What Is Innovation Theater?

Coined by Steve Blank, the term innovation theater has been gaining traction lately. 

As with all popular terms, we may be reaching the peak of inflated expectations on the hype cycle, with a lot more people using the term without fully understanding what it really means. Keep reading here.

Alex Osterwalder – Creating an Invincible Company

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak about what it takes to create an invincible company, with a particular emphasis on the importance of a balanced innovation portfolio.

Interested in this topic and have a bit less than half an hour time? Follow this link to the 25 minutes podcast.

Swiss Startup is Building a Scalable Approach to Management Consulting

Innovation consulting is the practice of training teams to design new business models and profit centers for companies.

Interested? Read the story here.

This is why hackathons are essentially useless

A lot of work is put into ideas that never make it past the day of the event.

Hackathons are a perfect example of “innovation theatre”. Have path for “after the Hackathon” and drive things though. Keep reading here.

IMD Business School: A Short Video Series on the Business Model Canvas

Two videos from IMD Business School on the Business Model Canvas.

Alex Osterwalder runs through the tool as well as the common pitfalls when it comes to innovation. Got interested? Follow this link!

Innovation Portfolio Management – Principles Before Tools

Innovation managers need to build frameworks that are useful for making decisions.

Without that basis in strategy, any portfolio map is an academic waste of time at best, and innovation theatre at worst. Keep reading here.

Why The Government Isn’t A Bigger Version Of A Startup

Innovation activities in government agencies most often result in innovation theater.

While these activities shape and build culture, they don’t win wars, and rarely deliver shippable or deployable products. Read the story here.

Why Your Organization Needs an Innovation Ecosystem

Building an innovation ecosystem requires developing capabilities for exploring new ideas, experimentation, accepting failure, and working with external partners.

Leveraging talent both inside and outside of the company, is the best way to respond to a competitive, ever-changing environment. Folllow this link to read the full story.

Placing more women in C-suite roles encourages innovation

Recent research suggests that more women in top jobs equals greater innovation for firms.

A theory suggests that creativity flourishes when a diverse group of people works together. Keep reading here.

Why Is Productivity Down When Innovation Is Way Up—And What Do We Do About It?

We need to make significant investments into our innovation infrastructure.

It’s time to upgrade. Read full story here.