Implementing an idea by thinking outside the box

Tasks associated with planning, ordering, organizing and auditing need to be carried out somewhat differently than in a normal situation.

The factors below are make a difference in innovation management and therefore deserve particular attention:

  • Determine skills and responsibilities clearly and precisely. Then appoint a project manager and choose the members of the group.
  • Plan your project carefully and update it continually! Planning means shaping the future. Because innovations are highly uncertain, the planning stage is particularly important. Using “combined planning”, it is possible to integrate results which could not be foreseen at the beginning.
  • Draw up an organizational task chart. This means considering the project as a whole. Organize the various batches of work into a hierarchy, so as to give your project a clear structure. Appoint a manager and describe the tasks to be completed for each batch of work.

Organizational task chart

Example of an organizational task chart for developing a camera:

Graphic. Shows a task organisation chart for developing a camera

Source: "Innovations- und Technologiemanagement", Strebel, Vienna, 2003. 

Work plan and schedule

The organizational chart of tasks will serve as the basis for preparing the work plans, in which batches of work will be set out in order. The sum of the duration of the respective batches of work will equal the total time frame necessary to carry out the project. Then comes the scheduling phase: the intermediary results associated with setting a time frame help establish points of reference. This approach is an important factor in project management, because it guarantees scheduling continuity while enabling greater flexibility in the execution of tasks. 

Drawing up a schedule: example

  Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Operation name M D M D F M D M D F M D M D F M D M D F
Start of project     x x x                              
Choice of suppliers           x x                          
Delivery of equipment           x x x x x x x x              
Execution of work plan     x x x x x                          
Acquisition of personnel               x x x x x x              
Integration of personnel                     x x x x x x        
Execution of work                     x x x x x x x x x  
Finalization of project                                       x

Source: "Innovationskompass für klein- und mittelständische Unternehmen", Linde, 2006.


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