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9 Steps to Build an Innovation MachineHow to get serious about innovation if you do not fully know how to start innovation machine, strategy, teamSMEThe full article with case studies can be found here ----------------------------------------------       The innovation capability of a company resides in getting three things right: Strategy in terms of purpose and strategic fit of innovation initiatives; Well defined processes involving Stage Gate milestone decision making applying fixed criteria and clearing projects from one stage to the next only; Team capabilities, attitude, incentives and culture that provoke and reward innovation contributions made by people and departments inside the company. These three building blocks together represent the ‘innovation machine’ that can deliver innovation impact in tangible and quantifiable ways.   9 STEPS TO BUILD AN INNOVATION MACHINE   Strategy - Determines the purpose and strategic fit of innovative initiatives 1. Define the company's innovation playground 2. Define the strategic gap 3. Identify the ideal mix of innovation types 4. What is innovation for us   Process - Defines milestones, decision making, transparent criteria and methods for clearing projects from one stage to the next 5. Resources allocation system 6. Stage-gate process Team - Involves capabilities, attitude, incentives and culture that provoke and reward innovation contributions 7. Innovative working environment 8. Spread the innovation culture 9. Inspire key people   The full article with case studies can be found here Laszlo Bax, Founding Partner at Bax & Company l.bax@baxcompany.com 9 Steps to Build an Innovation Machine
Bachelor-/ Master-ThesisBA-/ MA-students solving an industrial case under university supervisionInnovative solutions, University-industry collaboration, Attract graduatesLarge Company, Research Organisation, SME, University Single student solves a practical accepted problem Independently solve scientific questions in a structured manner using accepted engineering science methods Company get a study and solution for a proposed case Student learns to apply the knowledge gathered in his/her curriculum Student learns soft skills: how to interact with company supervisors A student works on a current research topic from the university or from an external company. An open task definition enables the development of new solution processes. During the work the student has to find innovative solutions to practical problems as a part of innovative research. An open minded student solves a practical problem in an innovative way. Both, university and industry, can provide openly defined tasks, which are solved by the students. Student Company supervisor Academic supervisor Legal framework (insurance, IP, ...) Solving of practical problems, using engineering science methods Acquisition of relevant expertise and social skills Unclear requirements Insufficiently self organized students Lingering IP agreements that delays the start of the project Research Group System Reliability, Adaptive Structures, and Machine Acoustics SAM, Magdalenenstrasse 4, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany IPEK - Institute of product engineering, Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany KU Leuven - Noise and Vibration Research Group, Celestijnenlaan 300B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium Bachelor-/ Master-ThesisSAP Success Factors / SAP Jam , Trello, Evernote
Customer journey videosPresenting product concepts using customer journey videosCustomer journey, Product concept, VideoInvestor, Large Company, Research Organisation, SME, University Present product ideas and product concepts within 2 minutes Video scribing software (e.g. know from tutorial videos) use a comic style design to explain a product idea or product concept from a customer's perspective. It combines a structured story-telling approach with video technology and simple language. The preparation of the videos can be performed by the product developer or the marketing department. The videos help internal and external stakeholders to fully understand the key elements of a product idea or product concept within 2 minutes. A video customer journey is the easiest way to really understand a product idea from a customer's perspective Software licenses Competence in the field of video scribing software Ability to identify the key elements of a product idea and to prepare a structured story out of it Describing technology within the videos instead of use cases Fear of get used to video scribing software IPEK - Institute of product engineering, Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe Germany Customer journey videosVideo Scribe
External Bachelor-Thesis and Master-ThesisUniversity, Industry, StudentsLarge Company, SME, UniversityA student works during his Bachelor-Thesis or Master-thesis on a topic that is of common interest from university and industry. All three parties (student, university and industry) learn each other’s needs and lean to understand each other. Students with innovative and fresh ideas work on a topic that is of common interest for the university and the industry. clearly defined task supervisor from the university's side (scientific staff) supervisor from the industry's side student willing to write his bachelor-thesis or master-thesis at the connection between university and industry research material (library, experts, test rigs, ...) clearly defined task innovative atmosphere open minded student   unclear task university and industry having different ideas on how the task should be solved IP issues Research Group System Reliability, Adaptive Structures, and Machine Acoustics SAM, Magdalenenstrasse 4, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany. External Bachelor-Thesis and Master-Thesis
Innovation Navigator(TM)Customer Driven Approach to Innovationinnovation, technology scouting , commercializationLarge Company, Research Organisation, SME, UniversityThis personalized approach (and corresponding suite of services by Primary Care Innovation Consulting) treats Innovation as a process, build on the basis of real, assessed and verified customer Need(s). The Needs consist of Jobs-To-Be-Done (JTBD) that customers already trying to resolve using competing approaches/technologies. Identifying, describing and qualifying these jobs is a critical step in the innovation process. Even though the approach is very specific and customizable, the process is almost universal and could be used by: University TLO Start-Ups Small & Medium Enterprises Large Multinationals Incubators & Accelerators Venture Capital Groups Individual Entrepreneurs Seven Steps of The NavigatorTM: All Aboard! Kick off & Situational Summary Customer Discovery Need(s) Formulation. Jobs To Be Done. Pains & Gains Pivot – “New” Need(s) Based on Customers Feedback QuickLook Assessment. Project Feasibility Analysis Active Marketing. Presentation, Executive Summary. Scouting or Commercialization Deal Facilitation. Up to a Term Sheet Proprietory methodology. Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice.by Clayton M. Christensen, Karen Dillon, Taddy Hall, David S. Duncan. HarperBusiness, 2016 Jobs To Be Done. Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman, David Farber. AMACOM, 2017 Jobs to be Done: Theory to Practice, Anthony W. Ulwick. IDEA BITE PRESS; 2016 The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company, by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf. K & S Ranch; 1 edition (March 1, 2012) The Wide Lens: A New Strategy for Innovation, by Ron Adner. Portfolio Hardcover (2012). Lean Customer Development: Building Products Your Customers Will Buy, by Cindy Alvarez. O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 8, 2014) Primary Care Innovation Consutling Dr. Eugene Buff, CLP, RTTP +1 (617) 331-1982 eugene.buff@prcareinnoconsult.com Innovation Navigator(TM)
Interdisciplinary Project Week - Inno5Interdisciplinary Project Week (Inno5)Product development, Innovative task, Interdisciplinary networkLarge Company, SME, University Identification of customer needs and future scenarios Development of open minded innovative solutions to practical problems Interdisciplinary project week is an innovation workshop concept which enables companies to generate viable product ideas in a short time frame. It is guided by professional innovation coaches. Viable product concepts in one week. Professional moderator Creativity laboratory 5 days of time Clearly defined task Innovative atmosphere of the project Open minded participants and tutors Unclear Being sceptical towards innovative ideas IPEK - Institute of product engineering, Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe Germany Interdisciplinary Project Week - Inno5ProtoSphere, SAP Success Factors / SAP Jam , Trello, Video Scribe, Evernote, Generic tools - Collaborative Mind Mapping, Generic tools - Online Brainstorming
Intersectoral cooperation of staffExchange staff between academics and non academicsStaff exchange, Excellence, Knowledge transferLarge Company, Research Organisation, SME, University Staff gains experience in a different work environment Exchanges of staff to develop careers combining scientific excellence with exposure to other sectors The exchange of staff, including blue collar, researcher or professors, between academics and non-academics for a short or longer period, as a goal to return to the sending organization with gained knowledge and experience. The schemes can be defined bilateral or between multiple parties. Examples: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Innovation mandates (VLAIO - Flanders) Fellowships for professors to join industry Exchanges of staff to develop careers combining scientific excellence with exposure to other sectors. Staff Sending organization Hosting agreement IP agreement Clearly defined projects Time constraints and obligation at the sending organization (courses to teach, ongoing projects) Personal constraints (family) KU Leuven - Noise and Vibration Research Group, Celestijnenlaan 300B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium Intersectoral cooperation of staffSAP Success Factors / SAP Jam , Trello, Evernote
Mockups in virtual teamsUsing mockups for early validation in virtual teams in product developmentMockup, Product concept, Virtual teamInvestor, Large Company, Research Organisation, SME, University Early clarification of design, functionality and look and feel of a later product The system of objectives is often not clearly defined in early stages of product development. On-site teams often meet and therefore have the change of hamonizing their understanding and their imagination of the later product, e.g. through using of sketches, gestures, etc.. As virtual teams do often not have this change so often it is helpful to prepare early mockups. Depending from the product this can be a virtual mockups (for physical products) or a highly interlinked PDF file allowing for quasi browing through an application (for software), e.g. prepared by a special mockup software. Early clarification of design, functionality and look and feel of a later product. Mockup tools Awareness of the importance of visual explication for virtual teams Availability of appropriate software tools Arranging with missunderstanding IPEK - Institute of product engineering, Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe Germany Mockups in virtual teamsBalsamiq Mockups, Open Innovation Cloud Platform
Students as product developersInvolve students into real product development projectsStudents, Product development, Project workLarge Company, Research Organisation, SME, University Use creative potential of students to create innovative product concepts Identify talents as later colleagues Within these projects students of mechanical engineering (or other engeineering courses) develop real products in cooperation with an industrial company. The company provides the task assignment. The university is responsible for project planning, development methods and processes as well as for teaching. The students are guided through a real product development project within about 4 month and present their results after every phase in milestones and at the project close-out. Unique combination of science, teaching and innovation. Between 40 and 80 students Hardware and software Project partner, university Huge pool of creativity Highly relevant products Motivation of students might be fragile IPEK - Institute of product engineering, Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany Students as product developersOnline Policy Briefs Environment, blueKiwi ZEN, YAMMER, CA Flowdock, Slack, Yet2, Instant Agenda, MERLIN EEN PARTNERING TOOL, Generic tools - Audio & video live communication, Generic tools - Cloud file sharing, TELANTO
Training networksInnovative training network between universities, research centres and companiesResearcher training, Information exchange, Knowledge transferLarge Company, Research Organisation, SME, University Train researcher Increase transfer of knowledge Joint research training, implemented by at least three partners from in and outside academia. The aim is for the researcher to experience different sectors and develop their transferable skills by working on joint research projects. The intensity of interaction can vary between dual desk collaboration, secondments or permutation between the partners. Example: European Training Networks Innovative training networks bring together universities, research centers and companies from different countries worldwide to train a new generation of researchers. Hosting institutes (universities, companies, RTOs) Researchers Funding scheme IP agreement Mutual understanding between partners Clear and open communication between all partners involved Researchers with sufficient soft skills Too much effort to be spent on company tasks instead of research KU Leuven - Noise and Vibration Research Group, Celestijnenlaan 300B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium Training networksSAP Success Factors / SAP Jam , THINK TANK - TT IMPULS NEWSLETTER, Trello, Evernote
Trusted Global Open Innovation, Science and Technology NetworkAn effective collaboration in innovation, R&D and technology transferOpen innovation, R&D collaboration, Trusted networksInvestor, Large Company, Research Organisation, SME, University Make trustworthy contacts, initiate projects and share knowledge about technologies Market your professional and expertise profile Connect with the scientific community and the business world by posting your innovation needs and your portfolio of technologies The trusted global open innovation, science and technology network provides a platform to ensure access to simple, secure and trustworthy contacts. It supports the initiation of projects and share knowledge about technologies with guaranteed protection of intellectual property and confidentiality. Example: The Innoget user community consists of thousands of specialists in their fields who benefit from free access to both innovation opportunities and innovative technologies published by leading organizations from the scientific community and the business world. Allow users to build their network of trusted innovation partners and share knowledge about technologies on a wide range of scientific and business fields. State of the art peer-to-peer platform World-class customer service team High effective matchmaking system Well structured database Provide secure environment Complex usability Community size User's engagement Content quality Innoget, Av. Cerdanyola, 70-81, 2º1ª, 08172 Barcelona, +34 937556253, info@innoget.com, www.innoget.com Trusted Global Open Innovation, Science and Technology NetworkTEAM- AND PROJECT ROOMS, IDEENPORTAL, Innoget.com, Rapid Experimentation and Deal Design (REDD), Atizo, Hyve, Jovoto, Studyka, OpenIDEO, Idea Connection, NineSights, Chaordix, Open Innovation Cloud Platform, IdeaScale, Jive X, Projectplace, Innocentive, Innoversia, Ideas4All , Nimble Bee, Innovation platform, HYPE GO!, TELANTO
Virtual creativity sessionsImplementing creativity methods into virtual collaboration Creativity, Virtual teams, MethodsLarge Company, Research Organisation, University Use the creativity potential of virtual teams As virtual teams meet very seldom at a common location, they do not often have the change to really work together, e.g. sitting together at one PC or conducting a workshop. Virtual creativity sessions provide a platform to not only discuss existing ideas (like in web conferences) but to really be creative together. Those sessions often use a common software platform and an adaption of well-known creativity methods. Using creativity potential also in virtual teams. Software tool (e.g. innovation platform) Team members Moderator Openness for creativity methods Software problems IPEK - Institute of product engineering, Kaiserstrasse 10, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany Virtual creativity sessionsProtoSphere, Generic tools - Collaborative Mind Mapping, Generic tools - Online Brainstorming