The Agile Innovation Framework: A New Innovation Model with Kanban ESP as Operating System

The Agile Innovation Framework (Schultheiss, F. 2017)

After generating ideas and identifying potential candidates in the first phase, development and market launch will follow in the second phase. This process helps companies continually drive new products, services or business models to market success.

The Agile Innovation Framework is a system for the structured development of innovations. A well defined and implemented innovation process provides the basic structure or framework for establishing an innovation capability within an enterprise.

The metrics defined in Kanban ESP provide options for assessing process quality and system fitness. With the integrated Kanban Maturity Model (KMM), it is also possible to determine the degree of maturity of the innovation model and to derive specific actions for optimization.

It is a framework in which other frameworks, such as Scrum or Design Thinking, work consistently. The effectiveness then consists of the efficient linking and interaction of different methods and frameworks.

After the definition of innovation models, the historical development and the concrete functions of such models are briefly analyzed. Afterwards, the integration of Kanban and the Agile Innovation Framework itself will be presented.