Tools & Dynamics for Innovation

Herramientas y Dinámicas para la Innovación

Innovation (R&D&i) requires the practical and continous use of several tools and methodologies which allow or make easier to approach the innovative scope related to problems solving, overcoming of previous limitations, searching of new alternatives in production systems, technological advance or development, etc, which are of very different use depending on the scenario and application magnitude.

HuchaAhorroATEC+ID uses various tools applying also different methodologies, whose selection or  indication are related to the application acope, to the activity nature, to the concept on which would apply and with the phase or step on which one is at the moment. Among these tools and methods we can highlight:

  • Strategic character: Definition of the Innovation Plan, Lean, Lean Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement, or Scrum
  • Organizational character: Kaizen, 5S, SMED, TPM, Scrum, etc.
  • Objectives Selection: Benchmarking, Pareto, SWOT, Brainstorming, Technology Surveillance, etc.
  • Problems Identification: FMEA, Ishikawa, 5W2H, Root Cause Analysis, 6 M, G8D, Afinity Diagram, Cause-Efect Diagram, Process Diagram, Statistical Analysis.
  • Selection of Ideas and Continuous Improvement: Kaizen, SMED, TPM, High Performance Teams, Creative Dynamics, or directly taking best ideas using Scrum.

ATEC+ID offers collaboration in the strategic analysis, selection, application and development of all these tools, many times in combination with the facilitators and motivators function (also known in LEAN dynamics), in order to save the barriers that prevent many companies to obtain better results. In some occasions, these barriers are personal or jerarquical type, situations in which the participation of external personnel permits overcoming  these conditions or people proactive participation limitants. This is a key function in most of the Lean Six Sigma implementation processes  or in processes of Organization Change or Cultural Change in companies.

These type of collaborations is adapted to each company character, personality and identity signs, and the framework and type of participation is defined during the project definition, before starting. ATEC+ID, moreover previous methods, more or less known, use our own methods to supply ideas and to motivate the generation of ideas.

The Brainstorming or Ideas Storm, is a dynamic that is managed through several methodologies permiting to open the scope of the usual environment to facilitate the contribution and collection of ideas of improvent, innovation, of safety and prevention, etc. This dynamic is the key to get all the personnel involved in the organisation improvement, in the rejects reduction, in the safety and risks prevention, in the productivity increase, etc, and so it is for the generation of estrategic ideas and to obtain general lines for R&D projects, that not always are own staff and in ocasions can arrive from outsiders or own staff not initially considered.



In the generation of ideas, there are key aspects involved, as it is communication, the type of open/closed environment, hierarchical or not, all types of incentives, familiar or hostile environment, the composition of groups, etc, that determine the success degree. To avoid risks and situations hindering or preventing success of these dynamics ATEC+ID offers the participation of one person as facilitator and interlocutor between los employees and management and/or among the proper teams. This task includes the management of ideas collection, the management of the participation at diferent levels for the screening of them, generation oftables and monitoring of the action plan over them and the evaluation of results.

It is evident these dynamics are included in certain kind of programmes, like Lean, Kaizen and Continuous Improvement, completely or partially, but they are also used in a more isolated manner when several previous steps are done before the full immersion in these systems.

"New places are not reached through known paths"

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