Commodore Essentials

Spotlight Guides

Consider Culture When Communicating About Innovation Performance

Your measurement system should include a communications plan that takes into account your corporate culture. This guide will help you identify your organization’s decision making styles and choose the methods that will work best for communicating about innovation performance.

Intractable challenges in innovation measurement

Three measurement challenges thwart even the most experienced innovation teams: measuring learning, estimating outcomes at the front end, and managing so-called “disruptive” projects. This spotlight guide will get you up to speed on each of these challenges—what makes them difficult, why they matter, and how to solve them.

Get more value from innovation with better measurement

When you’re actively trying to improve your innovation performance, high-quality measurement is critical, not just a nice-to-have. This short guide describes how the most innovative companies derive increasing value from innovation. Use it to pinpoint where you stand today, and what value you can unlock with better measurement.

Don’t underestimate the role of innovation measurement

Conversations about innovation performance measurement often start and stop at which metrics do I need to manage my innovation project? But that perspective underestimates the importance of measurement to both your innovation function and the company as a whole. This spotlight guide offers a simple model you can use to engage your stakeholders in a conversation about the role of measurement, and how you can all get more value from your measurement system.

A framework for measuring innovation

Commodore’s innovation measurement framework identifies the ten questions any good measurement system should be able to answer. The best metrics to answer these questions will vary depending on your specific context (and over time). See the guides above for guidance on choosing the right metrics for your organization.

"How to" Guides

How to measure your innovation portfolio

If you’re responsible for determining portfolio-level investments, prioritizing and allocating resources to projects, communicating with leadership about the state of a portfolio, and/or building your organization’s innovation capabilities, the portfolio guide is for you. It’ll help you design a better innovation measurement system, whether you’re starting from scratch or you have an existing system you want to improve.

How to measure your innovation project

We created the project-level guide for people in large organizations who need to track and report performance of their innovation project(s). It provides the case for good measurement, the questions your measurement system should answer, guidance on how to choose metrics, and what to keep in mind for communicating about your progress. Don’t miss the details on how to measure learning.

Research & Tools

Assess how your organization measures innovation

Done well, measurement provides the discipline and yields the sustained support your innovation function needs, to deliver exceptional results. But it can be difficult to get right. Take this assessment to find out how your organization is doing with innovation measurement, and get specific recommendations on how to improve.

Innovation dashboard survey report

This report, prepared in partnership with IRI*, analyzes how large companies use innovation dashboards as a tool to communicate about innovation performance. Based on a survey of IRI members and other large organizations, it covers who uses these increasingly popular tools, what information they communicate, and how they are set up and managed. It draws on a wealth of knowledge and experience: survey respondents collectively spend well over $10 billion/year on R&D and innovation.

* IRI (Innovation Research Interchange) is a large industry organization focused on enhancing innovation management practice.

Innovation performance benchmarks

Innovation leaders often hear the question: how well are we doing compared to our competitors? The answer to that question should include both qualitative insight and data. Unfortunately, it’s often very hard to find that data. Metrics that enable apples-to-apples comparison of innovation performance across companies are rare. Until now.