What is an Innovation Strategy?
An Innovation Strategy is a plan that outlines the actions and resources an organization will use to develop and implement new ideas and technologies. It helps organizations stay ahead of the competition by continuously improving products and processes, and finding new ways to meet customer needs.
What's included in this Innovation Strategy Template?
- 3x Focus Areas
- 9x Objectives
- 9x Projects
- 18x KPIs
Who is this Innovation Strategy Template for?
This Innovation Strategy Template is for leaders and teams from organizations looking to create a plan for driving innovation and continuous improvement.
How is this Innovation Strategy Template relevant to your organization?
A well-crafted innovation strategy can help your organization stay competitive and adapt to changing market conditions. By setting clear goals and tracking progress through measures, you can ensure that your organization is making the most of its resources and continuously improving. This template provides a structure for creating your own customized innovation strategy, ensuring that you have a clear plan in place to drive progress and achieve your goals.
1. Define clear examples of your focus areas
A focus area is a particular viewpoint that groups certain requirements set out by an organization. A recommendation from the Cascade team would be to create 4-5 key focus area which you feel are most important to address when creating your Innovation Strategy. The next step would be to ask yourself: Why is this focus area important to me? What is the benefit of focusing on this viewpoint from a customer's perspective? And, of course, What is the monetary benefit of investing in such a focus area? This process is useful in identifying the key area which needs prioritization which in turn can become focus areas of the strategy.
For example, the focus areas in this Innovation Strategy Template are: Product development; Marketing and sales; and Talent development.
2. Think about the objectives that could fall under that focus area
A strategic objective usually has to be specific and measurable to cause enough impact and effectively explain what you want to achieve.
An example objective that could fall under the focus area of Product development could be: Increase efficiency of product development process.
3. Set yourself measurable targets (KPIs) to tackle the objective
A KPI is a key performance indicator that is measurable and evaluates the success rate of an organization in relation to the task at hand. KPIs can be very industry-specific or broad and applicable across multiple industries.
An example of a KPI in this Innovation Strategy Template associated to the objective Increase efficiency of product development process could be: Reduce development time by 25%.
4. Implement related projects to achieve the set KPIs
Projects are ways in which the objective can be achieved, but more so, closely tie in with ways in which organizations can make sure they are working towards their KPIs.
A project example for the objective Increase efficiency of product development process could be: Implement agile development methodology.
5. Utilize Cascade Strategy Execution Platform to see faster results from your strategy
Make sure your strategy is front and center with Cascade. You can plan, execute, measure and adapt your strategy in one easy-to-use platform and make sure your strategic plan is connected to on-the-ground execution.
Use this Innovation Strategy Template and launch your strategy in Cascade; it's $0 forever.