The Agile Innovation Process is a team-based methodology for constantly adapting to changing business circumstances and conditions. The overarching goal of agile innovation is to develop a product or service that changes the market, forcing competitors to adapt or exit as a market player. In order to accomplish this goal, agile innovation processes involve splitting up larger projects into simpler, more manageable tasks and continuously reassessing the strategies for completing them.
What is the Agile Innovation Process, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Agile Innovation Process
Description of Agile Innovation Process
Agile Innovation necessitates developing fast, cheap solutions. These solutions should be experimentally tested to gauge their effectiveness. Agile innovation processes are usually tailored to the organization’s innovation and strategic goals and require a high degree of collaboration.
Following an Agile Innovation Process typically involves four steps:
Step 1: Determine who will drive the innovation process. More specifically, specify what senior leader is the most supportive of and understands the need for change. This individual will be responsible for developing clear objectives for the innovative change, diligently monitor the organization as it undergoes the innovative process and instill and innovative culture within the company. Having clear objectives for the innovation process will become an essential factor when it becomes necessary to make fast decisions.
Step 2: Establish what internal business process will be needed to implement the innovative change. In order to ensure that innovation actually occurs, it is essential to (1) have a plan to execute it and (2) business functions that can facilitate the enactment of the plan. In this stage, it is important to ensure there is consensus among innovation team members over what processes are needed to implement the plan. A lack of agreement among team members can become a hindrance to the enactment of innovative processes. One way to develop a consensus is to constantly communicate the roles, responsibilities and the overall goals of the innovation process to the team members. Open communication will lessen the resistance to the new process. Notably, customer feedback should be included the innovation plan as their input is crucial to develop each version of the plan.
Step 3: Make fast decisions. Because of the rate at which technologies, and subsequently, the market are changing, it is important that the organization make necessary changes to the innovation plan as quickly as possible. Although creating quick solutions to problems usually goes against corporate culture, one way in which to incorporate agility into the organization is to have executive memebrs exhibit agile methods in their daily practice.
Step 4: Ensure that the innovation plan includes both processes internal and external to the organization. In addition to seeking the opinions of external consultants, consider giving voice to individuals lower in the organizational hierarchy as they are the ones closest to the product or service production. They will often be able to provide the most customer-focused insight on what needs to be changed and why.
Tools & Templates
The Agile Innovation Process is often considered a standalone approach to support innovation and idea development. Other complementary approaches include rapid prototyping, Lean Startup, and Design thinking, all of which can support your team when developing quick fixes to obstacles during the agile innovation process.
upBOARD's Online Agile Innovation Process Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional Agile Innovation Process techniques, upBOARD’s online Agile Innovation Process collaboration tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s library of other innovation management online best practice tools and templates including:
Business Model Canvas, Concept Development, Concept Testing, Customer Problem Statements, Design Thinking, Discovery Driven Planning, Jobs to be Done, Lean Startup, Portfolio Management, Rapid Prototyping, and Stage Gate Pipeline Process