Innovation System 
Design Card Set

The building blocks of an innovation ecosystem. Great for strategy work with corporate executives and innovation architects.

What it is

A card set with innovation vehicles, some of which Jan Schmiedgen has co-designed and witnessed in the last decade of his consulting and research work. He originally created the cards for his Innovation System Design Masterclass, where they play a key role for mapping out example innovation systems and their respective pathways. We plan to make them available to a wider public soon, to stay true to our promise that we want to contribute to the professionalization of innovation management.

For Whom it is

Originally they were designed to give C-level and innovation executives an holistic overview over what a real coherent innovation (eco)system might look like and also to help them map out quickly and visually the current state of theirs. Another purpose they serve, is to give all kinds of people responsible for innovation an overview over the different (next- and best-practice) options on how to organize innovation. Because oftentimes we found, they are not even aware of a small fraction of the latter, which makes them fall trap to “the three steps to …” quick-fix programs or to have an innovation lab reflex.

How To use it

You can download a short Facilitator’s Guide here: German (DE) | English (EN)

Best used with

You can use them in all kinds of constellations. We often map them to a full-stack lean innovation process visualization and show how each vehicle gets activated depending on the project/product progress the teams have reached.