Hack-a-thons are single live meetings held to tackle one particular, discreet challenge facing R&D practitioners, typically lasting two hours to one full day. The goal is to create a deliverable that IRI members can use in their organizations immediately following the session (e.g. a slide deck, template, or white paper). In the room are a facilitator, a note-taker, and a group of IRI members. The facilitator walks the members through the challenge, leads a brainstorming and problem-solving session on the topic, then helps the group to formulate an appropriate output. Following the session, the note-taker and facilitator work together to format and polish the deliverable for distribution within 24 hours of the session.
Watch this space for opportunities to participate in a Hack-a-thon. For further information, contact Lee Green.
One step toward enabling large R&D organizations to compete with the speed and agility of start-ups is to provide a means of evaluating new ideas quickly and effectively. In this two hour session, participants created a white paper listing nine nonfinancial metrics they determined to be key to new idea evaluation. Additionally, they identified nine techniques used to assess new ideas and provided short summaries, the goal being to help members to create a short list of techniques that may work for their organization and to potentially pilot them.
In order to tackle the overarching topic of how R&D can best equip itself to compete with start-ups, ROR is breaking it into a series of topics to hold as individual ‘hack-a-thons’. In this session, attendees will share their organization’s approach to getting a product to the customer testing phase as quickly as possible and techniques with which they are experimenting. These will be discussed and best practices identified and compiled into a whitepaper, which will be made available by the end of the Member Summit.