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7 Tips to Strategically Innovate in Free Time

Innovation is all the rage today for the digitally advanced world of business. Evidence of this pressure to constantly reinvent and innovate demands utilization of free time.

In this article at Forbes, Andrew Miller explains that to grow big, product delivery organizations need to provide their staff with free time to drive innovation.

Key Shots

The biggest struggle for project managers is to find the right approach to innovation. Sometimes teams outperform while often they leave the rest of the organization grappling with the thought of what it means not to be innovative. Therefore, the author suggests a solution for bringing ‘innovation everywhere’ approach. Follow these steps to implement the same:

  1. Executive Buy-In: Promote the value of shared learnings, operational efficiency gains, clarity on ideas stuck in the backlog and even cool new apps. Show how time for ground-up improvement and exploration is an accelerator for the next generation.
  2. Plan Wise: Use sprint calendar to pick one or two sprints per year to exploit free Dedicate these sprints to unravel the potential for new relationships, shared learning, and new perspectives.
  3. Define the Rules: Develop a simple rule to set the bar. ‘Make the company better’ and ‘No teams of one’ to drive the selection of ideas and ensure collaboration.
  4. Stakeholders & Rally Teams: Provide transparency into key opportunities by rallying stakeholders. Ask them to pitch their ideas to help seed potential project teams.
  5. Execute the Sprint: Cancel non-essential recurring meetings and hold an official ceremony to kick off the free time sprint.
  6. Sprint Review: Conclude the free time sprint with a special review session. Plan the appropriate time and focus on demonstrable features to keep the audience engaged.
  7. Conduct A Retro: Follow the event with a formal retrospective. See what worked well and which area needs improvement. Incorporate it into planning for the next free time sprint.

Click on the following link to read the original article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/07/10/how-to-implement-a-culture-of-innovation-with-free-time/#29d7a83563b2

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