by Will Rogers
There are countless types of innovations you could facilitate - each with their own strategy, design, timeframe, and more. The important thing to know is that each type of problem you’re working to solve has a unique run of play for how that innovation should be facilitated. My goal here is to unpack seven core types of innovations to consider. It’s important that you help your client understand which innovation they are desiring before launching the event.
Overview: A Concept Sketch Innovation is when there is a felt need and/or a basic idea with a very open minded or open-handed approach to how that might come to life.
Goal: The outcome from this innovation would be a fresh idea, in concept format, for how to approach this problem.
Overview: A Framework Design Innovation is when there is a defined project/goal but there is a needed framework or picture needed to help simply capture the overall complexity.
Goal: The outcome from this innovation would be sketches of this framework (picture, pathway, etc.)
Overview: A Vetting Concept Innovation is when there is a plan in motion and a fairly good picture of the desired goal, but a desire to “vet” out the concept more and gain more collaborative buy-in.
Goal: The outcome from this innovation would be more details to the plan, a stronger prototype of the concept, and greater unity around the vision.
Overview: A Business Plan Innovation is when there’s an agreed upon plan already existing, but there is lacking a more comprehensive business plan with specific details for execution
Goal: The outcome from this innovation would be a multi-page business plan outlining specific Go to Market strategies.
Overview: A Resource Design Innovation is when there is a need to design (or potentially redesign) a resource - focusing on the resource design, purpose, and delivery.
Goal: The outcome from this innovation would be the prototyping of fresh resources with some content creation and strategy.
Overview: A Process Design Innovation is when there is a new process (or a process to re-vision) and a need to collaboratively streamline and make a process.
Goal: The outcome from this innovation would be a process design map with detailed steps, dependencies, and outcomes.
Overview: A Rethink Innovation is when there is a pre-existing program that could use some fresh thought and fresh ideas.
Goal: The outcome from this innovation would be a new concept plan for how to approach this in a more current context.
As you can see, there are many types of innovations you could facilitate. More than likely, just seeing the list sparked a few ideas for innovations you might consider.
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