This year, QED won the Innovation Management award for best innovation realized. The reason that they won this award is, because they were able to collaborate with other crowdsourcing platform TopCoder to test and prototype promising solutions right away – a great use of crowd resources. So we asked QED a few questions about their program and here’s what they had to say:
IdeaScale: Why is innovation vital to your organization?
QED: As a firm that is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, it is essential that we remain nimble, inventive, and open to change. The QED Group has been a pioneer in the area of Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting, an approach designed to foster continuous improvement through stakeholder engagement and change management. By embracing innovation in our corporate culture, we are able to practice what we preach and discover new ways to serve our clients and shape a more collaborative world.
IdeaScale: What’s the most important piece of advice that you can give to someone launching an IdeaScale community?
QED: Make sure to think out your process past Ideation. We ran into some challenges in keeping the rest of our community up to date on what happened to their ideas, which led to a drop in enthusiasm. It’s natural to think about what happens to successful ideas, but it’s also important to consider the path for those ideas that either need more research or are not relevant.
IdeaScale: What are you most proud of in your innovation program?
QED: Winning this award is definitely up there! But overall it would be the experience of showing people the prototypes that we have developed from ideas that began on IdeaScale and seeing their excitement, enthusiasm, and spark of creativity that comes to them when imagining other ways to use the prototypes.