1st Edition

A Guide to Innovation Processes and Solutions for Government




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ISBN 9781498721578
Published August 25, 2015 by CRC Press
254 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In today’s knowledge-driven global environment, fueled by an ever-increasing appetite for timely information, decision makers and senior leaders across all government agencies are seeking new ways to boost efficiencies. A Guide to Innovation Processes and Solutions in Government provides a roadmap for successful implementation of innovation for government organizations and subcontractors and suppliers working for the federal government.

The book details proven tools and processes that can make significant improvements in how the federal sector handles opportunities for innovation. It introduces the authors’ transformational innovation approach that is easy to implement. The N2OVATE™ process, selects the best innovation value-driven projects for implementation.

Presenting insights that can help readers bridge the gap between the shareholder, stakeholder, and customer, the book includes descriptive examples and a case study that illustrate the application of the N2OVATE™ methodology. It explains what it takes to achieve sustained innovation success within the federal sector and includes numerous easy-to-follow assessments, process flowcharts, tools, and strategies for achieving sustained innovation success within any government agency or organization.

The book guides you through the innovation process, from assessment to strategy to project implementation. It not only tells you what to do, but also how to do it. Seamless, robust, and reliable technology coupled with a proper innovation management approach can provide the mechanism for sustained innovation success. After reading this book, you will better understand what it takes to increase your innovation opportunity outcome while reducing waste, inefficiencies, and ineffectiveness.

Table of Contents

Why This Book Is Necessary
Introduction
Why Innovation Is Such a Difficult Goal to Achieve
Ongoing Research
Culture and the Environment
Dynamic Capabilities
Requirements
Assessment
Strategies for Innovation
Innovation Process Management
Incremental Innovation
Summary

Innovation: A Combination of Perspectives
Introduction
Coalescence/Combination
Opinions: Expanding the Definition of Innovation
A Research Study
Background
Summarizing the Results

The Contribution of Satisfaction
Needs (Requirements) Satisfaction
User (Customer) Satisfaction
The Amalgamation of Choices
The Importance of Information
The Influence of Judgment
Knowledge
Experiences
Performance

Inclusion
Summary
Discussion Questions
Assignments

Cultural and Environmental Influences on Innovation
Introduction
Large-Scale Cultural Influences: Individual Perspective
National Cultures
Ethnicities (Diversity?)
Organizational Cultures
Type of Government (Political System) Influences
Affiliate Cultures
Family
Peers (Friends)

Estimating the Effect of Culture on Innovation
Culture and the Environment
Use of Alliances in the Public Domain
A Leader’s Role in Creating a Culture of Innovation
Summary
Discussion Questions
Assignments

Dynamic Capabilities: The Power of Innovation
Introduction
Dynamic Capabilities
Dynamic Capabilities and the Leader
A Case for Process Mapping
Benefits of Process Mapping for Innovation
Lean Concepts
Cause and Effect
Summary
Discussion Questions
Assignments

Needs and Requirements: How to Initiate Sustained Successful Innovation
Introduction
Requirements, Core Competency, and Mission Set Definition
Acquiring Capabilities and Addressing Capability Gaps
The Defense Acquisition System
Joint Capabilities and Integration Development System
Planning, Programming, Budget, and Execution Process
Managing the Complexities of the DAS, JCIDS, and PPBE Relationship
Sequestration
JCIDS and the Requirements Generation Process
Systemic Leadership Challenges within the Requirements Definition Process
Summary
Discussion Questions
Assignment

Organizational Assessment: Is the Organization Ready for Innovation?
Introduction
Organizational Evaluation
Initial Assessment: Organizational Readiness for Innovation
Interpretation
Actions

Evaluating Innovation Success
Interpretation
Actions

Evaluating Agency and Organizational Culture
Assessing the Work Environment
Interpretation
Actions

Innovation Readiness
Step 1: Needs (Requirements) and New Ideas
Step 2: Nominate and Normalize
Step 3: Objectify and Operationalize
Step 4: Verify and Validate
Step 5: Align and Adapt
Step 6: Track and Transfer Performance
Step 7: Evaluate and Execute
Scoring
Interpretation
Action
s
N2OVATE™ IR Proficiency
Assessment of Needs (Requirements) and Values
Summary
Discussion Questions
Assignments

Organizational Diagnostics: Through the Looking Glass
Introduction
Why Perform Diagnostics?
Diagnostic Elements
Situational Analysis
Environmental Scan
Active Data (Information) Sources
Passive Data (Information) Sources
Summarize the Information
Assessment
Building a Profile
Causal Inquiry

Summary
Discussion Questions
Assignments

Innovation Strategies: Design for Success
Introduction
Organizational Scale
Existing Strategies
Innovation Strategy Types
Strategy 1: Ad Hoc
Strategy 2: Supplier Based
Strategy 3: Directive Driven
Strategy 4: R&D Emphasis
Strategy 5: Science Based
Strategy 6: No Strategy

Mission, Vision, and Purpose Statements
Compatibility with Organizational Outcomes and Functions
Constructing an Innovation Strategy
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Analysis
Assembling the Strategy
Persistence

Implementing an Innovation Strategy
Success Factors
Summary
Discussion Questions
Assignments

Selecting an Innovation Project: Projects that Add Lasting Value
Introduction
Step 1: Assessment
Step 2: Normalize and Nominate
Step 3: Objectify and Operationalize
Step 4: Validate and Verify
Step 5: Adaptation and Alignment
Acceptance of Change
Step 6: Tabulate and Track Performance
Step 7: Execute and Evaluate
Summary
Discussion Questions
Assignments

Leading Innovation Project Success: From Concept to Reality
Introduction
The Impact of Innovation
Macroinnovation
Microinnovation
Implementing a Successful Project
Scenario 1: Incremental Improvement
Scenario 2: Replacement

Summary
Discussion Questions
Assignments

The Federal Government: 2015 and Beyond
Introduction
Summary

References

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Dr. Greg McLaughlin is a managing partner at Innovation Processes and Solutions, LLC. He brings a broad set of technical and practical expertise in quality improvement, innovation, and data analysis. Beginning as an analyst, he progressed quickly to director of research at a Fortune 200 company. Refining his skills in continuous quality improvement, he worked for Dr. W. Edwards Deming as instructor/ consultant. Greg authored a book for research and development in organizations (Total Quality in Research and Development, 1995) committed to quality improvement. He was an early adopter of Six Sigma and worked many years as a Six Sigma Senior Master Black Belt, saving organizations over $300 million. Many projects resulted in innovative products and services. His most accomplished skill is in interpreting data and finding a practical application. He can look beyond the numbers to find a solution to complex problems.

Dr. William R. Kennedy is currently a primary managing partner at Innovation Processes and Solutions (IPS) Consulting. He is an award-winning and internationally recognized organizational leader and author with over 30 years experience in the public and private sectors.

Buzz has an extensive background in leadership and management in information technology, defense, and aerospace acquisition, requirements, and program management. He is also considered a subject matter expert in strategy and innovation development, manufacturing and production, reliability-centered maintenance, Lean manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management, and training program development, design, and instruction.

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