How to use

Note: this video focuses on how to use the paper version of the Innovation Canvas. The underlying principles also apply to the digital version described below, but the user interface has been adapted to suit an online experience.

1. Start a canvas

Decide on a project name and choose which area to start in.

Remember that you can begin with any of the 3 Drivers as they are in continuous, iterative interaction with each other.

You may find it useful to watch this short video on how to use the Innovation Canvas. It focuses on the paper version but the underlying principles are the same as for the digital version.

2. Assessment

Identify the project's strengths and weaknesses by assessing how much you agree with the statements under the Components of each Topic.

Work through all the Topics giving yourself a score of between 1 (strongly disagree) and 5 (strongly agree) for each Component.

View your scores as you progress through the statements.

3. Challenges

Once you have assessed all the Components, review your scores.

Use the low numbers as an indication of the Topics you need to focus on first.

Think about what you need to focus on and write this out as a Challenge as clearly and succinctly as you can.

Select 3 Topics as as your key challenges.

4. Actions

Read through the recommended potential resources or tools you might want to use. These suggestions are based on the Topics you have chosen as your top 3 Challenges.

Use these recommendations as a starting point in thinking about your action plan.

Write down as an Action what you will do to overcome each of the Challenges you’ve identified. Make the Actions as specific as possible:

  • What is to be done
  • Who is doing it
  • By what date

5. Summary

Your Innovation Canvas is ready!

You can download, print and share the summary of your completed Canvas.

The Innovation Canvas is perhaps most useful as a springboard for discussion. Use it to seek perspectives, ideas and advice from your team members, objective observers or other people who may be able to help with useful experience, relevant knowledge or contacts.

You may also find it helpful to update your Canvas later in the project's development, and return to it on a regular basis.