Category: Idea Management

Creating the Solverboard ecosystem: capturing, measuring and rewarding collective intelligence for real business value

Today our core business tool, Solverboard for Business, got a host of updated features as well as a fresh new look and a new name: Solverboard Work. But that’s not all that’s changed: the new Solverboard Work is just part of our Solverboard ecosystem of tools, designed to allow organisations to access the human intelligence… Read more »

Imagine an organisation where anything is possible – and then make it so

This article recently ran on Raconteur.net as part of a Times supplement on Enterprise Agility.Fans of science fiction will know that in the future almost anything is possible. Whether it’s neural laces for human-to-computer communication, phasers set to stun or kill, sentient spaceships, depressed androids or interplanetary travel at beyond the speed of light, sci-fi… Read more »

Wondering about using innovation software? A few things to think about

Photo by Tachina Lee on Unsplash Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. It’s a confusing old world out there sometimes. Innovation software, idea management platforms, crowdsourcing platforms, open innovation tools – it’s hard to know whether you… Read more »

Everything begins with an idea – New Solverboard Feature

Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. Every day, thousands of ideas might be going to waste in your organisation. We designed Solverboard to help organisations engage their people and generate ideas around business challenges – but just… Read more »

And the winner is……Team Sky challenge results

It’s official – there’s some serious creative thinkers out there. A staggering 317 ideas were submitted to Team Sky’s first open challenge on Solverboard, ranging from developing apps to filming races with helmet cams to fantasy cycling teams.  Following an intensive review process, the winning idea and two runners up have now been selected and… Read more »

We’re half way with Team Sky, and it’s looking good!

We’re at the half way mark of the Team Sky Open Innovation Challenge – and the ideas are flooding in! Over 230 ideas have been submitted on the Team Sky Solverboard site, and there are some excellent suggestions already – some technical, some digital, and some simple but potentially incredibly powerful. We tracked down David… Read more »

We’re helping Team Sky shift gears with their first open innovation challenge

  Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. It’s a whirlwind of lycra, pedals and helmets in the Solverboard offices today as we launch Team Sky’s first ever open innovation challenge – the first of a series designed… Read more »

New and improved Solverboard for Business

  Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. We’re finally there: the business version of our platform is now available in a new and improved flavour.Over the past few months we’ve been working away behind the scenes putting… Read more »

How to make a success of innovation in your organisation

Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. While we’d love to think that all you need to get innovation projects up and running in your organisation is to start using Solverboard, we know that it’s a bit more… Read more »

Innovation Conversations – Simon Jones, Head of Innovation, Team Sky

This is a side project of mine, running a series of interviews with interesting and unusual people working in innovation – Innovation Conversations.Solverboard has recently started supporting this project, and the latest conversation in the series was with Simon Jones, the Head of Innovation at Team Sky. See below for the beginning of the interview,… Read more »

How to make the most of your first 30 days on Solverboard for Business

  Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. Please note: this post references a whole heap of How To guides to help you use Solverboard as effectively as possible. Some of them are still in the process of… Read more »

Why Marlon Brando is a clue to workplace creativity

I’ve been interviewing innovation professionals over the last few months for a series of articles I’m calling ‘Innovation Conversations’, and one thing they all agree on is that anyone can be a creative thinker. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what job you do, or whether you’re an extravert or an intravert, you are capable… Read more »

Are you an adaptor or an innovator?

It turns out that knowing the answer to that question is incredibly useful: for individuals, for managers, and for anyone hoping to build a culture of innovation in their organisation. Read on to find out why. For the last two days, the Solverboard team has been working on its creative problem-solving in a workshop run… Read more »

We’re powering Social Media Week Bristol – come and join the discussion!

Social Media Week is coming to Bristol, Solverboard’s home city, from the 14th to the 18th November – and we’re really excited to be powering some of the discussions. Social Media Week is a great to learn, exchange ideas and stimulate discussions – and we’re using our Solverboard Open tool to start the discussions this week,… Read more »

Technology, convergence and innovation

Some interesting thoughts this week here at Solverboard about technology and convergence. It all started with Anil Dash’s article on Medium which argues that there is no such thing as a technology industry any more. Anil’s point is that with technology underpinning almost every aspect of our lives, both professional and personal, it no longer… Read more »

e3′s four models of innovation – and how we can help

Our near neighbours, digital marketing agency e3 media, have been running a series of events around innovation recently, talking to executives from companies as diverse as Vodafone, Unicef, AXA and HMV about what innovation means to them, and how they go about encouraging it. (Innovation is an strong area of focus for e3, which has… Read more »

Exponential growth, exponential thinking

This week, a piece on HBR caught our eye – How to Create an Exponential Mindset.Some of you may have read the Ismail, Malone and van Geest book on Exponential Organisations that came out in 2014. If you haven’t, this TechCrunch article is a useful summary: essentially, exponential organisations combine an abundant resource (for example,… Read more »

Open innovation in biopharma

We picked up a useful guide published by Deloitte recently – published last year but still very relevant today: “Executing an open innovation model: co-operation is key to competition for biopharmaceutical companies”.  It’s a relatively short but punchy guide to why open innovation would prove beneficial to the industry, along with a clear explanation of… Read more »

Are you in idea debt?

You know when you have a fantastic idea – for a project, or a blog post, or just a really well crafted tweet? Sometimes, you can spend so long thinking about the idea in question that it never actually happens, despite you having spent hours, even days, thinking about how you’re going to do it… Read more »

The benefits of Open Innovation

“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else” Joy’s Law, attributed to Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy What if the next big idea in your industry is not in one of your employees’ heads, but in someone else’s? Maybe a small start-up, in a back bedroom somewhere, has the… Read more »

Absorptive Capacity – what is it, and do you have any?

How good is your organisation at assimilating new information or knowledge? Do your people have the ability and time to find out what’s new in your industry and apply it to your organisation?John Bessant, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Exeter University, has written a really useful blog about building absorptive capacity in your organisation…. Read more »