I continue to be amazed by how much money some organisations (especially in public sector) keep poring into dead beat projects but their un-willingness to dedicate some funding for prototyping and experimentation.
This problem can be solved quite easily as suggested by Gary Hamel, a leading authority on Management Innovation.
The idea is quite simple. You build a culture where managers with substantial budgets (ie $100,000 and over) would be encouraged and allowed to allocate 2% - 5% of their budget for experimentation. Unlike the current situation where someone can only go up their chain of command to get funding, this approach will give someone with a bright idea number of potential sponsors.
For this idea to work correctly, the funding manages must be given recognition even if they funded a breakthrough idea that will benefit another department or business unit rather than their own.