The 4-Diamond Innovation Model

A true end-to-end innovation process

The 4-diamond innovation model and process provides a template canvas with interlinked innovation methods fitting operational needs and ISO 56000 compliance.

In this blog entry we describe the 4-diamond innovation model and process that provides a generic template for most corporate setups. Being broken down into 4 major areas it can be easily extended with specific methodologies and linked according to a company’s organisation and operation model.

Connecting strategy and execution

Working with corporate innovators requires constant switching of abstraction levels. While strategy must be driving innovation by providing direction, position and resource allocation it often lacks crucial feedback from the development and execution stages.

In many projects the design thinking methodology connects the discovery and development stages in the well-known “double diamond” model. Teams start recognizing that they must innovate differently in a problem-oriented and solution-oriented style. (more…)

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How can the growth gap be filled?

Aspiration and capability The growth gap describes the difference in extrapolated business performance and the business planning, for example, in 5 years. To close the gap requires an innovation portfolio with innovation projects that ensure growth. Such a portfolio ensures the inflow of new "H2 projects," which arise from incremental improvement innovations as well as disruptive technologies from the field…

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Sweet Spot of Innovation

Innovation methods need to be balanced and timed

A sweet spot of innovation has been found and balance is achieved when a new product has proven feasible, its business model is viable and customers feel a desire to get it and use it. Thus answering the questions what, how and why?

Differentiation and competitive advantage is added when all of your competitors cannot target the same spot, or, have solutions ready.

But how can we achieve this? (more…)

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