Glossary

Modified on Thu, 15 Sep 2022 at 09:09 PM

We know that establishing a common language about innovation is vital to embedding it in your organisation. Because you can customise Acclaim Ideas to suit your processes, it's up to you what language you use to describe the innovation lifecycle.


You can, however, simply choose to use the terms we've set out, so here's a quick rundown of the words we use as an idea progresses all the way to becoming a fully realised innovation.  


We talk about innovation entities which move through various stages as they progress. This process of progress is called Graduation.


(However, we know that innovation isn't always linear! You can create a test, option, or project at any time using what we call Innovation Pathways).

  • Initially, an idea is created and tagged to the organisational goals set.
  • Multiple similar ideas can be grouped into a cluster.
  • An idea chosen for exploration and testing graduates to become a test.
    • A hypothesis is your overarching prediction for the test phase
    • Assumptions give more detail about what you're assuming to be true (or false) during the testing phase
    • Experiments can provide more detail into what you're hoping to do in order to prove or disprove the assumptions and therefore, the hypothesis
    • Lessons (or lessons learned) can help you to catalogue any positive or negative learnings
  • A test that is validated as viable graduates to an option.
  • An option selected to take to market graduates to a project.


On the subject of people, your Contributors are your organisation's idea creators. We also use a few terms that will be familiar to you already, such as Innovation Manager, Project Manager and Platform Owner. The latter of which is your organisation's admin, responsible for inviting users and setting preferences within your platform. 

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