Day 2: Front End of Innovation 2015

On the second day of FEI Vienna, we hosted the action-packed workshop “Strategy Tools – in action” with 40+ global innovators and executives. Intense, fast-paced and incredibly exciting day in Vienna.

Before kicking off our workshop we attended Holger Nils Pohl’s workshop in visual strategy thinking. Holger is our friend, advisory board member and visual genius. He thought us some great new visual strategy tools witch is perfect for mapping out the strategic future for a company. The timing was perfect because many of the speakers on the first day talked about the importance of creating a strategic map. It also complements our Strategy Tools for the Next Generation. Thanks!

Holger Nils Pohl
Holger Nils Pohl
Visual strategy workshop with Holger Nils Pohl
Visual strategy workshop with Holger Nils Pohl

 

Workshop by Engage // Innovate:
Strategy Tools – In Action

After lunch we were ready to start our workshop “Strategy Tools – In action”. One of the key challenges we help our clients tackle, is developing new more innovative strategies. A part of our mission is to change how the world works on strategy and innovation. Hosting workshops like this to teach global brands and innovation managers how to use our strategy and innovation tools is a big step on the way. We had participants including LegoAribusBayer Business ServiceKuwait Oil CompanyEuropean Patent Office and Louis Vuitton.  Around the tables in Vienna we heard a lot of good discussions on why we need new strategy and innovation tools.

See the presentation, photos, graphic recordings and feedback from our workshop in Vienna.

The Engage // Innovarte team
The Engage // Innovarte team

 

“Excellent approach”

The attendees worked in groups with strategy tools like the “strategic innovation canvas“, “three levels of business models” and “transformation architecture“. The tool “transformation architecture” was launched on our recent Strategy Summit in Stavanger. This tool is great for mapping out the architecture of strategy in any company.

While many of our oil and gas clients back in Norway are currently struggling with industry shifts, several of our workshop participants in Vienna brought up similar challenges when working on our tools. Many stated that it wasn’t a lack of ideas that had put them in a slow-moving situation, but old tools and poor processes internally.

“Excellent session. This is what I came to Vienna for”

Engage // Innovate workshop
Engage // Innovate workshop

 

See more photos from the session at our Flickr account

During the rest of the conference we attendees some great workshops, and saw a lot of interesting presentations. Thanks for a great event!

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Day 2: Front End of Innovation 2015

Day 1: Front End of Innovation in Vienna

Earlier this month we attended the 9th annual Front End of Innovation conference in Vienna (FEI EMEA). FEI is a global event brand that has become the annual meeting place of the most seasoned innovators across the globe. The conference is packed with innovative companies and thinkers, great keynote speakers, workshops and field trips.

“It’s not about ideas, it’s about moving the company in the right direction the next 10 years”
Ed Hebblethwaite, Seymourpowell

The first day started with some great keynote speakers from Google, Disney, ShellShackleton Energy and Zaptec to mention some. Two of our friends from the space & energy industry gave us a real brain stretch. Both Jim Keravala from Shackleton Energy and Brage Johansen from Zaptec were invited to speak about their missions in space.

“Every company should have a space program”
Brage Johansen, Zaptec

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Jim talked about the worlds three big coming challenges: energy, fresh water and communication, and how their mission in space will help solve these problems. It is safe to say that the audience was mesmerized by his talk and perspective on the industry.

“It’s just like building an oil rig, only in space”
Shackleton Energy

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Our own Christian Rangen moderated the last session of the day and we got some great presentations from Christopher Chapman, Global Creativity & Innovation Director at The Walt Disney Company, and Michele R. Weslander Quaid, Chief Innovation Evangelist at Google.

“Find your purpose”
Christopher Chapman, Global Creativity & Innovation Director at The Walt Disney Company

 

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Christopher focused on the humane aspect of innovation. He was a great storyteller, as we would expect from a director at Disney. Michele from Google gave a great presentation where she talked about how they worked with innovation within Google. She also stated that the three biggest barriers to innovation is culture, policy and technology.

“Give people freedom, they will amaze you”
Michele R. Weslander Quaid, Chief Innovation Evangelist at Google.

Google’s Founding Principles 

  • Ideas comes from everywhere
  • Share everything you can
  • Rapid innovation, not perfection
  • Give employees a license to pursue dreams
  • Use data-based (apolitical) decision making
  • Focus on the users

The day ended with a visit to a traditional Austrian restaurant. We had an incredible innovation crew dinner with Google, Zaptec, RB, Bombardier, Phillips, Int, Innovation Dock, Holger Nils Pohl and Nordic Climate Lead.

Vienna_Dinner photo

 

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Day 1: Front End of Innovation in Vienna