What does convergence mean?
Convergence is an essential step that makes ideas generated in a session more ready for implementation. Thus, every mini-session ends with some kind of convergence activity that results in a decision about which ideas to move forward. In cases where there are many or complex ideas, a separate convergence session is recommended.
Main Aspects of Convergence
- Review the ideas generated during the session, cluster them, and identify concepts (made of groups of ideas)
- Define the criteria for idea selection and the general timeline – how many ideas are you looking for and how many projects are going to be implemented in the short medium and long term (the “pipeline”)?
- Prioritize ideas and concepts
- Create a pipeline by selecting the ideas to be implemented in the short, medium and long term
- Create an overall action plan and specific action items for each selected idea detailing how each idea will move forward to implementation
- Generate learning from the session
More project management methodologies – innovation mapping