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At Booz Allen, we’re powered by brilliant people united in a relentless pursuit to deliver new value by solving the world’s toughest problems.

From the successes to the failures, we believe innovation isn’t just a catchphrase; it’s necessary to move our clients and the world forward.

For over 100 years, we have been thriving as an essential partner to some of the world’s largest organizations.  We’ve learned that an idea can come from anyone, anywhere. We engage our staff at every level to grow and nurture their ideas, opinions, and passions to solve tomorrow’s greatest challenges today.

But innovation doesn’t happen alone. It needs inspiration. It needs collaboration. It needs diverse opinions from multiple perspectives to challenge a good idea and transform it into a great one.

How do we inspire?

Tools to Create Ideas

Unlike people, ideas are not restricted by geography. Ideas in Seattle can solve problems in DC. With our innovators spread across the globe, Booz Allen has built virtual tools to connect our dispersed workforce. Our innovation ecosystem is powered by ideas from both coasts. Take The Garage, our internal idea exchange system; with it, anyone can post a challenge for anyone else to solve. Here, they can also socialize the problem to garner responses, ideas, and solutions from the entire company.

After one team in DC recently posted their challenge to The Garage, they received over 200 responses from across the nation. Filtered against their client’s needs, they handpicked a submission from another team in Seattle. Had it not been for virtual tools like The Garage, these two teams might never have crossed paths.

These tools are nurturing small ideas into big ones, growing them step-by-step. Multiplied by the diversity of our perspectives and compounded by our varied experiences, one challenge can change the world. 

The Garage: 200 Submissions. 1 hand picked submission by the Seattle team.

How do we add to great Ideas? 

Collaboration

We believe ideas need oxygen to grow. Smother them with a solution, and they’ll never take breath.

That is why we integrate our virtual tools with in-person Functional Communities that apply our problem solving across multiple industries. Booz Allen’s Functional Communities allow our people to put their skills to the test on problems beyond their daily client work. In these communities, our people can let their ideas breathe with their colleagues, and learn new techniques to solve old problems.

Management consultants, engineers, scientists, and technologists approach their work differently. Our Functional Communities unite these varied perspectives to build original value. By embracing the strengths of our functional differences, we have a myriad ways to tackle a problem, and give lift to an idea.

But ideas are not locked up with the team that has a problem, and we know that innovation doesn’t stop at our front door. Now, the need to partner with other organizations to propel national and global change is more critical than ever.

 

  • The Innovation Blueprint is a repeatable series of cultural components and systems to source, supply, and mature the innovation practices of big organizations.

  • Predictive Intelligence empowers organizations to anticipate, detect, respond, and prevent cyber and global threats.

  • Our Enterprise Integration capability connects and streamlines processes, applications, and data to help you achieve critical goals and capitalize on new opportunities.

  • With our accelerator partner 1776, we embrace and invest in the startup culture to build entrepreneurial value both inside and outside of our firm.

Where can we take these new ideas?

Changing the World

Great minds don’t always think alike, and we appreciate that. We’re inspired by companies like ours that exist to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. And it’s why we’re partnering and investing in them. With our respective strengths, and our collective passion for problem solving, our partnerships are uncovering new value for the world.

In today’s connected economy, it’s impossible to go it alone. Those who don’t partner fail to take advantage of the full potential that partnerships provide. When we connect our technical expertise and deep knowledge of our clients’ missions with our partners’ disruptive technologies, we create something truly transformative.

Through our Strategic Ventures program, our partners get direct access to the most difficult and complex problems, allowing them to explore how their solutions might be applied differently. We create strategic alliances with partners eager to venture into uncharted markets.

We don’t only partner with big companies.  We work with incubators like 1776, embracing the start-up culture.  We have found that driven, smaller companies are a great source of mentorship and learning.

We also know new thought comes from institutions dedicated to learning. That’s why we’re seeking out partners in academia to further broaden our perspective and reach, to cultivate new talent, and to hone our skills for our next century.

We are changing the world—inspiring a culture that is dedicated to not only take the next step, but take the leap ahead.  What will we work on next?  That is something we will explore together.

Companies used to be able to follow the lead of other companies, let them take all the risks, and not really be at a disadvantage. Today, the world has changed. Today, companies can’t afford to be a fast follower. By syndicating ideas and talent across multiple organizations, we build better and faster solutions together.

Michael Farber

Executive Vice President, Booz Allen