Orient backpack

The “orient backpack” (also called “compass”) orients the innovation effort and gives it transparency. At the highest level, it supports the management of the Strategic Innovation System (SIS) and at the innovation process level it is associated with the management of a particular innovation endeavour.

A Strategic Innovation System (SIS) should be able to facilitate the planning, setup and iteration of any activity that may be necessary to achieve the desired outcomes.

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It facilitates direction and management of the SIS and opportunities. For example, an innovation team can keep focused by maintaining and looking at information such as the following:

    • What is the opportunity about?
      • Purpose / Goal / Intent / Scope
      • Target Users / Potential Market
      • Requirements / Constraints / Design Criteria
    • Why is it important?
      • Rationale / Justification (e.g. Need, Quantified Value, Potential Benefits)
      • Potential competitors
    • How can it be done?
      • Resources (e.g. People, Time, Money)
    • When should it be done?
      • Plan / Actions / Next Steps
      • Milestones / Deadlines
      • Expected Outcomes
      • Success Metrics
    • Who is interested? Who is responsible?
      • Stakeholders / Ownership
    • What are key assumptions and risks?


  • It includes tools and techniques such as:
    • Roadmaps
    • Opportunity Brief
    • Design Criteria
    • Agile boards
    • Innovation Accounting
    • And many other that represent “living” mechanisms (documents, maps, boards and metrics) that provide visibility to up-to-date information on the system and each opportunity/initiative in the innovation portfolio.