Innovation & Product Development

Soundview Executive Book Summaries® publishes summaries of the best business books of each year on innovation issues including collaboration, change management, product development, creativity, disruptive innovation and more. Learn how to ignite the creative juices in your company to beat the competition.

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    The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice

    by Karen Dillon, David S. Duncan, Taddy Hall, Clayton M. Christensen

    Innovation strategy and growth expert Clayton M. Christensen, and his co-authors Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon and David Duncan, present a new conceptual framework for products and innovation based on their conclusion that customers don't "buy" products or services; they “hire” them to do a job.

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    How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries

    by Peter Sims

    Bestselling author Peter Sims explores the value of taking small, experimental steps in developing breakthrough innovation. These little bets help determine direction while providing critical information from lots of little failures and from small significant wins. Sims shares examples of successful breakthrough innovators at work and the dramatic results of their efforts.

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    40 Ways to Out-Innovate the Competition

    by Stephen Shapiro

    In Best Practices Are Stupid, Stephen M. Shapiro offers 40 counterintuitive yet proven strategies for boosting innovation and making it a repeatable, sustainable and profitable process at the heart of a company's culture. Shapiro shows that nonstop innovation is attainable and vital to building a high-performing team, improving the bottom line, and staying ahead of the competition.

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    How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

    by Tim Brown

    The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities. This book introduces the idea of design thinking‚ the collaborative process by which the designer's sensibilities and methods are employed to match people's needs with what is technically feasible...

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    How to Turn Ideas Into Money

    by Phil Baker

    Renowned product developer Phil Baker explains how a great idea accounts for only 5 percent of all the factors of success and why the majority of success is dependent upon a myriad of other factors, including the time it takes to get to market, price, marketing and distribution. This book not only shows readers how to take an idea and turn it into a successful product, but also prepares them for what happens after the product’s introduction. It shows them how to stay one step ahead of ...

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    The Five Keys to Developing GREAT New Products

    by Richard R. Reilly, Gary S. Lynn

    All companies, no matter what size or in what industry, need to generate innovative new products and services if they are to succeed. One innovative product can alter the future of a single company, lead to entirely new families of products, and may even usher in a whole new industry. In Blockbusters, Lynn and Reilly share the results of their exhaustive study of highly successful new product development teams. The study, as shown in detail in this summary, reveals the five critical pra

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