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Aug
23
Rick Boersma

Following our Innovation in a Box webinar, we received a number of questions that I have followed up and answered. There were some great questions, so I thought it would be a good idea to post them for your knowledge and interest.  

Q: How do you approach innovation when your infrastructure doesn't have the technology to implement your ideas?

A: Ideas:

This is almost an expectation, or let me re-frame that. Breakthrough innovation is almost by definition going to be "impossible", so if it’s not an infrastructure issue, it will be a money issue, or some other issue. In fact, use an Implementation Checklist to determine what the issues are. It’s almost a "let’s anticipate that it’s going to rain" approach.

More specifically to answer your question...Collaborate, i.e. who can you hire, partner with, borrow from, acquire, train to do the work, with you or for you?

e.g. Creating an assessment with an outside service provider. The downside is that this is going to cost, either in terms of fee for service, or shared ownership, but there is limited options. Developing the capacity in-house is going to be equivalent...

Apply the same tools to the new problem-statement (your question) that we applied to the original problem statement, i.e. which gave you the product idea to begin with.

e.g. Mindmap + Scamper (Innovation tools part of the Innovation in a Box training program. For more information, contact us.)


If you would like to view the Innovation in a Box webinar, click here.

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