Welcome!

Eclipse Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, David H Deans, JP Morgenthal

News Feed Item

Discover the Secret Recipe for Jumpstarting Your Innovation Team

A Short, Fun and to-the-Point Guide From the Dean of Innovation on How to Jumpstart Your Company's Innovation

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwired - July 09, 2014) - Quality and efficiency are no longer enough if your organization wants to grow. Innovation is now required. Imagine having a foolproof innovation checklist that will enable your company to succeed every time. Imagine knowing four simple steps that can make collaborative innovation happen in your organization in a fun and entertaining way. In his book, Making Stone Soup: How to Jumpstart Innovation Teams (eBook, July 8, 2014), professor, author and innovator Jeff DeGraff shares his simple and clear recipe on how to use a little creativity to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

In the classic children's story, Stone Soup, three hungry strangers come to a wary village and set an empty cauldron in the town square. Using only their imagination, cleverness and ability to improvise, they quickly enlist the skeptical townsfolk, one by one, until each has contributed a little something to the sumptuous feast. "Whether you are launching an innovation team, leading a creative project or developing a novel solution, Making Stone Soup gives you everything you need to make that feast happen," says Jeff DeGraff. "The recipe-steps on setting high quality targets, enlisting deep and diverse domain experts, taking multiple shots on goal, and learning from experience and experiments -- are easy to understand and follow." To help you get started, the book includes free resources such as a how-to jumpstart video, an innovation leadership assessment and access to a wide array of articles on innovation.

"Innovation has been thrust from research and development labs into operating units that have little experience or expertise in how to make innovation happen," says Dr. DeGraff. "Speed is imperative for creating breakthrough solutions. Teams need to be more agile and move quicker to achieve results faster than their competitors by working across discipline and region boundaries." Making Stone Soup provides proven solutions for making innovation happen for companies. Top shelf innovators, such as Coca-Cola, GE and Johnson & Johnson, as well as hundreds of non-profits including the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Kellogg Foundation and the League of American Orchestras, have successfully used the methods Dr. DeGraff outlines.

Dr. DeGraff states, "Making Stone Soup connects the dots to sync up collaborative innovation in complex organizations and doesn't require any special training or changes to how the organization is structured or operates. It's about starting with the desired results of the innovation initiatives and identifying the appropriate composition of the team and specific innovation practices required to achieve these results." Dr. DeGraff's methods have an open system that integrates innovation into routine business practices: strategy, finance, organizational development, etc. It connects all the dots, across all the boundaries and organizational levels, to create an integrated solution with an adjustable and customizable approach to meet the specific needs of any team charged with making innovation happen.

Making Stone Soup addresses the biggest trend in business today: collaborative innovation. Related trends include crowd sourcing, enterprise innovation, idea markets, innovation jams and tournaments, and open source innovation. Dr. DeGraff's tools and techniques for jumpstarting collaborative innovation are among the most widely used in the world today. Making Stone Soup is based on Dr. DeGraff's Innovation Genome framework that is the foundation for the Innovation Genome Index, which is used by dozens of Fortune 500 companies to quantitatively assess their innovation capabilities and predict their growth rates. The Innovation Genome is based on twenty five years of research at the University of Michigan as well as a number of other research universities globally. Dr. DeGraff also operates the Innovatrium Institute for Innovation in Ann Arbor where innovation practices are tested and assessed.

Jeff DeGraff is a professor, author, speaker and advisor to hundreds of the top organizations in the world. Dr. DeGraff has created some of the most widely used innovation methodologies, management and measurement systems. He writes a syndicated column and hosts a public radio program on leading innovation. He is known as the Dean of Innovation because of his influence on the field. To learn more about Jeff and his work on innovation, please visit www.jeffdegraff.com. Connect with him on Twitter @JeffDeGraff.

The following files are available for download:

Contact information
Jimmy Farrell
8664044177 x4
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of San...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
Chris Matthieu is the President & CEO of Computes, inc. He brings 30 years of experience in development and launches of disruptive technologies to create new market opportunities as well as enhance enterprise product portfolios with emerging technologies. His most recent venture was Octoblu, a cross-protocol Internet of Things (IoT) mesh network platform, acquired by Citrix. Prior to co-founding Octoblu, Chris was founder of Nodester, an open-source Node.JS PaaS which was acquired by AppFog and ...
The deluge of IoT sensor data collected from connected devices and the powerful AI required to make that data actionable are giving rise to a hybrid ecosystem in which cloud, on-prem and edge processes become interweaved. Attendees will learn how emerging composable infrastructure solutions deliver the adaptive architecture needed to manage this new data reality. Machine learning algorithms can better anticipate data storms and automate resources to support surges, including fully scalable GPU-c...
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...