Using the Growth Horizons Canvas you can arrange innovations based on their marketability and technological maturity. The prioritization tool helps you to focus at the right point in time on the short-, mid- and long-term business ideas.
Companies which want to grow need to tap on new markets or develop new products. The Growth Horizons Canvas arranges respective business ideas according to their growth perspective and doing so thereby also differentiates between three time horizons:
Using the Growth Horizons canvas you can systematically explore new growth markets and new technologies. It helps you to answer the following questions:
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Starting point for working with the Growth Horizons canvas is a collection of ideas for innovative products and solutions. To develop such ideas you can either use the Business Model / Case canvas or the Analytics Use Case canvas. Often the ideas are manifold: they can be incremental product improvements or even completely new, innovative products for which there is not yet a market existing and the required technology is still being developed. The growth horizons help you to sort these ideas according to the time horizon as well as their growth potential.
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The canvas respectively defines two time axes:
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Furthermore the canvas includes three boxes for locating the ideas according to their respective growth horizons:
Run through your collected ideas one by one and locate each business idea according to its technological as well its technical maturity on both (diagonal) axes markets and technologies. The assignment to a growth horizon can be derived accordingly.
For example: a business idea which uses a new and not yet proven technology in order create an offer in an already existing market in which the company is not yet active needs to be located in horizon H3 according to this scheme.
After you have placed all ideas on the respective growth horizons, you can prioritize them. Use for example the Priority Matrix canvas to rate the ideas according to their economic value and their technological effort for instance. Doing so you should always only compare ideas located on the same horizon against each other: the potentials and efforts for H1, H2, and H3 ideas are very different from each other. Hence, they are not comparable which is also true regarding their risks and uncertainties. Growth horizon H3 for example is located – speaking of time – in a very far distant future. Therefore the ideas in this horizon are still somehow blurry. Whereas the H1 ideas are directly in front of you only waiting to be realized.
When realizing the ideas you should first focus your efforts on the short-term ideas coming from H1 in order to optimize your core business. However, still keep an eye on the H2 ideas to prepare their realization respectively: by doing conceptual work, market analysis, prototyping etc. Finally, you still have to glimpse from time to time on the H3 ideas and follow up on them. This is important to start timely with realizing those in order to be prepared as soon as the markets and technologies are mature enough.
Here you can find further documentation:
Data Thinker Group (LinkedIn)
The Growth Horizons Canvas is based on the Three Horizons Framework by McKinsey.
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