Innovation Tools

As someone working or studying in the field of innovation, you probably already know that there exists a wealth of tools and techniques to help you find your way through the innovation maze.


Decision Matrix

A simple tool which can be used to help in this process of choice.

Delphi Method

Making long-term forecasts and revealing how new technologies and other factors could trigger discontinuities in technological trajectories.

Deming Wheel (PDCA)

A tool for establishing a systematic approach to sustained improvement.

Design thinking

Design thinking (DT) is a popular and widely-used framework approach to creativity.


Discontinuous Innovation Audit

This tool focuses attention on some of the important areas of discontinuous innovation management.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

A tool for combatting assumptions.

Empathic Design

A tool for exploring how people behave in the context in which the product under question is being used.

Entrepreneurs audit

The simple self-assessment tool focuses attention on some of the important areas of innovation management. 

Entrepreneur’s storyboard

A tool to help develop ideas and bring others into the process through the sue of storytelling approaches, building your ‘innovation story’ up, step-by-step.


A collection of methods originally developed in the field of anthropology through which observations are made about how people actually behave in context.


This is a tool developed in the field of quality management which systematically tries to imagine different ways in which a system might fail and then puts in place contingency plans for avoiding it or minimising the risks associated with it.

Fishbone Chart / Cause and effect diagram

This participatory exercise explores the links between the effects and the possible causes of an issue.

Five Forces Strategic Analysis

This is a simple map that represents the competitive strategic battlefield in terms of five forces that interact to shape the challenges for firms.

Force Field Analysis

Force Field Analysis (FFA) is a technique for formally listing and analysing the various forces acting in a given situation, or affecting a given problem.


Frugal Innovation

This is an approach to innovation which is based on the principle of simplification – finding solutions to a problem which solve the problem but without adding unnecessary costs or adding unwanted functions.

Functional Mapping

A tool for establishing what and who will need to be involved in order to create innovation.