INNOWEO most read articles (Last 3 months)

05_10_15For 9 months now, INNOWEO is providing you with exclusive contents regarding innovation, corporate innovation and project management.

Time for me to have a look back and look at the most read articles on the website (not ranked) on the last 3 months.

  1. On My Shelf – My 8 prefered books on Innovation and Innovation projects 
  2. Service Design Tool
  3. No design, No tech products…

You can have a look at our first 6 months most read articles here.

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3 free facilitations tools for our community members!

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In the field of the new IMAGE-IN cards deck, INNOWEO has issued a booklet to help our community members to use the deck at its best.

Within the booklet, you will find 3 facilitation tools:

  • One Ice Breaker exercise to start your workshop, to turn your group into a team in a few minutes.
  • One Topic Exploration tool to define clearly the scope and state a common understanding of the topic.
  • One Idea Generation tool to generate more breakthrough ideas, through connection and association

bookletWe developed those tools inspired by Arthur Koestler « The Act of Creation » and tested it for months in our own creativity and problem-solving workshops. It works very well and we want today to share it with you.

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FabLab Corporate, retour d’expérience (1 an après)

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Il y a un an nous avons installé un FabLab au sein de notre organisation. Après 1 an d’utilisation il est temps de partager les principales leçons de l’installation d’un tel espace dans un corporate.

  1. Installation et mise en place

L’installation et la mise en place d’un tel espace n’est pas un gros challenge. Pour un budget relativement limité, une structure de bonne qualité peut être mise en place. [un autre article sur le sujet Creative workplace for a budget]. Nous avons mis en place un espace d’innovation plus qu’un FabLab pur et dur. L’option prise est d’avoir 2 espaces distincts mais complémentaires :

  • Un espace dit d’ « innovation » qui permet aux équipes de se retrouver dans un environnement différent favorisant l’innovation. Dans cet espace, les outils utilisés sont principalement des méthodes de créativité, le business model canva, du brainstorming, des ateliers de Design Thinking etc…
  • Un espace « maker » qui ressemble plus à un FabLab et équipé de matériel pouvant permettre de prototyper des concepts imaginés dans la partie « Innovation ».
  1. Motivation

Comment faire venir les personnes dans le Lab et comment les motiver à utiliser ces moyens qui sont forcément en rupture avec la culture d’entreprise ? Nous avons mis en place plusieurs actions pour embarquer les personnels dans cet outil.

  • La réalisation de démonstrateurs
    Nous avons réalisé quelques démonstrateurs pour démontrer tout l’intérêt de venir prototyper au Lab ou imaginer les services et produits de demain. Pour cela nous avons mis en place des projets et des réalisations utilisant l’impression 3D et le prototypage électronique (sur base d’ARDUINO).
  • L’identification de « Champions »
    Grâce à la communication interne réalisée sur le sujet, très rapidement des personnes sont venus spontanément utiliser l’outil. Parmi eux, des « champions » qui utilisent le Lab dans l’esprit et avec de bons résultats ont permis de mettre en avant de premiers projets et de communiquer sur des réalisations concrêtes.
  • La banalisation de l’utilisation de la partie « Innovation »
    Un travail interne auprès des managers et des chefs de proejt nous a permis très rapidement d’utiliser de manière intensive la partie « innovation ». toutes les séances de créativité, tous les workshop de brainstorming, toutes les actions contenant une notion d’innovation ont été relocalisées dans le Lab. Cela a permis à de nombreuses personnes d’appréhender le lieu et ses possibilités.
  1. Résultats

Après un an d’utilisation, les résultats du Lab sont très positifs. Nous avons réalisés de nombreux MVP pour nos projets d’innovation, de nombreux workshops d’innovation se sont tenus dans les locaux du Lab. Cela a également ouvert la voie à l’expérimentation du Design Thinking et du Service Design. Un certain changement dans les méthodes de développement et dans les projets est en cours, accordant plus de place à l’innovation et aux actions innovantes. A noter la très bonne prise en main par les équipes opérationnelles de deux outils spécifiquement développé pour une utilisation dans le Lab (même si cela n’est pas une obligation) :

  • Le One Hour Problem Solving qui est une méthode de résolution de problème en équipe, visuelle et collaborative qui permet d’adresser un problème en une heure avec un plan d’action concret en output.
  • Le ui a été largement déployé dans nos équipes et qui profite du Lab via un Canva XXL

 

 

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What is INNOWEO creativity cards deck?

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INNOWEO is very proud to issue its first creativity cards deck: IMAGE-IN. This is a wonderful high quality PDF allowing you to print your own deck.

Those 68 A6 sized cards with high quality images aim to make you innovate more creatively. Inspired by Arthur Koestler « The Act of Creation », the cards have a general organization allowing you to connect, leverage and combine concepts, objects, elements and abstraction. By using the images on the cards and connecting it to your theme, you will empower the idea generation phase of your creativity of problem solving workshop.

In addition to the cards, we have developed for you the IMAGE IN booklet. In this booklet you will find out how to use the IMAGE-IN cards at their best:

  • One Ice Breaker exercise to start your workshop,
  • One Topic Exploration tool to define clearly the scope,
  • One Idea Generation tool to generate more breakthrough ideas.

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INNOWEO’s creativity cards deck is out!!

 

INNOWEO Card deck

INNOWEO just issued its first creativity cards deck. Join our community to download it for free.

IMAGE-IN cards deck is a 68 cards deck that will provide your with inspiring pictures from Nature, Technologies or Abstract arts to help you think « out-of-the-box ». With the IMAGE-IN booklet, you will have 3 wonderful and easy exercises to use your IMAGE-IN cards. Also available for free for INNOWEO’s community members, a 40€ value!

So join our community to have our very own deck and enjoy our special contents. In addition, INNOWEO’s community members will be the first to have some more news about the coming soon specials we are working on at the moment. So join us now.

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Stuck project? Restart it!

We all have been confronted to a stuck project. I remember me on my seat, looking at the project data, talking to my team and telling me how we will manage to turn it into, even not a success but at least something we could speak about later without any shame. Not talking about avoiding the complete disaster 😉

Often working with your project team and making the diagnosis together one will find an acceptable way to continue the project and deliver what should be delivered. The force of working as a team, accepting all together the current situation and the actions to take to get out of it is just awesome.

Setting new planning, setting new deliverable, setting new resources requirements all in accordance with the situation and the possibilities offered by the organization is necessary. First it clarifies to all stakeholders the new projects perimeter and then it shows to the team that the « new » project is achievable.

I would summarize the process to un-stuck a project as follow.

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Achieve a consensus with the project team, establishing a new road to success, and re-motivating all involved people are the key parameters.

I have also found this interesting video.

This is a Periscope replay of the #DailyMentor.

What was your way to restart a stuck project?

A Physical space to innovate? A lab In a way

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A Lab but more a physical space for innovation. Meaning not necessarily a FabLab but an innovation Lab.

Having an Innovation Lab instead of a FabLab only is much more powerful especially in corporate. It allows also to innovate on several aspect of the business including technical (with some « Fab » possibilities) and business with, just as we do at our Lab’In Lyon, the Business Model Canva and value proposition.

It gives also the possibilities to have « innovative » meeting: one can « relocate » a meeting in house. That’s a powerful way to change the state of mind of participants while staying at home.

At our Lab we have set two spaces that allow us to have on one side meetings, creativity sessions, Design thinking / service design workshop, business innovation sessions ect… and on the other side a FabLab with 3D printing capabilities, electronic mock-up capabilities, IoT and UX/UI prototyping. It gives very good results with a lot of MVP issued already this year, imagined on one side, made on the other one.

Physical space for innovation

 

INNOWEO article on Lab’In Lyon FabLab (in french)

Reshaping Business Model canva facilitation with a card deck

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For a couple of months now I am testing the Strategyzer Business Model Design Space card deck.

It is a nicely quality printed car deck to help you make the point on what is going on on your business environment to prepare your business model innovation. It helps to understand the forces that act on your model, uncover trends, weaknesses and opportunities for a new and innovative business model.

This is not a tool to facilitate the business model canva itself but more to make the business model generation more reliable and innovative.

The goal is to map out physically around your business model canva all the forces that act on it. Thus, visually you have a representation of those forces around your business. Just as it is in real life.

The deck itself

Nicely printed on quality paper, it is composed of 5 categories of cards.

cardeck8Each card is a set of questions that one should ask to the group. Each card has a title and a subtitle that allows understanding clearly the meaning and the aim of the card.

 

  1. The “how-to” cards
    Frankly speaking this is most of the time missing in the cards deck one can buy to facilitate workshop (see IDEO design cards). Those 6 cards explains you the goals of the workshop, how to implement it, the materials, the groupe, what outcome should be awaited and what are the possible next steps. Very valuable to start.cardeck3
  1. The “Industry force” family
    Those cards aim to describe what is going on regarding the industry (competitors, new entrants, substitute, stakeholders…cardeck4
  1. The “market force” family
    They address everything related to the market tectonic: issues, demand, segments, costs…

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  1. The “Key trends” family
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  1. The “Macroeconomic” family
    Those cards will focus more precisely on global market conditions, capital, commodities and resources etc….cardeck7

For each family you have 4 cards on each topic with about 5 questions. Once you have answered all the questions you have a nice overview of the particular topic.

Reshaping the business model canva facilitation

I have used the deck to facilitate 3 pre-workshop so far, mainly for small businesses (as pro bono facilitator). Unfortunately I have no pics of our very funny, very productive WS.

The deck opened my eyes about Business Model canva facilitation. Before I was jumping right ahead into the canva itself, neglecting in a way the entire environment in which the business was done. Even if we were pretending to take it into account, we weren’t. The visual display of the environment that allows the deck helps a lot during the business model making process itself. And some errors can thus be avoided.

Now I use a new process for Business Model Innovation:
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All those workshops can be actually performed sequentially the same day, even during the same workshop. However I think it is important to have them all. I am still wondering if Actual BM workshop should be after the Environment one (please leave a comment if you have a proposition), however, the steps are here.

Having those workshops at different times and locations is of a huge interest and I really advise to do so. It helps people to fully think, aggregate and compile the data and the results of each WS in the meantime. That’s key and provide a lot of value if you plan a 30min “back-to-previous-results” slot at the beginning of the subsequent WS.

As usual, if you plan a Business Model Innovation, be sure that you work in detail and with a lot of care on the composition of the group. This is somehow the most important preparation step.

Any comments? Please feel free to leave a comment below of to contact me: baptiste@innoweo.com / @BaptisteLeSueur