Sustain and Grow the Maturity of Innovation in Your Enterprise

Going to the next level of maturity for innovation.


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An innovation program that does not have a formalized process inherently exhibits many flaws:

  • Innovation projects are not achieving the desired return.
  • Innovations are low level.
  • Innovation initiatives are dispersed and the department doesn’t have a grasp on innovation as a whole.

Formalizing the innovation process will allow for improved efficiency, quality, and management of innovations:

  • Returns will be maximized through a portfolio-based approach.
  • Managing the psychological capital of the innovation program will enable the creation of high-level innovations.
  • Updating the IT strategy to formalize the innovation process allows for more structured management of innovations.

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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
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