Vadim Kotelnikov    

Improvisation-driven Radical Project Management

Experimental Approach to Management of Innovation Projects


Business e-Coach     



Innovation Failures are Teachers Opportunities are Guides

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10 Commandments of Innovation

The Jazz of Innovation



Managing chaotic radical innovation projects is more art than science.

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Specific Skills of Radical Project Managers

  Business Synergies Approach to Project Management


Loose-Tight Leadership



How To Stimulate Generation of Radical Ideas

The Jazz of innovation

The improvisation-driven model is one approach to radical innovation project management. It works well when the unknowns are high and the players are seasoned. This model doesn’t discard structure, just as there is a clear structure to good jazz.

The Jazz of Innovation: 11 Practice Tips Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Rather than having it overlaid from the outside, though, the improvisational approach builds structure from the inside as it is needed. That’s why it requires a critical mass of experienced people to work.  >>>

The improvisational model is limited by three factors:

  1. It’s not effective for very large projects

  2. Passing on the learning from one initiative to another is difficult, because much of the required tacit knowledge is woven tightly into the experience of those participating.

  3. There is very little explicit knowledge available to teach others how to do it because the process is highly tacit.3

Business e-Coach Simulation Game "Innovation Football"

Innovation Football (Innoball) is a breakthrough business game that helps innovators achieve great success in the real world.

Innoball helps you:

Business e-Coach Kore 10 Innovative Thinking Tools

Kore 10 metaphoric tools are relevant and rich metaphors for the kind of things we work on when we need to invent new things, anticipate opponents' moves, design an innovative strategy, and to find a creative solutions to complex problem.  >>>

Having created the set of Kore 10 Metaphoric Tools, I fine-tuned it on both our own innovative projects and in collaboration with my trainees, clients and partners. Every application of the Kore 10 Metaphoric Tools produced truly insightful, inspiring and empowering results... More





Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo Coaching by Example

Innovation Football as improvisation within a guiding structure


The Innovation Football game process is an improvisation.
The innovation team makes strategic moves. Opponents counterattack.
Innovators try to anticipate opponents' counterattacks
and solve problems Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book creatively.

Innopreneurial simulation game "Innovation Football"
convert ideas into a profitable business >>>
Kore 10 Innovative Thinking Tools
provide a structure for ideation and assessment of the team & venture

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  1. Radical Innovation, Harvard Business School

  2. Strategic Project Management, Tony Grundy and Laura Brown

  3. Relentless Growth, Christopher Meyer

  4. Transformational Leadership, ChangingMinds.org