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Innovation Practice: Lean Innovation

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Open only to partners of the Innovation SuperNetwork, our Innovation Practice seminar series provides training and support for people who are working day-to-day supporting businesses in the North East. Business support organisations and professionals will come across all kinds of different issues so it's impossible to be an expert in everything. Instead, Innovation Practice is about giving them a grounding in innovation, using practical examples. This way, when they are working with businesses they will know what questions to ask and either help them directly or refer them to the right specialists.

The November seminar is about Lean Innovation. Springing out of the better-known Lean Start-up ideology, Lean Innovation provides arguably the best blueprint for how to evaluate and progress innovative ideas, cheaply and effectively. Developed originally in the US, the approach is now deeply embedded in the US innovation ecosystem and its use has expanded from start-ups to major companies and even the public sector. This seminar will introduce you to the fundamentals of the approach and will use a real life example to illustrate how the principles can be applied to the assessment and progression of innovative ideas.

Our first speaker is Dr. Mike Addison. Mike has more than 30 years' experience of innovation within a major multinational renowned for its innovation performance (P&G). He is particularly knowledgeable on what is needed to develop and maintain an innovation culture in organisations, how to apply strategy effectively to the development of new business growth opportunities, and all aspects of product development ranging from technology identification, IP strategy development, business model development, prototyping and market research. For the last 10 years of his corporate career, Mike was responsible for pioneering P&G’s Open Innovation strategy in the UK, with a particular focus on its application to the generation of completely new business opportunities for development within its Future Works corporate incubator business unit.

Following early retirement from P&G he spent two years with Newcastle Science City. During this time Mike developed a keen understanding of Lean Innovation procedures, which he employed to good effect with his clients. Mike has a long history of teaching innovation. He currently presents lectures on numerous aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship at Imperial Business School, Bath Business School, Newcastle University and for Scottish Enterprise.

We'll then be bringing in two examples of businesses who have adopted Lean Innovation in their work:

Tracerco, part of Johnson Matthey Plc, is a world leading industrial technology company providing unique and specialised detection, diagnostic and measurement solutions. Their goal is to drive technical innovation to bring significant benefits to customers in the petroleum industry and in the security tagging niches the company serves. Tim Hough is Technology Development Manager and leads the Tracerco R&D Engineering team. In this role, he has been exploring the usage of Lean Startup and Agile methodologies for Lean Innovation and introduction of new products and services to the market that truly delight customers.

EvaluAgent helps contact centres deliver an outstanding customer experience through workforce engagement. Their platform is used by contact centres of all sizes, delivering higher levels of employee engagement and customer satisfaction for clients. Jonny Bradshaw is Director of Business Development at EvaluAgent and has been instrumental in their adoption of lean innovation as a tool for assessing new ideas and ensuring fit with customer needs.

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