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Welcome to our Innovation Lab!
On this page you can find a range of information on our Group initiative "#GoNORD - Innovation by Everyone". What do we want to achieve? It's quite simple: to attract employees like you who want to actively work on new customer products and business models. You talk to your internal and external customers every day - and you know their expectations and wishes. This can lead to innovations and services that you develop by yourself, following the motto: Innovations concern us all! By the way: You don't need any previous experience, just join in, even if you work at smaller sites, for example. Work either on a new digital platform or completely analog with a "kickbox". What exactly is behind it - you can also find out on this website.



Trying out ideas by yourself like in a laboratory, having fun developing them and testing how they can be turned into a service - that's #GoNORD.
Do you have any questions or even a suggestion? Or could you imagine working with a team on new, business-relevant ideas? Then feel free to contact the project team, we will support you. Of course, you can also contact your superiors first, they will already be familiar with #GoNORD.

Your #GoNORD project team.

For feedback or questions, contact us: GoNORD@tuev-nord.de!

ELEMENTS OF THE #GoNORD-INITIATIVE

MS Teams

Work with your partners or in other internal groups – in MS Teams you can pursue joint projects, work together without hierarchies and organise processes – with one common goal: communication and exchange with each other.

Read more on the MS Teams Intranetsite.

Masterplan

Our digital learning platform – the individually tailored content available there is open to all employees in the Group. It is also available as an app on your mobile phone so that you can access it anywhere and at any time.

Find out more on the Masterplan Intranetsite.

Kickbox

After brainstorming comes implementation: With the Kickbox you work like in a laboratory, put the ideas into practice and develop them further. In this way, you turn your ideas into processes/products/services ready for implementation.

Your path to the Kickbox.

Innovation platform

On this digital innovation platform, every employee is empowered to participate and contribute his or her own ideas. This platform controls the entire innovation process and creates transparency about the projects in the Group until they are realised. After all, what would an idea be without its implementation?

Digital Academy

The Digital Academy enables managers and employees to actively shape the digital transformation. The topics are corporate culture, organisation and working methods in the digital age.

Find out more on the Digital Academy Website.

Pitch Event

This approach has become established: At the pitch event, employees and their projects are given a stage on which the ideas are discussed, publicised within the Group and evaluated by the internal jury. In this way, people can learn from each other and develop together.

Watch the video.

VOICES OUT OF THE GROUP

„For ideas, you need people to exchange; someone to take you by the hand (e.g. from the innovation management or people who have accompanied such processes before), so that you don't wander aimlessly."

Expert, 30 years

„An idea platform promotes cooperation and cross-selling, own impulses can be contributed; e.g. as a preliminary stage to a concrete idea workshop to get early feedback. Exchange and creativity are promoted."

Expert, 30 years

„An idea kickbox would give me a methodical guideline that could help me structure the project."

Project Manager, 45 years

„There must be a personal exchange. Good support is necessary despite a kickbox."

Management assistant, 29 years

„Concentrating on an idea and its implementation takes time. As an expert, I'm scheduled many weeks in advance, so it's hard to plan extra time for projects."

Expert, 35 years

„Digital platform means transparency instead of decisions from the backroom. The possibility to give feedback or comments would be great."

Social Media Manager, 29 years

„I think these approaches for new ideas are great. A real Idea Workshop would be a completely new approach, just like the Kickbox. That's what excites me the most."

Project Manager, 45 years

„An idea kickbox sounds really cool, seems appealing and makes people curious. The kickbox also helps to guide through the project phases."

Project Manager, 38 years

„I like the idea that you are your own idea manager and can implement the idea yourself. That prevents misunderstandings from arising. Who could better explain what's behind their own ideas than the idea creators themselves?"

Auditor, 25 years

„With a digital platform, the response time should not be too long, because there is less face-to-face exchange."

Engineer, 31 years

„A digital platform for ideas can work because digital collaboration across borders and on complex issues is with new digital tools finally possible."

Managing Director, 50+ years

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

INFORMATION ABOUT THE INITIATIVE #GoNORD

What is actually different with #GoNORD?

#GoNORD complements innovation tools where none currently exist. It connects the existing innovation areas, innovation offensives and the Digital Academy with all employees.

Is #GoNORD just another project?

#GoNORD is planned as a long-term initiative, ensuring visibility, knowledge transfer, networking and transparency so that potential barriers are removed.

What will happen next?

Microsoft Teams and Masterplan are already available for you. The kickbox will initially be tried out on 23 March 2021 in form of a mini-kickbox event. The innovation platform is currently in the preparation phase and will therefore start in spring 2021 as a six-month pilot project. Microsoft Teams and Masterplan are already available for you. The kickbox will initially be tried out on 23 March 2021 in form of a mini-kickbox event. The innovation platform is currently in the preparation phase and will therefore start in spring 2021 as a six-month pilot project.

With whom can I talk about #GoNORD?

Either visit the #GoNORD team on Yammer or contact individuals from the team directly via email, phone or in Microsoft Teams. For specific questions about Microsoft Teams or the innovation platform, contact Ramin directly. If you want to know more about Kickbox or Masterplan, Ellen is the right contact.Either visit the #GoNORD team on Yammer or contact individuals from the team directly via email, phone or in Microsoft Teams. For specific questions about Microsoft Teams or the innovation platform, contact Ramin directly. If you want to know more about Kickbox or Masterplan, Ellen is the right contact.

ANSWERS TO THE ELEMENTS

MS Teams

Who will support me with Microsoft Teams?

We have different ways to help you get the best out of Microsoft Teams: If you have technical questions, you can contact the IT service line as usual. If it's more about the application and best practices, you can turn to the Champions-Community. You can also find answers to many questions in the TNG-Teams-Howto-channel, as well as learning videos and the Teams landing page.

    

 

Masterplan

What topics are covered by Masterplan?

Masterplan addresses topics related to digitalisation or leadership. The learning courses are classified according to the following topic groups: Data & Law, Digital Product Development, (International) Events, Leadership and Human Resources, and Marketing and New Technologies. If you have any further questions, please contact Ellen, our Masterplan expert.

       

Kickbox

Which online training tool is used in the kickbox

The implementation of ideas takes place via the online tool "Adobe Kickbox" and cannot be compared to conventional training. The special feature of the process is that all participants receive a so-called "kickbox" that contains various tools that can be used to work independently. In this way, innovative ideas can be implemented step by step.

   

  

Innovation platform

When will the innovation platform be launched and who can participate?

The innovation platform will start in a pilot phase in spring 2021 for six months, during which up to 1500 employees across the Group and from all divisions can participate. Before this phase starts, all employees will be reminded via our different channels to participate if they are interested and to apply for the pilot phase.

For what do we need the innovation platform?

We are convinced that the innovation platform is a great way to enable participation in innovations and to make exciting ideas from the entire TÜV NORD GROUP visible. Even without your own suggestions, you can be inspired on the platform and contribute your expertise to different topics.

  

THE TEAM BEHIND #GoNORD

Dr. Ramin Dahbashi

Let's use the potential of digitalisation at #GoNORD: uncomplicated and intuitive collaboration - across the group. In the process, the knowledge and ideas of all of us become our success factors.

Dr. Ellen Rettig

I am looking forward to using #GoNORD to create more visibility about innovation processes in the Group and at the same time to be able to activate and inspire interested colleagues.

Sandra Hüsig

More networking and new perspectives of and with international teams from different countries, disciplines and fields through #GoNORD - that is what I am looking forward to.

Dr. Dietmar Schlößer

The best way of predicting the future is shaping it. With #GoNORD we would like to invite you all to participate in shaping it together.

Anna-Larina Riedel

Each of your ideas should have the opportunity to be developed further and, if necessary, implemented. With #GoNORD we want to avoid that your creativity remains unused.

Tim Kreitlow

For me, #GoNORD means sharing knowledge and turning ideas into innovations. In this way, every idea can be an important contribution to the future of TÜV NORD GROUP.

Matthias Vaterrodt

My personal goal with #GoNORD is to reduce the barriers and uncertainties in the offers and to encourage cooperation across the group.

Sven Ulbrich

Ideas, experience, knowledge and, above all, fun in cooperation - that's what #GoNORD stands for.
TÜV NORD GROUP