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INNOLITERACY - the book

INNOLITERACY - from design thinking to tangible change encourages reflection and inspires you to embark on your  next development or change project. Taking its departure in the idea that all change for the better - whether constituded by something entirely new or the improvement of something already existing - is innovation, the author  takes us on a journey of all the considerations one ought to do before solving a problem or addressing a challenge. The overall message of the book is to allocate much more resources to the earliest phases of a project - to the fuzzy front end, where the problem is unveiled and understood, defined and challenged, and where the roadmap for how to replace the existing with something better is drawn. 

 

These ideas are depicted in a process model inspired both by well-known, linear stage-gate models and design methodological and often much more organic models - merged into a process, where each singular element can be opted in or out depending on the project. Its intention is not to replace, but rather add a layer of considerations, which may strengthen and enhance the models or processes you already use. By applying some of the thinking presented in the book, it is quite likely that your development and change project will be just as efficient as they are today, but with more focus on reflection and framing, scoping and re-framing, stakeholder engagement and prototyping - helping you  to achieve the best possible end result.

 

INNOLITERACY talks to everyone, who works with or has the overall responsibility for - even those, who are just curious about - change and development processes, how they are made more stakeholder focused and how one makes sure that the real problem is addressed. And, by spending time up front to identify the most relevant problem to solve, the  risk of the solution failing to resonate with its audience is minimized. The book is a serious of reflections, experiences, observations and anecdotes on one hand and a guide to a better development process on the other, also referring examples and case studies as well as litterature and research. Its mission is to inspire more meaningful and thoroughly framed problemsolving to benefit us all, to allow for more reflection both individually and as teams, and to make sure that we exploit all the knowledge and experience that we have direct access to, just by choosing a more inclusive and open innovation process. 

 

INNOLITERACY is neither a textbook nor a traditional management book. It contains both specific knowledge on innovation methodology and co-creative processes and opinions and the author's own reflections on related issues, and it aims at being both informative, thought-provoking and entertaining. Hopefully, the reader will sit back a tiny bit wiser and a whole lot better dressed to take on and engage his or her internal and external stakeholderserin a collaborative and yet stringently managed innovation

process.

INNOLITERACY was published in Danish by DJØF Publishing in Copenhagen in December 2015, and by Business Expert Press in New York in February 2018.

 

Order the book in Danish at https://www.djoef-forlag.dk/da/boeger/i/innoliteracy

Order the book in English at http://www.businessexpertpress.com/books/innoliteracy-from-design-thinking-to-tangible-change/