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Case Study: Vahanen Group

Vahanen Group is one of the most prominent Finnish-owned technical consulting organizations in the construction and property branch. The company offers a wide scope of services in architecture, building services engineering, structural engineering, refurbishment, property management, building physics, and environmental consulting. Vahanen is part of AFRY.

Katja Soini is a Designer and Doctor of Arts who works as the Design Director at Vahanen Group. She is also the chairperson of Ornamo,  a community of 2700 design professionals. In the video below Katja shares her thoughts on how to utilize Innoduel as a designer.


Making change happen

Katja Soini's daily work revolves around change. Perhaps a vision needs to be achieved, or maybe a challenge needs to be overcome. Katja's task is to make the change happen.

Accomplishing that requires a lot. The first step is to gather understanding. What exactly is the underlying issue that needs to be unveiled? What kind of customer expectations affect the case? What kind of impact does the operation environment pose, for example?

Based on the throughout discovery phase, new solutions are developed. These might include the development of new services, operational processes, or driving cultural changes.

Implementing change can be difficult. In Katja's experience working with Innoduel can help drive change because it elaborates on the different stakeholders' perspectives and helps understand other people's viewpoints.

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Insightful ways to use Innoduel

Katja has some very insightful ways she uses Innoduel, and she is willing to share her tips with us. Here they are:

  • Generating a shared language
  • Identifying hot topics
  • Discovering weak signals

Katja explains that she always checks the report after the participation phase and pays particular attention to the top and bottom-ranked results. What are the answers actually telling us?

Suppose the used language is mainly aligned, and the answers describe the issue in similar wording. In that case, we can apply the same vocabulary in our solutions to help generate a shared language and sense of familiarity.

On the other hand, if the top and bottom-of-the-list answers differ significantly, we can identify the hot topics people are dealing with at that moment. In this case, the bottom-of-the-list results might represent weak signals of issues not yet commonly shared in the community.

Do you want to learn more about this project? Contact us, we are happy to share our insights.

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Co-create value with Innoduel

This is how it works:

  1. First, you ask – in a better way  – by allowing the participants to formulate their thoughts in an open-ended format.
  2. Next, the answers are entered in a dual comparison mode. The participants will select the winning argument and upvote it.
  3. As the end result, you'll get a prioritized list of the top-ranking ideas, ready to be used according to the Method Innoduel and its phases.
The whole process is completely anonymous so that the participant can freely express their toughts.

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