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.