A Free FrontEnd Toolkit to Transform Ideas into Intelligent Action

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This FrontEnd Toolkit is about applying Design Thinking to transform new ideas into innovative products, services and businesses with an impact. The front end development of new user and customer-oriented solutions is a key opportunity as well as a significant challenge for organizations and success is built on collaborative approaches.

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The overall objective is to help policymakers, project owners, and managers as well as their stakeholders to design and implement projects with real impact. The Toolkit helps to establish an idea’s key value to stakeholders and supports planning for the creation of high impact projects. It assists in defining complexity, cost, delivery, functionality, and future upgrade potential of a concept and creates new opportunities for partnerships. The Front End innovation is all about purposefully combining different skills, disciplines, and resources with knowledge related to the local innovation ecosystem to gain insights that inspire and help shape a new, valuable offering. The process of creating this constellation of elements involves understanding emerging opportunities, client and user mindsets, needs and expectations. It also involves making sense of the competitive environment, the social and individual constraints and enablers that drive the acceptance and uptake of new products, services and business models.

The aim of this toolkit is to help actors develop meaningful innovations that offer desirable experiences. These experiences should have the potential to permanently change behaviours, provide opportunities for organizations and businesses to succeed, and enable ecosystems to provide value to stakeholders. These meaningful innovations must offer improvements to the quality of life in societies. Additionally, resources are required to fuel activities, and the application of resources tends to be limited by social constraints. This Toolkit aims to enable communities to work within conditions of (potentially scarce) resources in order to mature their ideas towards tangible and actionable solutions.

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The Front End of innovation is the very first step in the development of new products, services and businesses. It is the phase when initial ideas exist, together with notions of strategy, some business intelligence, and a set of physical, financial and human resources. Very often the Front End starts when organizations, firms, or individuals realize that they need to do something to change an existing situation – but often they do now know what they should do. Correspondingly the Front End ends when a decision has been made to continue planning for implementation in a structured way, or, alternatively, when further development is discontinued.

The Front End innovation is all about purposefully combining different skills, disciplines, and resources with knowledge related to the local innovation ecosystem to gain insights that inspire and help shape a new, valuable offering. The process of creating this constellation of elements involves understanding emerging opportunities, client and user mindsets, needs and expectations. It also involves making sense of the competitive environment, the social and individual constraints and enablers that drive the acceptance and uptake of new products, services and business models.

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