Author Archive

01
Dec

Tim O’Brien – VP New Business Creation, Moen

Geoff is a top notch business consultant and a true "heavyweight" in the field of innovation management. Invariably the proposals were very well crafted to meet our needs and the results were excellent. Geoff's huge list of contacts also came in handy on a few specific technology related issues.  I had the opportunity to work with Geoff on a number of consulting engagements between 2000 and 2010.

01
Dec

Charlie Douglas – Director NBD at Texas Instruments Sensors & Controls

Geoff has a unique ability to drive both a creative and streamlined process to new product development efforts, insuring timely market introduction with globally competitive technologies

01
Dec

David Hagopian – Director Innovation at Fortune Brands

He is a consummate professional consultant. He understands the key issues in technology based business consulting. With his team he led consulting efforts to turnaround a new product development program by providing clear definition of the given market channel and opportunities within that channel.  Geoff and I have known each other professionally for ten years.

01
Dec

Brad Kullberg – VP Corporate Business Development, Polaroid

Geoff brought great insight and energy to every engagement and his work product was highly useful and influential with senior leadership. Geoff was terrific to work with and I recommend him with great enthusiasm.  I had the pleasure of working with Geoff on several projects.

28
Nov

Geoff has brought diverse creativity to each of our collaborations and helped us find innovation strategies in challenging market conditions. He is always upbeat and open to exploring a new rabbit hole with our team. His spirit and desire to find the unfound made all of us brighter and more successful.

23
Nov

Steve Leonard – then at SC Johnson

[Geoff's...] background in new product development and innovation are exceptional and vast. I've been lucky to have been able to tap into his experience and network to help me on several programs and this in turn has enabled me to advance the value and impact that innovation consultants can bring to an organization. He is truly a seasoned and skilled innovation-ist

15
Dec

Boston / Cambridge (US) Innovators

Access to a peer network of leading edge innovation thinking and educational and venturing resources, as well a myriad of innovation support functions. Being home to some 50 plus universities, including eight research universities and of course global leaders such as MIT and Harvard, it is not surprising that the Greater Boston area is alive with innovative activity.  There is also a well established and vibrant venture capital and private equity community. Quite naturally, Boston was home to the grandfathers of the technical and management consulting industry, the original Arthur D. Little founded in 1909.  The legacy of this firm is to have left behind a rich cadre of innovation management talent, from innovation-oriented business schools such as Hult, Babson and Northeastern to a plethora of freelance and small firm innovation consultants, each with a different core strength and role in the innovation eco-system. In the greater Boston are we can pull in resources with leading edge capabilities in multiple aspects of innovation, including: While we might take on any and all of these activities ourselves, we recognize the need to bring in fresh minds and thinking.  ...

19
Dec

Innovation Maturity Model

Why do we need Innovation Maturity Models?  In order to change an organization (including making it more innovative), we need to know where we are and where we want to get to and then how are we going to get there.  Without a real quantitative piecemeal assessment framework, analysis and subsequent planning tends towards anecdotal and subjective.  Even if the information collected in the analysis is subjective, the framework allows us to contextualize and validate the information.  Change is rarely a one step process and so a ladder of capability platforms is necessary to build an effective plan. What must the model have?  It must have two axes:  a catalog of necessary skills / attributes / behaviors / capabilities and a ranking scale to allow us to measure these (the frame of reference can be absolute, relative to others, e.g. competitors, to allow benchmarking, or can be set relative to an internal origin  - as long as it is agreed and fixed).  The Capability Maturity Model developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) many years ago is a perfectly good one What's already out there?  There have been a number of attempts to build an Innovation Maturity Model, each with different ...

15
Dec

PDMA and other professional bodies and conferences

A broad network of all aspects of innovation support, from consulting to IP to software. I have been active with the PDMA for about ten years, particularly with the Front End of Innovation and Product Innovation Management conferences.  Having, over that time,  presented, chaired tracks and conferences, run workshops, served on the advisory boards and sponsored and exhibited, I have developed a broad network of practitioners, consultants and vendors, covering every aspect of innovation from VoC to IP to software systems to IP management to open innovation to creatives and facilitators. Similarly, I do and have participated in innovation communities for Pure Insight, Frost, IRI and other organizations.  Each of these provides a rich source of small, specialist firms.  Knowing who is really good at what i