We survived the journey through the Innovation Helix

IMG_8247A few weeks ago, a group of fearless BPM experts took on a journey through the Innovation Helix guided by the innovation experts Prof. Sonja Zillner and Dr. Bernhard Krusche from Ignore Gravity.

As already introduced at the last BPinPM.net Conference in 2014, the Innovation Helix is a framework which provides road map and tools to create an innovation friendly environment and capabilities in organizations. As innovation can neither be reduced to a manageable process nor creativity purely, from a BPM perspective, we attempted to find first process-oriented solutions in this field of tension as we traveled along the three dimensions of the helix.

On day one of our journey, we took a closer look at the strategy dimension. We learned how to explore and map potentially new innovations fields and how to build up a portfolio for managing the risk which goes along with innovations. On the second day, we first discovered how to setup conditions which foster creativity and raise the likelihood of discovering important innovations in the designing dimension. Followed by the embedding dimension which helped us to understand how to carry and embed the innovations into organizations to help create the value which they are supposed to.

BPM Life Cycle with integrated Innovation Helix and FAR+ connectionAlong our journey, we used our gained knowledge of the helix onto questions, like how can innovations be represented in a BPM life cycle and how can innovations be represented on business process level.

At the end of our journey we were not only richer in the experience on how to view and deal with innovations, but we extended our BPM life cycle by integrating strategy and design elements of the helix and created an initial process map in which the three dimensions of the helix are represented.

After our first journey ­­– which gave us a first glimpse of a broader picture on how to approach innovations in the context of BPM – we are eager to travel deeper into this matter. In the future, we plan to take on another journey to develop general requirements for organizations and transfer our initial process map into a generalized process model.

As always, our future endeavors will be held in an informal and inter-organizational setting were we encourage the bilateral exchanging of experience and expertise which offers the most added value to all participants.

If you are interested in this topic and want to participate in our future journeys, feel free to contact us.

We are planning to introduce the results at the BPinPM.net Conference 2016. Further information will be published on our website. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified as soon as details are available.

Best regards,
Mirko

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