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Innovation for what – Mousetrap or Suntrap?

Just read the excellent post on  ‘Wanted: More Idiots to tackle grassroots innovation challenges’ by Nalaka Gunawardene. Congratulations, Nalaka.   The point made by Nalaka is worthy of serious debate. Should you work at solutions which are in line with your innate strength, or should you find an area crying for a solution and then …

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Why ‘What Innovation is’ is meaningless

I have spent days, nay months, fighting with people on what innovation is and what it is not. Only then did I realize that the discussions and dilemma was unnecessary. This is because it did not matter one bit to the guys I was trying to convince and/or impress i.e. my clients At the conceptual …

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Find other ways of getting same end result —- or even better.

If you are blocked at one level, look for other ways. They exist, and sometimes offer an even better solution.   While trying to invent a new type of air-conditioner, we find ourselves blocked to use the ‘heat exchange effect’ for some reason (patent restriction, cost etc). Does that mean that I cannot proceed with …

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Use these Trendwatch tools for finding Innovative solutions

  Trends have now become a prime tool for innovation through exploiting chaos. Here are two extremely powerful tools that anyone can use to make business sense from trends – Trend-bulletins and trenDNA cards. Both these tools are based on the trend-watching activity. Trendwatch is a systematic activity by trained spotter to scan the globe …

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R&D – Tools to affect Strategy

A high-ranking student in a military academy was assigned the thesis: “The influence of the evolution of military strategies on artillery development.” Six months later he asked for permission to change the thesis to: “The influence of artillery development on the evolution of military strategies.” His research had shown that the evolution of artillery had influenced military strategies, rather …

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Marriage terms between Marketing and R&D

In the last post we saw the difference between two approaches to R&D – ‘What is possible’ ( Science) versus ‘What is needed’ ( technology). Let us move to the marriage terms between S&M and R&D. There are two types of errors in new technology business. In the type 1 error, the business strategy assumes incorrectly …

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