Articles by GroundControl

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The Top 5 Innovation Books For 2020

Table of Contents 1. Testing Business Ideas – David Bland & Alexander Osterwalder 2. Pirates In The Navy – Tendayi Viki3. The Fearless Organization – Amy C. Edmondson4. Winning Now, Winning Later – David M. Cote5. The Corporate Startup – Tendayi Viki, Dan Toma & Esther Gons It is easy to get overwhelmed with all the […]


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Innovation Ecosystem
The 5 conditions for professionalizing innovation

Table of Contents 1. A clear understanding of what kind of innovation falls under what system in the company2. Agreement on a ‘company-wide’ product lifecycle or framework3. A unified way of working or a systematic approach to innovation 4. A new set of KPI’s that reflect the search rather than financial outcome5. A VC-approach to investment […]


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Measuring Innovation Portfolio
The best way to start measuring innovation

Here at GroundControl, we’ve seen that some managers don’t (initially) like to add startups to their portfolios when trying our product. Instead we see them taking a lot of time figuring out on their own how they should structure and measure their innovation program. While it’s completely understandable that they don’t want to throw their […]


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Measuring Innovation Portfolio
How to measure that innovations are moving forward

We struggle to iterate quickly – I’d like to identify metrics to demonstrate that innovations are moving forward? This challenge from the first Group Call at Innov8ers really caught my eye. It is a struggle that we’ve seen a lot with both our own startups and the corporate startup teams that we’ve coached over the years. Especially […]


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Measuring Innovation Portfolio
The 3 Innovation KPIs to get started with innovation accounting

How to start with innovation accounting? We start with measuring the following three innovation KPIs from corporate startups.


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Innovation Ecosystem
The Innovation Management Matrix

Setting up a dedicated management system for startup innovation is something that can be only done if there is a clear way of deciding what is what. Ultimately this is one of the necessary steps in professionalising innovation within your company.


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Innovation Framework
The difference between the NEXT Canvas and the Business Model Canvas

The NEXT Canvas and the BMC are not mutually exclusive, but work well together as tools to create, test and renew ideas.


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Innovation Ecosystem
Kickstart corporate innovation by building a Minimum Viable Ecosystem

In our book The Corporate Startup, we describe what an innovation ecosystem is and how you can build an innovation ecosystem within your company. An ecosystem is needed to foster innovation company-wide, with the right governance in the right places, and multiple ways to do innovation. Where everyone knows how to do innovation, how to […]


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Innovation Ecosystem
Innovate or die! What does innovation mean in your company?

Apart from the well known adagium it is the most common answer I get when talking to companies about their most urgent reasons to innovate.


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Innovation Framework
Introducing the NEXT Canvas

The NEXT Canvas visualizes the four types of proof an idea needs to become a profitable business model


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Innovation Ecosystem
Governance is the key to company-wide innovation

A lot of organizations we work with today recognize the innovation rhythm and the difference between searching and executing. The rhythm of innovation is different and less linear than that of other corporate processes. Innovation is the search for a business model of which we do not know if it will work, whereas corporates are […]


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Innovation Ecosystem
An executive summary of The Corporate Startup

The best way to innovate is for a large company to view itself as an innovation ecosystem. Because of its core business, an established company cannot be as flexible as a startup, which can focus itself on creating one single product. Instead, established companies need to increase their innovation capabilities from within, without endangering their […]


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