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Innovation A to Z

We have validated that there is value for the


customer, and that it’s also viable. Now the project
is ready to enter the agile development phase. All
In this phase we dive deeper into the We gained a lot of new data; it’s Time has come to diverge again Now that the critical assumptions This phase is all about going back to your Now that we have established that there is value for the users, we need to We need to test this solution on a bigger scale to the previous phases, which should happen at a fast
world of the user through research time to sort through and choose and ideate on possible solutions have been defined, it’s time to make users and gathering their feedback around the make sure it’s sustainable as well. Apply various tools to help you get understand if it’s only our neighbour and mother pace, have de-risked the chance of failure of
methods and empathy exercises. what we want to focus on. to solve the challenge at hand. them testable. solution you designed for them. more clarity on how to commercially capture value from your solution. who thinks this is a good idea. investments in the development phase.

3 lenses of innovation Desirability Viability Feasibility

Innovation fit Strategy fit Problem fit Solution fit Market fit

Design thinking Understand Empathize Define Ideate Prototype (Qualitative) test (Scaled) test

Lean startup Build Measure Learn Build Measure Learn

Agile (SCRUM or SAFe) Plan / Sprint / Review / Retrospective

This could be a good This could be a good Executive pitch: here you’ve
moment to share your moment to share your validated user desirability and
findings! Have you selected findings! Have you tested business viability. Up to

Have you a concept solution your solution


technical feasibility?

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clearly defined involve or affect contain a to solve the the user group you through the key insight to up with lots of concept the user’s these prototype with solution been the business clear value with your business model people in your willingness to from key agile team to develop your solution,
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Development
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No
technological issue, understand phase to know who user research
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not involving users. you’d like to serve.
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About this tool



“Innovation A to Z” is a decision tree that
guides innovation teams through the
complete process of innovation, from
opportunity scan to development.
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