A Conceptual Framework for Combining Agile and Structured Innovation Processes


Overview: Many companies now integrate agile innovation processes, including sprints, Lean startup, scrum, and design thinking, into their traditional structured gating processes. Companies have had promising results, but the popular agile within gating hybrid is not the only way to benefit from the coexistence of agile and structured processes. This article presents a conceptual framework that includes four options: agile within gating, agile before gating, agile after gating, and agile alongside gating. The framework provides an overview of different ways to combine agile and structured innovation processes. The managerial recommendations provided offer new insights into balancing different approaches to innovation management and help to bridge the diverse results of prior studies about state-of-the-art innovation methods.