This is an innovation management evaluation tool, an indicator barometer on the capacity to innovate of companies and organizations.
It serves to improve your innovation process. It focuses attention on the areas that we consider most important for the success of the process and the creation of innovation culture.
Innovation is a process. It is a basic management process that allows the organization to secure its future. Innovation management is the management of this process. We improve it with the use of measures and indicators.
It is convenient to integrate the basic processes into a single management process, aligned with the organization’s vision and strategy. In this way we can facilitate the flow of information, knowledge and the integration of short-term operational management with future-oriented strategy and innovation.
The model is expressed schematically in the graph:
It is a continuous and iterative process, a flow of projects and programs that have emerged from the selection of ideas and proposals based on an innovative strategy. It is supported by four support threads, indicated at the bottom of the graph. Open to exterior, at the same time, it’s conditioned by two internal elements: the innovative culture and the vision/strategy for the future; and by two external: the competitive and social environment.
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The field of innovation covers not only the development of new products, but also that of new internal processes, new initiatives for market positioning and the generation of new concepts and platforms, sometimes based on new paradigms.
How to perform the test?
The questionnaire consists of 5 sheets with 10 statements each, which are the ones that must be evaluated and scored. It is preferable that more than one person answer it, there is room for ten answers.
Less than two hours maximum are usually invested in evaluating all the answers. It is about understanding each statement well and comparing it with the reality of the company. There shouldn’t be much thought, a fluent response in a maximum of two minutes. If a question is not applicable it can be left blank.
The results are shown in two graphs: one with 6 axes that shows the primary concepts and a second with 12 axes that are the following:
- Innovative culture
- Innovative vision
- Customer orientation
- Opening to the outside
- Manage projects and programs.
- Measure and improve.
- Generate ideas. Concepts. prototypes
- Filter and select. Phased reviews
- Capacity to perform and generate profits.
- Capacity to review and learn.
An evaluation is more useful when not only the results are shown and discussed, but also a list of actions to be carried out is extracted. I recommend putting them into practice and carrying out a new evaluation later on, in 6 months or 1 year, and comparing the results.
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