Ryan Ottinger

Ryan is an Innovation Consultant with an interdisciplinary career background. Graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Symbolic Systems, his coursework included computer science, UX design, and research and statistics.

Before joining Fresh, Ryan worked as a full-stack developer. While at Microsoft, he contributed to the Microsoft Whiteboard product.

Ryan loves talking to people about new technologies, philosophical debates, and gaming. He’s a PC enthusiast and also enjoys discussing hardware, software, or design.

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Innovation as a Service, Innovation Sprints, Strategy, Uncategorized

The 6 Phases of Innovation Workshops

As remote work becomes increasingly normalized, effective team collaboration is now more critical than ever. Putting in a little effort to facilitate group workshop exercises can help teams build clarity, momentum, and enthusiasm around a particular challenge. By stretching their thinking, teams can become more effective at identifying problems, establishing vision, generating solutions, and executing
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Culture, Innovation as a Service, Innovation Sprints, Strategy

Engaging Your Employees Within an Innovative Culture Part 2

Whether the training comes in the form of empowering individuals to become trainers themselves, teaching innovation evaluation metrics widely or even helping the entire company to understand the importance and implementation of the metrics discussed in this list, training can enable more effective participation as well as more engaged employees. Mental models, practices, and values
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Culture, Innovation as a Service, Innovation Sprints, Strategy

Engaging Your Employees Within an Innovative Culture Part 1

Once Tools and Systems are thought out, the next key to developing an innovation culture is in helping employees use them. This includes giving team members across all levels of the organization the time, motivation, and encouragement to participate in innovation activities, as well as the proper training to approach problem-solving and collaboration in effective
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Innovation as a Service, Innovation Sprints, Strategy

How to Implement Innovative Processes in Your Workplace

The final step is to create the processes that enable employees to utilize the developed tools, taking problems from ideation to implementation. Critical Process One of the most important aspects of a company’s success and development is the documentation of a clear process. Even outside the innovation space, organizing your workflows or development timelines into
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Innovation, Innovation as a Service, Strategy

Three Steps to Implementing Innovative Processes in Your Workplace

Explore our recommendation for implementing innovative processes, which begins with understanding the various pieces of the puzzle, then following a core plan leading from ideation to implementation. Step 1: Documentation One of the most important aspects of a company’s success and development is the documentation of a clear process. Even outside the innovation space, organizing
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Innovation as a Service, Innovation Sprints

The Fresh Innovation Engine: Tools, People, and Processes

Fresh’s innovation engine methodology focuses on three core areas: Tools and Systems People and Culture Process and Implementation Our framework is organized in sequential order, and each section builds upon the other to strengthen innovation capabilities. While all three themes are necessary to have an effective innovation engine, we’ve found that it is easier to
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