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.
If we want to become better at innovation, we need to learn from failed and near failed initiatives.
Innovation Confessions (launched in July 2017) invites people to share lessons learned from failed (and near failed) innovation projects, so we can all learn.
Want to get involved? Read on!
Innovation projects are also dependent on internal factors such as management support, having the right budget and 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.
What if we collectively learned from mistakes? What if stories and key learning from failed or near-failed innovation projects could be shared more openly? Think of the contribution it would make to innovators around the world. That’s where Innovation Confessions comes in!
If you work in a large corporation, a not-for-profit organisation or you’re a social innovator, you have at least one innovation confession to make. Submit your story and help make Innovation Confessions a success. You might come from an R&D, marketing, IT, commercial, strategy, sales, etc. background, but work on an innovation related programme.
I hope Innovation Confessions will be a great resource, 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.
Go to 3inno.com to submit a story.
Director of 3inno