AGILE INNOVATION TOOLS FROM A TO Z

From AGility to ZERO STRESS

Our toolkit for agile innovation tools

AGILE MANIFEST 1. People and interaction are more important than processes, tools and methods. 2. Functioning solutions stand above a detailed documentation. 3. Cooperation with customers and partners is more important than contract negotiations. 4. Responding quickly to challenges is much more important than creating rigid plans down to the last detail.

BUSINESS CASES Initial assessments of the value potentials behind a business opportunity are essential in the agile design of new business ideas. How high are potential revenues? What are expected revenue streams? Business cases  make new opportunities tangible so that innovation ideas are evaluated and prioritized very quickly.

CUSTOMER JOURNEY Nothing is more important than making customers happy customers. That is why constantly improving the customer journey is essential. The Customer Journey is a very helpful tool to detect pain points and white spots early + to find creative solutions for them. Whether digital or analogue, slip into the customer’s shoes.

DESIGN THINKING as a method creates innovations and new business ideas that are closely oriented towards the user and their needs. Agility in six iterative steps – understandobservedefinefind ideasprototype – test. The aim is not to create everything detail, but to experiment and collect new insights – in order to place the user and his needs at the center.

EMPATHY Innovations are not only made by people, they are also wanted by people. That’s why empathy is a super important factor for the success of innovations and new technologies.

FACE2FACE INTERACTION: Whether with users, partners or employees. Face2Face interaction generates very valuable qualitative feedback. This makes it possible to understand needs – and to integrate them into the design of innovations and new business opportunities at an early stage. This ensures customer and market relevance right from the start.

GREAT BUSINESS MODELS CANVAS… a very helpful tool to make the cornerstones of the business model tangible at an early stage. It allows you to illuminate different perspectives of your business / innovation idea. From target groups, key performance indicators to value proposition, WOW-factors and much more…

HYBRIDE PROJECT MANAGEMENT Have you ever heard of Scrumban? Agile innovation tools also include to agilely combine them. Whether with elements from the “classic project management” or “agile + agile”. It is important to use these methods and tools that are most appropriate for the individual team and the the individual project.

INSPIRATION & IMPULSES are the starting point for agile innovations. Thus, a cross-market and cross-industry view + plenty of room for creativity and “thinking outside the box” is needed. Leave comfort zones and start to creatively “recombine” ideas and impulses. For example; spin the Cross Industry Jackpot, take a look at what people are currently working on or be inspired by cross-market scouting impulses.

scouting is an agile innovation tool

Innovation & Technology Scouting enables market- and cross-industry impulses for new business opportunities to be identified and exploited early.

JAM SESSION Innovations need creativity and openness for new ideas. For this purpose, workshops in different formats and interdisciplinary teams are very valuable. “Innovation Jam Sessions” bring together a wide range of actors to develop creative solutions for specific questions.

KANBAN Knowing what activities are coming up this week, today or ad hoc or what progress is done so far is super valuable, especially when working in teams. Transparency and open communication are advantages that the KANBAN offers – whether with Post Its or with the help of cool tools for digital kanban boards.

LEAN STARTUP is one of the most known agile innovation tools. It is a continuous, iterative feedback loop in the sense of “build-measure-learn. Here, business opportunities and innovation ideas are designed (build) so that feedback can be quickly collected (measure) and evaluated (learn). In this way, innovations are implemented quickly and in-line with the market without high cost and time expenditures – but with the voice of the customer.

MINIMUM VIABLE PRODUCT / SOLUTION The nuts and bolts in our dynamic age: speed and agility. Therefore: quickly design a “functional product / service” instead of creating all functions and features down to the smallest detail. Then generate feedback and develop products / services iteratively and close to the market. And thus maximize the chances of success.

NEW HORIZON Our  New Horizon Program combines a wide range of agile tools. Thus, we are able to design market-relevant concepts very quickly – to proactively expand success in the digital age: from worldwide innovation & technology scouting, to use cases, business models and innovation business cases to the agile realization of Test & Learn pilots.

ORGANIZATION No tool but very important: organization and culture. Only those who anchor agility in the, not only live it, but anticipate it, will be successful in the long-run. The best tools are useless if an agile mindset is missing…

PERSONA “Tim Test” or “Pia Pilot AG” are not real people. But very helpful deputies. What are the attitudes, values and goals of the target group? What are interests, abilities and characteristics? Where or how is the product / service been used? The needs, requirements and wishes of the user personas are continuously incorporated into the features and functions of new products / services.

QUICK-WIN Agility also describes the ability to adapt existing solutions + not always wanting to reinvent the wheel. That is why it is important to work with strong partners, existing solutions, and field-proven services, rather than reinventing everything in long development loops.

RETROSPECTIVE as a joint review strengthens teaming and creates common ground. What worked well? What did not worked well? What can we try to do it better? And how (measures)?

STOP THINKING START DOING The high innovation dynamics of the digital age requires that we no longer spend time with long strategy and innovation processes, but look proactively forward: The proof of the pudding is in the eating

Agile teaming for success in the digital age

 

TEAM There are many cool tools and methods to drive innovation agilely. However, these are unsuccessful without the most important factor: people. Agile innovating requires smart, creative minds and different perspectives – a strong team that shapes the future together.

USER STORIES describe requirements for a product / service from the user’s point of view. It is primarily about describing a users expectations without designing the “HOW”. This is super helpful to slip into the shoes of the users when creating new solutions.

VALUE PROPOSITION DESIGN The Value Proposition is a short, clear description of the value of a product / service to the user – from the user’s point of view. Which Pain Point is solved and how? What is the added value? 

WIREFRAMING makes it possible to make digital services touchable in a very simple way. The main goal is to define information hierarchies, to structure content and thus, to outline the layout of a digital service. This enables to understand how users interact with the service – a great starting point for first prototypes and MVP’s.

XPERIENCE The best product, the most innovative service, the coolest technology are unsuccessful without outstanding user experiences. Customers’ expectations are high – and are getting higher and higher. That is why it is essential to design things from the customer point of view + in the customers interests – because pricing ist no more the “number one decision criterion”.

YOGA, DAILY STAND UPS OR LUNCH are “agile innovation tools” that help to promote creativity, openness and team spirit. “Keep focus on agile inovation tools” but also “keep focus on peoples’ happiness”. This is the only way to motivate and successfully create and realize innovations that rock.

ZERO STRESS Innovations and new business ideas do not fall out of the sky – it is an iterative process. Take time for creativity and new ideas – reflect them and build measure learn instead of pushing innovation ideas from zero to 100. Thereby create innovations with an open mind and do not expect too much too quickly.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: NEVER FORGET TO:

 

 

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