Open Innovation is one of the most efficient ways to accelerate Innovation, whoever you are, SMEs or large Corporate.
In a new serie of articles called OpenInnovation Framework we will present you all good pratices, tools and strategic analysis processes that we have used with good results. We organized our OpenInnovation framework around the first tool we will present you today.
Our framework is splitted among 4 areas that are keys for OpenInnovation:
CULTURE. How to set a culture of OpenInnovation in your organisation, how to validate the first steps…
LEGAL. According to our experience, LEGAL aspects are one of the two dangerous areas for OpenInnovation. Fears and Mistrust are living here. Let’s see how to overpass this step.
PURSHASING. The second most dangerous area where lots of openinnovation intiatives are killed by… purshasing processes. Let’s discover a way to establish a new Purshasing process allowing speedy and agile contract.
PARTNERSHIP. As a result of all 3 previous areas, partenerships, win-win agreements are the aim of your OpenInnovation initiative.
Results of working on that 4 areas is a strong, complete and efficient Innovation Map, leading to successful Open Innovation Projects delivering new products and services for the wealth of partners.
Innovation Map is a simple tool that allows you to have the complete representation of your Innovation connections and network. It makes it easy to spot weaknesses areas to work on.
The framework proposed here should be adapted to your own company / project / start-up. Areas of collaborations should be tuned to hat is the most important for you and your strategy regarding OpenInnovation (yes, by the way, you should have one).
Above is my first attempt to build a cardboard. From that 1st prototype, I have built a second one with two major enhancements:
I have used a Glue Gunfrom the beginning helping to mount it much more easily and with a much better quality. The second one is just awesome.
I have used a round shaped knife to mark all folds before folding, making shape much more accurate.
But the most impressive addition I have made in this V2 is the actionable button. With it, you have an operational VR headset on the nose. So happy about that! Unfortunately, directions from Google were unclear so to do it I have just glued Kitchen aluminum folio, from the little pyramid shaped cone to the upper face button of the cardboard. Cheap and easy.
Entry level use of the cardboard: available apps
I have downloaded and tested the following apps:
Google Cardboard Very exciting to see Google Earth on VR. Among lots of different apps this one is fully demonstrating the possibilities of our cardboard. I have been also really impressed by the VR visit of Versailles.
The most promising one: it allows you to shoot your surrounding and show it within the VR of the cardboard. This is a very interesting way to quickly investigate the possible usages of the cardboard. I have myself shoot several places I love in my home city of Lyon, FR.
Cardboard Design Lab This is no Lab. This app is a demonstration of the principles that should drive you when designing an app for VR. Interesting on many points for a new comer like me.
Since I am keen to test everything when I try to figure out what I can do with a tool, I have also tested VR video games (not convinced) and from the Google VR Website incl. Expedition.
But among all and I think one of the most obvious but still impressive use-case is to be a virtual visitor of whatever worth the case. My 2 favorite apps are PARIS VR and NY VR . Check them out as they worth it. You will discover what are the 2 most impressive cities in the World, from your chair.
What a bunch of possibilities!! Imagine that for less than 2 euros you can provide to many a VR experience: a revolutionary step when looking at the price of VR system around!
And thanks to the provided apps, one can easily set a efficient first experience. Google cardboard is no joke regarding UX and VR experience. I have been really impressed by the 3D feeling incl. the 3D space sound.
With the Cardboard Design Lab you have access to resources to go further with the VR UX. Moreover if you master UNITY, you can go deeper than I did and develop real application and experience with interactive 3D VR apps.
From a personal point of view I was really impressed by the UI of the cardboard. My 5 years old boy loved flying over the mountains and the sees. Available Apps allow you to fully explore the possibilities offered by this tool. Even if sometimes the graphics remind me a bit about old fashioned video game, it is still impressive for a 2€ system.
I will come back to you later with more feedback on how I used the Google Cardboard VR viewer, professionally and why not, personally. But it will take time as we have to develop usages and apps…
If you have yourself a cardboard please share your experience with us.
I have started another DIY project to build a Google VR CardBoard and use it in a way I will present you later. You can follow all the project with #GoogleCardboardProject
My goals are:
Build a VR Google Cardboard by myself,
Test all the available apps that uses this viewer to see the possibilities,
Develop a new application for my special use I will discuss later (meaning learning how to develop this app, using Google CardBoard SDK and ev. Unity)
I will share with you all the different steps and lessons learned of this project in a serie of blog’s posts called VR CardBoard Project.
The first post, you are reading it now, is about building the VR cardboard by itself.
If you want to play it easy, you can buy one for less than 20€ on the Google VR website (I even so one at 3€ on Amazon), but franckly, that’s no fun!
Building the cardboard
I am building the Google CardBoard V2.1 of 07/20/2015
First collect the files@ Google CardBoard website HERE.
So let first start with the Bill of Material:
Google VR Cardboard files
Printed cardboard body
Glue stick and glue gun if you may have one
Scissor / Box cutter / X-Acto knife
E-flute corrugated board or whatever cardboard you may have
Scratch, rubber band
Print the drawing at the 1:1 scale on paper. I preferred to use the dxf files as printing the files at the correct scale is much easier, independently of the paper size of your printer. So take care with the PDF, which is 1:4 scaled with a strange (for an European guy) paper size.
The first thing we’ll need to do is to glue the drawings onto your cardboard. I used the multi-purpose glue (no a good choice as it may cause problems later. Be sure you glue it correctly and generously to avoid separation later in the process).
Google prefers you to use E-flute corrugated cardboard because it’s thin but any thin and relatively stiff cardboard should work. I have personally used an IKEA furniture cardboardwhich worked perfectly. If you want to do it the Pro way, take care to the direction of Corrugation (frankly I didn’t). Read the Google material which is really complete (at least at the first glance) when dealing with building the VR headset the Pro way.
Then use the scissors, box cutter or X-acto knife (I recommend Box cutter and X-acto knife to avoid bending the corrugation of the cardboard. Take care as those tools can be armful) to follow the templates lines and cut your Google CardBoard. You can use the rulerfor straight lines.
Now you are ready to build your Google cardboard.
You should use the Google instructions (in the folder you downloaded at first) to fold your cardboard sheets and build your Google Cardboard. Use the rulerto ensure an easy and quality folding. Don’t forget to include your lenses (if your lenses have on flat side, put this one in front of your eyes, if your lenses are double convex put it any senses).
Got issues to fold it correctly? I did too. Unfortunately Google didn’t get access to DIY instructions as they were aiming at manufacturers. I found 2 interesting videos on the net to explain you how to fold correctly your cardboard!
Take care, the first steps are what Google calls the « hammer »: a litlle pyramid which will be a button for your viewer (very important to « click » when encessary). You need to put a conductive tape from the outer part of the pyramid to the little hole facing upward on the top of your cardboard. Again, Google instructions are really unclear for that point.
Use the velcro(Google Offical) or glue(I have tried this one as shown on the second video, it eases the process a lot) to maintain the Google CardBoard during the folding and building process. Unfortunately the provided material doesn’t clearly show where to put the velcro but according to some V2 I saw on the web the « holes » on the sides and on the top of the cardboard could be the place to put velcro and not actual holes. (Let a comment if you have more info about it). I have put velcro only on the top to maintain the « phone holder » closed.Prepare your rubber band as it will help to maintain your smartphone into the Google Cardboard.
We are at this step done.
Let’s download the apps you want on your smartphone to enjoy your viewer.
I still have 2 issues I hope to solve later. My phone is a Samsung galaxy S7 (not edge) and when I put it into the cardboard, interactions between the cardboard and the screen or buttons are changing the set-up… Not funny.
In the next post I will share with you my first discoveries about what you can do, first hand, with this tool.
Please share with me your lessons learned or feedback regarding this article.
I have spent a year reading books (loads of them actually… more than 20 books i.e. more than 1 per month) on Innovation, innovative projects management and related topics. Are some new books On My Shelf? Let’s Discover that now!!
2015 most preferred books, will they leave the Shelf??
Let’s come back shortly on the 2015 books. I had selected last year not less than 8 books to put On My Shelf.
Let’s start by the ones that will leave the shelf. The shelf is not expansive and I needed some room to welcome 2016 books. So unfortunately, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In andLes systèmes de suggestion en révolution (idea management in revolution) will leave the shelf with (almost) no regrets.
I used so much The Lean Start-up in 2015/2016 that I couldn’t put it away. That’s still a must-read and an inspiration for all Innovation managers and start-upers. However, you will understand in the 2016 newcomers list why it left the Shelf.
I still value a lot The Standard for Portfolio Management which is really a frame for my day to day work as… portfolio manager. Jugaad Innovation is a book that I have read twice and still have things to reread in to leverage every points that are highlighted there. Rare enough to be On the Shelf for one more year.
I really asked me if I kept The Business Model Canva and the Value Proposition Design On My Shelf. Those books really helped me to change points of views and mindsets in both my company and the companies I have worked for. For Good Services, they will stay one more year! (even as I wrote this article, I have used the Value Proposition in a workshop sooner that day…).
There is no debate about This is Service Design, one of my favourite if not My favourite book, for innovation and Service design. It will stay for years On My Shelf as if I had one book to recommend on Innovation and even if it focuses on a particular field « Service Design », it would be this one.
Welcome on the Shelf: 2016 selection
You will find in my 2016 preferred books not only 2016 edited books but books that I HAVE READ IN 2016, much different isn’t it?
So here are the newcomers On My Shelf!
Lots of newcomers in fact…
The new book from Eric Ries, available only to his kickstarter’s backers is a mine of lessons learned, good practices and advices to enhance your corporate innovation, not only using Lean Start-up but in general. A very good 2016 book that will certainly stay On the Shelf for a while. The Leader’s guide is definitely the 2.0 Lean Start-up. If you didn’t, just read my Book review.
OMG, that’s certainly also one of the book of the year regarding Workshop and creativity sessions incl. Prototyping and testing. Complementary to the Lean Start-up, it gives some very useful tips and advices. Just no word to say how it can be valued by those who helps others to innovate just as we do at INNOWEO Solution. If you didn’t, just read my Book review.
I have read this book in 2014, long before thinking about writing a blog… I have read it again this year as I really value the power of sketching after being a newbie (link in french) for a long time. It was really a pleasure to re-discover this book and link it with other radings such as Sprint. However I am not a fan of the associated Workbook…
I have read Make Space late 2015 but it really helped me during my first consulting mission (setting up an innovation space) and I really value this book. If you aim to set up an innovation / Creativity space, this book will definitely help you.
On my shelf 2016
So here is my new Shelf!!
The Standard for Portofolio management,
The Business Model Canva,
The Value Proposition Design,
The Leader’s guide,
Sketching User Experience,
I might update that article in the next days as I am reading 2 very good books,both of them « Must-read » according to all my friends…
Change by design is THE Design thinking book by IDEO CEO Tim Brown. I am rading it now. Stay tuned for the Book review.
Passer en mode Workshop is a compendium of tools and methods to organise and run workshops, not only to innovation but also strategic, sales etc… It’s the bible of one INNOWEO partner so I have to read it before the end of this year.
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At INNOWEO, we stronlgy believe that INNOVATION and PROJECT MANAGEMENT are coming together and that respectively, they not only can but HAVE to come together in order to deliver the most value to clients and customers.
Large corporations are in a need to find new source of growth but have a lot of difficulties to embrace new entreprenarial opportunities.
Many start-ups are agile, speedy and have an innovation momentum that have no common values. However they often lack of experiences and lessons learned and are in danger when scaling their activity;
Large Coprations and Start-ups have the best opportunities when working together to address or create new businesses and innovation opportunities. In that framework, open innovation has a clear impact. Implementing organisations that are highly responsive to changes with an innovative state-of-mind is key for the future of both. Agile is part of the answer to that challenge but Start-ups culture have also very efficient tools in developing adative, reactive and shape-changing processes (lean start-up…).
Successfuly deliver, create breakthrough capabilities and build profitable partnership for the wealth and growth of all is part of the natural culture and behavior of Project management. In that senses, Project managers are fundamental actors of the collective leadership aiming to innovation and commercialization of new products and services. Articulating their actions along the backbone of Project management know-how, Project managers are eager to set-up this innovation culture among team and organisation that is the only way to maintain companies onto growth momentum.
Strategic orientation and budget allocations that are necessary to orientate the efforts to the most promising areas while ensuring a good alignment of all projects with strategic orientations are an open door to another key knwo-how of experienced project managers: Portfolio management
Project Management and Portfolio management, together with a strong innovatiove leadership are the main « tools » to ensure growht and wealth among all partners of an innovation project.
Designing and shaping a creativity room is key for the success of your future workshops. At INNOWEO we have already set a couple of creativity room, in corporate, in SMEs and for a consulting firm. We share with you our best tips.
Setting your goals
Building a creativity room for the fancy and the trendy stylish fact of having one is a bit short minded. If it worth the effort, it should be designed and aligned to your own goals.
Do you have an innovation strategy with macro goals? If not one should be hardly working on it. Defining goals are a necessary step.
Your creativity room should be aligned with those goals.
Are you aiming to develop new services?Are you aiming to develop new product? not exactly the same goals but might be converging.
Some usual tips
Set the stage
Colours, colours, colours
Vision is one of the most important sense for humans so don’t just but fancy colours on the walls… Colours ill shape the state of mind of the participants of your workshops.
Red, yellow, green, it actually doesn’t really matter. It should actually means something to you and your team. If Orange means something and have a clear meaning to your team and / or in your environment, let’s use it. However you should be able to identify a clear set of colours to paint your room. Don’t let it white and be sure you can easily pitch your choice of colours.
Move, move, move
Reconfigurable space is the key.
Buy movable furnitures, trolleys, light chairs and tables.
A way to establish a reconfigurable workspace is to set space divider.
It can be specially designed space separators or DIY ones.
But as you can see on the pic below (from the MIT Lab), don’t hesitate to buy loads of them.
Sketch, sketch, sketch Once you have set the room at that stage, you should allow your team to sketch. Sketching is a technique that allow your team to illustrate concepts
Once you have set the room fill it with inspirational material.
Bookshelf can provide lot of inspiration to your team. It can be a very simple bookshelf with little number of books to an extensive collection of inspirational ones. You can find my collection of books here, you can find other suggestion, here, here or here. But you should read my upcoming article « On my Shelf 2 – My Updated List of Must-read Innovation books
Tendencies wall Providing the workshop participants with tendencies and inspiration is key as most of ideas come out of existing concepts.
Reserve one of your wall to tendencies. Collect existing products, services, illustrations to inspire your participants.
Magazines, newspapers of selected areas in your business area, but not only, to establish connections and enhance creativity. This should be up-to-date so don’t hesitate to change your tendencies material !
Is a creativity room sufficient? In most cases, a creativity room is a good start. However, it is now proved that it works best when coupled to a FabLab. Prototyping allows people to better understand the concepts and speed up the innovation rate.
Brainstorming is somehow old fashioned and everybody knowing Creativity and Problem Solving understand its limits . However it is still in use in lots of companies.
If Brainstorming is still alive in your company, here is a survival plan to insure good results and efficient actions!
Organize the ideas Clusteringis the most efficient technique to avoid having lots of ideas, uncategorized, lost in the middle of their peers… Clustering ideas, identifying the patterns and the themes will definitely help to focus on emergent concept. Keep all ideas on the board, even those which have slight differences.
Use the weighted vote technique Once you have clustered your ideas, it is important to narrow down to the best of them. The best technique we use at INNOWEO when we are facing Brainstorming sessions results is the weighted vote. Give your participants a given number of stickers (usually 3) and ask them to vote for their 3 favourite ideas. Additional rules can be defined (only one sticker per idea or 2 maximum per idea or whatever rule which you think is suited to the vote – hint: keep it simple)
Prioritize the best ideas
Once participants have selected the best ideas, it is time for the sponsor, the facilitator and some selected key stakeholders to prioritize the ideas which have the best future. Take each point of view into account but at the end, (hint: let the sponsor/ main stakeholder decide about the prioritization at the end, don’t try to reach a consensus).
Organize next steps
It is really important, for the project, for the brainstorming, for the participants that something goes out of the brainstorming. List all tasks that have to be performed, state a deadline, name a responsible.
Follow the implementation plan with your key stakeholder. (hint: keep trace of all actions in a shared file)
Document your brainstorm Documenting your brainstorm is key. Take pictures of the board, keep trace of each ideas per cluster and the results of votes and prioritization. (hint: Use the new technologies at their most. Collaborative and task management tools are the best choice)
Are you doing other things to ensure good results ? Let us know.
The Leader’s guide is a kind of follow-up of The Lean Start-up, a book which made the Lean Start-up one of the most trendy innovation method around the globe.
I really enjoyed the Lean Start-up and it serves us, at INNOWEO and in the pro life of each team member to foster innovation while staying on a voluntary momentum of delivery.
Much harder to read than the previous book, The Leader’s guide is a big dive into innovation practitioners and project managers who decided to use this methodology at work.
When it comes to compare my summer readings among them, one has to consider the real savoir-faire of US writers regarding this kind of books.
Clearly, The Leader’s guide is one of the best books about Innovation management and innovation projects I have read. It is not as clear and smooth as the Lean Start-up but what a collection of feedbacks, experiences and lessons learned: worthless!
What I enjoyed in this book:
The first chapters of the book, esp. « A primer on the Lean Start-up methodology » are among the most interesting chapters of innovation books I have ever read,
Sharing by practitioners of their lessons-learned is the most valuable things of the book,
Start-uppers AND corporate managers (« corporaters »?) give their example, not only focusing on new economy and digital. I especially value the sharing of Janice Semper (from GE), Cindy Alvares.
Lots of VERY VALUABLE INFO shared by LS practitioners!
Excellent chapter on MVP
Even more excellent chapter on how GE deployed Lean Start-up
What I less enjoyed:
The Leader’s Guide seemed to me much more difficult to read than the Lean Start-up. However the good organisation and symbols helps you to stay in and follow the demonstration of Eric.
One of the most impressive and inspiring book on Lean Start-up. Sharing the experience and Lessons-Learned is always the most efficient way to progress faster and achieve more results.
A good thing is that this book shares lessons-learned and experiences not only from the start-up world but also from SMEs and Corporate. That’s something really interesting from people like us at INNOWEO who are sharing this knowledge and experience with our customers. I found on the book things that we are already applying and things we will test (in the Lean Start-up way) very soon.
Thanks for reading!
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