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[14 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

Harvard Business Review’s “The Conversation” blog has a great article today titled, “The Number One Key to Innovation: Scarcity” by Uri Neren, the CEO of Generate Companies.
By deliberately imposing scarcity of one kind or another on their problem-solving, inventors became demonstrably more creative, and the ideas generated under such conditions enjoyed greater success in the marketplace and society than ideas invented in more “blue sky” modes.
Think about that for a second and it makes a lot of sense. It’s the MacGyver method. You need to drive your truck somewhere but …

Innovation Process, Technology »

[13 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

VentureBeat had a post the other day on Woz, “Woz offers lessons on how to innovate”.  I liked this quote:
Woz suggests that everyone start with a goal of what they want to achieve. They don’t need the roadmap on how to get there immediately; since if you have a full roadmap, your goal is probably too easy to achieve. Be an artist, he said, and figure out how to get to that goal in the best way you can. Be clever, and “write the book yourself”.
There is no roadmap if …

Brainstorming, Innovation Process »

[30 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
When brainstorming isn’t brainstorming

“How to Run a Brainstorming Session”  is a great read and talks about the IDEO method and culture that we learned when we attended the “Learn Product Design Innovation–the IDEO and Stanford d.school way” event back on September 24, 2010. Former principal Lawrence Shubert taught us the innovation process from IDEO.
What wasn’t covered is the concept of “dabble” time. Keith Sawyer, a professor of psychology and education at Washington University in St. Louis says, “A brainstorming session is almost like a band-aid—a quick fix,” he continues, “It’s not necessarily going …