Tools

Competency mapping

Competency mapping is an approach to finding opportunities for innovation by exploring an organization’s distinctive competencies.  What does it know about and how could it use this knowledge to advantage?  

Bubble charts

Bubble charts offer a useful tool to help with innovation selection.  You can find a description of the tool and an activity based on this here Bubble charts activity  

Innovation Fitness Test

This self-assessment framework is designed to help organizations reflect on how well placed they are to deal with the challenges of managing innovation.  How well do they search, select and implement?  How do they handle the challenges of building linkages into new innovation space and reframing the approaches which they take to innovation? Do they

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Discontinuous innovation audit

This self-assessment framework is designed to help organizations reflect on how well placed they are to deal with the challenges of discontinuous innovation.  How well do they search, select and implement?  How do they handle the challenges of building linkages into new innovation space and reframing the approaches which they take to innovation? Do they

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QFD at Lexus

This activity involves using QFD – quality function deployment – to explore innovation in the luxury car maker, Lexus. Lexus QFD Case For more information on QFD see the Innovation Toolkit.

Search strategies for peripheral vision

This report looks at how a variety of companies and public sector organizations are exploring at the edges of their environment.  It describes experiences with a wide range of search strategies to help identify and anticipate discontinuous innovation. Click here to access the report: Twelve searchstrategies