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How to Get Great Ideas from Your Team

How to Get Great Ideas from Your Team | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

The thing about brainstorming, idea management and other business tools for collecting ideas is that they are artificial processes that attempt to induce creativity on groups and, as such, acknowledge a simple fact: the office is a terrible place for having and developing ideas!

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Some good ideas about how to get out a mental rut and gain new insights.

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Innovation and creativity is not a logical thing. Playing, doing irrelevant activities, getting out of the office, all contribute to release the 'illogical' stuff that is under the surface. This is an interesting article, especially when looking for a change.

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere...
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5 Ways To Be More Innovative In The Digital Age

5 Ways To Be More Innovative In The Digital Age | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

Across the globe, from Kansas to Kuala Lumpur, there’s an increasing awareness that our future depends on our ability to spur further innovation. While innovation has always been a de facto part of the business world, there’s been a recent shift in the conversation and an emerging sense of immediacy about the importance of innovation for our future.

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3 Innovation Lessons From BlackBerry's Death Spiral

3 Innovation Lessons From BlackBerry's Death Spiral | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Disruptive innovation is the art of seeing opportunities when trends shift and markets transition, and the science of seizing those opportunities.BlackBerry, the corporate world's beloved, email-with (3 Innovation Lessons From BlackBerry's Death Spiral...
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Some good technology innnovation lessons. It's not just about changing for sake of change, think ahead and the importance of design.

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Anti-Innovation: 10 Proven Ways Not to Innovate

Anti-Innovation: 10 Proven Ways Not to Innovate | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

Success in business is a wonderful thing. But it’s also a double-edged sword.

As companies experience success, their emphasis tends to shift to protecting and maintaining the status quo versus considering new opportunities and products. Unfortunately, clinging to what has worked in the past puts the brakes on innovation.


Via Peter Verschuere
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7 Tips to Speed Time to Innovation

7 Tips to Speed Time to Innovation | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
This article delves into the goals every organization should work toward to boost product development performance, looks at how these goals further a product organizations ability to bring innovative products to market, and outlines the ways that a...
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Crowdstorming: Three Patterns for Crowdsourcing Brainstorming

Crowdstorming: Three Patterns for Crowdsourcing Brainstorming | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Author Shaun Abrahamson has spent the last decade conducting large scale brainstorms with online crowds. Over the last three years, he's identified three main patterns for crowdsourced brainstorms.
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Crowdstorming, or soliciting ideas from crowds, is growing in popularity. At its simplest it is about looking for new ideas. however, this soon becomes unwieldy if you have to manage large amounts of data.

 

Collaboration is an improvement, but the most advanced companies are looking totally integrated systems to create multiple iterations and feedback loops.

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Innovating the Weakest Link

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Responding to an article on why innovation is difficult, Tim Josling from Leura, Australia, wrote this to the editor of The Economist (January 26, 2013): Another useful insight is provided by something akin to Amdahl’s law in computer design,...
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Successful innovation means looking at the bigger picture. As this article says, it's not just about the most obvious part of the customer journey, but the whole journey from how the customer finds out about your product, the decision process in deciding to buy, the purchase, actual use, storage, disposal...all the tasks associated with your product or service.

 

Stealing a march on the competition is most likely to occur in an area that the rest of the field have taken their eye off.

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Innovation Excellence | 30 Ways To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom

Innovation Excellence | 30 Ways To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
In recent times, there has been a shift towards the increased acceptance of valuing creativity for all learners. A 2003 TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson discussing this subject reached over 5 million viewers.
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Although aimed at teachers, this articles has some excellent tips for anyone looking to encourage greater creativity in their organisation.

 

My favourite tips are to give people space, to see cretivity as a skill that can be learned and to introduce a systematic process.

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The Value of Confusion

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Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions
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Confusion is a natural state. Some see confusion as a sign of weakness, but actually it shoud be accepted, even welcomed. Becuase it is a sign that the right solution has yet to be found. Understanding this, and working systematically through the options to be creative and find a solution will put you in a strong position.

 

Bring on confusion!

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The Heart of Innovation: The 10 Personas of a Really Effective Brainstorm Facilitator

The Heart of Innovation: The 10 Personas of a Really Effective Brainstorm Facilitator | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Creativity, Innovation, Team Building, Leadership, Brainstorming, Idea Champions
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Having facilitated a fair number of brainstorm sessions over the years, I can certainly relate to this.

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Innovation can be Trained

"Innovators actively desire to change the status quo, and they regularly take smart risks to make it happen." - Clayton Christensen 


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Taking ideas to the point of no return: why intrapreneurship matters

Taking ideas to the point of no return: why intrapreneurship matters | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
In the run up to the Intrapreneurship Conference in Barcelona this year, I'm talking to a few people who have the words
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Useful article on practical aspects of managing innovation.

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7 Tips for Outcome-Driven Innovation

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While many people believe that process and structure stifle creativity - the center of gravity for sourcing and inspiring innovation – this couldn’t be further from the truth.
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Tips for establishing an innovation programme that delivers ROI

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20 Things Good Managers Know About Innovation

20 Things Good Managers Know About Innovation | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to innovate more, and many people don’t know where to start. Which is weird, since we actually know quite a bit about how innovation works. Here is a list of some of things that we know are true..
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Innovation QuickWin: Driving Decisions with Ideas | futurethink

Innovation QuickWin: Driving Decisions with Ideas | futurethink | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
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How many times do you come out a brainstorm with lots of ideas that you don't follow up. Having a brainstorm session is fun and it lets you feel that you are doing something useful, but innovation only works if it is implemented.

 

This quick video give you some tips as to how to prioritise your ideas to take forward.

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A Wandering Mind Is Good For Creativity

A Wandering Mind Is Good For Creativity | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Researchers have been analyzing daydreaming, and they’ve found those stray thoughts to be remarkably common — and often quite useful.
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Something we all have experienced - that we often come up with a good idea or a solution when our mind is elsewhere and when we are least expecting it. Not research has shown that a wandering mind is indeed good for creativity.

 

However, we cannot rely on serendipity to result in a solution. I find that 'structured daydreaming' is a good method. First, be clear about the problem/issue that you are trying to solve; best to write it down in simple sentence. Next think of an associated topic and let your mind wander. If that doesn't work, then try an unrelated topic. And if all else fails, then sleep on it!

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Fear vs Creativity – Entrepreneurial Spark

Fear vs Creativity – Entrepreneurial Spark | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
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David and Michael are two young entrepreneurs at the Entrepreneurial Spark, where I am mentor. They have developed the next generation travel pillow that offers superior comfort and support, as well as looking good.

 

In this blog David shares his tips for how to get 'in the flow' with creativity. It centres around being mentally and physically in a good space, then being able to combat the fear of the unknown, of failing, of appearing foolish. Knowledge reduces fear, which in turn releases the creativity..

 

Look out for David and Michael's Powernap in a store near you!

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Innovation Excellence | For Better Innovation, Fill The Gap

Innovation Excellence | For Better Innovation, Fill The Gap | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Paul Hobcraft wrote a nice blog about the genesis of an idea in his article entitled Making Innovation Practice Spread. In his article he talks about two schools of thought.
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Innovation is about spotting gaps. Easier said than done, as we are not attuned to spotting the gaps, and even when we do, they are often artificial or unimportant.

 

To overcome this problem, we need to have deep understanding of the customer' unmet needs. If those are properly defined, it is easier to spot the gaps and identify new opportunities.

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