One of the approaches to innovation is agile (scrum) framework.

5 Popular Approaches to Innovation (besides Design Thinking)

Frameworks to help you boost innovation in your organization

Innovation is an important priority, learning focus, and opportunity for growth in organizations and businesses across the globe. Design thinking is one of the most popular approaches for getting started with innovation. While these terms have often been thrown around in casual conversations and boardroom discussions, innovative practices are still rarely implemented in business. However, there are many simple and effective ways companies can go about implementing change. In addition to design thinking, here are 5 popular approaches to innovation for you to learn about and try at your company:

  1. Agile (Scrum)
  2. Lean Startup
  3. Jobs to Be Done
  4. User Experience
  5. Design Sprints

Keep reading to learn more about each of these approaches to innovation and collaboration.

1. Agile (Scrum)

This approach to innovation makes room for collaborative teams to take charge of projects and develop strategies on how to achieve the desired outcome for them. Scrum also follows along with the idea of sprints, meaning that collaboration and design activity takes place in scheduled time blocks, usually between 2 weeks to a month long. This framework is highly collaborative and requires every person’s input to move forward.

Learn more about the agile (scrum) approach here.

2. Lean Startup

The lean startup method is designed specifically for entrepreneurs, startups, or companies looking to develop new products or services. This approach begins and ends with the customer. By gaining insights from the perspective customer at the beginning of development, you can learn how to design and implement products and services that will fit their needs much quicker.

Find out more about this approach here.

3. Jobs to Be Done

This framework focuses on uncovering what “job” your product or service helps customers get done. To gain insight into your customer’s, you need to stop focusing on the product and instead focus on the underlying reasons why the customer is using the product to begin with.

Find out more about this approach here.

4. User Experience

The User Experience (UX) approach is all about the end user. This approach heavily focuses on research and requires you to learn everything you can about your customers, organize that information, and develop design based on what you have learned. It involves putting your users at the center of everything you do.

Learn more about best practices for user experience here.

5. Design Sprints

The final framework on this list of approaches to innovation is the design sprint. A design sprint is a fast-paced way to generate ideas quickly and efficiently. Previously, we discussed design sprint training as well as ways a design sprint could support innovation in your organization. This approach can be highly productive when done correctly, as well as a good way to increase collaboration and develop a culture of innovation at your organization.

These five approaches to innovation will help you move your bottom line and increase productivity, creativity, and collaboration. Ultimately, you’ll want to develop and fine-tune strategies that work best for your specific needs and organizational structure.

For more resources, refer to our innovation and design thinking training blog. Or, you can contact us via email to learn how we can help you implement collaboration and innovation at your organization.