Industry-sector priorities in designing the Fuzzy Front-End

frankmattes Advisory, Thought Leadership

In our last posts we have built a case that large organizations should invest energy in actively designing their early phase of the innovation process – the so-called “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) in a way that it delivers meaningful and promising innovation ideas and concepts. It is emerging practice that there are some key design parameters (see our last post for more …

What would it take…To design the optimal Fuzzy Front-End?

frankmattes Advisory, Thought Leadership

In this series of articles we have built a case that large organizations should now focus their innovation efforts on correctly organizing their Innovation Front End – the place which is inherently ambiguous, but also the region of greatest potential. The term “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) refers to the early innovation phase where “fuzzy” refers to the fact that not all …

Four parts that make up excellence in the Fuzzy Front-End

frankmattes Advisory, Thought Leadership

In this series of articles we have built a case that large organizations should now focus their innovation efforts on correctly organizing their Innovation Front End – the place which is inherently ambiguous, but also the region of greatest potential. The term “Fuzzy Front-End” (FFE) refers to the early innovation phase where “fuzzy” refers to the fact that not all …

The innovation machine of the best innovators

frankmattes Advisory, Thought Leadership

In the last article, we suggested that the size of the R&D budget does not guarantee success – that is business financial results – from innovation activities. Clearly, some industries require a large R&D spend, such as in defence or life sciences. But we know that there is something more than only spending that determines outcomes. The components of a …

For innovation power, R&D spend is not enough

frankmattes Advisory, Thought Leadership

In the last article, we explored the problem with managing the so-called fuzzy front-end of the innovation funnel.  It’s a region that is by definition uncertain, but also full of opportunity for companies if they want to really enhance their innovation results. Innovation is on top of the agenda Study after study shows that “innovation” has a premier spot on …

The Problem with the Fuzzy Front End

frankmattes Advisory, Thought Leadership

  Firms are shifting their innovation efforts away from “bread & butter“, incremental innovations towards innovations that address adjacent technologies and towards radical or breakthrough innovations. This is one result of a global study that PwC published this year. Designing the early stage of innovation This potentially creates a significant opportunity for companies that can navigate in a world of …

The first steps after SAP Innovation Management is deployed

frankmattes Advisory

SAP Innovation Management is receiving a very positive feed-back in the marketplace. We found that this is in line with a general trend: Leading firms are intensifying their efforts in developing the fuzzy front-end of the innovation funnel. Judging by the first, preliminary results of a study that we are currently conducting, the development efforts are targeted at This does not …