Find your company's unique innovation style, and nurture it into a powerful competitive advantage Praised by business leaders worldwide, 'Agile Innovation' is the authoritative guide to survival and success in today's 'innovate-or-die' business world. This revolutionary approach combines the best of Agile with the world's leading methods of Innovation to present a crisp, articulate, and proven system for developing the breakthrough capabilities every organization must master to thrive today and tomorrow. You already know that effective innovation doesn't happen by accident--it is achieved by careful design. Agile Innovation addresses the three critical drivers of innovation success: accelerating the innovation process; reducing the risks inherent in innovation; and engaging your entire organization and your broader ecosystem in the innovation effort. The key frameworks described here build on the proven success of Agile to provide a comprehensive and customizable Innovation Master Plan approach to sustained innovation improvement in the five critical performance areas: strategy, portfolio, process, culture and infrastructure. Major topics include: the power of Agile in the innovation process, how to overcome innovation risk, the best tools to evoke engagement and collaboration, branding as an integral element of innovation, and the best leadership skills and practices that create the special environment that enables transformative growth. Readers will learn specifically how to create better ideas, develop them more efficiently, and work together more profitably and effectively to achieve breakthroughs. The insights offered in this book are highlighted in 11 detailed case studies illustrating the world's best innovation practices at Wells Fargo, Nike, Volvo, Netflix, Southwest Airlines, NASA, 'The New York Times,' and others, in dozens of specific business examples, in two dozen powerful and unique techniques and methods, and a full set of implementation guidelines to put these insights into practice. Key Insights: Understand how to implement the many ways that innovation efforts can be accelerated to achieve even greater competitive advantage Learn to create a culture of innovation, greater engagement, and rich collaboration throughout your organization Discover how to reduce risk and accelerate learning Implement your own unique plan to enhance collaborative innovation, from leadership through operations Integrate key agility principles into your strategic planning decisions for sustained improvement Explore dramatic new approaches to open innovation that optimize large scale innovation Apply the latest and best technology tools to enhance innovation, reduce risk, and promote broad participation. This is a must read book, a practical guide for fostering a culture of innovation, nurturing creativity, and efficiently developing the ideas that drive strategic growth. And since innovation is not imitation, you know that copying the ideas and strategies of other successful organizations will not produce the desired outcomes. Hence, all leaders must develop their own way of innovating and nurture the right style of collaborating for their own organization. This book will guide you to find your own unique pathways to success. Blaze your own trail to the high levels of innovativeness and organizational agility by learning from the expert guidance and practical, actionable advice offered throughout this important book. Are you ready to innovate? Imagine a business culture where high performance collaboration is the norm, where teams are driven by an internal desire to achieve greatness, and where innovation happens constantly. This is what distinguishes the truly innovative companies--they recognize that innovation is a continuous and collaborative process of adaptation, and they've leaped beyond the ad hoc to a systematic and repeatable process of business creativity and results. This is what 'Agile Innovation' is all about. This book will show you, chapter by chapter, how to build an innovative business culture that's fast and nimble, seizing opportunities before the competition, getting ahead, and staying there. Speed: Accelerate the innovation process to get maximum results in the least possible time. Creativity: Discover what the world's best innovators do to come up with break-through ideas. Risk: Reduce innovation risk while increasing innovation performance. Engagement: Achieve effective collaboration throughout your organization, and unleash the hidden great ideas waiting in every corner. Leadership: Insights from breakthrough innovators will help you make the right choices and get your entire organization on the move. Based on two decades of proven performance, 'Agile Innovation' is a toolkit of unified, effective, and practical methods that work for large organizations as well as start-ups. Filled with insights, numerous examples, detailed case studies, provocative questions, techniques you can apply now, and quick-reference information, 'Agile Innovation' will appeal to everyone who's motivated to shape the future of innovation. Praised by dozens of business leaders around the globe, this is the book you've been waiting for. It is a detailed road map to innovation effectiveness and success so that your organization can rival the best. 'Agile Innovation.' This is how to achieve success at high speed. The authors are the cofounders of FutureLab Consulting, a leading edge firm blending innovation, strategy, and technology solutions for leading enterprises worldwide. PRAISE FOR AGILE INNOVATION 'Finally, a comprehensive book has been written to narrow the gap for companies seeking to make innovation a core driver. Today's corporate leaders must build a culture of 'Agile Innovation,' and this outstanding book is the perfect manual for business today.' --Harry W. Kellogg, Vice Chairman, Silicon Valley Bank ''Agile Innovation' promises to profoundly transform businesses and institutions. By bridging the worlds of Agile and traditional innovation, the authors enable the transformation of self-organizing toward self-optimizing teams, and offer a map for the journey to the self-actualizing organization. This book is a strategic imperative for anybody aiming for success in a brutally competitive, digitally accelerated business world.' --Errol Arkilic, CEO, M34 Capital and co-creator of the Innovation Corps 'This book is a must-read for practitioners of innovation.' --Annie Donovan, CEO, CoMetrics 'The old methods of innovation are slow and rarely involve those who matter most: front-line workers. This book absolutely changes the game and it will change the way you innovate. Don't delay. Read it now!' --Stephen Shapiro, author of the bestselling 'Best Practices Are Stupid' and '24/7 Innovation,' and former Director of Accenture's Global Process Excellence Practice ''Agile Innovation' is a must-read for anyone interested in what will become one of the major stories of the next few decades. No one is better placed than this team to provide key insights about the blend of agility and innovation.' --Tan Yinglan, author of 'Chinnovation' and Partner, Sequoia Capital 'This book is an outstanding addition to the 'bible of best practices.' It is certainly a unique treatise on successful, high-impact innovation in the explosive new global digital age. Universities around the globe should be offering courses centered on this book's valuable content.' --Dr. Dixon R. Doll, General Partner, DCM Venture Capital, and Former Chairman of US National Venture Capital Association 'If you are going to read only one book on innovation this year, make it this one.' --Pascal Baudry, Founder, WDHB Consulting Group 'This thought-provoking and inspirational book is a must-read for anyone seeking to master the art and science of innovation. Simply put, it's a map that will lead you and your organization to exponential breakthrough success in the new Digital Gold Rush.' --Jack Canfield, bestselling coauthor of 'The Power of Focus' and 'The Success Principles'