People with ideas are dreamers. People who get things done are doers. One doer is worth eight dreamers. There are three kinds of people who make up an innovator. There are inventors (people who have new and unique ideas), problem solvers (people who have ideas about how to correct a previous error) and entrepreneurs (people who transform ideas into realities). Put them altogether they spell "innovator."
Most innovative books today focus on ways to create new and unique ideas; some of them also address problem-solving, but this is less than 10% of the methodologies that the innovator needs to master. The approaches used in this book transform an idea into reality, or to put it another way, deliver innovative products to make a profit for the organization and instill pride in its employees. This means that every step in the process needs to have innovation applied to it in order to meet the expectations and demands of today's sophisticated customer. This book is designed to help the reader and their organization complete the complex process of bringing a new product to market by presenting what is expected at each step in the cycle and providing step-by-step instructions on what to do at each specific step.
In large to mid-sized organizations this book is designed to help each individual understand how they fit into the innovative cycle and explains why they should be more creative related to the work they do and more conscious of the contributions they can make. It emphasizes the importance of every individual contributing to the organization's innovative process.
The book is designed to help the organization understand its Innovation Systems Cycle. In the early part of the cycle it focuses on weeding out projects that do not have the potential to produce value-added results to the stakeholders. By using the guidelines outlined in this book, an organization can reduce its new project failure rate by as much as 50% which should result in almost doubling the organization’s new product output thereby increasing profits by as much as 15%.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Phase I. Creation—Process Grouping 1:
Chapter 2 Process Grouping 2: Opportunity Development
Chapter 3 Process Grouping 3: Value Proposition
Chapter 4 Process Grouping 4: Concept Validation
Chapter 5 Phase II. Preparation and Production.
Process Grouping 5: Business Case Analysis
Chapter 6 Process Grouping 6: Resource Management
Chapter 7 Process Grouping 7: Documentation
Chapter 8 Process Grouping 8: Production
Chapter 9 Phase III. Delivery. Process Grouping 9: Marketing,
Sales, and Delivery
Chapter 10 Process Grouping 10: After-Sales Services
Chapter 11 Process Grouping 11: Performance Analysis
Chapter 12 Process Grouping 12: Transformation
Dr. H. James Harrington is the International Quality Advisor for Ernst & Young and Chairman of the Board of Emergence Technology Ltd., a high tech software manufacturer and developer. He also serves on the Board of Directors of a number of national and international companies. Dr. Harrington is past Chairman and past President of the prestigious International Academy for Quality and of the American Society for Quality control. He is an "A" level member of ISO's T.C. 176 that wrote the ISO 9000 Quality System standards and T.C. 207 that wrote the ISO 14000 environmental standards. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the 14000 Environmental Management Foundation. Since joining Ernst & Young, Dr. Harrington has divided his time between working with executives to develop and implement performance improvement plans, and developing new approaches to performance improvement. As a member of the National office he has been directing his efforts to using new, creative approaches to keep Ernst & Young at the leading edge in the quality consulting field.