Methods and tools

EVOKE – Early Value-Oriented Design Concept Evaluation

Value creation is the end-game solution of product and service design. Yet, ‘value’ is difficult to measure, because it goes beyond manufacturing and usage cost to include a lot of subjective, intangible and tacit concepts. EVOKE is a method to keep focus on value generation throughout the design process, since its earliest phases. The EVOKE toolbox aims at supporting the design team in prioritizing customer needs, creating product configurations, assessing their value and displaying it for decision making. The value of a product (or service) to a customer depends on his/her preferences. These are modelled in EVOKE  as a list of value criteria, whose rank-weights are used to model different customer tiers and scenarios. Also, through the use of 3D parametrical CAD models and Design of Experiment, the design team can automatically generate a number of configurations for a given product platform. Each configuration is assessed in the value analysis…

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EVOKE – Early Value-Oriented Design Concept Evaluation
MINT – Measure Innovation in Teams

MINT – Measure Innovation in Teams

Experience constantly tells us that "What is measured, gets done!". However when it comes to innovation the measurement indicators available are rarely useful. The classical indicators are made for follow-up at best (e.g. number of patents or ideas) while indicators used for driving innovative activities are absent. When developing products and services for a marketplace it is important for any organization to create innovative features and solutions in order to achieve an advantage over its competitors. This approach focuses on the assessment of innovation capability at team level in relation to the processes which takes place before actual product development projects are decided; when new business models, technological opportunities and intellectual property rights are created and investigated.A measurement framework called MINT (Measuring Innovation Capability in Teams) is provided, focusing on four areas: innovation elicitation, selection, impact and ways of working. For each area, candidate measurement indicators are provided to be used as inspiration in the development…

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Needfinding

Needfinding is considered an applied approach to identifying, capturing and communicating human needs into the process of product innovation. It assumes that designers need to be involved at the early stages of product innovation to have an impact on the product definition. The development of Needfinding includes creation of new methods to complement the product innovation process. Needfinding is an approach which affects the whole product development process; thus, for example, context, culture, work environment and user experience, are included in the needfinding journey. This workbook summarises a selection of user- centered approaches that can guide and support engineers and designers in identifying the unmet user needs in the real user environment. It will allow you to take practical action towards delivering value added, sustainable and user-centered products and services. This workbook starts with a focus on understanding the user’s context by framing a needfinding plan, continues by offering methodical…

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MOVE Workshop – Innovation workshop facilitation

MOVE Workshop – Innovation workshop facilitation

 The MOVE framework is designed to help you plan an effective internal workshop to address the innovation capabilities within your group or company. MOVE is based on four dimensions of team innovation: Make, Observe, Visualize, and Engage. We talk about dimensions rather than phases because innovation is not a linear process. Use elements of each dimension depending on your specific needs and objectives. Don’t forget to iterate and share your evolving ideas with others in your innovation network, which will help you move your big ideas forward. If you are interested in knowing more about how to apply the MOVE Framework in your organization and how we are developing the format further, please contact anyone of the authors or partners: Tamara Carleton, carleton@innovation.io Andreas Larsson, andreas@flikk.se, www.flikk.se Susanna Bill, susanna.bill@sustenance.se, www.sustenance.se Blekinge Institute of Technology, Tobias Larsson, tobias.larsson@bth.se, www.bth.se/eng/staff/tobias-larsson-tlr/ Stanford University Center for Foresight and Innovation, foresight.stanford.edu Download MOVE Workshop.

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