Innovation Practices within a $20 Billion Defense Company


In this episode of the Shift podcast, we’re really excited to have our guest, John Kelly, from BAE Systems.

John leads the empowered innovation program within BAE, which is a nearly $20 billion multinational defense, security and aerospace company.

In the episode, we dive into how they have organized their innovation strategy into 4 operational buckets and how they not only identify new products but use Lean Innovation principals on the core business. We also talk about how they have done a fantastic job getting rid of the distance between the end customer and new product development teams, among other things.

Other topics in today’s episode include:

  • Balancing internal innovation with external innovation scouting.

  • How BAE organizes their innovation strategy into 4 operational buckets.

  • Innovating upon the core business functions in addition to exploring and implementing new products.

  • How BAE moves products from discovery/search mode into the execution engine of the business.

  • Implicit vs Explicit needs, and how BAE maintains a competitive advantage by constantly searching and creating solutions for the implicit needs of customers.

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