It is a highly recommended and worthwhile read. In what follows, I have pulled out a few things from the report that I find particularly interesting.
Many companies are still in the early steps of innovation management. In terms of innovation maturity, these 5 levels are used:
Almost 60% of companies report their innovation maturity as “Ad Hoc” or Emerging”
According to the report, this number has not changed much since a similar survey carried out in 2015.
Many other maturity models exist, you may e.g. have a look at the material from Planview here. Planview also uses 5 levels, based on people, process and tools.
Another great model is the Innovation Stack by Steve Blank. This model is interesting because it gives insight into how you can move your innovation programs from isolated activities with no impact (also termed “Innovation Theater”) to fully integrated programs with measurable deliverables.
A third innovation maturity model/framework is the Innovation Matrix from Board of Innovation. This model helps you to find the innovation strategy that fits your organization.
You may also assess your organizations level of systematic innovation by taking our survey, or by downloading the IMS questionnaire. If you want a hands-on experience of your innovation readiness, you may involve your people in an INNOCULTURE session. INNOCULTURE is a board game, based on the European Innovation Management Standard. The game is especially useful for SME’s.
Three types of innovation are used in this report:
Today, respondents are dedicating more than 50% of their time on Adjacent and Transformational innovation.
Previously, only 30% of the time was spent on this.
The conventional wisdom, which says 70-20-10 now has shifted to 50-30-20 (approximately) – this is a big shift, and a wake-up call to the companies stuck in the conventional wisdom. Companies that are underinvesting in Adjacent and Transformational innovation may have a serious strategic disadvantage.
Below you see the top 5 list of obstacles from the respondents. I have noted with stars the obstacles that we can help you overcome.
These are the top 5 innovation enablers. Again, I have I have noted with stars the enablers that we can help you strengthen even more.
According to the respondents, the Most Valuable Tactics for your innovation programs stack up as shown below. The two top innovation tactics are really somewhere we can provide value to you: