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Notes:  00-L07

Innovate to Get Better Results

by | Feb 18, 2021 | 00 Big Vision

Sometimes we run across unusual problems in our business and must innovate to get better results. We cannot use everyday methods because the problem requires a unique solution. And so we choose to innovate.

In so doing, we take on more than just innovation. These include impacts to many aspects of our business, such as business model, culture, policies, procedures, skills, technology, relationships, and so on. How do we keep it simple?

For Example

LEVEL BUSINESS

A science team is funded to carry out a unique world class project. But shortly after hearing the news, they learn that a team in another country already has an identical project underway. The first team’s project will be cancelled because it is no longer unique.

The team is not allowed to propose a new project. But they can modify their project so that it still qualifies for funding. To do so, they will need to innovate.

LEVEL BUSINESS

An online service designed for city dwellers with high speed access is expanding to serve geographically remote populations who have very limited online access. A redesign team is tasked with modifying the service so it can be used by remote service recipients.

The modified service will need to solve diverse geographical challenges, so the team will have to innovate to get better results and to set a flexible implementation plan.

Innovate to Get Better Results

 

When we innovate to get better results, we are balancing two concepts and results — what we had before and what we are innovating now. We may need to retain parts of a previous design or plan, but do not want to restrict the ingenuity and results of the innovation.

We start with the decisions that set our compass:

 

1  History   Our existing design already has the key decisions

We know: what matters, problems to solve, specific results to achieve, what solved looks like, and the Big Vision

2  Vision 1   We redesign and innovate to get better results

We do not start with the previous design. We start fresh, create a new design, then see what we can fit in.

3  Vision 2   We plan and carry out the updated concept

We have significant new work, so we cannot just re-use previous plans. We must aim for the new specific results.

4  Vision 3   Achieve the specific results, and sustain them

We cannot re-use old evaluation or change frameworks since what we are changing or sustaining is new.

5  Visions Beyond   Gather what still needs to be done

All key problems are solved, but not everything fits into the redesign. These can be saved for future work.

6  Big Vision   This should be the same as before

Our key decisions did not change, so the Big Vision is the same. What changed is the path to the Big Vision.

Innovation to fit our existing Big Vision should not alter it, but we will likely require a different path than before. That is because many key decisions and the near and far goals are the same, but some details along the way are different.

In the Examples

The university science team in real life initiated a collaboration with the team in another country. They shared budgets, work and data, and so were able to do extra innovative science they could not afford before. Their international collaboration won rave reviews.

The online service blended low tech with high tech. They set up online offices central to each local community, and redesigned the service so it connected to the offices, but could be used off-line. Remote locations could organize access with minimal complication.

Check List

Check List section 1 Check ends with 3 questions under “Check Your Aim”. You can answer “Yes” to all 3 questions after you have decided what to redesign and innovate in Vision 1. These are essential Problems to Solve.

Check List section 2 Refine asks: “Does the Vision achieve what matters?” For each Vision to move you forward, it must decide on, build or achieve what matters. And at least must achieve what matters most.

Task To Do   |  WEEK 7

LEVEL BUSINESS

Think of a project that involves redesign or new design by a team who will carry out the work themselves. They may also carry out or share work in collaboration with others. Follow the steps above to outline your Big Vision, and where you must innovate to get better results.

LEVEL BUSINESS

Think of a project that involves redesign or new design by a central team who must also collaborate with others as part of an innovation group. These may include regional teams and stakeholders. The same redesign will need to work in multiple regions.

TIPS for Tasks

Innovation does not mean you have to create everything, but you should avoid re-using past work too soon. You will get best results by innovating and redesigning first, and then seeing where previous work can easily and naturally fit in.

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