Get ideas from external innovators, startups and partners
Great innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Create idea competitions, challenges, or just simple input forms to solicit ideas and new opportunities from entrepreneurs, startups, partners or others. Provide as much context or structure as needed and link data forms directly from your website with our API. Use external innovators to feed your opportunity funnel.
Collect & Prioritize Ideas from Employees, Teams & Departments
Engaging employees, teams and departments in the innovation process creates greater engagement, buy-in and ownership for implementation. Collect and prioritize ideas from individual employees or provide secure private spaces for teams and departments focused on specific opportunities or challenges.
Scan Market Trends, Customer Pain Points & Technologies
Innovation occurs at the intersection of market trends, customer pain points and emerging technologies that create solutions to important problems. The Market Scanning app gives you a structure and proven templates to collect, organize and prioritize information so it becomes insight – insight into the specific market opportunities that you should pursue. Integrate your own sources of data from market research and external databases to give teams specific information for their scans.
Identify, Define & Prioritize Growth Platforms
The most innovative organizations don’t just start generating ideas. They step back and identify and prioritize the “growth platforms” that represent mega-trends, emerging market spaces, or future disruptions that will become big opportunities. Growth platforms then become the catalyst for additional research and ideation, which lead to portfolios of product, service, and business model concepts. Use our Growth Platform app to create your platform priorities to provide guidance for your ideation process, concept development and overall innovation portfolio management process.
Move Product & Service Portfolios through Phases & Gates
Innovation requires discipline. Use the Innovation Phases and Gates process to build out new product and service concepts, prioritize the best opportunities, assign project teams, and track progress through specific phases of development. Use our best practice templates or tailor concept formats and processes to fit your existing innovation model. A robust dashboard tracks individual project progress and provides roll-ups for projected revenue, portfolio pipeline health, product and service mix, and more.
Give Innovation Project Teams the Tools for Success
The best innovation teams define clear objectives, set clear success metrics, and collaborate using leading edge approaches based on “lean” innovation practices, business model innovation frameworks, and disciplined project implementation. Create an unlimited number of Innovation Project Team workspaces that give your teams everything they need to be successful. Use our best practice templates and incorporate your own organization’s tools to create a fully customized work space that supports your innovation process.
Use Open Innovation to Source External Technology & IP
Innovation doesn’t just happen in R&D departments. Today, “Open Innovation” is a fundamental strategy for sourcing emerging technologies and other intellectual property from startups, universities, think tanks, suppliers, and other partners. Having a clear Open Innovation process is essential, especially one that is directly tied to and that supports your growth platforms and innovation portfolios. Use the Open Innovation app to identify external innovation targets, prioritize them, engage with them, and move them through a phased process of evaluation, from investigation to proof-of-concept to full innovation partnership.
Great software? Yes. But we give you something as important: Deep knowledge about what drives innovation, with expert guidance to create your innovation strategy and process.
Learn the latest best practices in innovation management from our resident innovation expert, Soren Kaplan. Video tutorials give your team the success factors for true strategic innovation.
Soren Kaplan is an Affiliate at the Center for Effective Organizations at USC’s Marshall School of Business, a columnist for Inc. Magazine, and author of the bestselling and award-winning books Leapfrogging and The Invisible Advantage. He is a co-founder of upBOARD and has been recognized by the Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top thought leaders in strategy and innovation.
Best Practice: Innovation Stages & Gates
Best Practice: Open Innovation Process
Our platform gives you the best innovation management processes and templates, instantly out-of-the-box. We’ve integrated the best tools and templates from across disciplines like strategy, change management, operations and project management from our growing library of business best practices to create a powerful solution that’s both easy to customize and simple to use. Get going instantly or let us build a custom solution using a combination of your existing processes and ours. Some of the many best practice templates we can plug and play into your online platform include:
Strategic Plans, Innovation Processes & Metrics Dashboards All in One Place.
Unlike traditional innovation software tools, upBOARD’s Innovation Command Center provides best practice tools, templates, and dashboards that instantly jump start your innovation process – by giving you the plans, processes, and progress dashboards that keep you on track.
We give innovation teams, innovation departments, and enterprise innovation functions a robust platform for managing all aspects of what it takes to identify and define opportunities, build and share innovation process capabilities, and track and report meaningful metrics. No more piecemeal tools, outdated PowerPoint presentations, and disconnected data. upBOARD’s Innovation Command Center is an unparalleled solution for anyone leading innovation.
Our work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine and other leading media. And our software reflects our expertise – by integrating the world’s leading-edge processes, tools, and metrics dashboards from the latest business strategy and innovation best practices.
Working in an Innovation Group?
Gain insight from innovation expert, Soren Kaplan, on the capabilities needed for corporate innovation groups, including a full overview of upBOARD’s Innovation Command Center.
More than Ideation—We Help Teams Test, Validate, and Scale their Innovations.
Most “idea management” software platforms focus on the very front end of the innovation process through providing ways to collect ideas either as open calls or through idea challenges. While this is valuable for feeding the funnel, most ideas are typically incremental. And once the top ideas are selected, individuals and teams are left to their own devices to test, validate, and scale their ideas. Few software platforms provide the support or structure around design thinking or lean startup type processes.
upBOARD was designed from scratch by seasoned experts who know how to scale big ideas. Our tools and processes aren’t just valuable for incremental ideas, but also the bigger opportunities and disruptive innovations. By combining simple processes, tools, templates, and metrics dashboards, we give teams a jump start – it’s just like having an expert innovation consultant guiding the process.
Our innovation software platform is fully scalable. Create an end-to-end approach or select individual tools to support your innovation team or entire organization around almost any innovation process:
- Identify Customer Problems, Needs & Jobs to be Done
- Generate & Collect Ideas
- Prioritize and Select Ideas
- Test Assumptions
- Develop Opportunities
- Manage the Portfolio
- Track Metrics & Progress
Communicate Up, Down and Across—Effortlessly.
Few companies engage executives, teams, employees and partners in a truly collaborative model. Innovation managers often piecemeal together various communication, document management, and collaboration tools that create complexity and actually hinder innovation.
upBOARD’s flexible Innovation Command Center software platform transforms your innovation process into a living “board” that’s always on and available for everyone to use and see. With your plans, process, and progress metrics in a single place, upBOARD allows you to assign and engage individuals and teams as owners of specific opportunities, metrics, and process steps to ensure accountability. We help you keep everyone up to speed and on board in ways that accelerate decision-making, action, and business results.