Developing Innovation Labs:
Spring 2 Innovation created three Innovation Labs for an organization. These labs were designed to innovate around the following areas: leadership, collaboration, and technology. The Innovation Lab participants began with meeting once a month (for four months).
Time is valuable to an organization, so we planned out in advance how the structure and framework for the labs would look in order to spend time the most effectively. We worked with leaders and champions to create 5 to 7 challenges for each of the labs to solve.
One criteria in selecting the challenges for this organization was that the lab should be able to implement the solutions within six to eighteen months. For each lab, the success criteria was developed and shared with the leaders and based on their feedback those metrics were tweaked and finalized in order to measure their success.
During the initial phase of the project, all participants were required to participate in a preliminary training session on innovation to help develop a shared understanding of what innovation could be, what it means to them and the organization. Prior to each lab, we provided pre-lab homework so participants could think about ideas before the sessions.
Each lab selected the challenges they wanted to solve, worked on ways of resolving those challenges, and ultimately created action plans for implementing the solutions they had come up with. In addition to the planning and processes around the labs, we facilitated lab discussions; guiding their conversations while allowing everyone’s unique ideas to filter through.
The feedback from the leaders and the participants were extremely positive and appreciative. The labs increased enthusiasm and engagement of the lab participants. At the end of the labs, one of the champions shared with the participants that before the labs she didn’t fully understand innovation and that it didn’t feel concrete. She couldn’t touch it or feel it but, that after taking part in the Innovation Labs – she understands innovation better, what it means and what is possible.
Full success of innovation lies in capturing ideas, developing them and then implementing those ideas.
Many organizations develop innovation plans without a clear framework for implementing ideas and solutions, thus never turning those ideas into reality. Part of our role in engaging organizations is to help ensure that these ideas turn into implemented actions, helping these organizations operate at their full potential and see their ideas realized!
We help create the processes and governance around innovation so your organization can focus on what it does best!
Contact Spring2 Innovation to find out more about how your organization can get more out of innovation efforts and reach untapped potential!