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50% of all organizations have no formal system or process for tracking, developing and managing ideas – Study of Team Performance 2016

In Study of Team Performance 2016 by Actuation Consulting LLC, nearly half of all respondents (48.2%) indicated that their organizations have no formal system or process for tracking, developing, and managing ideas. Other responses were more equally distributed including use of a CRM tool (14.2%), reliance on an in-house solution (15.4%), and use of an off-the-shelf cloud or premises-based system (18.6%).

Product Requirements Gathering reprinted with the permission of Actuation Consulting LLC

How do you track, review, and develop ideas reprinted with the permission of Actuation Consulting LLC

“A key takeaway from this research for innovators and product managers is that good ideas can come from a multitude of sources. The findings show that an agile iterative approach supported by tools and automation demonstrably helps product managers identify the best ideas and develop them into winning projects.” stated Ludwig Melik Planbox CEO.

About the Study

Actuation Consulting conducted the fifth annual global study of product teams with the goal of continuously improving our understanding of why some product teams excel while others struggle.

Actuation Consulting also sought to expand the growing knowledge of the factors that drive or influence the best outcomes. Since 2012 Actuation Consulting has consistently identified statistically significant elements that correlate with top performance. Not all factors carry the same weight, and a regression analysis of findings has enabled Actuation Consulting to develop a weighted scale to help organizations prioritize their activities more effectively.

The survey itself is unique in that, since its inception in 2012, it has received support from a constellation of leading industry associations and market players – groups that generally don’t collaborate on such endeavors. As a result, a wide range of industry associations and companies have been working to support broader awareness of the findings through live meetings, webinars, and other events.

You can download the full study here.

September 20th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|

Planbox Provides Idea Collaboration Portal for CMHC’s Let’s Talk Housing Initiative

Planbox is proud to announce that it has provided Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) its idea collaboration portal and citizen engagement tool for public consultation to help shape the National Housing Strategy.

“We are thrilled to work with CMHC and embark on this journey together to allow it to engage with citizens in a meaningful and creative way,” said Ludwig Melik, CEO Planbox. “CMHC has shown a remarkable commitment to being inclusive – seeking and acting on the feedback of all Canadians. Investing in innovation will help CMHC maintain its position as a dynamic and forward thinking leader in meeting the housing needs of Canadians”.

The Planbox solution has helped CMHC foster creative ideas that can develop into concepts and actionable solutions that help shape Canada’s evolving housing needs, while carving an important place at the forefront of innovation.

The idea collaboration portal and citizen engagement tool has been online since August 25, 2016 and is accessible from https://www.letstalkhousing.ca.

To see the official press release click here.

About Planbox

Planbox is the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Our family of products include Collaborative Innovation Management, Team Decision Making, and Work Management applications. Planbox is designed to be the agile work innovation tool for everyone, built for companies and teams of all sizes and trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Stanford, ERT, Philips, The Salvation Army and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: https://planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

September 14th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|

Planbox cited as a Leader in 2016 Innovation Management Solutions Wave by Independent Research Firm

A complimentary copy of “The Forrester Wave™: Innovation Management Solutions, Q2 2016” report is available herehttps://planbox.com/forrester-wave-report

Planbox was among the select companies that Forrester invited to participate in its 2016 Forrester Wave evaluation, Innovation Management Solutions. In this evaluation, Planbox was cited as a Leader in Innovation Management. This ranking was based on a combination of the strength of Planbox strategy, the strength of the current offering and overall market presence.

The report states:

“Planbox’s solution empowers companies to experiment with new ideas, fail fast at reduced costs, and continuously 
improve products and services through direct feedback loops.”

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Forrester in this report,” said Ludwig Melik, CEO at Planbox, “This accomplishment is a huge testament to the great teamwork and the amazing people at Planbox who work diligently every day to make our clients successful and provide a compelling solution in this fast changing market.”

The report cites Innovation Management Solutions as part of a continuum of collaboration Tools:

“Many businesses turn to innovation management solutions because innovation initiatives based on communication and collaboration tools like Google for Work, Jive, Slack, SharePoint or Quip have inherent limits for driving innovation. These tools support ongoing conversations, but do not offer the features to support workflow-driven idea management, let alone innovation consulting”.

The top attributes cited for Planbox in this report included key areas such as: collaboration, front-end innovation and idea management work processes, back-end underlying governance processes and structures, incentives management/gamification, big data and analytics as well as customer experience strategy.

“Powering our clients’ innovation program is no simple feat. We take great pride in this recognition and also thank all our wonderful clients who collaborate with us on the transformational ideas we need to deliver an exceptional best-practices offering,” said Karell Ste-Marie, CTO at Planbox, “Planbox goes beyond Front End Innovation and provides a patented workflow driven innovation system of record that truly distinguishes our solution in the marketplace.”

A complimentary copy of “The Forrester Wave™: Innovation Management Solutions, Q2 2016” report is available herehttps://planbox.com/forrester-wave-report

Helpful Links

View one minute video on Planbox Agile Work Innovationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrjRMNwjIEk

Learn more about Planbox Agile Work Innovation: https://planbox.com/what-is-agile-work-innovation/

Blog posts at Planbox: https://planbox.com/category/blog/

About Planbox

Planbox is the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Our family of products include Collaborative Innovation Management, Team Decision Making, and Work Management applications. Planbox is designed to be the agile work innovation tool for everyone, built for companies and teams of all sizes. Planbox is trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bridgestone, CMHC, Panama Canal Authority, Sempra Energy, Willis Towers Watson and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: www.planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

April 13th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|

Planbox Innovation Management Software Embeds Izenda for More Visual Business Intelligence and Analytics

Planbox extends its powerful turnkey cloud-based innovation management software solution by embedding Izenda’s best in class business intelligence and analytics platform for advanced visualizations, which includes a robust library of actionable, interactive charts, graphs and diagrams.

Planbox, Inc. a pioneer provider of Agile Work Innovation Management applications, announced today it has deepened its technology partnership with Izenda, a leader in embedded self-service business intelligence and analytics.

Planbox embedded Izenda’s Vision software in its innovation management software solution to answer the growing demand for more actionable analytics from their customers. Large organizations generate massive amounts of data in Planbox when collaborating on ideas and managing the related work. To discern deeper insights from bigger data sets requires intuitive visualizations. Planbox added visualizations to extend its competitive advantage. Vision, an essential complement to Izenda’s self-service BI and analytics platform, addresses that need.
Izenda’s Vision module gives users the power to display and comprehend their data in completely new ways with advanced visualizations. This dynamic framework for advanced visualizations comes with a library of powerful interactive charts, graphs and diagrams.

Planbox initially chose Izenda’s modern self-service BI software to replace an in-house innovation management reporting solution. The in-house developed solution was not configurable or scalable enough to address the needs of its rapidly growing customer base. Izenda adopts the look, feel, branding and security of the host application for unparalleled depth of integration and scalability. By adding Izenda Vision to their application, Planbox customers can explore and analyze data through dynamic visualizations such as heat maps, trees, transitions, timelines and sunbursts.

“Izenda is a complete, highly configurable, scalable and extensible reporting and analytics platform designed for today’s connected collaborative cloud-based enterprise solutions,” said Karell Ste-Marie, CTO of Planbox. “We conducted an extensive survey of available solutions including the option to investing in a build versus buy strategy. Izenda offered a compelling BI and reporting framework at an exceptional value. It was an easy decision to choose Izenda.”

To see the official press release click here.

About Planbox

Planbox is the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Our family of products include Collaborative Innovation Management, Team Decision Making, and Work Management applications. Planbox is designed to be the agile work innovation tool for everyone, built for companies and teams of all sizes and trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Stanford, ERT, Philips, The Salvation Army and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: https://planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

About lzenda

lzenda’s business intelligence platform is purpose-built for independent software vendors and solutions providers and enterprise users. Izenda embeds seamlessly in applications to deliver BI directly to the people who need it most. Our integrated BI platform allows end users to easily analyze, visualize, and share valuable data and insights in real time. More than 10,000 organizations use Izenda’s embedded BI and analytics platform on a daily basis. To find out more about Izenda’s platform, visit http://www.Izenda.com.

April 6th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|

Planbox Listed as a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s 2016 Market Guide for Innovation Management

Planbox is pleased to be listed as a representative vendor in Gartner’s Market Guide for Innovation Management as an Innovation Management solution vendor. Planbox was among the companies that Gartner invited to participate in its 2016 Innovation Management Market Guide research. Some key takeaways from the report are as follows.

The research highlights the importance of innovation for business success:

“Innovation is well-recognized as a contributor to business success, which in turn is stimulating interest in innovation management products.”
– Gartner, Market Guide for Innovation Management, 24 March 2016

And the strategic priority it is given in most organizations:

“Growth and innovation are consistently among the priorities of most organizations, and their importance is growing. In Gartner’s 2016 survey of CIOs, crowdsourcing and formal innovation management programs are two of the most impactful but least used (under 30% penetration) “bimodal IT” disciplines that can contribute to business success.”
– Gartner, Market Guide for Innovation Management, 24 March 2016

Accelerating innovation is seen as a key driver of maintaining a competitive advantage:

“Innovation acceleration is one of the most reliable and attractive routes to competitive differentiation. It can enhance new product and service development, transform operations internally, improve customer service and support externally, and even help to redefine an organization’s core business model.”
– Gartner, Market Guide for Innovation Management, 24 March 2016

The Market Guide for Innovation Management 2016 is now complete and available on gartner.com. If you have access to gartner.com, the direct link to the research document is located here: http://www.gartner.com/document/3263518.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Planbox

Planbox is the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Our family of products include Collaborative Innovation Management, Team Decision Making, and Work Management applications. Planbox is designed to be the agile work innovation tool for everyone, built for companies and teams of all sizes. Planbox is trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bridgestone, CMHC, Panama Canal Authority, Sempra Energy, Willis Towers Watson and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: www.planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

Media Contact:
Amanda Sarafian, Planbox
514-788-4703
amanda.sarafian@planbox.com

April 5th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|

Rapid Crush Goes Live on Planbox for Project and Work Management

MONTREAL, March 15, 2016 – Rapid Crush, a leading provider of affiliate sales and marketing consulting services, has selected and gone live on Planbox Work – the leading agile project work management solution. Planbox is used by Rapid Crush to manage:

  • Product development lifecycle and deliverables
  • Affiliate responses and support
  • Support for Rapid Crush’s WordPress theme marketplace
  • Internal projects

Rapid Crush is predominantly a remotely staffed organization. Planbox Work will be used by staff from the US and Philippines.

Planbox Work has been integrated into the company’s daily workflow including an out of the box integration with the company’s issue tracking system called Zendesk. The integration with Zendesk was activated instantly on go-live without any customization. The company also plans to integrate Planbox Work with its affiliate management system (CapsuleCRM), its internal product management tool (called The Brain) and its asset management application (SnipeIT).

Rapid Crush evaluated six vendors initially. From that evaluation the selection was narrowed down to two systems. Planbox outperformed all systems it was thrown up against. Rapid Crush selected Planbox for the following reasons:

  • Simplicity
  • It’s ability to integrate with Zendesk
  • An open and adaptable API
  • Alignment with Agile/Scrum (one of the main decision makers at Rapid Crush is a certified ScrumMaster)
  • Great metrics
  • Easy to assign tasks

“We spent time carefully evaluating solutions that stated they could meet – and solve – complex requirements. Planbox was the only solution that not only lived up to their claim, but exceeded our expectation. To make our decision even easier, Planbox did all of the things we needed out of the box with no investment in customization! None. Zero. We were able to turn it on and go to work! Planbox is now being integrated into our business to provide management and metrics for product development, customer support, internal tools development, WordPress theme support. I’m even running my projects as CEO in Planbox using the visual task board view,” said Doland White, CEO Rapid Crush, Inc.

About Rapid Crush

We are world class persuasion experts with a combined 57 years of selling excellence. Rapid Crush, Inc. (www.rapidcrush.com) believes that great marketing can save the world. If your product or service provides great value then it needs to be in front of more people, and more people need to buy, and you need to dominate the market. We’re here to make that happen.

About Planbox

Planbox is the pioneering provider of cloud-based Agile Work Innovation solutions – from creative ideas to winning projects. Our mission is to help organizations thrive by transforming the culture of agile work, continuous innovation and creativity across the entire organization. Our family of products include Collaborative Innovation Management, Team Decision Making, and Work Management applications. Planbox is designed to be the agile work innovation tool for everyone, built for companies and teams of all sizes and trusted by some of the world’s most recognized brands including Stanford, ERT, Philips, The Salvation Army and Verizon with millions of internal and external users. To learn more, visit: www.planbox.com and unleash your innovation butterfly.

To see the official press release click here.

March 15th, 2016|Categories: Announcement|
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