For many of us, innovation means the introduction of new technology and inventions—such as the internet, cell phone, etc. It is true that innovation led to the development of these new products but innovation is much more than just the introduction of new technologies.
When we ask people to identify the greatest innovations of all time most will usually mention the following things: light bulb, electricity, phone, automobile, computer, iPod or the cell phone and internet. We usually focus on more current technology when responding to this question. But what criteria did we use to identify these as great innovations? Did we make our choice because it was of benefit to us individually or to the global population or the bottom-line of an organization or to the customers served by the innovation or to the environment?
Innovation is about new products, services, processes and/or structures. It is about identifying new approaches and thinking to do what we have always been doing. It is about creating new approaches and thinking on how we do what we have always done.
Business Improvement Architects will start your innovation journey by helping you define innovation in your unique organizational context. We will help you create a shared definition of innovation because, without this, it will be very difficult for employees to talk about innovation or to implement it. Innovation means different things to each organization. We ensure it is clearly defined for you.