The CIL Approach

The Co-Innovation Lab (CIL) is designed to support the entire life cycle of innovation projects.

The CIL approach comprises a comprehensive process model, methods & templates as well as tools for the following phases:

  • the acquisition (Acquire) of companies and their problems, from which the student projects are formed
  • the implementation (Deliver) of the projects through a hybrid project management approach
  • the increase of visibility (Promote) by writing press articles about the successful projects
  • the expansion of the network (Grow) of companies and lecturers.
CIL Approach (across all phases)

Agile Innovation Challenges and Boutique Consulting

The co-innovation projects in the Co-Innovation Lab are carried out either as Agile Innovation Challenges or as Boutique Consulting in the implementation phase (Deliver Projects), depending on the client need.

  1. In the area of Agile Innovation Challenges, a hybrid project management approach is used, which combines design thinking and agile solution development (SCRUM). This is complemented with appropriate methods, templates and tools . The (student) team with up to 10 students works in iterations and continuously creates relevant artifacts (e.g. documents, prototypes) so that client and instructor can follow the progress.
CIL Solution Delivery Approach
  1. Our Boutique Consulting project deliverables are characterized by a process model and execution that is specifically adapted to each client’s challenge. Small teams of 3 to 4 students work on one challenge at a time with one client, supported by research articles, CIL knowledge management and coaches.

The Co-Innovation Lab is an open community. Interested lecturers can use the concept of the Co-Innovation Lab in their courses and make suggestions for improvement and further development as living knowledge management.