Just How Valuable Is Google's "20% Time"?

Harvard Business Review

Reports of the death or deliquescence of Google''s "20% time," which allows employees to devote one day a week to side projects, may well be exaggerated. Figure out what Google wants to be when it grows up.

IT Governance is Killing Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Some of the key challenges: Companies don''t identify the very best ideas for investment because most capital allocation processes start with business partners'' existing ideas about projects to fund. Prioritize Capabilities, not Projects.

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If You Want to Raise Prices, Tell a Better Story

Harvard Business Review

Bottom up: calculate the cost of everything that goes into making the product, and add a fair margin on top. When Walker put the objects, along with their accompanying stories, up for sale on eBay, the results were astonishing.

4 Steps for Making Change Happen

Great Leadership By Dan

Our clients'' resistance to change was not irrational and it was up to us, not our clients, to manage it. Find some "out of the way" department or project to experiment on where the variables are controllable, the investment is minimal, and results are easily measured.

Lessons in IT Innovation From Silicon Valley

Harvard Business Review

the IT departments have adopted an agile, speed-it-up mentality that seems Valley-like. The company has also beefed up its software testing and release management capabilities. Loura began to use visualization tools to show managers why other projects rose further up the queue.

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Why Can't a CIO Be More Like a CFO?

Harvard Business Review

Given this failure to establish responsibility and accountability, it is also not surprising that most ECM projects fail, and a large percentage of IT projects generally fail to realize their potential or go well over budget. It is ultimately up to each of us to make a difference.

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No One’s Talking About the Key to Greece’s Recovery

Harvard Business Review

On the economic front, the government is trying its best to play up Greece’s “success story”: its return to stability, the achievement of a primary surplus, and the increasing interest of global investors such as John Paulson. He is supporting a bottom-up initiative, RedesignGreece , to help this change process by way of a set of prizes for Greek civil servants with innovative ideas on how to change the administration for the better.

The Job the EU Should Actually Be Doing

Harvard Business Review

Its historical justification long faded, the EU project is facing an existential crisis. This bold approach, which would reimagine Europe as a governance union, could reignite support for the European project and give it the convincing narrative it currently lacks. We must focus on the long-term viability of the European project; and this requires courage, and a vision we can articulate. The European Union has run out of steam.

You Found Your Product-Market Fit. Now What?

Harvard Business Review

In every start-up, finding initial product-market fit is a magical moment. But once you achieve initial product-market fit and are down the Sales Learning Curve (PDF), suddenly you are faced with a new challenge: how do I scale up the sales efforts? How do I build a repeatable, scalable sales process that is like an industrial machine, not a crafts project? Once value is established and the product usage ramps up, you can hear the cash register ringing.

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Who's the Best at Innovating Innovation?

Harvard Business Review

A multiplex approach to layering in innovation capabilities from the shop floor up in India's largest jewelry and watch retailer. A thorough and instructive account of working every lever and animating an entire organization — from the bottom up and the top down — to embrace innovation. Project Bushfire — Focusing the Might of an Entire Organization on the Consumer & Customer. Most companies put innovation at the top of their agendas.

Engaging Medical Specialists in Improving Health Care Value

Harvard Business Review

The table below shows examples of some of the specialty-specific metrics the DPIs helped devise, and cases where DPIs received $5,000 grants from the medical management team to support their process improvement projects. Grant Project.

Want to Do Corporate Innovation Right? Go Inside Google Brain

Harvard Business Review

After all, the company got its start from Sergey Brin and Larry Page’s NSF funded research project to catalogue the web. Innovating from the bottom up. Some of Google’s most popular products, such as Gmail, Google News, and AdSense, originated as 20% time projects.

To Foster Innovation, Connect Coworkers Who Share Aspirations

Harvard Business Review

Communities of growth offer connections to the present; they are made up of people we feel an affinity with based on our current likes and dislikes. Collaborative: CCAs are not solo pet projects, but require employees to work together.

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How Microsoft Avoided the Peter Principle with Nadella

Harvard Business Review

Moreover, reaching the ultimate level of chief executive is not just another move up the corporate ladder. And what was critical here, in our view, or at any major enterprise for that matter, is for the directors to take the time to watch the candidates in action and to drill down with bottoms up data. During the final year, they added three paths to gather a last round of data: 1) The CEO and directors assigned a year-long CEO-level project to each of the three finalists.

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The Key to Change Is Middle Management

Harvard Business Review

doubled from 20% to 40% between July and December 2013, and has stayed at that level since. In those cases, mid-level managers weren’t merely managing incremental change; they were leading it by working levers of power up, across and down in their organizations. The permitting time has since been nearly halved for key pilot projects. Taylor created a sense of urgency and then kept up the pace with tight deadlines.