Agile Innovation to transform healthcare: Innovating in complex adaptive systems is an everyday process, not a light bulb event

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Abstract

Innovation is essential to transform healthcare delivery systems, but in complex adaptive systems innovation is more than 'light bulb events' of inspired creativity. To achieve true innovation, organisations must adopt a disciplined, customer-centred process. We developed the process of Agile Innovation as an approach any complex adaptive organisation can adopt to achieve rapid, systematic, customer-centred development and testing of innovative interventions. Agile Innovation incorporates insights from design thinking, Agile project management, and complexity and behavioural sciences. It was refined through experiments in diverse healthcare organisations. The eight steps of Agile Innovation are: (1) confirm demand; (2) study the problem; (3) scan for solutions; (4) plan for evaluation and termination; (5) ideate and select; (6) run innovation development sprints; (7) validate solutions; and (8) package for launch. In addition to describing each of these steps, we discuss examples of and challenges to using Agile Innovation. We contend that once Agile Innovation is mastered, healthcare delivery organisations can habituate it as the go-to approach to projects, thus incorporating innovation into how things are done, rather than treating innovation as a light bulb event.

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Holden, R. J., Boustani, M. A., & Azar, J. (2021, April 1). Agile Innovation to transform healthcare: Innovating in complex adaptive systems is an everyday process, not a light bulb event. BMJ Innovations. BMJ Publishing Group. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjinnov-2020-000574

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