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NOAA Innovation Forum

A proposal to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere
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Avery Sen

on 1 April 2014

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innovation can mean different things to different people “The process by which individuals and organizations generate new ideas and put them into practice.”



“The implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organisational method in business practices, workplace organisation or external relations.”



“The creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are accepted by markets, governments, and society. Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of a new idea or method, whereas invention refers more directly to the creation of the idea or method itself.” Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Commission (2005) Oslo Manual: Guidelines for Collecting and Interpreting Innovation Data, Third Edition, p.46.
National Economic Council, Council of Economic Advisers, and Office of Science and Technology Policy (2011). A Strategy for American Innovation, p. 7. Wikipedia. Retrieved on 14 December 2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innovation. Definitions What these definitions have in common:

Ideation and invention are neccesary, but not sufficient (implementation of ideas and inventions is essential)

Innovation is not merely research and development (design and deployment are also required)

The novel element can be anything as long as it is used (e.g., a product, a process, a way of organizing)

Innovation involves both a producer and a consumer, not either one alone (together, both are innovators) why nnovation? isn't "innovation" just a word
we use in boardroom bingo? “Expectations of our government are on the rise at a time when budgets and timelines are shrinking, leaving many of our public servants struggling to deliver results”


For NOAA, as for other agencies, money is getting tighter and expectations are changing in lots of ways:

Strategic Goals (e.g., “a Weather-Ready Nation”)

Comparative advantages (e.g., NWS policy on app development)

Behaviors of partners and customers (e.g., use of mobile internet)

Value systems of potential workforce (e.g., right to choose operating system) The world is changing around us. It is inevitable.

And for a mission agency to stagnate within an evolving environment is to do a disservice to the public trust. We must innovate not only to lead, but also to keep up.

In this sense, innovation really isn’t a choice at all. Partnership for Public Service and IDEO (2011). Innovation in Government. Fibonacci Approach to Innovaton 1 assumption 2 benefits of innovation 3 ways to innovate 1 corollary 5 stages of innovation 8 objectives to foster innovation We don't want buzz-words or bureaucracy But we do need a strategy, of sorts change happens naturally;
progress does not assumption we must make change work for us, rather than against us corollary benefits “do it better,
do it cheaper,
or both”



(this often means redefining
“better” and “cheaper”) “Scientists who study Harmful Algal Blooms know that two conditions must be met for a bloom to happen: the organism must be present, and the environment must be favorable. By analogy, consider an innovative idea as the organism. Sometimes the environment is right, and the idea reaches its full potential. Other times it is not, and the idea may die or lay dormant until conditions improve. For innovation to flourish in NOAA – to become a norm of our culture – we need to insure we have both a robust supply of good ideas and an organization that favors their development.” Kathryn D. Sullivan, PhD
Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Environmental Observation and Prediction
Deputy Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fostering Innovation at NOAA Mervin Kelly (Bell Labs 1929-1954), as quoted in
Jon Gertner (2011). True Innovation, "The New York Times." improve something you already do
(e.g., iNWS)

adapt a tried and true idea to a new context
(e.g., gmail)

develop something entirely new
(e.g., science on a sphere ) ways to innovate Partnership for Public Service and IDEO (2011). Innovation in Government. recognition
invention
development
implementation
diffusion stages of innovation Alumni of NOAA’s Leadership Competencies Development Program (2011). Embracing Innovation in NOAA: A Proposal for NOAA’s ‘Innovation Champions’ develop diversity


cover creatives


focus on the future


remove roadblocks


take time


reward risk


award achievers


provide a pathway get folks from different backgrounds interacting together


have the back of innovative people within the broader discourse


define progress in terms of tomorrow’s outcomes, not today’s outputs


find obstacles to progress and eliminate them


devote some of your team’s week to unstructured, “google time”


provide incentives for folks to take risks, even if (and especially when) they fail


recognize innovators publicly with prizes and more opportunties


define a clear system for folks with sound ideas to implement them objectives to foster innovtion so, how do we structure a resilient system of innovation at NOAA? ...and there are an infitite number of things we haven't thought of yet innovation forum What is The Forum? What isn't The Forum? It is not a suggestion box, a gate-keeper for good ideas, nor the source of innovation for NOAA. Rather, it is an incubator for ideas, a communication link with leadership, and a mechanism to remove barriers and keep us nimble.

Nor is it a "council" in the traditional sense:

No set members or formal representatives; everyone has a voice and their voice is their own

No regular, physical meetings at HQ; participation is mostly virtual (online via Yammer and teleconferences as needed)

No data calls, read-aheads, deadlines, voting, or meeting minutes; just discussion to inform leadership directly It is a venue in which to exchange ideas about how to improve the way NOAA performs its mission, and then make those ideas happen. Particpants include:

Dr. Kathy Sullivan (Assistant Secretary and acting Chief Scientist) and Pat Montanio (Assistant Administrator for Program Planning and Integration) as executive sponsors

A coalition of the willing from among NOAA’s SES cadre, who have a special responsibility to foster innovation in the agency by setting the “tone at the top”

If you work at NOAA and are eager to drive innovation at the agency, or just interested in following the conversation, you are welcome to join the IF. Email innovate@noaa.gov everyone you ...and what army? How can one person implement a good idea when the inertia of the organization favors the status quo? Change Happens if Innovation Forum (IF) BRING YOUR "WHAT-IF" TO IF choose a theme collect ideas choose challenges celebrate selections track progress celebrate
acheivements sponsor
selectees solicit proposals The IF first chooses one or more themes to scope out a mission areas that need to be done better, cheaper, or both.

Themes can be based upon innovation objectives, e.g., "removing roadblocks" or "developing diversity." They can also be topical, per Administrator priorities, e.g., "ecosystem science for improved resilience."

Anyone at NOAA can join the IF to determine themes. Once the IF has selected a theme, anyone from NOAA can submit an idea for a challenge that needs to be addressed through innovation, and vote on the ideas of others.

Ideas can be collected and curated online, as they are on crowdsoursing websites such as Idea Factory or Quirky.

IdeaScale is a tool that NOAA and DoC have already used. (Click this box to watch a video introduction to IdeaScale.) Over a period of time, challenge ideas that are submitted are curated by the larger community.

Of those ideas that rise to the top, the IF chooses a handful (~3-5) that most demand innovative solutions.

Anyone at NOAA can join the IF to choose the challenges. The IF issues a NOAA-wide solicitation for proposals to address the chosen challenges.

Anyone at NOAA can submit a proposal to the IF in the form of a short, "Petcha Kutcha" style presentation: 20 slides, 20 seconds each = 6 minutes and 40 seconds in total.

Proposals should present a concrete plan for addressing the challenge. Detailed requirements for the contents of each proposal will be determined by the IF. 6-MONTH CYCLE IF hosts a semi-annual Innovation Fair... somthing fun (possibly a happy hour event) at the NOAA Science Center. Video-based participation with other NOAA locations around the country. All are invited.

Those who have submitted proposals will present them. Other attendees will vote in real-time for the best proposal for each of the 3-5 challenges (using criteria developed byt the IF).

Winners can do a six month detail with an SES sponsor to implement their proposal, then report back at the next Innovation Fair. SES participants of the IF (i.e., the coalition of the willing) arrange to "adopt" the winners and help them implement their proposals within their offices. Over the course of their 6 month detail, winners and their sponsors will report back to the IF on progress made.

These check-ins will be made at the 2, 4, and 6 month marks. At the next Innovation Fair, winners of the prior Fair showcase the work that they have done over the past 6 months.

Prizes are are awarded to those showcasing results, as voted on by attendees. Prizes could include, e.g., "best solved challenge," or "riskiest endeavor."

Then proposals made to address the next batch of challenges. "...Therefore, over time there is also a proliferation of people (with diverse skills, resources, and interests) who become involved in the innovation process. When a single innovative idea is expressed to others, it proliferates into multiple ideas because people have diverse frames of reference, or interpretive schemas, that filter their perceptions. These differing perceptions and frames of reference are amplified by the proliferation of transactions or relationships among people and organizational units that occur as the innovation unfolds. Indeed, management of the innovation process can be viewed as managing increasing bundles of transactions over time." Van de Ven, A. H. (1986). Central problems in the management of innovation. Management Science, 32(5), 590-607. "Innovation is not an individual activity — it is a collective achievement..." presentation by avery sen
avery.sen@noaa.gov idea! IDEA round up the troops! kathy sullivan
pat montanio


sarah dunsford
dave enabnit
ed gorecki
frank indiviglio
michele jacobi
frank parker
steve ruberg
shep smith
cathy tortorici
nathalie valette-silver
marian westley special thanks to do... ...a few questions remain we Where do we start: What kind of themes? What kinds of awards?

What kind of web platform(s) will we need for virtual collaboration?

How will detail assignments work? What is the incentive for the office providing the detailee?

What resources are necessary to support the forum? Does it need an exec sec?

How and when do we evaluate the innovation forum? How will it evolve? develop diversity


cover creatives


focus on the future


remove roadblocks


take time


reward risk


award achievers


provide a pathway get folks from different backgrounds interacting together


have the back of innovative people within the broader discourse


define progress in terms of tomorrow’s outcomes, not today’s outputs


find obstacles to progress and eliminate them


devote some of your team’s week to unstructured, “google time”


provide incentives for folks to take risks, even if (and especially when) they fail


recognize innovators publicly with prizes and more opportunties


define a clear system for folks with sound ideas to implement them objectives to foster innovation The IF is intended to meet the objective to prescribe a process

As a part of the process, sponsors will cover creatives, reward risk, and award achievers

The process also allows detailees to take time... to do innovative work and as an incentive for doing that work

Themes can be selected to address other objectives, e.g., "remove roadblocks" or "develop diversity" You. This is but a single means to an end

Let's keep exploring other avenues to make the culture of NOAA more innovative

"More important than any of the individual elements [of innovation]... is the role played by corporate culture — the organization’s self-sustaining patterns of behaving, feeling, thinking, and believing — in tying them all together." "There is no statistically significant relationship between financial performance and innovation spending, in terms of either total R&D dollars or R&D as a percentage of revenues." Innovation isn't R&D Jaruzelski, & Holman. (2011). The global innovation 1000: Why culture is key. Strategy+business, (65). Retrieved from http://www.booz.com/media/uploads/BoozCo-Global-Innovation-1000-2011-Culture-Key.pdf Culture is Key Jaruzelski, & Holman. (2011). The global innovation 1000: Why culture is key. Strategy+business, (65). Retrieved from http://www.booz.com/media/uploads/BoozCo-Global-Innovation-1000-2011-Culture-Key.pdf
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