Innovation Project Management

International Institute for Learning

We are excited to bring you this blog post on Innovation Project Management, which is adapted from Dr. Harold Kerzner’s new book of the same title. Below, he explains why this topic is so important, the types of challenges that innovation project managers face, and much more.

Incubating Innovation

Leading Answers

If success goes to those who can innovate the fastest, how do we nurture innovation? To innovate faster than our competitors, we need to maximize our learning potential. It starts with leadership and cascades down to a shared mindset of team members. Yet when searching for an innovative solution, we want all these extra brain circuits engaged. Obviously, it is not as simple as “happy people are the perfect innovators.”


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People Innovation: A New Vision to Innovate

International Institute for Learning

Nowadays, companies are very conscious that if they want to be competitive, they have to innovate. It is worth quoting a sentence of the father of the Open Innovation concept, Henry Chesbrough: “Most innovation fails. And companies that don’t innovate die” [1]. In a nutshell, we can agree that innovation is all about bringing improvement and efficiency; and affecting the development of a company in a positive manner. By Luigi Morsa, Ph.D. .

Design Thinking: Human Centered Design for Innovative Problem-Solving

Project Bliss

Design Thinking is a human centered approach to innovative problem-solving. His company works with clients to successfully solve problems using innovation and Design Thinking approaches. Anyone who wants to solve a problem can use Design Thinking to find innovative solutions.

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

How Smart Managers Create an Innovation Culture

Another popular word that gets tossed around often is innovation. In many cases, innovation is given the aura of the mythical and the inexplicable. But in my research, I’ve found that, like most things, innovation can be planned with software and encouraged with positive mindsets. Therefore, creating an innovation culture for your organization can be the key difference between an organization that innovates and grows and one that does not. What Is Innovation?

The Effective and Innovative Virtual Team Leader

International Institute for Learning

The post The Effective and Innovative Virtual Team Leader appeared first on The IIL Blog. Uncategorized leaders leadership project leadership remote teams virtual teamsBy Frank P. Saladis, PMP, LIMC MCCP, PMI Fellow.

Innovation: Running Experiments and Learning

Leading Answers

In my last article on  Incubating Innovation , we explored the culture and mindset of accountable experimentation. However, innovation and learning take conscious effort, forward planning and accountability. It furthermore places emphasis on the experiments—the inputs for learning and innovation. In the article “ The Hard Truth About Innovative Cultures ,” Gary Pisano describes how killing bad ideas is critical.

Lisa Bodell on Simplification and Innovation

International Institute for Learning

As closing keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , she delivered a powerful message on how complexity is holding most of us back, and what we can do to get back to the work that really matters. “If we get the work right, we get the culture right” – @LisaBodell #LeadershipCon19 #leadership #innovation — The post Lisa Bodell on Simplification and Innovation appeared first on The IIL Blog.

Innovation in project management: Inspiration from Dubai

Susanne Madsen

I recently spoke at Dubai International Project Management Forum ( DIPMF ) and was struck by the innovative theme of the conference. Already when I prepared for my presentation the organisers said, “Innovation is a big thing down here”, and indeed it is. The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Award offers 8 awards with the aim of encouraging and promoting an innovative culture in project management. But apart from my books, how innovative have I really been? Innovation

Leadership in Project Management: The Complete Guide

PM Basics

This is complete guide on leadership in project management. Here you’ll learn: What is leadership in project management in practice? Key Concepts of Leadership. Leadership Without Authority. Leadership In Project Management: What Does it Mean? Leadership

Embracing an Innovative Mindset

Tony Adams

A new paradigm for commercial success is emerging, grounded in speed to market, innovative thinking and the ability to reimagine the customer experience. Snowden and Boone’s (2007) Cynefin framework highlights complex organisational characteristics as flux and unpredictability, competing ideas, creative and innovative approaches to problem-solving and pattern-based leadership. Leadership Complexity Innovation Monash University

Can the Words “Innovation” and “Project Management” Be Used In The Same Sentence?

The IIL Blog

Companies are recognizing that brand loyalty accompanied by a higher level of quality does not always equate to customer retention unless supported by some innovations. According to management guru Peter Drucker, there are only two sources for growth: marketing and innovation [Drucker, 2008]. Innovation is often viewed as the Holy Grail of business and the primary driver for growth. The question, of course, is “How do we manage innovation needs?”.

Organizational Structures that Support Faster Innovation and Evolution

Leading Answers

Again, free from some of the normal scrutiny and controls that aim for efficiency, these insulated groups can innovate quicker. Please Innovate While We Micromanage You! Agile Project Management Books Leadership Teams

Efosa Ojomo on Market-Creating Innovation

International Institute for Learning

Efosa Ojomo is Senior Research Fellow and Lead of Global Prosperity Research at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. As a keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , he shared impactful theories and models that left us thinking about innovation in an entirely different way. Of the three types of innovation [market-creating, sustaining, efficiency], how do you determine which one to focus a team’s energy?

Top 7 Leadership Articles: Summer Edition

Epicflow Blog

Leadership is a complex phenomenon that has been studied by scholars for many years and still is a relevant topic for research. Go on reading to learn about the best leadership tips and insights of this summer. Create a ‘diversity and inclusion leadership team’.

Book Review: The Power of Project Leadership


I just finished the last chapter of Susanne Madsen’s piece on The Power of Project Leadership (2nd edition). I’ve been a longtime student of both Project Management and of researchers like Brené Brown , who explore emotional intelligence with leadership. For me, The Power of Project Leadership is where these two worlds combine in the most impactful of ways! . Susanne asserts that we must do this through the expansion of our project leadership skills.

The yin and yang of project leadership™ 

Susanne Madsen

Yin leadership is enabling and is concerned with making it possible for others to flourish, lead and contribute. This side of leadership sets a high standard and expects the team to deliver to it. It shows that project leadership encompasses a high degree of yin as well as yang.

The growing need for project leadership

Susanne Madsen

Emergent complexity relates to how much the project and its surroundings are changing as you are trying to manage it, for example highly innovative projects or a project that is dependent on external world events, such as the price of oil. According to PMI’s research, over 80 per cent of high-performing organisations report that the most important acquired skills for project managers to successfully manage complex projects are leadership skills.

Mike Cottmeyer at Innovate Virginia 2019

Leading Agile

Most companies are falling short when they try to scale Agile because they lack the proper buy-in from leadership, they lack the ecosystem in which Agile can be successful, and they don’t know how to orchestrate the type of change that’s required of organizations that are attempting to adopt Agile. Agile Transformation @ Innovate Virginia from LeadingAgile Whitepaper Lead a Structured and Disciplined Agile Transformation Download Now.

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Project Leadership In Uncertain Environments with Carole Osterweil

Girl's Guide to PM

What’s the difference between project management and project leadership? A recent APM report, Project Leadership; skills, behaviours, knowledge and values , explored this question. . The authors concluded project leadership is future-focused. Standard project management training was not up to the job, so working with Eddie Obeng and others I developed an approach that ensured equal emphasis on leadership, people and process.

Mike Cottmeyer at Innovate Virginia 2019

Leading Agile

Most companies are falling short when they try to scale Agile because they lack the proper buy-in from leadership, they lack the ecosystem in which Agile can be successful, and they don’t know how to orchestrate the type of change that’s required of organizations that are attempting to adopt Agile. Whitepaper Lead a Structured and Disciplined Agile Transformation Download Now. In order to achieve business Agility, Agile has to be applied in a certain context.

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PMO Leadership: How PMOs Can Evolve into Savvy PMOs


PMO leadership today is about more than being a purveyor of governance and delivering projects on time and on budget. The PMO leadership journey to becoming a Savvy PMO builds on a collaborative approach to adapt processes, support multiple work methodologies, and relook at their toolset.

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Do We Need ‘Agile’ Leadership?

Agile Coach

Yesterday Adriana Girdler and I presented Timeless Leadership at the Toronto Agile Tour. Our intent was to show that everything we need to know about leadership has already been invented, we just need to stop and look around once in a while instead of jumping on the next agile fad. There are too many other fads to list, but now we’re smack dab in the middle of thinking we need to redefine leadership because Agile requires different leadership.

Joanna Durand on Why Passionate Leadership Matters

International Institute for Learning

As a keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , she gave us an understanding of what passionate leadership looks like in practice and shared indispensable tips on how we can become passionate leaders ourselves. Joanna shared an inspirational quote about passionate leadership. “I’ve LeadershipCon19 #Leadership #Innovation — Can you deploy your solution to poor leadership?

Webinar Recap: How Innovation & Portfolio Management Office Underpins Corporate Success


Please find below a transcription of the audio portion of Tad Haas’ How Innovation & Portfolio Management Office Underpins Corporate Success webinar being provided by MPUG for the convenience of our members. Kyle: Hello everyone, and welcome to today’s MPUG webinar, How Innovation & Portfolio Management Office Underpins Corporate Success. Tad: The conversation today is built off a white paper called Innovation and Portfolio Management Office.

Developing Leadership Skills

Herding Cats

There is always some post about leadership, innovation, and personnel development around agile project management, Having deployed one of the early agile development programs (eXtreme Programming) in a mission critical IT organization, I was part of an approach that is known to work for building leadership and teams. Developing Leadership Skills. Get rid of unnecessary middle layers of authority, direct leadership is more effective in emergency situations.

The 25 Most Inspiring Leadership Quotes

If Thomas Edison was right when he said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration,” then consider these leadership quotes the one percent. Quotes from great leaders can help you put things into perspective by providing a different angle that you had not previously considered, which can unlock the leadership magic that you need. So, we’ve collected 25 of the most inspiring leadership quotes to give you that extra boost.

Multinational Leadership: How to Successfully Lead Offshore Projects

PM Basics

What are the most relevant challenges of leadership in multinational leadership? Without forgetting the time difference, language barriers, different assumptions based on different cultures, I have experimented that using the right multinational leadership to manage resources is the most challenging one. Challenge your Multinational Leadership Style. Many of the best practices and leadership approaches and styles need to be reviewed beforehand.

The New Face of Project Leadership


Leadership has changed over the years. Nevertheless, the face of project leadership is changing – or maturing – as we are having to adjust to the ways in which we now work and do business. Other recent shifts in leadership relate to the speed of technological changes as well as the rapid pace at which our clients’ businesses evolve and have to respond to demands in the marketplace. The post The New Face of Project Leadership appeared first on LiquidPlanner.

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Project Management Vs. Leadership – How nTask evolved From an Early Start up to a Robust Industry Competitor


We think that we are integrating a new style of management or something innovative that’s going on in the industry just because it is working for some of the popular competitors. Eventually, it comes down to the following approach: Strategic Leadership. Although leadership and management are arguably switchable roles, the usual chain of command goes from top to bottom. Arguably, project managers are responsible for doing both: i.e. leadership and management.

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Top 7 Leadership Articles: Winter Edition

Epicflow Blog

You can hardly become too good in leadership, especially today – when the whole world is vulnerable to changes as a result of the pandemic. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of leadership papers that were published this winter in world-renowned sources.

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An Essential List of Leadership Skills to Manage an Uncertain Future


A list of leadership skills is essential for modern life. In this article, we’ll go through some of the qualities that make a leader successful, by providing a list of leadership skills as well as some examples, tools, and resources to help you improve your own abilities.

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Top 7 Leadership Articles: Fall Edition

Epicflow Blog

This fall has come to an end, which means it’s time for a new collection of the best leadership papers published during the last three months. But we’ve selected the most general insights, so stay up to date and boost your leadership skills all year round no matter what. .

When Size Does Matter: How Your Team Size Impacts Productivity and Innovation

Leantime - Project Management

Having spent a significant amount of my career delivering complex projects, driving innovation and building teams I find that large companies continue to struggle to quickly innovate and get the most productivity out of their teams. There is so much innovation these days coming from very small teams with little to know cash flow. There are several reasons why startups currently drive so much innovation. Team size is an important factor in this innovation.

Grow a culture of innovation and learning with frequent Developer Huddles

And more importantly, where developers can learn, innovate and experiment to become better at his craft? Without skilled developers, the Scrum Framework is no more than lipstick on a pig. Having to create?—?and and hopefully deploy?—?new

Is Your Organization Mature Enough for Digital Transformation?

Epicflow Blog

At the same time, digitalization is a long and difficult journey that takes from two to five years and can be complicated by one of the following things: The innovations adopted don’t satisfy customers’ needs; . Today, digitalization touches upon every sphere of modern life.

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Agile Leadership Toolkit - new book

Early September a new book will be added to the Professional Scrum Series : Agile Leadership Toolkit - by Peter Koning. Traditional management and leadership practices were developed to manage work, to build the process, and to provide the intelligence for work to be done. Agile leadership is the future. This means customer satisfaction, innovation, digitization, and quality are king.

Leadership?—?Succession Planning and Philanthropy

The John McGivney Children’s Centre is such a vital place that can enable hope, independence, and social innovation, to empower disabled children and adults to lead productive lives. In the private sector, we invest in incubators and startups for new technology innovations; we invest in university programs. I have spoken countless times on leadership, organizational change, and innovation, but never exclusively on Cerebral Palsy.

What Skills Will Make You a Top Manager in 2022?

Epicflow Blog

As you can see in the table below, truly human skills like analytical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, leadership, and emotional intelligence (together with technical fluency) will be in high demand in 2022. Analytical Thinking and Innovation . In 2022, analytical thinking and innovation will be even more important. Continue being a PM innovator and always look for new management ideas and techniques, as it will give you a considerable advantage.

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