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Is innovation really everybody’s job?

A culture of innovation. That’s the Holy Grail, how do you get there? Everyone has their ideas and theories, and there is no shortage of examples that we can analyze over and over again. Yesterday, I wrote about the things that any organization can stop doing to open the door to innovation. Being innovation-ready starts […]

CRAP is the real killer of innovation

Executives want innovation. They constantly ask themselves “how can we be more innovative?’. But, that’s the wrong way to look at it. Rather, they should ask themselves “what kills innovation?”. 

Everything is ripe for innovation

The titles of this post might seem a little simplistic, and to a certain degree it is because it isn’t that easy. But, let’s consider the following story: Ten years ago, Diane Brown found herself in a dreary hospital room, shocked that this kind of bleak environment was supposed to help her get well. Using […]

Use deprivation tests to uncover insights for innovation

“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”- Joni Mitchell What happens when you get a bunch of people to turn off autocorrect for a week? You get some insight! I found this story about depriving oneself of a “perceived” valuable function we’ve come used to having with us everyday very interesting:

Is the death of the office near?

What if you could take the office with you everywhere you go? Ten years ago it would have been wishful thinking, but it’s a reality of our day to day. Technology in the form of mobile phones, collaboration software that sits in the cloud, as well as millennials, are shaping the workplace of the future. […]

First principles thinking: a better way to innovate

“If it’s a sure bet, we’re not interested,” – Jay Schnitzer, former director of Darpa’s Defense Sciences Office Solving problems no one else has encountered, that’s what I like to do. Last year, I was in the beginning stages of developing a new non-existent case study venture with a friend. At one point during the […]

The 7 essential innovation questions

The path to innovation usually starts with a question. That’s what Autodesk’s Innovation Genome Project developed after it tried to quantify what worked about the 1,000 greatest innovations of all time. With that data in hand, they quickly identified seven questions that famous innovators have consistently asked and answered to generate ideas that can lead […]