Do you want to manage innovation?
The Rule #1: T
he traditional management skills not work.
Even worse, they will kill innovation quicker than you can say 'Stop it!'




Innovation is about Love.
Operating is about discipline.

Operations generate today's value, while innovation creates tomorrow's opportunities.

The primary difference between operations and innovation is uncertainty. It eludes planning, prediction and containment.

Vadim Kotelnikov innovation quotes managers vs innovators




Operating vs. Innovating



Creating today's revenue

Creating tomorrow's revenue

Managers are in charge

Leaders are in change

Following rules

Breaking rules

Steps are mostly linear

Steps are mostly non-linear

Single route and result

Multiple routes and results

Driven by functional teams

Driven by cross-functional teams

Failures are punished

Noble failures are permitted

Reworking is waste

Reworking is a part of learning and moving forward

Clear, shared goals

Unclear, often conflicting goals

Clear front end

Fuzzy front end

Easy to measure

Tough to measure

Rich historical data

Poor historical data

Scientific forecasting possible

Scientific forecasting impossible,

simulation games are used instead

Short cycle time

Long cycle time

Many common causes

Many special causes

Traditional players & roles

New players & roles

Doing things right

Doing right things





Different Strategies and Routes to Success

When managing daily operations, you know:

When managing innovation you have to:

what results should be

what steps are required to achieve them

who should do what along the way

rely on your intuition because you always have too little information available to make choices

pursue not a single clear goal, but multiple and unclear goals

explore various routes towards your goals

Design Thinking for Innovation   ●  Loose-Tight Leadership  ●  Innovation Football









The Jazz of Innovation


Innovation Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book is a learning process, the product of which is new applied knowledge. Operations is an established process driven by existing knowledge.

What makes innovation unique as a business process is that a structure and improvisation are intertwined throughout the process. The routine tasks have little value by themselves however; the purpose of the structure is to streamline the discovery and innovation process.

Innovation Jazz Innompic Anthem Planet of Loving Creators

  Improvisation within a Guiding Structure  ●  11 Guiding Principles  ●  Loose-Tight Leadership












Different Management Tools and Thinking

Managing innovation requires specific approaches.

"If you try to manage the uncertainty inherent in innovation with tools and thinking designed for the relative certainty of operations, you'll run into trouble... You'll be continuously surprised as your assumptions prove false".

The most effective way to deal with uncertainty inherent in innovation is to have a learning process that "systematically confronts the unknown with new hypotheses, tests them, and eventually creates a new knowledge".

When innovating, you cannot figure it all out and ahead of time and stick to one plan; so, don't wait ‒ just go for it, learn and adjust as you go. That's why "successful innovators get used to moving forward, backing up, going sidewise, chasing parallel paths for a while, consolidating, and then going forward again".  >>>

Inspirational Business Plan: Successful Innovation

Market Analysis: "Managing and innovation did not always fit comfortably together. That's not surprising. Managers are people who like order. They like forecasts to come out as planned. In fact, managers are often judged on how much order they produce. Innovation, on the other hand, is often a disorderly process. Many times, perhaps most times, innovation does not turn out as planned. As a result, there is tension between managers and innovation." Lewis Lehro..

Innovation Management Team: "Mangers succeed by following the rules. Innovators succeed by breaking the rules."... More