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The Five Hottest Innovation Tools

The Five Hottest Innovation Tools | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Here are five of the hottest innovation tools out there right now, but I cannot vouch for their staying power. Only brainstorming seems to have that, and even that vaunted tool has its detractors.
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7 key decisions behind innovation success. A roadmap to master innovation | Innovation Management

7 key decisions behind innovation success. A roadmap to master innovation | Innovation Management | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
As innovation practitioners, few of us would refute that decision-making is one of the biggest progress-halting problems in corporations pursuing innovation as a continuous process. This article introduces a hands-on tool to help innovators, management members and corporate boards to follow a visual, utterly practical method to “consider” (as opposed to evaluate) new projects and their possible implications in their companies’ future. The tool in turn, fosters lean communication and inclusive understanding among diverse participants, claiming that, by following its structure, innovation is not only possible, but repeatable.
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PKM in 34 Pieces

PKM in 34 Pieces | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

One of my objectives with the current PKM Workshop was to review most of my resources and work on developing new ones. Much of my work on PKM has been inspired by others. I have put these pieces together into a framework that I think makes sense and may be of some use.


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A great framework for innovation

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David Hain's curator insight, October 29, 2013 6:33 AM

Great resource from Harold Jarche for anyone interested in learning and collaboration!

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Build a Sim and improve your marketing!

Build a Sim and improve your marketing! | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
There is no such thing as marketing to everyone. Your marketing is a message to a specific someone. Think of it like trying to boil the ocean. It is not possible to boil the ocean but it is possi
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I am a big fan of personas, a creation of your archetypal customer, to help you target your product development and marketing. Here is  great list of questions to ask about your persona.

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Innovation Opportunity: People Don't Know What They Want - Innovation for Growth

Innovation Opportunity: People Don't Know What They Want - Innovation for Growth | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
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Innovation is about understanding the underlying need and fulfilling it. But how to proceed if people can't articulate what it is that they need? Tim Kastelle has a Eureka moment when he realises that he drinks soda as a treat or as a refreshing drink in the summer.  Design thinking and ethnography are tools to help idetify opportunities.

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Improvising Innovation

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As companies seek to build innovation capabilities more broadly among their employees, the question arises how best to teach these innovation skills.

Via Peter Verschuere
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Some practical ideas for introducing concepts of innovation into your organisation.

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Introducing New Ideas Using Analogies

Introducing New Ideas Using Analogies | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Analogies can help people make sense of technological change and other innovations. Using them effectively relies on recognizing both their benefits and pitfalls.
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Analogies are a great way to ease users into a new unfamiliar technology, as this article indicates.

 

But analogies are also a useful tool for creativity. It is easy to get blinkered when thinking about your industry, but thinking about how other industries work can be a useful exercise to jog us away from the familiar. When thinking about managing waiting lists in hospitals, how do banks or airlines manage their customer processes? Looking to re-design seating for tractors (a rather unusual project I was once involved with), then how does the automobile or airline business design comfortable seating?

 

 

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Innovation Canvas

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Osterwalder's Business Model Canvas has gained widespread recognition. This model takes the idea a step further to consider more elements that need to be explored. It encourages a team approach when considering the elements of developing a new product or business, and helps reduce the risk of overlooking a key aspect.

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Framework for Creative Problem Solving

Framework for Creative Problem Solving | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Creative Problem Solving is a proven method for approaching a problem or a challenge in an imaginative and innovative way. It’s a tool that helps people re-define the problems they face, come up with breakthrough ideas and then take action on these new ideas.
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Innovation needs a structure to be really effective. This framework offers a useful approach to solving problems in a systematic way.

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What Are The Most Popular and Effective Innovation Tools?

What Are The Most Popular and Effective Innovation Tools? | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

Innovation doesn't just happen. It needs tools, methods and a systematic approach to be efficient. Here are the results of a survey by Idris Mootee, innovation specialist. And happy to see two of my favourite tools - Customer Journey Mapping and Value Curve Analysis on the list.

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Systematic Creativity: Four Templates for New Product Ideation, Innovation and Invention

Systematic Creativity: Four Templates for New Product Ideation, Innovation and Invention | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

Systematic innovation is a structured approach to creativity and innovation, saving time and cost, and resulting in a more innovative outcome. This article provides four templates for a systematic approach.


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A visual approach to thinking

A visual approach to thinking | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

One problem faced by innovators is how to present data, either for analysis or to show the results. Matrices, or grid diagrams are an excellent tool for this purpose.

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Finding Your Creativity | Be the Hero

Finding Your Creativity | Be the Hero | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

Creativity is often hard to conjure up when needed. That's why tools and techniques are a great way to focus the mind and help you to come up with more innovative ideas. One way is to change perspective, to imagine yourself in another's shoes.

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The canvas library for visual thinking

The canvas library for visual thinking | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Good set of visual tools to use online or adapt for your own use.

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Paul McKillop's curator insight, May 6, 4:42 AM

Interesting resource.

Dave Wood's curator insight, May 6, 1:54 PM

These  business  model canvasses can be very effective tools in the context of coaching individuals, teams or large groups.  They cab be used in difeerent sizes varying from A4 right up to large wall charts (which is my preferred option)

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, May 8, 6:52 AM

A great library  of visual thinking canvas. 

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30 Innovation Tools and Development Framework: Nesta

30 Innovation Tools and Development Framework: Nesta | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

The Development Impact and You toolkit has been specially designed for practitioners to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results.

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Fantastic framework and set of over 30 tools to help through the innovation process

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How Can We Increase Insight?

How Can We Increase Insight? | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Innovation depends on insight. But many of the practices and habits within our organisations actually inhibit generating insights.

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donhornsby's curator insight, October 11, 2013 7:41 AM

(From the article): Managers should be on this list as well.    I’ve said before that removing obstacles is one of the most important jobs that managers have.  This includes removing obstacles to insight.

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Developing winning products for emerging markets | McKinsey & Company

Developing winning products for emerging markets | McKinsey & Company | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
To master the extremes of a fast-changing competitive landscape, challenge your company’s assumptions about designing, developing, and manufacturing products for these regions. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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Useful approach for identifying features for improvement

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Creative Thinking Exercise - Creating Best in Class

Creative Thinking Exercise - Creating Best in Class | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Woody Bendle is back with another creative thinking exercise for keeping your best in class products and capabilities truly best in class now and in the future by thinking through how you may reall...
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Excellent article on creative thinking to create new value

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Start at the End - Innovation in Practice

Start at the End - Innovation in Practice | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Dave Lavinsky is a serial entrepreneur who built his own company from the ground up. His book, Start at the End, was a #1 Bestseller on Amazon just one week after it was released.
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Starting at the end is great advice. You need to know your obejctives and where you are going. One great TRIZ tool is the Ideal Final Result (IFR), which is the optimal product that maximises value for the customer and minimises cost and waste. The IFR may be unrealistic, but it forces you to stretch your thinking beyond the normal confines

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Why You Need to Ask Why

Why You Need to Ask Why | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
What problems are you facing that could be approached differently simply by asking why.... and then why again... and then why again.. until you get to the core of the issue?
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Asking why as a tool for Root Cause Analysis

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Cool Product Names – 17 Creative Questions for Winning Product Name Ideas

Cool Product Names – 17 Creative Questions for Winning Product Name Ideas | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
A recent MarketingProfs story highlighted ideas about the best and worst product names for 2012. Since a Brainzooming post with eight creative thinking questions behind creating cool product names ...
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Coming up with a name for your product is difficult. These questions can start the creative process.

 

Try bringing together a small (5-8 is ideal) group to brainstorm. For each question, give the group a chance to consider alone before comparing results and brianstorming as a group.

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How Companies Tap the Potential of Innovative Users – Four Examples from Germany

How Companies Tap the Potential of Innovative Users – Four Examples from Germany | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
Open innovation has found its way into companies’ innovation processes and is a widely used approach to spur collaborative innovation with consumers.
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Many companies struggle with the whole idea of Open Innovation - what is it, do they need it and how best to manage it. This article provides some great examples and a really useful framework to help people plan how to identify unmet needs or find a solution to a problem.

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5 Innovation Tools To Improve the Innovation Process

5 Innovation Tools To Improve the Innovation Process | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

Innovation tools are a key compontent of the innovation process. They help focus attention, improve creativity, and spark truly innovative discoveries. Here are five tools, how they help and where to use them.

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How to Manage Innovation as a Process

How to Manage Innovation as a Process | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it
The Innovation Value Chain is a great tool to use to help you manage innovation as a process. This post uses a small case study to show how to use it.
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The New 6Ps of Radical Innovation for Large Companies – Perspective

The New 6Ps of Radical Innovation for Large Companies – Perspective | Front End Innovation | Scoop.it

How do large companies pursue radical innovation? This article discusses how large companies use different perspectives when foresighting.

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