Systematic innovation is an effective tool for identifying “white space” and unleashing radical innovation. It is also an effective tool for pursuing incremental innovation — our focus is not in that direction. We are focused on high-value / disruptive innovation. Systematic innovation is relevant for early stage / small enterprise; it is also relevant for product development in large enterprise — presuming that those initiatives are oriented toward high-value / disruptive innovation.
Systematic innovation explores and optimizes multiple attributes for an ideal or un-discovered product / service configuration. Systematic innovation is an art and a science. The “science” is generation of various combinations of attributes and identification of feasible / relevant configurations. The “art” is identification of relevant attributes as the basis for combinations. Every solution space is unique. A more robust approach can integrate product / service attributes and customer attributes.
Practitioners of systematic innovation gain access to a more robust and repeatable approach to product / service innovation and an innovation practice that scales more effectively across the organization. Systematic innovation is relevant for product managers, product designers, and product developers who are “directly” responsible for product / service innovation; it is also relevant for team members who are “indirectly” involved in promoting innovation and team members who aspire to become more directly involved in the practice of innovation.
Innovation Radiation is our unique approach to systematic innovation. It is a “dynamic toolkit” that is both specific and flexible. Innovation Radiation is the core innovation process in small enterprise; related elements of the business model “radiate” from the core process. Innovation Radiation is an “innovation engine” that integrates seamlessly with a product management framework in large enterprise. We conduct introductory seminars, interactive workshops, and practical engagements to equip individuals, groups, and organizations with this capability.
“Most innovation approaches are random / emotional / intuitive vs. systematic. We’ve developed a set of tools / methods that are useful for innovating systematically in any domain — market / product / platform.” – Arun Batchu, Technology Architect; Emerging Technology / Optum Technology
“We’ve developed a set of tools / methods that are applicable at different scales — feature / product / enterprise. Unlike other systematic approaches like TRIZ and SIT, our toolkit is both simple and powerful.” – Arun Batchu, Technology Architect; Emerging Technology / Optum Technology
“Innovation Radiation is to systematic innovation as Scrum is to agile development. Systematic innovation is even more important than agile development in the new world of VUCA.” – Arun Batchu, Technology Architect; Emerging Technology / Optum Technology
We found example after example of companies that are “innovative” and / or are launching new and “innovative” products and services, but we found few companies that are using a systematic process for innovation.
The companies that are using a systematic process for innovation (like TRIZ) won’t talk. When you have the “golden hen”, it’s difficult to share the story of how an egg was laid.
Almost everyone accepts the importance of innovation. Why do most organizations do it so poorly? Because innovation is generally random, haphazard, one-off, and outside the norm. Instead, make it systematic and part of your everyday culture.
Doug Hall is a master innovator. His new book, published today, “Problem Solving with Data-Driven Methods and the Innovation Engineering System”, has easy to understand frameworks, processes and ideas.
Most innovation at the corporate level in India is Jugaad and incremental — it is about extending existing products, services, or processes by adding new capabilities or features.
To capitalize on digital transformation opportunities, companies need to look beyond cost-cutting and operational efficiency; invest in developing their innovation pipeline and ecosystem; and build a repeatable and scalable model. Companies need to apply design thinking and invest in building a design-led innovation culture.