Achieving a more agile organisation
To bring a whole organisation on board for innovation, its particular abilities must be strengthened first. According to Tiainen, the Fazer Innovation Challenge was an excellent tool to this end.
“The programme was a fine display of interdisciplinary competition where like-minded individuals who have not previously met can come together. The programme opened up boundaries between the different parts of our large organisation, creating the networks important for building an agile organisation,” says Tiainen.
The essential part in Fazer’s transformation was the creation of a more agile and entrepreneurial corporate culture. It was also important to increase transparency. This is why the Fazer Innovation Challenge programme was opened up to all Fazer employees and each of the initial 110 ideas were shown for all to comment on. Employees were also free to join different teams.
“We have not previously had this kind of culture to this extent. We at Fazer want to show that even traditional industrial companies can be agile and achieve results through new working methods. The lean start-up methods we have learned will create a base for communicating ideas, seeking feedback and subjecting our thinking to external influences,” says Tiainen.
Development continue with Solita
The Fazer Innovation Challenge programme paved the way for cultural change that is still ongoing at Fazer. The business units continue to increase their transparency, interdisciplinarity and dialogue.
The Fazer Lab organisation and Solita continue their cooperation to develop agile corporate culture. After the Fazer Innovation Challenge coaching was completed, Solita has supported Fazer in the continued development of the structure and processes of the Fazer Lab. This work continues in the autumn of 2018 as open dialogue with the Lab organisation and as Solita support, such as coaching, for the business ideas being prepared by the Lab.