About us

At Disciplined Innovation we are passionate about new knowledge and ideas; innovation that drives growth and renewal, and organisations that are great places to work. We work with private and public sector partners delivering innovation benchmarking projects around the world.

Our name reflects the reality that most innovation fails because of a lack of discipline and skill. Our metrics provide a fail-safe framework for the journeys to best innovation management practices.

Our Digital WAVE® Platform comprises a set of survey based tools that assess, measure and track innovation capabilities. First built for business, used in over 2400 organisations, and granted a US patent in 2008, the tools have been customised for research agencies, government departments, local government and hospitals.

Business

Companies can control just two of the top ten global business risks – failure to attract and retain top talent and failure to innovate.* The upside is that companies flourish when these risks are measured and managed systematically.

Companies using Digital WAVE have the framework, measures and steps for charting their path to systematic, strategic innovation management.

One of the first to use our benchmarks was Australia’s largest bank, ranked 58 in Forbes global 2000 list, CBA. The assessment triggered a renewed commitment to innovation management making it today one of the most digitally innovative banks in the world.

* From the 2015 Global Risk Management Survey by AON, the world’s largest insurance broker.

Public Sector

Traditionally government department and agencies have been risk averse. Now they face pressures to do more with less, to master digital innovation and to administer policies and programs that drive economic growth and enhance family and community wellbeing.

Well ahead of others the Northern Ireland industry department InvestNI, and the Victorian Government Department of Treasure and Finance (DTF) were among the first to use the public sector version of Digital WAVE. In the state of Victoria the assessment recommendations led to the pioneering Yellow Brick Road innovation initiative.

In the UK Digital WAVE has been customised for assessments which are being used to frame innovation capability building in boroughs, counties and councils.

Research Agencies

Scientist and researchers can collaborate and produce amazing, exciting discoveries and inventions.

The challenge for agencies is to stay ahead in the research, development and commercialisation race. This means fostering innovative research and more. Agencies need partners and mechanisms, such as translational research agencies, that can turn great research into great innovations.

The value of Digital WAVE was demonstrated when it was used by GNS Science, the New Zealand Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited. The Board used our report to chart major changes, and the project was a finalist in the NZ Bearing Point Innovation Awards.


Our values

Results matter

Our own benchmark is exceeding your expectations, leaving you satisfied with our service and confident about our recommendations.

Quality

Time spent researching, customising, testing and perfecting our metrics; responding to customers in diverse marketspaces, underpin the consistently high quality of our services.

Passion

Everyone in our team works with passion. We are a customer-centric company populated by talented professionals who love to delight our partners and customers.

Integrity

We are committed to evidence based practices, robust and accurate metrics and high standards of professionalism. Our customer service is a stepping-stone to lasting long term relationships.

Family and fun

We encourage a balance between work, family and leisure. Along with the rewards of disciplined innovation, fun and humour sparks our imagination and help us to recharge.

Sustainability

We uphold and advocate sustainable environmental, social and economic values.

Our Services

BENCHMARK PROJECTS

We deliver benchmarking projects for groups of 20 or more organisations. Projects are delivered in collaboration with partners, such as industry associations and central government agencies. Two reports are produced, a confidential one for each organisation and a project report for all group members.

Tell us about the position of your group on our innovation management maturity model and we will select the right assessment for your group. We have assessment questionnaires of different lengths, and for either managers or managers and other employees.

Innovation initiatives are ad hoc and unevenly resourced; results tend to be disappointing. Leaders are thinking about better approaches.
Leaders are committed to developing strategic and systematic innovation management. They are looking to an initial assessment of gaps in practices, skills and tools, and to identify steps to early wins and the best way forward.
There is measurable progress closing the gaps, deeper understanding of strengths and challenges, and evidence of payoffs.
The company is recognized for continuous, strategic and systematic innovation management, strong evidence of the contribution of innovation to asset growth and performance.
AWARDS PROGRAMS

There is rapidly growing interest in promoting innovation through annual Innovation Award programs. Media companies, regional bodies and industry associations team up with sponsors to create competitions that are both exciting, especially for those who attend the Award dinners, and valuable for every entrant.

Entrants can be judged solely on Digital WAVE scores or on a combination of the scores and their most innovative products or services.

MORE ENGAGING CONFERENCES

Innovation is increasingly seen on conference programs. When it is you can add a new dimension with either a full scale professionally managed Awards program run over the months before the event; or an “insights” opportunity where individual delegates complete assessments before/during the event. Both options generate eye-opening reports for delegates and open up conversation opportunities.

BANKING, SUPERANNUATION &
HEALTH INSURANCE APPLICATIONS

With customisation Digital WAVE can be used by banks to reduce risks and improve competitiveness when lending to SMEs. The Bank of Ireland was the first bank to take advantage of this application. We are in conversations with superannuation fund who recognise that companies that manage innovation effectively merit more weight in their portfolios. We have also been found by health insurers wanting better performance from the providers they fund.

Our Team

Darryl Bubner

Darryl Bubner, Founder and CEO has devoted much of his career to researching and refining methods for measuring how well organisations manage innovation, and with what results. He has delivered workshop throughout Europe on leading innovation and strategic innovation systems. He is a certified quality systems auditor and through his consulting career has also managed a wide range of strategy and social, customer and market research projects.

Dr. Evan Shellshear

Dr. Evan Shellshear is VP Business Development. His background is in economics and he has a PhD in cooperative game theory. His focus had been on industry transforming technologies and methodologies, from software to consulting and he has commercialised several new technologies and guided numerous start-ups. He is author of the Amazon bestselling 2016 book Innovation Tools.

Tom Laing

Tom Laing is our Chief Information Advisor.
He has a background in advertising, management and market research and expertise in database design, web and social media strategies. He has lectured in management, worked in community development roles and is heavily involved in activities in his local community.

Contact: darryl@disciplinedinnovation.com

Contact: evan@disciplinedinnovation.com

Contact: tom@disciplinedinnovation.com

Testimonials

“Chambers Ireland is excited to be supporting the Bank of Ireland WAVE* project. It ties in with our strategic goal of becoming the leading provider of innovation training in Ireland.”

John Dunne, CEO, Chambers Ireland

* Before 2015 Digital WAVE was called WAVE®

“For our major clients WAVE reports have focused conversations about faster and more effective ways to strengthen innovation and its contribution to their performance.”

Dr Christine Pitt, R & D Manager, Meat and Livestock Australia

Our Partners and Clients

Bank of Ireland

Centre for Competitiveness (NI)

Chambers Ireland

Innovation Unit (UK)

InvestNI

Pragmatique Ltd (Scotland)

Upper Quartile (Scotland)

CzechInvest (Czech Republic)

EKT GROUP (Lithuania)

Innoment (Denmark)

SSB Consult (Germany)
Walker Associates (Korea)
Prime Minister’s Office (Singapore)
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada)
Australian Quality Council
Austrade
CBA
CSIRO
Council of textile and Fashion
Dept. Industry, Science and Resources

GNS Science (NZ)

Meat and Livestock Australia

National Food Industry Strategy

Red Energy

Rural Finance

Victorian Dept. Education

Victorian Dept. Treasury and Finance

Western Water

Yarra Valley Water

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How to find us

Address: 802/325 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia 3000
Phone: +61 419 446000
Email: enquiries@disciplinedinnovation.com