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To Innovate: Learn, Scaffold, Ideate

Gregg Fraley

Deliberately embracing learning — as part of the innovation process — can lead to better ideas and improved innovation results. Acquiring knowledge across many domains is about broad-based learning, and it’s often where big “I” innovation comes from.This allows creative combinations of ideas and concepts from one area — with ideas or concepts from another. Inventions and ideas are, essentially, new combinations of existing concepts.

Seven Ways to Prepare for Effective Brainstorming

Gregg Fraley

Prepare, Then Brainstorm. Most brainstorming doesn’t work. The literature bashing brainstorming is extensive. Ideas are still needed to fill pipelines! I’m going to focus on one problem with brainstorming in this post: lack of preparation. There is not enough mental preparation done with participants before brainstorming/idea generation sessions. Fresh combinations of concepts are what creates breakthrough ideas.

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Design Thinking for Schools

InnovationTraining.org

An exploration of resources and advice for design thinking in education. Design thinking is a unique learning and problem solving mindset that we highly recommend to innovation-minded organizations and businesses. Tapping into empathy is critical in the design thinking process.

Fast Company’s Brainstorming Fail

Gregg Fraley

Fast Company Article “Brainstorming is Dumb” Misses the Point. Brainstorming, Done Properly, Is Not a Tool, It’s A Multi-Step Process. And yet another major publication publishes a misleading article about brainstormingBrainstorming is Dumb. The big picture the article misses is that brainstorming is not a single tool, it’s a system. They mention Osborn in the article but don’t accept his definition of brainstorming.

IDEATION 2020: Online Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. We call it Ideation 2020 -- the simplest, most time-efficient way we can think of to help our clients get the kind of results they want from their in-house, ideation sessions. Choose from a series of 40 brainstorm facilitation modules.

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

They may know frameworks, like Design Thinking or Agile, and a few tools, but very few have the extensive training and experience at hands-on facilitation required to make a difference. There are specific tools for visioning, problem framing, and ideation etc. As an example, most brainstorming sessions fail because the challenge is not properly framed. A professional facilitator has ways to stop the behaviour — and make people think it was their idea.

IDEATION 2020: Online, Just-In-Time Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the impact of their brainstorming sessions. We call it Ideation 2020 -- the simplest, most time-efficient way we can think of to help our clients continue upgrading the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. Choose from a series of 40 brainstorm facilitation modules.

IDEATION 2020: Just-in-Time Brainstorm Facilitation Coaching

Idea Champions

clear vision), Idea Champions is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new offering -- an elegant way for its time-crunched, Conducting Genius graduates to upgrade the quality and impact of their brainstorming sessions. We call it Ideation 2020 -- the simplest, most time-efficient way we can think of to help our clients get the kind of results they want from their in-house, ideation sessions. Our 142-page brainstorm facilitation workbook.

How to Run a Good Brainstorming Session

Rmukesh Gupta

Last week I was invited to run a Design thinking experiential workshop for the STC conference in Bangalore. I am sure that everyone of us, me included, have at one point or other, been invited to join in a brainstorm to come up with ideas to solve a given problem. As a design thinking coach, I end up facilitating a lot of such brainstorms as it is one of the core steps in the problem solving approach. Generate as many ideas as possible.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

I’m also a bit weary of chasing or developing the latest, greatest, and most sophisticated tool for ideation. If you, and/or your team, don’t have an organic, natural access to creative thinking, tools like Agile and Design Thinking are running on empty. How can an idea be useful if it’s not in play? I suppose if an idea is potentially useful it can be deemed creative without actually implementing. Build Innovation From The Ground Up.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. It’s designed to uncover unlikely, but useful, combinations of technologies, products, services, trends, and insights that lead to breakthrough innovation. GFi is now offering a new version of MoshPit to discover ideas that exploit new digital technologies. Ideas for innovation projects emerge from the intensive sessions. This is not your Dad’s brainstorming.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Intensive, Beyond Design Thinking. Design Thinking is a popular framework that is viewed as best practice, but it’s only part of the solution. The course covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation tools, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. All participants walk away with a shell framework and ideas they can put to immediate use.

Why Do Some Brainstorming Sessions Suck?

Innovationship

9 BAD HABITS TO BREAK FOR BETTER IDEATION Time flies, seasons change, and before you know it, the annual barrage of articles trashing the validity of brainstorming is once again upon us. To argue that brainstorming doesn’t work is to simply ignore the thousands of amazing ideas and innovations that came to the world as a result of countless sessions of collaborative creativity that was, for all intents and purposes, brainstorming.

Innovation MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

My reason is simple, it’s a fast path to new and different ideas. There is no reason why a MoshPit session can’t be done within any other innovation method, be it Design Thinking, Lean, or whatever your organization uses. This is not Post-It Note brainstorming folks. It’s more like a focused psychedelic ideation experience, but without drugs. What’s Really Needed is an Innovation MoshPit. Reinventing Combinations, Concept Blends, and Mash-Ups.

Training is an Innovation Accelerant II

Gregg Fraley

When I step into a room to facilitate an innovation, strategy, or idea generation session I always find a great deal of energy. The research that says brainstorming doesn’t work studied groups with no training and no facilitator. Training, a skilled facilitator, and frequent practice are essential to effective ideation sessions and creating a broad and systemic organizational innovation culture. Knowledge of frameworks like CPS and Design Thinking are essential.

Design Thinking Tools: how to use them to solve complex problems

mjvinnovation

This is because they break down the complexity of processes so that the designer has a full 360-degree view of the problem, anchoring them in their way of thinking. Continue reading to understand what Design Thinking is and how DT tools can be the turning point for your business! What is Design Thinking. When we talk about Design Thinking , we are referring primarily to the way designers think. What are some Design thinking tools ? Ideation Tools.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

It includes an overview of key frameworks ( Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, TRIZ, Synectics, Stage-Gate, CPS ) and their essential tools. In addition, it covers management mandates, project cycles, resourcing, idea management systems, idea generation, concept development, prototyping, and pitch presentations. More ideas, better ideas, and tools for amping and refining ideas. Innovation Intensive .

Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

Gregg Fraley

If your looking for a quick way to jostle up fresh ideas, go with the simpler ones. It certainly doesn’t happen in most brainstorming sessions. Mash-Ups are a bigger idea than musical creations. Conceptual blending was brought to my attention by Michael Michalko in his fine book Creative Thinkering , but the idea of concept blending was first articulated by Arthur Koestler back in the 50’s. Beyond asking your mind for answers, how does one inspire new mashed-up ideas?

Why You Need to Defer Judgment During the Ideation Phase of a Brainstorming Session

Idea Champions

Big thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur, Idea Champions' Director of Training, for this timely article on the importance of deferring evaluation during the ideation phase of a brainstorming session. When Alex Osborn , co-founder of the advertising firm, BBD&O, first came up with the basic concept of brainstorming way back in the 1940's, he stressed that during idea generation "we should hold back criticism until the creative current has had every chance to flow."

Colorado Innovation Training

Gregg Fraley

Essentially this is intensive, hands-on workshop that trains people in innovation frameworks, and tools for strategy, ideation, research, and project management. It’s a course for innovation project managers, consultants, intrapreneurs, and entrepreneurs who want to have more productive strategy, idea generation, and innovation action plans. One reason is they are now able to facilitate their own strategy and ideation sessions, that can save a lot of money.

BRAINSTORM TRAINING: OnSite, Online, and On-the-Fly

Idea Champions

Do the people in your organization treat invitations to brainstorming sessions like jury duty summons? Do the ideas generated all-too-often underwhelm? Do people roll their eyes when the brainstorming is over, convinced that nothing new is going to materialize? If so, Idea Champions can help. For these special occasions, Idea Champions can co-facilitate with you.

Naming Workshop

InnovationTraining.org

Create and choose the right name to define your idea, company, brand, product or service with a naming workshop. We can take our decades of experience to design an innovative learning and naming workshop experience just for your organization. Design Thinking for Naming.

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Gregg Fraley

“Innovation Intensive, beyond Design Thinking” Public Course* With Master Trainer Gregg Fraley. Innovation Intensive, beyond Design Thinking is comprehensive in its approach and provides compelling methods, insights, tools, and stories from master trainer, Gregg Fraley. The focus is on the front-end-of-innovation, where challenges are identified, ideas are generated, refined, and pitched to management for further development and resourcing.

Brainwriting Template

InnovationTraining.org

6-3-5 Brainwriting is a group-structured brainstorming technique that is a highly collaborative way to generate as many ideas as possible in groups within a short period of time. The technique can be used in multiple projects or work cases, such as marketing, design, product/service development, and more. One of the biggest advantages of brainwriting exercises is their ability to include all participants in the brainstorming and ideation process.

Creative Problem Solving Techniques Training

InnovationTraining.org

In the later half of the 2010s, this model was reworked to four steps that can be used to generate innovative, effective solutions for organizations and businesses. Defer or suspend judgement – let the ideas flow . Ideate: brainstorm and explore ideas. Develop: evaluate ideas and formulate solutions. Generate Many Ideas. Generate as many ideas or thoughts as you can related to the challenge. There is Always Another Idea.

3 Dimensions of Innovation: the 23 Capabilities your company needs to succeed

Idea to Value

Most companies don’t understand that innovation isn’t just a single process that can be improved, but the result of capabilities existing within the company which enables ideas to be developed and scaled into solutions. I have shown previously how innovation is all about the delivery (rather than just development) of ideas that deliver value, as well as the most important management frameworks for innovation.

Welcome to the Mid Zone of Innovation

Legacy Innovation Group

He later evolved it into a broader model involving opportunity identification, opportunity analysis, idea generation, idea selection, and concept definition — much of what has today come to be known as Innovation Management. Here, the Front End is still the domain of ideation, creative brainstorming, and the discovery work needed to find new opportunities around unmet market needs⃜ the safe place where new business ideas are born and have their genesis.

Six tools to improve your creativity during an innovation process

The BMI Lab Blog

We can explain that the tools for creativity are used during a regular innovation process where teams should generate new ideas to further explore their feasibility as proper business models. To get started it may be useful to separate them into two groups: Divergence tools, focused on the generation of as many ideas as possible. Convergence tools, which strive to analyze, filter and merge ideas, in order to select the best ones.

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Corporate Innovation – How To Overcome Unique Challenges

Econic

More and more companies are finding approaches worth repeating, getting promising new ideas into their customers’ hands, delivering value, and making revenue. If the people in your organization don’t get why you’re innovating, you’re going to have a hard time harnessing their talent, support, energy, ideas, and expertise– and you’ll need all of these if you want to be successful. should be the starting point for very early stage ideas. Ideas & Opportunities.

Corporate Innovation – How To Overcome Unique Challenges

Econic

More and more companies are finding approaches worth repeating, getting promising new ideas into their customers’ hands, delivering value, and making revenue. If the people in your organization don’t get why you’re innovating, you’re going to have a hard time harnessing their talent, support, energy, ideas, and expertise– and you’ll need all of these if you want to be successful. should be the starting point for very early stage ideas. Ideas & Opportunities.

Choosing the right innovation approach for your business

hackerearth

When a company is at risk of being an also-ran thanks to brilliant offerings from competitors, when a company needs fresh ideas to infuse life into the company and sustain growth, when a firm requires a scalable business model, when CXOs are greeted by a disgruntled, disillusioned, and jaded workforce, and when management has no time to devote to the pursuit of innovation and its execution—that’s when innovation has to come into play. Ideation. Help in the ideation phase.