The conference is only a week away, register by Friday!
The entire agenda at this year’s IRI Annual Conference is designed to help you look to the future of innovation so you can be ready for what’s to come. Click below to see the full lineup and register now.
As an IRI member, you can use a complimentary registration to attend. Contact Gary Schiffres at GSchiffres@nam.org to claim this member benefit.
IRI’s new Quarterly Trends Analyzer identifies top strategic issues
The landscape in which innovation and R&D takes place is constantly shifting. The IRI Quarterly Trends Analyzer is here to help you by flagging up the potential trends that you should factor into your strategic planning. At the end of each quarter, potential trends are examined by the IRI Foresights Advisory Board (FAB) through the lens of ‘What should Chief Technology Officers be thinking about over the next year?’. The FAB selects the potential trends that it feels will have the greatest impact and then pinpoints the questions that you should ask yourself to ensure you are adequately preparing for these trends. In the quarterly reports, you will find a description of those key potential trends, links to learn more about them, and the list of questions that the FAB thinks will be most helpful to you. In addition, we include some interesting possibilities (‘weak
signals’) at the end of the reports that we will keep an eye on to see if they will rise to the level of an impactful trend.
Here are the top trends you need to be thinking about right now:
Governments and industry at (even more) loggerheads over sustainability
AI reworking the way we work
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) accountability spike
Innovation ecosystems remapped
Read the full report to understand each trend and how it will impact you.
Please note, this is a two-part workshop. Parts 1 & 2 are included in your registration.
Are you looking to articulate your strategy that defines your strategic imperatives and the key areas you will not be focusing on? Have you searched for a way to define your differentiating capabilities and your customer needs? If so, this workshop is for you.
This workshop provides a framework for B2B organizations to develop and articulate winning strategies by applying a core set of strategic concepts. If your organization is looking for growth or improving its strategic thinking, this workshop will build your foundational knowledge. Key concepts will focus on three areas: What is Strategy? What is the Momentum of Your Business,
Articulating Sweet Spots, and ‘Strategy on a Page’. Participants will leave this session with an approach to defining the current state of your business and a market strategy to inform decision-making. These concepts will be applied through real insights, not a series of fill-in-the-blank templates. Properly defining and developing a strategy must be market informed.
Developing a strategy is hard work and we hope this time gives every participant the support they need. Additionally, it will also provide an opportunity to network with other attendees.
Who should attend: This workshop is designed for business leaders, product managers, or those responsible for leading or contributing to strategy or strategic planning within their organization. Managers or individual contributors will gather relevant skills to apply to their businesses.
This workshop is designed to introduce the different types of financial calculations that are used in innovation. In it, the participants will learn essential tools such as calculating net present value and decision-and-risk analysis as well as how to construct and analyze a financial business case. Critical applications such sensitivity analysis, tornado diagrams, and real option analysis will be covered. The workshop will feature practical illustrations based on the real-world experiences of the instructor. The workshop will include hands-on break-out sessions that will give participants confidence in applying these concepts. Upon completion, participants will quickly be able to develop and present financial analyses that will
augment their technical and strategic work, thereby creating more value for their organizations.
Time value of money
Business case basics
Elements of a financial business case
Constructing and analyzing a business case
Business case metrics (NPV, IRR, time-to-money)
Hurdle rates and return on investment
Parameterized business cases
Importance of base case
Sensitivity analysis and tornado diagrams
Decision and Risk analysis
Real Options Analysis
Who should attend: The workshop is designed for both researchers who have recently assumed a team leadership role and for individual contributors who seeks to lead an innovation team in the future. It is designed for those who want to broaden their ability to develop and present innovation proposals by including compelling financial analyses. It is also appropriate for an innovation team member who wants to develop a broader understanding of innovation financials. This course can be viewed as a springboard to the participant’s professional advancement.
This course is designed to provide innovation team leaders a lens to sense, detect, and to position organizations for colliding forces of disruptive innovation and digital transformation in the 21st-century.
Learning Objectives: What is disruptive innovation in the context of the 21-century? It has advanced beyond Clayton Christensen’s original theory of low-end products/services advancing up market to take market share from incumbents. It is now a Pattern of Disruptions enabled by digital.
Disruption requires a mindset shift – away from previous panic alerts of destruction – towards value creation through customer engagement.
The workshop is in two parts with break-out sessions for attendees to work in teams to demonstrate understanding and to build connections with the other attendees.
Who should attend: This course is designed for leaders responsible for setting strategy at the corporate or enterprise level.