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Successful Innovation - a practical approach to what works and why
on 7 September 2010
This book will appeal to several audiences in the public, private and non profit sectors - directors (including non execs), managers leading innovation projects, experts in IT, HR, Finance, organisation design and academics. I think it would be a good read for politicians too.
Each chapter has 1-2 pages of recommendations and observations. At the end there are 13 pages of assessment tools and 11 pages about the research process.
The research evidence is very impressive and presented in a clear, logical format. It provides detailed insight into the issues and approach about how to design and establish teams to 'solve the execution challenge'. It uses the same approach to explain the need for focussed experiments to discover how to (and by implication whether to continue to) implement the potential innovation.
The book stresses how important it is to learn effectively and frequently and then act on what has been learned. I found this aspect most useful - we hear so much, well intentioned, general advice about learning lessons. This is specific-it shows the benefits of acting on the lessons we have identified.
It is not a book for readers who want insights on how to have creative, innovative ideas in the first place!
I have also read and use Nick Milton's book.The Lessons Learned Handbook: Practical Knowledge-Based Approach to Learning from Experience.
This book does what it says in the title. The 2 books complement each other.