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Our 2A2CI methodology

A mission carried out in the framework of the methodology 2A2CI takes place in 5 stages: Awareness, Analysis of situation, Concept development, Concretization of best concepts, Impact evaluation.

At the end of the implementation of 2A2CI, the client must be able to decide in full knowledge of the facts and as objectively as possible on whether to scaling up & industrialization of new value proposition.

2A2CI can be used to develop products accepted by market, to realize new innovative services, or to improve a process, to define a means of production, to improve the functioning of an organization, to design a new business model, etc.

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  • Awareness

    Awareness

    During this first stage, we will agree on the vision of the technical & economical offer to develop. We will understand the business ecosystem in which the innovation project is taking place.

    This phase is dedicated to agree on the objectives, to refine the outline of the system, to better understand the important parameters in the definition of the subject to tackle. We will make sure to have properly identified the perimeter in which the intervention is located (customers, users, suppliers, competitors and new entrants, scientific providers, specifiers and influencers, legislative or normative regulators, etc.).

    This will also define the resource persons, internal and / or external experts who will be integrated as appropriate into the rest of the process.
  • Analysis of situation

    Analysis of situation

    Next, we analyze the situation prior to start the action, to "think before acting".

    During this phase, we consolidate, together with the client (project owner) and the resource people involved in the process, the existing knowledge on the planned project, on the techno-economic system which is studied. This knowledge is gathered in various ways: models of the studied system, graph of problems and partial solutions which are already considered or developed ...

    This step is important because it helps identify the key challenges to solve in a complex situation. And challenges also mean problems, frustrations, opportunities, etc. This phase of analysis allows us to define a set of specifications of the application to develop.

    Among the resource persons involved, it is essential that, at a minimum, are represented the (future) customers of the project to achieve. Because the pains and gains of the (end-)users are central to any innovation!
  • Concepts Development

    Concepts Development

    When the key problems, frustrations, challenges and opportunities are identified, the next step is to design, on an inventive way, the elements that will deliver a new value proposition.

    This phase, wherein the creativity plays a central role, will transform the challenges identified in the previous step in a set of inventive concepts. To solve creatively and in a systematic way the key problems (expressed as contradictions), we will use tools such as TRIZ in collaboration with customer's (project owner) teams. Co-creation and collaborative intelligence are key concepts.

    At the end of this phase, we have a database of concepts of solutions.
  • Concretization of best concepts

    Concretization of best concepts

    In this step, we are transforming the most promising solutions envisioned in step 3 into refined concepts that can be embodied in a demonstrator (MVP = Minimum Viable Product) showing the value proposition and capable to face experimental testing.

    This stage typically consists of a execution process, ranging from the selection of the most promising concept to the practical realization of functional demonstrator product / service to develop, including IP protection. This is done thanks the support of the project owner company's internal resources as well as the expertise and skills of external providers.

    By putting the pilot client / (end-)user of the demonstrator (MVP) at the center, we focus on getting on a very fast way the right feedback from the market. This feedback goes on the product or service (core offer), but also the service around this offer (adjacent offer), and how to communicate and how to bring it to market.
  • Impact evaluation

    Impact evaluation

    Finally, we will test the demonstrator in real conditions, with pilot users, to measure the impact of the value proposition.

    During this step, we will schedule and conduct "assessment missions," use cases of the functional demonstrator , in order to assess both the technical aspects and the ability to respond to market needs. This will help to refine the design of the solution and its implications.

    The resulting deliverable contains all the information you need to make the right decision.

    A methodological tool developed by xFIVE

    2A2CI is the structuring methodological tool on which we base the realization of innovation projects of our customers into tangible business. This is a pragmatic approach, efficient and results-oriented. 2A2CI starts from market unmet needs, company vision and ends with impact on customer expectations. The technical approach is embedded in a global business frame.

    Kata2A2CI has been developed on the base of the xFIVE founders' expertise in innovation & business development.   The has been first published during the 11th Etria conference in Dublin "2A2CI: a systematic approach to Implement TRIZ innovation in SME. "

    2A2CI integrates many very effective tools such as Value Analysis, Value Innovation, TRIZ, QFD (Quality Function Deployment), Agile, Design Thinking, Business Model Canvas, etc ....

    A new publication on both the integration of the Business Model Canvas and the use of creative tools for the animation team in 2A2CI was awarded an "Excellent Paper Award" during the international conference on the inventive design GTC 2014 in Seoul in July 2014.

    2A2CI is very effective because it combines on a systematic way the main steps to pragmatic innovation, wherein the technical approach is embedded in a global business frame:

    • Clear vision of goals to achieve within business ecosystem;
    • Choice of the right problems & opportunities (the key problems in the path to achieve expectations of targeted customer; deep insight of the problem (its time, place and essence);
    • Inventive solving through several tools, using available resources; reliable concept evaluation (compliance to solution criteria);
    • Materialization into “demonstrating prototypes”;
    • Testing in conditions as real as possible.

    2A2CI approach presents the following characteristics:

    • Modularity: each 2A2CI step is self-sufficient, coherent and provides exploitable deliverables for the customer. It includes the process AND the results.
    • Pragmatism: the customers understand easily the steps and they get at all stages concrete results, what helps to avoid theorization of the process.
    • Integration into Market dynamics: 2A2CI starts from market unmet needs, company vision and ends with impact on customer expectations. The technical approach is embedded in a global business frame.

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    Our own projects

    At xFIVE, we have our own dreams we want to fulfill. What we recommend to our customers, we put it into practice for ourselves: we develop our own projects as a demonstration of our methodology. We test our methodology to adapt and sharpen our tools while creating added value in a responsible manner.  Below, some of our projects:

    xPERT O reseau 3xPERT-O

    A web-based software to identify key challenges in complex situations.  xPERT-O has been awarded in 2017 with Sésames2017 trophy of AGORIA.

    EnergX

    logo energXA biogaz micro-unit, suitable for an average farm or a local community, that creates local energy from waste, without requiring to convey biomass for many kilometers.

     


    TRIZ4YOU and XINGI

    An approach to creativity based on gaming and involvement by having fun. More info here.

     

    Participation in business projects

    SyngulonAt xFIVE we believe in the success of our customers and we are committed to their success. That's why we can go to take some risk with them.  We are shareholders of a promising biotechnology firm: Syngulon

     


    And your project? Come talk about it!

     

    Our team

    xFIVE is a company with variable geometry that fits the size of the projects of our clients. It relies on a multidisciplinary team of people with varied and complementary expertise careers.

    Axel Neveux

    Axel Neveux

    Axel is a Biologist (UMH 1988) and Economist (UCL Mons-1996) and a Master's degree in Inventive Design (INSA Strasbourg 2010). After leading InnovaTech from 2002 to 2012, he co-founded xFIVE sprl in 2011. His specialty? Develop innovative products and services, focusing to listening actors. He is certified by the Walloon Region as an expert in creative economy.

    Axel is also a bike enthusiast and likes to tinker.

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    Stéphane Badts

    Stéphane Badts

    Stéphane is a civil engineer in Mechanics (FPMS 2001) and Bachelor of Science in Management (FUCaM 2001) and a Master in Quality Management Total (FPMS 1997). Sales Manager at Socabelec until early 2015, he joined xFIVE as managing partner in July 2015. His specialty is to build creative business models for industrial equipment.

    Stéphane has a passion for horse riding.

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    Xavier Lepot

    Xavier Lepot

    Xavier is a civil engineer in Mechanics (UCL 1986) and Industrial Management (KUL 1987), and has a Master's degree in Inventive Design (INSA Strasbourg 2010). After working within Solvay until 2007, and for the AST until 2011, he co-founded xFIVE sprl in 2011 with Axel. Its strength: imagine new products and services, based on structured tools and methods that he co-develops.

    His passion: sailing. And jogging and saxophone.

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    Frédéric Lemans

    Frédéric Lemans

    Frédéric is Bioengineer / Certified Coach / Organizational Practitioner. After several years of commercial management in pharma then in medical device, Frédéric started as an independent in 2015 and joined xFIVE in late 2018. Its purpose is to help organizations design and implement new levers to meet their economic, human and societal challenges. His passion: to design with inspiration by nature!

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    Yves Guillou and Séverine Baudrux

    Yves Guillou and Séverine Baudrux

    Séverine, expert xFIVE, has an atypical profile: she is teacher in elementary school, trained to TRIZ (innovative design method), and trainer of educational teams. She has developed in her class different tools for fostering creativity, and she transmits them to other teachers during their training. She is the author of games to stimulate the creativity of children and teams.

    Yves, xFIVE expert, is technical director in an industrial SME, he is also a TRIZ expert trained at INSA Strasbourg, innovation consultant, and author of about twenty patents. He successfully apply creative methods within his teams (production, R & D, maintenance). He also masters the Lean and Agile approaches.

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    Tools & methodologies

    To materialize the projects of our customers into tangible business, we rely on a set of tools

     

    The 2A2CI methodology, a tool developed by xFIVE

    2A2CI is the structuring methodological tool on which we base the realization of innovation projects of our customers into tangible business. This is a pragmatic approach, efficient and results-oriented.

    More info here


    KataIt takes place in five stages, starting from the "market" and ending up to "customer", during which the ideas meeting the frustrations, challenges and market opportunities are converted into functional demonstrators actually tested with pilot customers.

    Developed on the base of the expertise of the founders of xFIVE in terms of innovation acceleration, the methodology has been first published during the 11th Etria conference in Dublin "2A2CI: a systematic approach to Implement TRIZ innovation in SME".

    2A2CI integrates many very effective tools such as Value Analysis, Value Innovation, TRIZ, QFD (Quality Function Deployment), Agile, Design Thinking, Business Model Canvas.

    A new publication going on both the integration of the Business Model Canvas and the use of creative tools for team animation team was awarded an "Excellent Paper Award" during the international conference on the inventive design GTC 2014 in Seoul in July 2014.

    2A2CI can be used to develop products which are accepted by their target markets, as well as to realize new innovative services, or to improve a process, to define a means of production, to improve the functioning of an organization, to develop new business models.

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    xPERT-O, distinguish what really matters from noise!

    xPERT 0 EN HPEveryone has already been confronted with a complex situation where many challenges have chained and interconnected consequences. Often so much so that we do not know from which angle to approach the problem ... xPERT-O brings a solution to this! It is an interactive web application, simple and user-friendly, which makes possible to easily model complex situations presenting a large number of interconnected challenges and opportunities. And thus, one can objectively choose the key elements to attack first in this network of problems.

    With xPERT-O, distinguish what really matters from the surrounding noise.xPERT O reseau 1


    xPERT-O, developed in 2017 within the frame of the MIC Softlab Academy, exists today as a SaaS, is now commercialized via www.xpert-o.com. Since its launch as a demonstrator in June 2017, more than 60 projects have been realized with xPERT-O.

    In a few minutes, several users can simultaneously create and connect simple elements (nodes) with oriented links to create a complex network. Thanks to algorithms of centrality based on graph theory, xPERT-O then highlights the most influential nodes.

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    IXXO, Strategic Intelligence enabling tool

    IXXO develops innovative software solutions to improve business responsiveness facing the unstructured information. The vision of IXXO combines control of information processing technologies and expertise in knowledge management.

    Founded in 2002, IXXO publishes IXXO Web Mining, a solution of websurvey and internet search of second generation, and continues its business of professional services in the field of enterprise search engines.

    IXXO overview

    Since early 2015, xFIVE has adopted the deep web exploration tool developed by IXXO to the benefit of its customers.  This tool is a major asset in the development of products and services that address the frustrations and challenges of the market. IXXO and xFIVE are partners in the development of the use of big data (more information here).

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    TRIZ, an approach for systematic creativity!

    Among several other tools integrated into 2A2CI, we rely on TRIZ, one of whose characteristics is to get "uncompromising" inventive solutions built in the logic of "AND" rather than "OR" and combining all properties that apparently oppose each other.

    TRIZ (Teorija Rezhenija Isobretatel'skich Zadac, Russian acronym for "Theory of Inventive Solving Problems") was developed from 1946 by Genrich Altshuller, Soviet scientist working at the national patent office. Synthetically, we can say that TRIZ is a possible way to effectively solve particularly difficult and complex technical problems.

    TRIZ is based on two assumptions:

    • A real problem can be described as a contradiction (if not, it isn't a problem).
    • The technical systems evolve, because of their designers, to a higher level of ideality ( decribed as ratio Σperformances / (Σcosts + Σnuisances)), following 9 laws of evolution and that to solve existing contradictions in these systems.

    TRIZ philosophyTRIZ' philosophy of action is summed up in 4 steps:

    • Identify the most important specific problem to solve,
    • Then generalize the specific problem into a "generic problem model",
    • Apply to this "generic problem model" a set of solving principles belonging to TRIZ to determine "generic solution model",
    • Derive from these "generic solution models" the specific concepts of solution.

    By applying TRIZ, we get a set of concepts of solution providing efficient and inventive response to the problems we face. And because the number of concepts developed through the TRIZ tools is relatively small, robust and relevant, we limit the high costs associated with classical iterative approaches that multiply trials and errors.

    In a 2013 article, Forbes magazine shows that Samsung has become No. 1 worldwide in patent filing thanks TRIZ. The use of TRIZ delivers results: by simplifying thanks to TRIZ one component of its DVD players, the Korean Samsung has saved $ 4 per unit. With the same method, Kodak and Procter & Gamble respectively invented the iconic red-eye flash and Pampers diapers "that keep baby's bottom dry."

    TRIZ principles are relatively simple to understand, but the practice of this approach requires a relatively large expertise. A TRIZ type of intervention doesn't require prerequisite on the part of entrepreneurs, but must be done with a trained and experienced facilitator.

    Xavier Lepot and Axel Neveux, founders of Xfive, were trained in the TRIZ methodology by INSA Strasbourg during an Advanced Master in Inventive Design they followed in 2010-2011 (AMID6 - promoting Ettore Bugatti).  Stéphane Badts is following a training in TRIZ in 2015-2016. This expertise of xFIVE Team was strengthened by deploying TRIZ in many cases and missions.

    xFIVE is certified "center of expertise IDM-TRIZ" by INSA Strasbourg.

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    xFIT, our tool for structuring prospective vision

    Forecasting is a complex art. However because it is very interesting to predict the products and services that willrespond at best to the needs of tomorrow, we wanted to simplify the approach and systematize it on a solid theoretical basis.

    Thus we are developing right now xFIT (for eXtended Future Insight Tool). This tool aims to provide a structured methodological framework to propose what could be the future versions of the systems which are considered.

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    DECLIC, a 1-day training that boost innovation!

    Developed with our partner Cohesium, DECLIC is a simple, pragmatic tool that trains entrepreneurs to create value and difference. DECLIC is a practical and concrete training, that involves participants in the development of a simple action plan for providing them with differentiation paths.

    DECLIC takes place in 2 phases:

    • 1 day of training, with in the morning a collective workshop on a case study, and in the afternoon, work on the concrete challenges of the participants.
    • 1 individual monitoring of each participant a few weeks after the training day.


    The DECLIC workshop leads to a concrete and tangible product because the participant finishes the day with his individual roadmap to launch his differentiating actions. And he knows that there will be a follow-up a few weeks later. The participating entrepreneur has a "click" in his way of thinking, and he has a tool in his hands that he can spread within his company.

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