Is there a framework for collaborative innovation? What steps need to be defined? The collaborative innovation process actually depends on the nature of the suggested innovations.
Indeed, some initiatives will be easy to implement. They are Quick Wins: everyday practices, with obvious benefits. On the contrary, your employees can also suggest deep and structuring innovations. These innovations may be the source of many questions, that is why they will require more time and steps to emerge.
The collaborative innovation process: Quick Wins
When it comes to Quick Wins, the collaborative innovation process is generally quite fast. This process follows 3 main steps:
- A quick evaluation is usually enough to validate the initiative. It is approved by the innovator’s manager, by a selection committee, or through the unanimous support of the employees.
- The deployment of a Quick Win must be also fast. It can be done thanks to a deployment kit that is available to everyone and easy to apply.
- All that remains to be done is to measure the effectiveness of the innovation, by surveying those who have used the kit: have they observed the expected results?
The collaborative innovation process: deep innovations
The innovation process is naturally longer and more complex when the innovation brings a deep change and requires budget to be deployed. There are 4 steps to make it emerge:
- Employees suggest their ideas. These are then preselected, categorized and ranked by a dedicated committee. Thus, only the most relevant ideas for your organization emerge.
- Employees then choose to support their favorite ideas, for example through voting. In this way, even if they do not suggest any idea, they participate in the collaborative dynamics of innovation.
- An executive committee then evaluates the innovations that have won the most support. They choose which ideas will be deployed in real life.
- The last step is for promotion and follow-up. Innovators are given a communication kit to help them promote their idea. They are then supported from prototyping to the industrialization of their innovation.