"An Introduction to Idea Management" eBook available on Amazon!

If you would like to get an introduction to Idea Management then this eBook is for you. It consists of short easy to read chapters covering every element of Idea Management. If you would like a deeper understanding of any topic then at least three links are provided at the end of each chapter for further reading.

Also included are four interviews with innovation leaders in South Africa:
  • Dawn Philip – Head of Innovation at Rand Merchant Bank
  • Gregg Lister – Innovation Unit Leader at Deloitte
  • Herman Singh – Group Executive Innovation Strategy at MTN
  • Jannie van Zyl – Executive Head: Innovation at Vodacom

South African innovation leaders on Innovation and Idea Management

Read the full interviews in the Blog section

Dawn Philip - Head of Innovation at Rand Merchant Bank

"The RMB idea management process is divided into five time based phases:

  1. Imagine phase: Collection of as many ideas as possible – 3 weeks.

  2. Collaboration phase: People comment on the ideas submitted – 2 weeks.

  3. Luminary review phase: Asking the experts to assess the ideas that have come through.The expert are directly aligned to the area of the challenge. – 2 weeks.

  4. Pair-wise phase: Asking the crowd to rank the ideas selected through the luminary phase and identify which ideas will go through for judging.– 1 week.

  5. Executive evaluation: Choose which ideas to go through for judging.Normally between 10 and 15 ideas at this stage."

Gregg Lister  - Innovation Unit Leader at Deloitte

"Idea Management is the essence of Innovation"

Herman Singh - Group Executive Innovation Strategy at MTN

"Idea Management is not something that in of itself lives independently, it is embedded into something else, into an innovation process.  One step of the innovation process is idea management.  Maybe it is the front-end of the process.  So what you want to do is implement an innovation process and to make the innovation process work it needs ideas.  In the past idea management processes lived on their own and the reason that they failed is that you just had this idea management process hanging out there and no way of taking it forward – just like a suggestion box of the old days."

Jannie van Zyl - Executive Head: Innovation at Vodacom

"Treat humans like humans and everyone with respect.  Sometimes people don’t quite understand their idea fully, so once an idea is submitted, someone will sit with them or call them and explore their idea in detail."

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