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Sustain and Grow the Maturity of Innovation in Your Enterprise

Going to the next level of maturity for innovation.

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Contributors

  • David Cabral, Account Manager, Achievers
  • Bill Craig, Co-founder, BizMundi

Your Challenge

  • Customers are not waiting – they are insisting on change now. The recent litany of business failures and the ongoing demand for improved services means that “not in my backyard” will mean no backyard.
  • Positive innovation is about achieving tomorrow’s success today, where everyone is a leader and ideas and people can flourish – in every sector.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Many innovation programs are not delivering value at a time when change is constant and is impacting both public and private sector organizations.
  • Organizations are not well-positioned in terms of leadership skills to advance their innovation programs.
  • Unlock your innovation potential by looking at your innovation projects on both a macro and micro level.
  • Innovation capacity is directly linked with creativity; allow your employees' creativity to flourish using Info-Tech’s positive innovation techniques.
  • Innovations need to be re-harvested each year in order to maximize your return on investment.

Impact and Result

  • From an opportunity perspective, create an effective innovation program that spawns more innovations, realizes benefits from existing assets not fully being leveraged, and lays the groundwork for enhanced products and services.
  • This complementary toolkit and method (to existing blueprints/research) guides you to assess the “aspiration level” of innovations and the innovation program, assess the resources/capabilities that an entity has to date employed in its innovation program, and position IT for success to achieve the strategic objectives of the enterprise.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should formalize processes to improve your innovation program, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

2. Assess and aspire

Assess opportunities for your innovation program on a personnel and project level, and provide direction on how to improve along these dimensions.

3. Implement and inspire

Formalize the innovation improvements you identified earlier in the blueprint by mapping them to your IT strategy.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is an eight call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Scope and define

Call #1 - Review and update program scope.
Call #2 - Confirm the goals and position the program.
Call #3 - Create an effective presentation to gain support and commitment.

Guided Implementation #2 - Assess and aspire

Call #1 - Assess your organization and innovation program.
Call #2 - Assess the leadership and capacity/capabilities of your team.

Guided Implementation #3 - Implement and inspire

Call #1 - Align the results of the program with the business context.
Call #2 - Map innovations to IT strategy and update changes/opportunities.
Call #3 - Implement the updated program and position it for success.

Onsite Workshop

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Module 1: Pre-Work

The Purpose

  • Gather data that will be analyzed in the workshop.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Information gathered with which analysis can be performed.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Do an inventory of innovations/prototypes underway.

  • Up-to-date inventory of innovations/prototypes
1.2

High-level overview of all existing project charters, and documentation of innovation program.

  • Document review of innovation program and its results to date
1.3

Poll working group or key stakeholders in regards to scope of innovation program.

  • Draft scope of the innovation program and understanding of the timelines

Module 2: Scope and Define

The Purpose

  • Scope the innovation program and gain buy-in from major stakeholders.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Buy-in from IT steering committee for innovation program improvements.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Establish or re-affirm values for the program.

2.2

Run an initial assessment of the organization’s innovation potential (macro level).

2.3

Set/reaffirm scope and budget for the program.

2.4

Define or refine goals and outcomes for the program.

2.5

Confirm/re-confirm risk tolerance of organization.

2.6

Update/document innovation program.

  • Innovation program and terms of reference
2.7

Create presentation to gain support from the IT steering committee.

  • Presentation on organization innovation program for IT steering committee

Module 3: Assess and Aspire

The Purpose

  • Analyze the current performance of the innovation program and identify areas for improvement.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identify actionable items that can be undertaken in order to improve the performance of the innovation program.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Assess your level of innovation per innovation project (micro level).

  • Positive innovation assessment
3.2

Update the risk tolerance level of the program.

3.3

Determine if your blend of innovation projects is ideal.

3.4

Re-prioritize your innovation projects (if needed).

  • Re-prioritized innovation projects
3.5

Plan update to IT steering committee.

  • Updated presentation for IT steering committee
3.6

Assess positive innovation assessment of team.

3.7

Opportunity analysis of innovation program and team.

Module 4: Implement and Inspire

The Purpose

  • Formalize the innovation program by tying it into the IT strategy.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A formalized innovation program that is closely tied to the IT strategy.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Update business context in terms of impact on IT implications.

  • Updated business context
4.2

Update IT strategy in terms of impact and benefits of innovation program.

  • Updated IT strategy
4.3

Update/create innovation program implementation plan.

  • Innovation implementation plan, including roadmap
4.4

Plan update for IT steering committee.

  • Updated presentation given to IT steering committee