Innovation is the hot new business buzzword. It seems that we can't get through an article or attend a meeting without being hit over the head with the importance of innovation. It makes sense. CEOs understand that innovation is the key to staying ahead of their competitors. Government executives know that innovation is essential to cope with shrinking budgets and dwindling staff. It's just that both are now noticing that a cost-effective way to innovate is to take advantage of the great ideas of the employees they are already paying. Hence, the push for innovation in every business summit. Innovation is not exactly innovative. It's just being rebranded.
If we are seeking to innovate our products or service offerings, it only makes sense that we should seek to innovate the processes that underpin their successful delivery. For a stodgy old profession like PM, a frustrated colleague confided to me this week that so-called "out of the box" thinking can be challenging. So, how do we innovate in project management?
Below are some suggestions for how to improve your (and your clients') innovation mindset: