern, Jacqueline and her innovation team established a critical framework of dimensions and attributes, which they integrated with the scorecarding and proposal features of Brightidea.

Initially, Pearson had previously depended on many discrete silos. After the restructuring, people from different silos did not know how to work together in the new environment. Fortunately, Brightidea facilitated collaboration in the new organization by connecting disparate functions within the company and different geographies for idea sharing on different calls-to-action.

Amongst many of the other benefits of using an innovation management solution, Jacqueline and stakeholders recognize that Brightidea has helped Pearson immensely with scaling of their program across the organization.

What does the future hold for Pearson’s IDEA program? Down the road, Jacqueline foresees that Brightidea’s scorecarding feature will help bridge the gap between qualitative and quantitative data. She also expressed an interest in employing the capability maturity and innovation maturity models discussed by Cisco at Birds of a Feather this year, and intends to integrate Kaizen and Six Sigma strategies with their innovation process.

After four years with Brightidea software in place, Jacqueline concludes that creativity, art and science are the core of innovation and in order to effectively manage ideation, you must have the appropriate discipline and structure in place.

Stay tuned to the Brightidea blog for more insights from the 2014 Birds of a Feather Innovation Leaders event.


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