How Benchmarking Against Market Leaders Can Drive Business Success

What is benchmarking, and what tools and templates can businesses use to benchmark more effectively? What you don’t know can hurt you. This is especially true in business. If you aren’t aware of what’s going on around you as a business leader, you may risk being left behind by your competitors. Even worse, your business…

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What You Can Learn About Goal Setting from the Manhattan Project

Managing projects with the Critical Path Method (CPM) allows teams to streamline processes that drive success even when the odds are stacked against you By upBOARD   In the 1940s, the United States began working on a secretive program called the Manhattan Project. The project went on to develop the first functional nuclear weapons which…

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Are you a Fox or a Hedgehog?

Sometimes, lasting innovation requires being slow, quiet and even a little bit boring By Upboard   Every single business is unique in one way or another. Businesses vary greatly depending on the products that they provide, the business models they employ and the style of service they give to their customers. Most businesses struggle to…

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How to Influence People and Drive Change

What can you learn about change from Baker’s Four Strategies of Influence? By UpBOARD   Are you using the right persuasion tactics to influence the people you engage with?   Whether you are trying to drive engagement within your team, make a business case to your boss, or sell a product or service to a…

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Are You Doing Agile Right?

What is the Agile Innovation Process, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations? By Upboard   Today, everyone wants to be agile. It’s seen as sexy and cool to be agile, but most people don’t know what the term really means. Still, concepts like agile design and agile software…

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Why a Balanced Scorecard Process Drives Greater Business Performance

A Balanced Scorecard Provides a Model for Businesses to Align High-Level Objectives With Their Mission and Vision by upBOARD   Most businesses tend to manage their strategic mission and vision with a top down approach, all the while tracking metrics and key performance indicators from the bottom up, which can be messy. Unfortunately, this leaves…

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How the Stage Gate Process Can Help You Transform Your Business

Why the Stage Gate Process is Being Used by More and More Organizations to Evaluate and Refine Their Next Big Ideas by upBOARD While every business wants to be seen as the creator of the next massively “disruptive” product or service, the truth is that most businesses won’t be able to disrupt the market in a…

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How to Choose the Right Software for Concept Development

Concept development is where most businesses start when they think about launching a new product or service. by upBOARD  It is one of the early stages of the innovation process, and it is integral to the continued success of any organization. In fact, one of the most important parts of running a successful business is…

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