Research Agility is Food Agility CRC's model for deliberate innovation . It can help supercharge your R&D, deliver ROI for investors and make a big impact for the agrifood industry.
Our team of Innovation Managers can help you identify the challenges in your business that could be addressed through data & digital technology. Working with Food Agility you can leverage your R&D investment through co-investment and R&D tax incentives, and connect to our network of leading agribusinesses, technologists and researchers. Talk to your Innovation Manager about your idea or submit it directly via the Ideas Café.
We spend time upfront to properly design and plan projects so they deliver the impact industry needs and a return-on-investment for partners. Our Research Agility Lean Canvas is the central tool we use. We support partners through Design Central workshops, harnessing lean startup and design thinking methods to scope a project for maximum impact. Design Central workshops are structured to provide most of the information you'll need for the Project Plan. The Food Agility team considers Project Plans and the team's pitch to make decisions about which projects we invest in. Unlike standard research grant proposals, if you’ve gotten to the point of a pitching a project plan, it’s likely we’ll invest.
We prioritise people and relationships over processes, and outcomes over activities. By setting the team up with the right tools, rhythms and objectives, we support projects to deliver scalable outputs that industry needs. It's important to test early and often with end-users. If feedback and other data suggest the project won't deliver what end-users need, we support teams to pivot. We hold quarterly showcases where each project team presents what they've delivered, what they've learned and how that will influence what they do next. The Research Agility Lean Canvas and OKRs developed in the planning stage become live documents that are consistently reviewed and updated as teams learn.
Food Agility has borrowed from the methods behind the rapid expansion of the technology industry: agile, design-led and lean start-up. We’ve adapted the tools and processes to create a unique approach to research-industry collaboration that delivers an ROI for industry and great research with impact. Know what to expect if you are working with Food Agility CRC or access a suite of open source tools and use our model as a roadmap for your own R&D collaborations.
Agile doesn’t necessarily mean ‘fast’. It’s a way or organising priorities to regularly deliver value to end-users, working in short ‘sprints’ to deliver outcomes, testing often and changing course (pivoting) if necessary.
Companies getting off the ground don’t usually have a lot of capital, so they start with a simpler prototype that they keep testing and building. Putting these prototypes in the hands of end-users creates a valuable feedback loop that reduces the risks of solving complex problems.
Empathy is at the heart of design-led methods. It means putting the end-user at the centre of the project and continuously refining to deliver what they need.