R&D Funnel Map

If the R&D organization is using stage gate process the best points of integration are at the gate reviews as explained earlier. If it is using an Agile or Lean Process the best integration point is during the review process at the end of a scrum. By way of example, as shown in the “R&D Funnel Map” figure, the number of projects decreases going through the funnel, from ideas to commercialization, whereas the number of opportunities to capture intellectual property and spin out as licensing opportunities increases. It’s important that each gate review that clear decisions are made on which ideas are to be captured in which forms of protected or licensable intellectual property.