Vadim Kotelnikov    

Radical Innovation

High-value Innovation – a Key Driver of Growth, Profitability, and Competitive Advantage


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Radical Innovation Radical Project Management Radical Innovation case studies Fuzzy Front End Specific Skills of a Radical Project Leader New-to-the-World Product Development Blue Ocean Strategy Uncertainties and Challenges Technology Innovation Innovation Project Management: 2 Approaches Radical Innovation: Definition Radical Innovation and Radical Project Management




Fuzzy Front End

High and Multidimensional Uncertainties that Must Be Resolved

  1. Technical uncertainties – issues related to completeness and correctness of the underlying scientific knowledge and the technical specifications... More


Disruptive innovations
enable rapid growth, and create
high return on investment


10 Commandments of Innovation

Be different. Strive to change the name of the game – introduce radical innovations... More

Mechanisms To Stimulate Radical Idea Generation

Motivational tools  >>>

Creative Dissatisfaction  >>>

Strategic Intent

Innopreneurial Games

Kore 10 Innovative Thinking Tools

Organizational mechanisms

Freedom To Fail  >>  Noble Failure

Bridge the Conversion Gap
between your Knowledge Base and Radical Innovation Projects

Incremental versus Radical Innovation1





Cost or feature improvements in existing products and/or processes

Development of new businesses, products and/or processes








Linear and continuous

Sporadic and discontinuous



Systemic Innovation: 7 Areas Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book


Innovation-friendly Organization



Seven Managerial Challenges and
Competencies Required to Address the Challenges

By: Harvard Business School1





Generating radical ideas and capturing them in the “fuzzy front end”

Generation of good ideas

Recognition of opportunities enabled by breakthroughs

Development and implementation of an effective approach to initial evaluation

Practicing loose-tight leadership to manage radical idea generation and selection... More


Innovation Is Love Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

The Virtuous Circle of Experimentation

Benefit from Your Competitors


5 Critical Success Factors for New Ventures

According to Peter Drucker

Traditional Strategy versus Strategic Innovation

Traditional approaches

Strategic Innovation approach

Focus on incremental innovation

Seeks breakthrough, disruptive innovation – while continuing to build the core


What Is Radical Innovation?

Radical innovation, concerned with exploration of new technology, is fundamentally different from incremental innovation that is concerned with exploitation of existing technology. It creates such a dramatic change in processes, products, or services that they transform existing markets or industries, or create new ones... More

"If you want to succeed, you have to forge new paths and avoid borrowed ones."
~ John Rockefeller

  Surprise To Win: 3 Strategies Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Why Radical Innovation?

Long-term corporate success is linked to the ability to innovate. Although corporate investment in improvements to existing products and processes does bring growth, it is new game changing breakthroughs that will launch company into new markets, enable rapid growth, and create high return on investment. Companies that are not bound by prevalent fallacies and rules of conventional wisdom have been able to break out of the pack, create a new highly profitable market niche, and win customers.

Value Innovation: Yin-Yang Strategies Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Blue Ocean vs. Red Ocean Strategy

Radical innovation should be a continued activity to help your company reinvent itself and maintain its market leadership.

Research show firms that dominate one generation of technology often fail to maintain leadership in the next because these industry leaders continue investing in incremental improvements in the technologies that made them successful, even when more effective "disruptive" technologies appear on the horizon, and radically new products start undermining the old ones.

Competitive Strategies: 2 Types

Incremental innovation allows you address the ever-changing needs of current customers and keeps cash flow healthy, but it must be supplemented by periodic infusion of radical innovation that creates a new market niche or adds new disruptive value to the existing marketplace, changes the game and provides a platform for the long-term growth. "Companies that have succeeded over the long haul synergize ongoing incremental innovation with radical innovation.  >>>



Traditional Management Approaches Do Not Fit

High levels of uncertainties – technical, market, organizational, and resources – create extraordinary challenges for radical project management... More

  10 Commandments of Innovation  Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Radical Innovation by Cross-Functional Individuals

"Here is the paradox: You need a great team of people with diverse skills to perform a symphony well, but no team has ever written a great symphony!" say researchers from Harvard Business School.

While cross-functional teams are key players in defining and implementing incremental innovation projects, disruptive cross-functional individuals tend to be key players in defining radical innovation projects.


Individuals who are likely to excel in a radical innovation project, besides having superior technical capabilities, should be goal-oriented, broadly educated, creative, extremely bright, not afraid to be different, integrative, Flexibility, passionate, entrepreneurial, aggressive, eager to learn business, able to take risks, and inquisitive.1  >>>

Fuzzy Logic

Modern business and technology leaders use the managerial equivalent of fuzzy logic to address the ambiguity of the fuzzy front end. The core elements of this approach include... More

Improvisation-driven Radical Project Management (RPM)

The improvisation-driven model is one approach to radical innovation project management. It works well when the unknowns are high and the players are seasoned. This model doesn’t discard structure, just as there is a clear structure to good jazz.

The Jazz of Innovation: 11 Practice Tips Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Rather than having it overlaid from the outside, though, the improvisational approach builds structure from the inside as it is needed. That’s why it requires a critical mass of experienced people to work... More

Technology Commercialization – Venture Pathways

In deciding how to most profitably mobilize intellectual property, a company should consider a wide range of options... More

Radical Project Management (RPM)

As radical innovation projects are characterized by higher levels of uncertainties – technical, market, and organizational, –  patterns of their journey to the marketplace are unlike those in incremental innovation projects... More

Business e-Coach Simulation Games "InnoBall" and "InnoChess"

Innovation Football (Innoball) and Innovation Chess (Innochess) are breakthrough business games that help disruptive innopreneurs achieve great success in the real world. These simulation games develop as a sequence of assumed moves by innovators and their opponents. They help you to:

Business e-Coach Kore 10 Innovative Thinking Tools

Kore 10 Tools help innovators approach creation of entrepreneurial strategies and anticipation of opponents' moves more systematically. The Kore 10 Tools help also  innovation leaders and radical project managers strengthen and synergize the most important areas of innovation... More


"Quick prototyping is about acting before you've got the answers, about taking chances, stumbling a little, but then making it right. Living, moving prototypes can help shape your ideas. When you're creating something new to the world, you can't look over your shoulder to see what your competitors are doing; you have to find another source of inspiration," says Tom Kelly6 from IDEO... More

Learning about the Markets for New-To-The-World Products

Radical innovators generally have only the outlines of a very big picture and, compared with incremental innovators, must operate in the dark, since customers seldom have a context for understanding the product or its capabilities. Neither the final new-to-the world product, nor its applications can be described reliably.

As exploratory questions are most important for market learning, traditional market research methods designed to answer traditional market research questions are used infrequently in radical innovation projects. To do a better job of learning about markets for radical innovations, some alternative approaches should be practiced.4... More

Business e-Coach CimWave

CimWave is a Cimcoin-powered Internet-shop of cheap innovative products. It help innovators create new market niches for breakthrough products faster. CimWave also allows enthusiasts to buy more of innovative product for the same amount of money... More

Success Stories Best Business Practices 3M

3M achieved legendary success as an innovator by giving its people room to develop their ideas in quasi-entrepreneurial fashion. For years, it ranked among the leaders of FORTUNE's list of most admired companies... More

Synergize Incremental and Radical Innovations

3 Strategies of Market Leaders Download PowerPoint presentation, pdf e-book

Strike a synergistic balance in your innovation portfolio between the immediate and the future to achieve bottom-line results and top-line growth... More





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  1. Radical Innovation, Harvard Business School

  2. Venture Catalyst, Donald L. Laurie

  3. A Manager's Guide for the New Millennium, Ken Matejka & Richard J. Dunsing

  4. Relentless Growth, Christopher Meyer

  5. Developing Products in Half the Time, Donald Reinertson and Preston Smith

  6. The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley