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What Future-Proof Skills Will Your Team Develop in 2019?

Empathy and Customer-Centric Culture

If there’s one single thing we’ll owe Design Thinking for the rest of our lives, it’s the call for empathy. Put the customer (end-user), at the very center of your innovation process, and you’ll design new solutions that customers will love.

Elasticity and Adaptability to Change

A fast-evolving world requires developing capabilities to help your innovation team keep the pace rapidly transforming. Make your employees accustomed to positive change, and find the right people who, by their own nature, thrive in change and innovative thinking.

Creativity & Lateral Thinking

An innovative culture and the right set of creativity techniques are crucial in every business. Challenge your thinking process and learn techniques to improve idea generation: you’ll enhance your team’s customer-focused mindset and skills in developing new products, services, and business concepts, as well as finding new markets for your innovative technology.

Intrapreneurial Spirit and Growth Mindset

Turn your managers into intrapreneurs. Make them adopt a hands-on approach to their projects, using a wide variety of entrepreneurial tools as well as a structured process to change ideas into market-ready solutions.

 

"Fast Experimentation" Culture

In 2018, encourage a culture of experimentation, where anything is possible, where learning comes primarily from hands-on projects, and where failure is just part of the learning process.

Rapid prototyping/Minimum Viable Product

 

A quick way to save thousands of €/$/¥ in your innovation efforts? Just learn how to build a Minimum Viable Product – a prototype that is accurate just enough to test the core features of your new business concept.

 

Managing Multidisciplinary Teams

In 2018, you need workspaces where designers (desirability), engineers (feasibility), and marketers (viability) can collaborate and find the sweet spot between desirability, feasibility, and business viability. We build multidisciplinary teams for our Design Sprints and Corporate Accelerators too.

 

Learning Through Validation

Lower the risk of your new business propositions by validating critical assumptions. In 2018, there’s no need for extensive market research – instead, dive in a new innovative idea to prioritize the most critical components and test these assumptions as soon as possible.

 

Innovation Accounting

Regular business projects execute the business plan in a relatively known environment. Innovation projects, instead, look for sustainable business models in an unfamiliar environment. Because of the different nature of the projects, companies need to separate those two activities and develop a tailored set of KPIs suitable for innovation projects.