Fast Innovation: Achieving Superior Differentiation, Speed to Market, and Increased Profitability

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Achieving Superior Differentiation, Speed to Market, and Increased Profitability

“Of all the innovation books we've read post-Christensen, this one does the best at speaking the language of the CEO and other top executives.”- Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

“My understanding of innovation has been enlarged through my interactions with Mike. I am grateful that in the writing of this book Mike has relied upon my research and that I have similarly been able to build upon his understanding. I thank him for ...

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Overview

Achieving Superior Differentiation, Speed to Market, and Increased Profitability

“Of all the innovation books we've read post-Christensen, this one does the best at speaking the language of the CEO and other top executives.”- Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

“My understanding of innovation has been enlarged through my interactions with Mike. I am grateful that in the writing of this book Mike has relied upon my research and that I have similarly been able to build upon his understanding. I thank him for providing all of us with the set of practical implementation tools presented in this book.”-CLAYTON M. CHRISTENSEN, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, author of The Innovator's Dilemma, The Innovator's Solution, and Seeing What's Next

“Growth through innovation is key to Eli Lilly and Company. To serve our commitment to meeting medical needs and achieve our growth goals requires more innovation, faster innovation and, at the same time, less resource consumption and risk. This book identifies some of the significant changes in strategy and tactics needed for an innovation process to achieve these goals. Every executive concerned with the changing business of innovation would do well to become familiar with the principles contained in this book.”-ALPHEUS BINGHAM, Vice President, Strategy, Lilly Research Laboratories, Eli Lilly and Company

“Texas Instruments recognizes the importance of creating highly differentiated products with faster time-to-market as the driver of profitable growth. In this book, you will receive the strategic insight and the practical tool set needed to significantly improve your company's rate of successful innovations. I encourage every executive who is interested in accelerating the growth of his business to read this book.”-EMERY POWELL, New Product Development, Texas Instruments Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071457897
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/24/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 659,836
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael L. George is an executive advisor and a leading expert at helping Fortune 500 companies connect strategy to execution. He is author of the bestselling Lean Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma for Service, and co-author of Conquering Complexity in Your Business. Mike is Chairman and CEO of George Group.

James Works advises senior executive teams in the areas of innovation, business strategy, operations improvement and organizational change. He is President and Chief Operating Officer of George Group.

Kimberly Watson-Hemphill has built a reputation over the last 12 years as a leading expert in the field of innovation and design across many different product, service and business model applications.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I An executive's guide to fast innovation
Ch. 1 Using fast innovation to drive organic growth 3
Ch. 2 The three innovation imperatives : differentiated, fast, disruptive 15
Ch. 3 How to become fast 49
Ch. 4 The value of thinking in three dimensions 73
Ch. 5 Open innovation : applying the intellect of the planet 93
Ch. 6 The religion of re-use 113
Pt. II Building corporate innovation capacity
Ch. 7 Foundations of an innovation factory 149
Ch. 8 The executive engine of fast innovation : using a chief innovation officer to drive results 177
Ch. 9 Becoming customer driven 193
Ch. 10 Fast and flexible : the new corporate mantra for design work 219
Ch. 11 Institutionalizing re-use 235
Pt. III Deploying fast innovation projects
Ch. 12 Project screening and selection 249
Ch. 13 Increasing innovation capacity without adding resources 261
Ch. 14 The FastGate method : how to control innovation lead time 283
Ch. 15 Creating innovation incubators : how to catalyze creativity on your teams 297
App. 1 The impact of task variation and utilization on lead time 311
App. 2 Time buffers and feedback systems 321
App. 3 Innovation and information creation 326
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    Nothing more than a review of Christensen

    What a waste of time! Very little original thought. The forward by Christensen should been an indication of what was to come in the reading.

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