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On this page you can find a selection of methods that can be used in innovation and entrepreneurship processes. Please click on one or more of the areas depending on what is relevant for you.

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BACKBITING

Listen to other people discuss your project challenge to get new perspectives and ideas

BE THE PROBLEM

By attempting to be the problem, one can appreciate new perspectives and possible solutions.

BRAINWALKING

A good technique to activate all participants and create many ideas.

BRAINWRITING

A quieter alternative to brainstorming.

BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS

A method is suitable for business development, project development and social entrepreneurship.

CHALLENGE MAP

From fieldwork to insights and development potential

CHANGEBOARDS

Changeboards are a tool for developing, evaluating and communicating concepts through visualisation

CHECK IN – CHECK OUT

A simple exercise for maintaining a good team dynamic during the course.

CLASSIC BRAINSTORM

A rapid and rewarding method of generating lots of ideas within groups.

CLUSTER ANALYSIS

Cluster research material to enhance knowledge sharing and interpretation in group work

COMPETITIONS

Involve your course participants in ‘real world’ innovation and entrepreneurship competitions

CONFUSION TOLERANCE

100 ideas in 15 minutes!

DESIGN A WORKSHOP

Method used to focus on and ask unanswered questions

ECOSYSTEM

Provides an overview of complex relationships and graphically represented point of departure for group discussion.

Etnoraid

A method for studying the everyday behaviour of target groups, if time is limited.

FIVE WHYS

Analysis tool used to find a single base cause of a problem or to multiple reasons for the same problem.

Follow the object

Gain qualitative insights into how an object is used in the everyday by following it through time and space

GOOD IDEAS vs. BAD IDEAS

An exercise to show the potential of bad ideas. The exercise can be used for initiating creative processes and team collaboration.

GROUP WORKROOM & IDENTITY

Create ownership and group-identity with the orchestration of workrooms.

GROUP- & PROJECT BASIS

Two group exercises on expectations and ambitions in the group and for the project.

How might we…?

A phrase used for framing effective ideation.

IDEA CLUSTERING

Categorising is used to organise and analyse ideas to gain a better appreciation of them as well as surrounding dialogue.

IDEA SELECTION BASED ON WEIGHTED CRITERIA

The method is used to select ideas or concepts based upon weighted criteria.

IDEA SELECTION BY DOT-VOTING

A democratic method of selecting criteria-based ideas

Innovation matrix

Evaluation and selection of several ideas based on a visual overview in a matrix.

INSPIRATION CARDS with words

A method to stimulate idea development within specific categories.

JOURNALING

A simple method used by participants to clear their thoughts and prepare for idea generation.

MEGATRENDS

Gain inspiration from the large movements before the process of idea generation, or as an introduction to a theme.

MINDMAP

Mind maps are used to harness the input and thoughts inspired by a theme and to visualize their relationships.

NEWS STUDY

A news study is a form of reality check primarily for ideas that might need patenting.

OBSTRUCTIONS

Unforeseen obstacles breed new ideas.

Participant observation

Ethnographic method for researching human needs and behavior.

PHOTO SAFARI

Users document ideas and needs to inspire the innovation process

PITCH

Effective communication of ideas, concepts and projects. Well suited for student presentations.

Plan the pitch with the NABC-model

Structure and plan your pitch according to the NABC-model.

PLANNING OF THE PROTOTYPE PROCESS

A guide for students to plan their prototypes.

RAPID PROTOTYPING

How developing many prototypes in a short time span, can help generate concrete ideas.

SERVICE BLUEPRINT

A visual representation of a customer experience that can be used for user-oriented innovation

Stakeholder analysis

Create an overview of the stakeholders before initiating the field research and project work.

SWOT ANALYSIS

The SWOT analysis is used to map an idea’s development potential

TEAM COMPOSITION

Different approaches and considerations for composing teams in relations to the course.

TEAM DYNAMIC

Excersises for creating social and informal group relations early in the innovation process.

THE ACTANTIAL MODEL

Explore relations, functions and possible actions to strengthen the development process

THE QUALITATIVE INTERVIEW

A practical guide to the qualitative interview

USER JOURNEY

A visual, chronological presentation of present or future user experiences in relation to a concept.

USER TEST

A qualitative method for the development and quality assurance of concepts and solutions that begins with the behaviours and needs of users

VALUE EXERCISES

A method for facilitating discussions on values and their importance during the ideation process

Walking conversation

Walking qualitative interviews and observations in the informant’s context.