The ideal innovation team does not need people who can only work in their specific areas of expertise, but who exhibit cross-functionality. People who don’t fear trying new roles. These individuals possess certain characteristics, such as their abilities to work together as a team. They also use their leadership skills to advance the work before them, take directives from management and embrace a fluctuating team structure. They should also possess the tact and ability to navigate corporate processes to accomplish their team’s goals. But, be highly focused on reaching these relevant milestones in line with the end objective(s). All things considered, ideal innovation teams need to have the right combination of skill sets, and must be willing to work collaboratively. For those interested in learning more about how to form the ideal innovation team, I have written an e-book with input from my innovation-minded colleagues at Kaleidoscope that is free and available for download here. In the Ships and Castles Model I describe details on how to navigate front-end innovation efforts while fortifying an existing product line.
Ideal Innovation Team Sources
“Rapid Team Learning: Lessons from Team New Zealand America’s Cup Campaign,” by Kambiz Maani and Campbell Benton
Ships and Castles Model: 7 Steps for Fortifying Your Base While Navigating Front-End Navigation
GV: How to build an opinionated product: design the marketing first
About the Author: Mike Clem
Vice President of Research and Development, Medical, Mike Clem, DVM, MS, thrives at the juncture of medical technology and clinical understanding. From his training as a veterinary surgeon through more than 20 years with Johnson& Johnson, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Ethicon and Cordis, he has developed innovative solutions to complex customer problems. He covers medical device design for Kaleidoscope.