Testimonials

 

The following of a structured process, allows you to complete each step successfully in order to reach the desired outcome. The “raise ideas” part of the journey is a much better approach towards brainstorming, and will definitely replace our current brainstorming sessions.”
– Karen Luyt, BCX
I will not commit or accept any future business proposals, unless it wasn’t produced or vetted through the FORTH Process, because the success thereof will be significantly lower.”
– Hencharl Strauss, CSIR
process of Innovation can be easy if it is followed within a structure approach, which is what the FORTH process is all about. I love this process.”
– Hardus Greyling, CSIR
If you want to be an innovator, you need to start with yourself. Innovation is converting ideas into invoices, which is an essential part of this whole journey.”
– Elouise Beukes, ELead
This process allows for easy business case development. I’ve also find that silent idea raising, is an extremely effective technique within this Innovation Expedition.”
– Dr Sylvester Bolokang, CSIR
This Masterclass taught me to follow the process, don’t skip steps, and don’t get ahead of the process.”
– Dr Stephen Marais, CSIR
This Masterclass allowed me to understand and to take advantage of the importance of Structured Innovation. It also taught me that Innovation is not a one person operation, it is a team effort and when we do that, we should be solution focussed.”
– Dr Robert Tshikhudo, CSIR
What I’ve enjoyed most of this Masterclass is the Inclusive ‘raise ideas’ method, which proofed that more ideas can be raised in a shorter time period. This method will also allow more inclusivity from a team perspective towards the decisions, processes and the implementation of the ideas raised.” - Dr Lerato Tshabalala, CSIR
Throughout this Masterclass, I liked the idea of an innovation assignment, that keeps in mind the business case and customers. This is an essential element of the journey as it provides an end goal that you are working towards. Having a good facilitator is also important, as this person needs to keep up the energy of the group and will also set the pace of the journey. Receiving toolkits and templates at then was also very beneficial.”
– Dr Craig Long, CSIR
As a business analyst, idea generations is often a mess and you don’t know where to stop or to start. The FORTH methodology provides structure to the unstructured process within your organisation.”
– Chris Janse van Vuuren, PASA
The thing that stood out for me, from this Masterclass, is the clear distinction between Innovation and Ideation, and this is something that is not always clearly understood within an organisation. - Dr Shahed Fazluddin, CSIR
When we received our Assignment for the ‘raise ideas session’, I thought to myself “there is no way that we can generate any ideas for this ”, and at the end of the session, I am embarrassed to say that we raised over 500 ideas. I am astounded by the number of ideas that can be generated this fast. So brain writing definitely beats traditional brainstorming, which now sucks.

The quality output can be produced so quickly using a good method. We’ve managed to do a huge amount of work in such a short time and it’s because of the solid FORTH method. This was money well spent, and we can definitely make an impact at BCX by using this method.”
– Michael Barnard, BCX
Innovation is much more than Idea generation, this is innovation made practical. The Innovation Expedition is written fantastically and can easily be used as a guideline. What resonated the most from this Masterclass, is the willingness within an organisation to innovate. If there is no willingness, you are not going to go anywhere.”
– Leon Gerber, BCX
I’ve been on the other end of the innovation journey, before participating in the Masterclass, so I’ve seen the method actually work within the industry. On my way to the first day of the Masterclass, I was actually wondering whether I will be getting anything more out of this Masterclass, than what I’ve already gain from my fist encounter.

I can confidently say at the end of the Masterclass that this experience was brilliant, and this Masterclass allowed me to see how the full journey work and how the thinking behind the process is put together. There is allot of skills gained from this Masterclass, that we will definitely use within our organisation.”
– Kavin Maistry, PASA
Sometimes you just carry on and you just need something like the FORTH Innovation journey, to make the jump. I am definitely going to make the jump.”
– Hanlie Kroese, Santam Agri
The workshop/masterclass is designed in a manner to hear the opinions of different organisations and how they see innovation and the implementation thereof, which is a massive contribution when looking within your own organisation”
– Joe Theron, Santam
You can apply the process over a whole lot of different work streams as long as you follow the specific steps within the process. You also need to make sure you have the right people in the room, because it could have a massive effect on the outcome. Most importantly, you need to know where you want to go”
– Evert Kleynhans, Anglo American
The most important element to take home from this Innovation facilitation session is the process. It is easy to fling around a few ideas, but if you don’t follow the process, nothing is going to come of it.”
– Anneke Thorburn, BCX
Definitely value and lot’s to think about. We are in a good position to apply a lot of these things that I was introduced to, during the Innovation session. Definitely a day well spent.”
– Yolandé De Nysschen, AON
Very exciting experience and I love the concepts of exploring different islands, including the hurdles included in the map that stops you from continuing this journey.  I’ve also came to realise that most companies’ approach to innovation is to make organisational and operational improvements, which is the complete opposite of what Innovation is. Companies are waiting for things to happen rather than getting behind to creating the future for themselves.”
– Marius Schoeman, Ujasiri
As a company, we’ve focused a lot on innovation recently and we’ve yet to discover the proven way of doing it, so it is currently more of a learning curve. I do think that this session was very beneficial in order for us to understand the entire methodology, because I I’ve realised that there were some steps, within our own process, that we’ve skipped which is why it hasn’t been so successful thus far”
– Simon Hill, Parity Software
I am part of a couple of innovation initiatives and what stood out for me was the Observe and Learn” island within the whole process, because we are immediately tempted to just raise ideas and I think this process gives context to the focus points within the journey. It also highlights the constraints that are expected to become apparent when you take on this journey. Overall I like the entire process and I am sure to be taking this back to the office”
– Jimi Lutz, Brighthouse
I think it is a good methodology and there is a lot of parallels with change management. I think the critical elements are your communication once you’ve started to move towards the Homecoming Island and also your implementation. You need to stay the course and walk the talk, because that is when things start to fail and the moment people start to see that things go a bit wobbly” that is when they step back. Things like this process don’t happen overnight you will need to drive it for quite some time in order to see the impact and the success thereof.”
– Theo Bensch, Ntsika Cyber Security
I think it is a really interesting system and I am definitely going to test it out. I am looking forward to learning more about it. There is a saying that The imagination of today is the science of tomorrow” – and I really think that is what Innovation is. It is that beautiful picture of all the sticky notes on the wall, and you really have to have an imagination to come up with all those ideas. Some of them will be thrown out, because they will be completely ridicules, but you have to go through all of that to get to the science”
– Michelle Constant, Basa
This process highlighted the fact that everybody has value to add. Everybody’s point of view and opinion, is coming from a different angle and they’ve got a different paradigm that they need to deliver on which, is equally as valuable because it adds to a much better end product if you take everything into cognisance. So this process is excellent.”
– Bev Missing, Rain
The mapping of the process is just fabulous, as it guides leaders to instil the necessary direction and culture within their teams that just catches fire throughout the organisation.”
– Maranda Engelbrecht, Babylonstoren
"There is a massive difference between Innovation and Continuous Improvement, which we tend to drive separately, but in essence these two elements need to be implemented and nurtured together. FORTH is driving Innovation Excellence. ‘Innovation is discontinuous improvement’"
– Terry De Waal, Babylonstoren
This process allows and ensures that Innovation lands in the right areas within an organisation where they are actually implemented. This process encapsulates very important learnings, that is more often missed and skipped over, when innovating within an organisation."
– Wickus Guelpa, Plumb Line
When you talk about innovation in business, it involves a real commitment to go through all the processes within the Innovation Journey in order to get to where you want to be in the end.” 
– Lorna Phipps, New Leaders
Innovation starts within your organisation and for a small business Innovation is not always plausible with regards to the cost involved. But after this journey, I’ve realised that you don’t have to outsource to the big companies, because Innovation can start within your organisation”
– Jacky Pearson, Left
The element of structure is key and this is captured in the Innovation map itself. Within organisations there are people wanting to innovate but, they never really fulfil the entire process and therefore the HOW” is missing within the implementation thereof.” 
– Andrew Cheda, ATIO
A lot of concepts are non-concepts” when they are executed in isolation. The coherence of these concepts makes sense within the Innovation Journey and the following of this journey will have an outcome at the end of the day. That is how Innovation should work, as a full on process implemented within the organisation”
– Willem Lombaard, Greatsoft
Haste is a waste, we tend to get so excited when we have a new idea that we jump to implementation or production without successful research and testing taking place beforehand. The Forth Journey is structured in a way to insure that you go through the entire process in order not to miss something during your Innovation journey.”
– Wilhelm Swart, BluEsp
The FORTH Map provides the How” to successfully execute and complete your innovation journey”
– Carlo Shields, SSE
I like the FORTH process especially the testing of ideas. I do believe that there is always a need for Innovation within the organisation, especially from a facilitator like Coenie Middel.”
– Jacques de Waal, Fikile