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-Fr. Gerard Harkin!
Founder at 3inno, author of Innovation Unplugged
Why Innovation Confessions?
There is huge value in learning from failure, yet many organisations still view failure as something to avoid, particularly in innovation programmes. Having worked for twenty-five years in the field of innovation, I can tell you first-hand that it is rare for organisations to see failures in innovation projects as opportunities to improve.
Innovation Confessions (launched in June 2017) is about inviting innovators to share lessons learned from failed innovation projects so we can all learn from them. It involves the 'crowd' to enhance innovation performance, and turn failure from a statistic into real learning.
It is a fact of life that not all innovation projects succeed, many fail. Innovation has a prospect of uncertainty - it always has, and it always will. For example, decisions are taken without having enough information about a customer or market, new technology developments can take longer than expected, pushing technology at customers, and the establishment of new supply chains rarely go according to plan. Also, competitors may respond in unexpected ways, and changes in market dynamics can impact the direction you are taking. Innovation projects are also dependent on internal factors such as management support, having budget and the right team, a proper process, etc. The list goes on and on.
Behind every successful innovation project, there are lessons to be learned from failures that occurred, but there is a reluctance to learn from failures. Maybe it is because we view failures as something bad. Or perhaps it is because extracting the key learning from a failure isn’t straightforward. And I wonder if the age of innovation awards doesn't help. With so much focus on awards and success, are companies less likely to acknowledge and learn from failure?
Topics will be searchable, making it easy to find the right information for your innovation project.
I hope Innovation Confessions will be a great resource for innovators, helping people across the whole life-cycle of a project, from project setup, to running a project, conducting risk assessments, and the post-project reviews.