3 Core Phases of Activity of an Innovation System

In our web cast on Cim this week we showed our new graphical breakdown of the three core phases of activity of idea and innovation management.  In presentations, our customers have found this approach to be very useful to plan how they are approaching innovation.  It also reflects the overall modular architecture of the Cim solution.  I’ll run through it in this article.

With CorasWorks Idea Management (Cim), we provide a solution that makes an end-to-end process for innovation possible on SharePoint.  We’ve architected our solution to be flexible.  We’ve broken the innovation system into 3 core phases of activity as pictured below.



The short take on the three phases is as follows:

  • Ideation – this where ideas are contributed and collaborated on by a broad community
  • Management – this is where a smaller group of people work the process of formally approving ideas and managing the overall process
  • Execution – this is where the heavy lifting occurs to transform approved ideas into innovations that drive business results

Below is a drill down of the three phases showing a summary of the types of activities we support and that may occur within each phase of activity.


The depth and scope of each of the above phases varies based upon the business scenario.  Most of our implementations have a robust Ideation phase that takes place in a central innovation portal or that is distributed across multiple departments of an organization, my sites, the enterprise portal, etc.  The Management phase depends upon the complexity of our customers’ process.  Usually, it begins rather simply, and, evolves rapidly as the organizations’ approach to decision making matures and their portfolio expands.  Most organizations start with no specific integration plan for the Execution phase.  They have existing ways of delivering results that fall outside of the normal scope.  However, armed with the CorasWorks Project Portfolio Management solution and our out of the box integration with team sites and custom applications – the execution phase tends to rather rapidly become part of their integrated innovation system.

To get a sense of how this looks visually, check out the Screenshot Tour of Cim on our website.


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