Category Archives: Process & Tools

Examples of the small wins process, principles & tools

Why don’t we celebrate innovation success more?

Why don’t we celebrate innovation success more?
I am surprised when I work with leadership groups how often they mention the ‘C’ problem. Celebration. They realise that they are not very good at celebrating innovation success. Perhaps it is because with large scale innovation it happens so rarely. Or they are so busy. Or leaders have forgotten how to celebrate. Or the the innovation results has not gone according to plan. Whatever the reason. Leaders recognise this is a missed opportunity. This is partly why I created the ... Read more

Small wins innovation is all about tests or experiments

Small wins innovation is all about tests or experiments
Testing or experimenting is the  second step in the small wins innovation process: – Create – Test -Measure – Learn and – Share It is vital in the innovation process. Here is how Roger Schank – Psychologist, Computer scientist and author explains it: ‘ Experimentation is something done by everyone all the time. Babies experiment with what might be good to put in their mouths. Toddlers experiment with various behaviours to see what they can get away with. ... Read more

What frustrates your consumer?

What frustrates your consumer?
Another great place to start innovating is to ask: What frustrates our consumers, clients or users of our product or service? In the language of small wins innovation these are the moments of small losses. Select one. Now apply the small wins innovation process to develop a better, faster, easier solution as with this example. The brand has now made it easier to open the bottle — it’s so simple! Read more

What about 1 small act of kindness each day

What about 1 small act of kindness each day
*This post was inspired by the actions of a Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy (D). As the anniversary of the Newtown shootings approaches, he decided to do something different to honor the memory of those who lost their lives: spend his day on small acts of kindness. Inspired by a Newtown student who performed 26 acts of kindness, each one representing a child or teacher killed by gunman Adam Lanza, Sen. Chris Murphy (D) spent an entire day driving around the state performing the same number ... Read more

What is your 1% goal in the next 30 days?

What is your 1% goal in the next 30 days?
Here is a great way to start the small wins innovation process. Select one aspect of your life. e.g. making more new business calls If you are a leader select a team goal e.g. starting meetings on time Now try and improve upon it by 1% in the next 30 days. The small wins innovation process is an ideal way for you to achieve this (i.e. create, test, measure, learn & share). In the next 30 days select another 1% goal. Encourage others to do the same. Create a 1% movement in your ... Read more

A real case study of a small change that saved thousands of dollars

A real case study of a small change that saved thousands of dollars
Here is a powerful example of the power of small wins that I found in Personnel Today. Sometimes the smallest ideas make a significant difference. At Sainsbury’s, someone on the shop floor worked out that while the popularity of mangoes went up after a “two for £2.50″ deal, the packaging they came in accommodated five mangoes, so there tended to be a lot of wastage because of the odd number. Repackaging the fruit so it came in boxes of six has saved the company around £60,000 – all thanks ... Read more

The 4 P’s of small wins innovation

The 4 P’s of small wins innovation
Here are the 4 P’s of small wins innovation: Purpose – to continually try and make a small difference to people’s lives (the why). Problem — Innovation starts with a specific issue, challenge, opportunity or a new question (i.e. the what). People – Small passionate & energised teams with a formal or informal leader (i.e. the who) Process — this is the ‘how’ of small wins innovation (i.e. 5 steps — create, test, measure, learn & ... Read more

Here is a creative thinking tool that works

Here is a creative thinking tool that works
I recently was the guest speaker at a ceremony among health care workers who received a diploma of project management. Each group of these amazing people tried to redesign or address an existing health care issue. Their starting point was always what is the ideal patient experience? They could then compare this with the current patient experience to highlight the gaps. This is a powerful creative thinking tool that you can use in the create stage of the small wins innovation process. If you ... Read more