A simple Google search on “innovation adoption” can deliver many different strategies and approaches. But where should one start? I asked this question to our team of Innovation Architects at Recurve and here are their top five recommendations.

1. Involve Your Stakeholders
If you are working on an innovative approach to solving a legal service problem, make sure the future adopters have a stake in the development process. While you can force adoption through mandate, people tend to be more invested in adopting change if they feel they had a role in creating it.

2. Align Your Innovation with Strategy
Innovative ideas often creep away from their original intent during the development cycle. For optimal results, link your innovation to company or department strategy and make sure it stays aligned from start to finish.

3. Train Early and Often
Innovation always carries inherent risk that it will not be fully adopted. Mitigate this risk by keeping your users and key stakeholders fully informed and trained in the new approach.

4. Keep It Simple
When working on innovation, it is easy to get distracted by the “wow” factors of what is possible and lose sight of the fact that innovation should solve a problem in the simplest way possible. Albert Einstein once said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

5. Embrace Continuous Improvement
Innovation will always be a moving target, so it is important to have good feedback loops during its adoption phase. By listening to users implementing change into their daily workflows, project managers can course correct on a real-time basis to deliver solutions that have a better chance of success.

Recurve’s Innovation Architects are seasoned at implementing the changes they design and work seamlessly across legal organizations to ensure new solutions are deployed and adopted to achieve full value.

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