XXL Connection

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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
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XXL Connection is a visualization tool developed by Peter Köstel. With its paper connectors, ideas, processes and many other things can be built and displayed three-dimensionally.

A little practice, enough space, enough cards, a lot of enthusiasm and off you go. The tool offers an infinite number of application variants. With the help of the "cardboard chain links" (equal to connectors) belonging to the set, connections of ideas, thoughts, process steps, and much more can be represented quite simply, and at the same time it helps with the further idea finding and creation of clarity.

The connectors can be written on, glued on or painted. This creates idea chains, process chains, some even call it a 3D pinboard.

Trainers/users can also develop independent constructions. Since there are almost no rules, towers, cranes, bridges, ladders, nets or grids are created. The visualization and the haptics help to recognize and keep conclusive or dissolved connections. Helpful goal nodes are perceived more strongly.
  • Effective for highly complex challenges
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for new business models
  • Effective for process innovations
  • Effective for radical innovations
  • Effective for service innovations
  • Effective for social innovations
  • P1 Understanding (identify innovation fields - problem solving)
  • P4 Synthesize (create leading questions - take a stand)
  • P5 Idea Finding (ideation - idea generation - creative phase - incubation)
  • P6 Idea enrichment (idea combination - idea integration)
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