Building your Innovation Pipeline with Agile Practices

"How does a corporate innovation lab build a pipeline of great ideas? Find out how to provide the right amount of structure to enable innovation and apply rituals to build a backlog of powerful ideas. Leave with actionable steps to start growing your innovation practice today!"


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Three part structure: Learn what is so hard about innovating and the common mistakes businesses make when trying to become more innovative. Discover how incorporating a little structure can help the idea generation process thrive. Learn how rituals automate the process of generating and reviewing ideas, and lead to a more consistent pipeline.

1. Why Innovation Isn’t Easy

  • Exploring pitfalls & common mistakes
  • Importance of creating a trusting environment where ideas can thrive
  • Resisting the urge to poke holes in an idea before it’s been fully explored
  • Balancing the need to let an idea grow vs. move on to new work

2. Providing Structure for Innovation to Thrive

  • How providing a little structure can help nurture and grow new ideas
  • Using a system of record to track your new ideas (ex. Confluence or Jira)
  • Why it’s important to set success criteria for new ideas
  • Nailing down your vocab - never saying “NO”
  • Providing transparent & well documented feedback (ex. Confluence or Jira)

3. Rituals that Feed your Innovation Backlog

  • Defining the rituals we use at Capital One's Innovation Lab
  • Hosting Hackathons to bolster your Innovation Backlog
  • Conducting an Innovation Backlog Review
  • Exploring unique ways to promote idea generation (Ex. Brainstorming Parties)

Learning Outcome

Conference attendees will leave with actionable steps they can take to start growing their innovation practice today.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in growing their innovation practice!

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  1 month ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • innovation

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • an abstract that helps attendees recognize their situation and communicates what they will gain by attending.
    • An indication whether this is innovation in product discovery or development. The mention of Jira, Confluence & hackathons sounds like the focus is internal to the company rather than on the customer (who isn't mentioned).
    • In what ways does structure help? Or are the reviewers to take that on faith?
    • Similarly, in what ways do rituals help? What sort or rituals and what do they do?

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