Innovation management - ISO 56000 and how it works - 2c8

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Innovation management

At the beginning of 2018, the first standards within the ISO 56000 branch were published, which is a new form of standard called innovation management. ISO 56000 centers around those questions which together create the ability to innovate within an organization, such as leadership, resources, tools, and processes.

What is ISO for innovation management?

Shortly put, ISO for innovation management takes into account the innovation metrics and the sometimes confusing term innovation. It’s a standardization with both tools for terminology, methods, and interplay between relevant interested parties to demonstrate and work with innovation within organizations. A management system based upon the innovation standard means an internationally acknowledged framework with a system perspective on innovation work. 

Why is innovation management important?

Most organizations need standardized procedures in order to build long-term, reliable systems. But, when it comes to driving innovation, there have not been any standards before. However, innovation work is important for long-term survival and the ability to meet future challenges. Innovation work is about optimizing the current business and at the same time learn from earlier mistakes and create prerequisites for future innovation within the organization. 

To show innovation is also important for organizations based on the perspective of interested parties. This is because proof of a structured innovation in the form of an innovation management system creates an attractive business for partners, customers, and other interested parties. This results in more potential deals. 

Tips to get started with innovation management

Below, we have gathered 3 tips for those interested in showing innovation within their business:
  1. Map the business and integrate with an existing management system

    By mapping your organization and its processes, you can identify problems, risks, and opportunities for improvement within different areas of the business. This is the base for the innovation process, which is the most central part of an innovation management system. By mapping the business, we can show how we optimize the current business. But at the same time, with the help of identifying risks och opportunities, we create prerequisites for future innovation. Do you already have a mapped quality management system based on ISO 9001? Since ISO 9001 and ISO 56000 has the same ISO level structure and identical clause number, it’s easy to integrate the two standards within the same management system.
  2. Engage the right kind of people

    Those with the most knowledge about the processes and activities within the business should have central roles in the work with the management system. Whether it’s about theoretical or practical knowledge. Round up representatives from all different areas of the business in order to create the most anchored image of the business as possible.
  3. Work in workshops

    By sitting together in a workgroup with people from different parts of the business catches and reasons many different perspectives. Brainstorming, criticizing ways of thought, discussing the current way of work in the business, and where you want to be is an important part of mapping the business.

2c8 Apps for innovation management

With 2c8 Apps, you can create a visual management system to show innovation in the business and its processes. Identify risks, mapp opportunities, and optimize the business to meet future challenges. With a management system from 2c8 Apps you create prerequisites for future innovation within the organization. Read more about 2c8 Apps here!