Many innovators are familiar with the concept of the “ten types” of innovation developed by Doblin. If you aren’t familiar with the model, it describes different potential outcomes for innovation, beyond “product” innovation.
Doblin’s ten types includes innovation outcomes based on channels, business models, services, customer experiences and other factors.
As a fan of the model, I return to it and reference it constantly, because far too many innovators narrow their focus and only create new product innovations, when markets and customers are clearly interested in much broader and more diverse innovations.
But as a fan of the ten types model I can also see some of its shortcomings, and one of those is its lack of “depth”. The ten types model expands the perspective of innovation in terms of breadth – from a single outcome called “product” to a range or spectrum of offering types. But the model lacks definition around “depth” – building a description of a platform or ecosystem of innovation. Continue reading