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. Inventions and ideas are, essentially, new combinations of existing concepts. This might include brainstorming alone, prior to a group session.

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work

Gregg Fraley

80% Of Brainstorming Sessions Don’t Work. Seven Idea Generation Fails. Redefine Brainstorming and Get Better Results. I might be getting to old to hold back on saying this about ideation, aka idea generation, aka brainstorming. Based on my experience, about 80% of idea generation doesn’t work. As the drawing suggests, please, let’s redefine brainstorming. Brainstorming is all group work.

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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.

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. Our 142-page brainstorm facilitation workbook.

Ten Ways to use Lateral Thinking for Creative Problem Solving

Destination Innovation

Short video with ten tips and techniques to help you use lateral thinking for idea generation and creative problem solving. Brainstorming and Ideation de bono lateral thinking problem solving random word reverse the problem scamper six hats subconscious videoThe post Ten Ways to use Lateral Thinking for Creative Problem Solving appeared first on Destination Innovation.

Know Your Brain Type and Get More Ideas

Innovation Excellence

This is another article about Quantum Idea Generation a process proven to generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming. In previous articles, I've addressed the first two of four Quantum Idea Generation elements – diversity and stimulus. Continue reading → Build Capability Cognition Creativity Uncategorized Brain Assessment Brain Exercises brainstorming ideation Quatnum Idea Generation

IDEATION 2020: Online Brainstorm Facilitation for Purple Strategies

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. Our 142-page brainstorm facilitation workbook.

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. Our 142-page brainstorm facilitation workbook.

Five Innovation Workshop Questions

InnovationManagement

There are a lot of best practices that we recommend to our customers: start with the end in mind, adopt criteria to drive ideation, use at least seven channels to communicate with your end user, respond to ideas with positive feedback and questions. But there’s another piece of simple advice that we give to all of our customers when they’re preparing an innovation challenge: seed your community with a few ideas before you launch.

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.

Top 12 ideation techniques to brainstorm your way to new ideas

hackerearth

Does your ideation session with your teammates turn into just another meeting with a few people squabbling and the rest keeping quiet? How do you enhance the likelihood of having successful ideation sessions? While producing new ideas might not be difficult considering how frequently ideas come and go, producing great ideas often requires some inspiration and implementing some scientifically proven techniques of ideation. Brainstorming.

Powerful Stimulus Contributes to 12 X More Ideas

Innovation Excellence

Richard Haasnoot presents another in a series of articles about how you can consistently generate at least 12 X more ideas than brainstorming Continue reading → People & Skills Processes & Tools R&D Uncategorized marketing Arizona State University ASU brainstorming ideation Podcast Quantum Idea Generating Videocast

Get Better Ideas with this Starter Exercise

Destination Innovation

So before your next idea generation session try this exercise. They then make gestures following your instructions as follows: “We will be open to ideas.” “We want big ideas.” ” People stretch out their arms as far as they can. “We want many ideas.” ” People wave their arms around. “We want funny ideas.” ” Everyone laughs out loud. “We want wild ideas.”

How to Run a Good Brainstorming Session

Rmukesh Gupta

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. Irrespective of the cohort that I am working with, there are a few questions that typically come up every time I facilitate a brainstorming session. Crazy ideas.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. 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.

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

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. Facilitation of Innovation Meetings Requires a Highly Specific Set of Skills, Frameworks, Tools — and Experience. Professional Facilitation and/or Training Makes a Difference*.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

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.

How Can You Make Your Next Brainstorming Session Rock

Rmukesh Gupta

We need to get them to a mindset where they can be creative, if our purpose is to get the most creative ideas that are possible. Start your brainstorming session by playing a game that requires creativity. Idea Coach. Ideation and brainstorming is very serious business. You will get the most out of your brainstorming sessions if you have identify and involve a coach or a moderator. Also, select the approach that you will use to elicit ideas.

Brainstorming with innovator Laurie Steiner

Betterific

In this installment of brainstorming with an innovator , we invite Laurie Steiner , who won our wireless innovation competition. I love doing these series, because we get to learn more about our members – what gets them going, why they do what they do, and how they come up with such creative ideas. Laurie is not just a great ideator, but an amazing human being who gives so much of herself. MW : What do you do when you’re not brainstorming on Betterific?

The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment

Gregg Fraley

In the various types of innovation training that GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation) does, it’s interesting that stop-action Improv scenes lead to amazingly effective brainstorming. Are You Having Fun? Innovation Should Be Fun, Joyful, and About Playing With Concepts. The One Question Innovation Culture Assessment. A lot of fuss is made over innovation culture. I get it — it’s probably the most important fundamental to put in place if you actually want innovation to happen.

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. 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. Innovation, according to the dictionary, is a “new method, idea, or product.” And yes, that includes brainstorming, but more importantly, problem framing.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. The following ten "ideation process best practices" are clues for you. That is IF you want to increase the odds of new ideas actually making it out the door. Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. We are Idea Champion

Different Ideas Emerge From Different Doing

Gregg Fraley

” “We don’t do idea generation well.” If you are relying on best practices, and not making an effort to go beyond them, you aren’t going to arrive at different or breakthrough ideas. To think differently, you need to organize ideation or strategy sessions — and the entire front end of innovation cycle — using different tools and techniques, different settings, new stimulus, new speakers, new and different everything.

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.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

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.

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?

Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes

Gregg Fraley

Were there any ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to perceived risk? Were there ideas or projects that seemed interesting but weren’t done due to lack of resources? By cycle I mean conceiving of a project to innovate, forming a team, creating something new or different, and putting the idea into a queue for actual implementation. Review the data the questions generated. Get a Grip on Innovation — 10 Questions, 20 Minutes.

Innovation MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

My reason is simple, it’s a fast path to new and different ideas. 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. I’ve been touting concept blends in innovation for some time.

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. Do You Wish To Accelerate Innovation? Get Training!

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."

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. The following ten "ideation process best practices" are clues for you. That is IF you want to increase the odds of new ideas actually making it out the door. Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. Idea Champions

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs of this blog post and will now cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or not understood by the members of your team. Few people want to deal with the Rube Goldberg-like nature of the beast -- the attempt to more dependably structure the process of originating, developing, and executing new ideas. Viable ideas will be refined. Idea Champions.

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.

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.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's assume for a moment that you and your company value BIG IDEAS -- the kind of ideas that have the potential to change the game, differentiate you from the competition, and spark some major business growth. Yes, it's always possible that a sudden rainstorm will save your ass, but praying for rain is not exactly a dependable way to ensure a pipeline of powerful, business growth ideas -- the proverbial "front-end of innovation". Spontaneous idea generation is great.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's assume for a moment that you and your company value BIG IDEAS -- the kind of ideas that have the potential to change the game, differentiate you from the competition, and spark some major business growth. Yes, it's always possible that a sudden rainstorm will save your ass, but praying for rain is not exactly a dependable way to ensure a pipeline of powerful, business growth ideas -- the proverbial "front-end of innovation". Spontaneous idea generation is great.

Ten Simple Ways to Establish a User Friendly Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Let's assume for a moment that you and your company value BIG IDEAS -- the kind of ideas that have the potential to change the game, differentiate you from the competition, and spark some major business growth. Yes, it's always possible that a sudden rainstorm will save your ass, but praying for rain is not exactly a dependable way to ensure a pipeline of powerful, business growth ideas -- the proverbial "front-end of innovation". Spontaneous idea generation is great.

10 Ways to Improve Your Company's Broken Ideation Process

Idea Champions

Which is why I just deleted the first four compelling, context-setting paragraphs to this blog post and will now simply cut to the chase: Your company's "ideation process" is either non-existent, seriously flawed, or a joke. Well, this phenomenon also applies to a company's ideation process. How can you upgrade the quality and impact of your in-house brainstorming sessions? Less than 2 percent tell me they get their best ideas at work. Viable ideas will be refined.

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. One of the biggest advantages of brainwriting exercises is their ability to include all participants in the brainstorming and ideation process. During each round, participants are asked to write down three ideas on the topic you’re brainstorming.

Gregg Fraley - Untitled Article

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. The course includes extensive take home materials, including: a shell innovation cycle and innovation mandate documents, idea development templates, post-session coaching, and strategy and ideation session design consultation (after the course). Tools and techniques for generating ideas.

Silent Geniuses: Why we need more respect for the creativity of introverts

Idea to Value

Share this post with anyone who you know who wishes that they had the courage to speak up and let people know about their ideas. Chances are, you probably have a picture of someone coming up with lots of ideas. Or you might even just think of the person in your business who is always the first person to come up with a seemingly great idea in a brainstorming session. And this is usually also very clear to see when teams and companies are trying to generate new ideas.

Idea Champions Helps All Kinds of People Originate Great Ideas

Idea Champions

Since 1987, Idea Champions has been helping a wide variety of forward thinking organizations tap into their innate creativity and originate breakthrough ideas. Through your brainstorm facilitation, we gained more than 100 original ideas of high quality. Idea Champions.

Find a Sparring Partner If You Want To Innovate

Michael Roberto

In Harvard Business Review this month , Professor Roberto Verganti of Politecnico di Milano argues that innovation isn't about ideation and deferring judgment. Criticism, he argues, plays a crucial role in helping to create breakthrough ideas. In my view, great innovators combine the principles of brainstorming/ideation with good practices of constructive conflict. They defer judgment at times, making it safe to generate many wild ideas.