For innovation to be successful, each federal agency and organization needs to understand its strengths and weaknesses. Accomplishing this recognition requires an introspective examination of the agency’s or organization’s preparedness for innovation. This assessment permits not only an understanding of where the organization is at present but also what it will take to become more innovation proactive. “Jumping in” to innovation without first understanding certain elements of the organization can prove disastrous. Innovation is more than a process; it is a strategic function dedicated to sustained longterm improvement.