by FRANCESC GÜELL
Innovation always has a point of rupture and qualitative leap, but nowadays, in an environment of accelerated change, it has more to do with a structured process that creates ‘innovation culture’.
The ‘agile’ concept and methodology allows continuous and successful innovation, accelerating the whole process, reducing risks, and maintaining a flow of projects and programs in continuous iteration between the design and client.
Agile innovation addresses the three critical drivers of success: accelerating the innovation process; reduce the risks inherent to uncertainty and compromise the organization and its broader ecosystem in the effort.
We finished the first part of this article listing some models of change management: Michael Doyle, John P. Kotter and Managed Change Model of LaMarsh Global. We continue with a brief description of these and a summary of the practical methodology used for the implementation.
We work in three layers or simultaneous levels. The three begin with where the change begins: the “identification” or “discovery” of the very need of change. Education and communication are critical throughout all the process. To sustain the change and maintain the expected benefits, a review action is necessary after each action and at the end.
Innovation is a change. Like any change, requires effort, generates resistance and needs vision and leadership.
To innovate, change is required in the culture, in the organization, in the strategy and in the
way of working.
Crisis and recession are also engines for change generation. They are not only providing threats but also opportunities.
In many cases, it’s necessary to think and act counter current. Remove elements of pessimism, but keep being realistic and almost objective to evaluate the new facts and trends that show.
This article features eight views or faces on innovation and agile innovation.
Innovation is a very used word and in many areas. Everyone seems to agree that it must be encouraged and that all companies and organizations should focus their strategy on innovation, especially SMEs and new companies.
But the concept that is being explained in these different areas does not always coincide. I think I should first clarify the concept that I am going to apply here to the word innovation, which, in any case, will be focused on action, that is, on the capabilities of the organization to act.
Francesc Güell: Agile innovation and performance
Innovation and performance are not contradictory terms, but on the contrary, they are complementary. So that the higher innovation the better the performance.
However, they can produce tensions in the organization, since one is directed to the future and the other is a subject of the present. There are two basic processes that compete for resources. That is why I speak of 'harmonizing' innovation with performance.
Innovation is the fundamental resource to improve performance. But innovation is a change and it is a process that must be covered by the entire organization.See more...
If we say to innovate is to bring good ideas to reality, with success and continuously, then is not the result of genius, chance or luck, it's a process. A process that is designed, implemented and improved in all companies and organizations and favors the creation of an innovative culture.
Innovating is no longer an option, it is imperative and it means:
.-Do something new. Innovate in products or services.
- Positioning in the market or segment in a different or new way. Innovate in the value proposition and in the positioning in the market.
- Do things differently. Innovate internal processes.
- Change paradigm. Create a new "mental model" or category.
Tool to assess innovation management
A tool to evaluate innovation management and the ability of organisations to innovate.
The scope covers:
Development of new products or services, new internal processes, new positioning initiatives in the market and the generation of new concepts and platforms.
The results will be shown in two graphs of six and twelve axes, which allows to decide what type of improvement actions should be undertaken.See more...
The strategy on one page
A single page should be sufficient to effectively communicate vision and strategy formulated through a few main or strategic axes.
That's why we present a model that is:
* A way to express the vision and strategy in a clear and summarized way.
* A tool to help SMEs.
* An efficient formulation with limited time and resources.
* A guide to define the strategic axes and clear objectives.
* Simplify communication.
* The construction is based on what we call "Strategy Tree".See more...
Courses and active workshops
These active courses and workshops are intended for a team from your own organization to put into practice the concepts that we let at their disposal.
They are preformed since 2005 but are redesigned and refined annually based on the experiences acquired with the participating companies and organizations. All can be adapted specifically to the needs of your company.Topics of courses and workshops
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