Nike, Microsoft, and the NFL Tackle Innovation

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What do Nike, SG Helmets, and Microsoft have in common? They are driving innovation in the products used by players and coaches in the National Football League (NFL). Although the game itself hasn’t changed dramatically over the years, today’s players in the NFL can play in greater comfort and safety, thanks in part to 2014 Edison Award winners: Nike (an APQC member) and SG Helmets.

Success Rate and Profits of Innovation at Top Performers (Infographic)

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Any organization developing a new product or service wants to ensure that it gets a successful and profitable project in return for its investment. But what kind of success rate and profit amount should organizations aim for? APQC recently partnered with Stage-Gate International to study how leading organizations perform on their innovation projects.

The Top Driver of Innovation Performance (Infographic)

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Organizations that are successful at product or service innovation have worked to make this a critical capability within the enterprise. These organizations have recognized that innovation done right can lead to a competitive advantage within their markets. Organizations looking to achieve similar success with innovation often need a starting point.

What Great Innovative Companies Have in Common

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I recently talked to Claude Legrand, managing partner of Ideaction, Inc. to find out what makes companies leaders in innovation and what makes other companies struggle.

APQC: What sets successful companies in innovation apart from the rest?

Legrand: Knowledge about the innovation process is the key differentiator between innovative companies and other companies. Companies that innovate systematically understand how innovation happens; they innovate on purpose and in very structured and organized ways.

Why Cisco Builds, Buys, and Partners its Way to Innovation

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According to the The New Reality of R&D  article in the May 2014 issue of Fast Company magazine, organizations are no longer investing large amounts of money into long-term research that only offers a return on investment way down the road. Instead, they are teaming up with other organizations that have the necessary resources to improve the amount of time it takes to see a return on R&

Don’t Fear Hackers: Leveraging STEM Experts and Creating New Knowledge at Houston Open Innovation Hackathon

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Many industries contend with shortages of scientific, technical, engineering, and math (STEM) experts. Especially here in Houston, we hear a lot about public and private efforts to promote STEM education to bring future experts into the pipeline.

Infographic: Rapid Product Development

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According to a recent APQC survey, 51 percent of organizations consider reducing the time to market for their products and services to be a top priority. Many organizations are looking to address this and other priorities through the use of rapid product development initiatives. To find out how prevalent and successful these initiatives are, check out the infographic below or download a copy.

Does Your Organization Have Best Practices for Rapid Product Development?

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APQC is conducting a best practices study in the fall on rapid product and service development. We are currently looking for best-practice organizations to learn from and showcase in this study. Does your organization have best practices and processes for getting products and services to market faster?

How Cisco Uses Meaningful Incentives and Crowdsourcing to Jumpstart Innovation

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APQC recently spoke to Jennifer Cheung, director of knowledge management at Cisco, about how her organization improved its KM program through innovation and crowdsourcing. Cheung will deliver a presentation titled “Harnessing the Collective IQ and Fostering Innovation” at APQC’s 2014 Knowledge Management Conference April 10-11 in Houston, Texas.

Infographic: 2014 Product Development and Innovation Top 4 Priorities

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Organizations are constantly looking for ways to make their product and service development efforts more efficient so they can get to market faster. In some industries, the rapid pace of technology development makes the pressure to stay ahead of the competition even greater.