System for Industrial Innovation Revealed at CIMS Winter Meeting

Dozens of innovation-management experts and advocates turned out for CIMS’ first-ever winter meeting in downtown Raleigh last month. Typically, CIMS holds two yearly meetings—one in the fall and one in the spring—but scheduling conflicts and the release date of a new book authored by CIMS’ own Steve Markham and Paul Mugge created a need for the January date.

At the meeting, CIMS members and other attendees learned how they can apply the CIMS System for Industrial Innovation to their own businesses to achieve breakthrough innovation. The System is detailed in Steve and Paul’s new book, Traversing the Valley of Death: A Practical Guide for Corporate Innovation Leaders (available at traversingthevalleyofdeath.com). The meeting also featured an in-depth look at how CIMS uniquely uses the tool of big data through a novel approach of both structured and unstructured databases, providing business analytics that enables maximization of the complete System more effectively for companies in all industries. Steve Markham, Hyunjung Lee and Tim Michaelis were on hand to present the findings of research they recently conducted on the role of the “champion” in new product development success.

Thanks to photographers Joseph Phillips and Viki Redding for capturing these highlights of the meeting:

Jim Mercer (left) and Bill Heise, both from CIMS member company Eastman Chemical Co., catch up during a break at the book signing for Traversing the Valley of Death at the Winter Meeting.

Above, Jim Mercer (left) and Bill Heise, both from CIMS member company Eastman Chemical Co., catch up during a break at the book signing for Traversing the Valley of Death at the Winter Meeting.

Below, Dr. Hyunjung Lee, a CIMS research fellow, presented the findings of study she conducted with Steve Markham and Tim Michaelis on the role of “champions” in new product development

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Paul Mugge (below, right) and Steve Markham reassure CIMS members and guests that innovation can be consistently achived if companies employ a system–namely, the one they write developed and showcase in their new book.

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More information about Traversing the Valley of Death is available here.

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