Catalogue Your Ideas Use a spreadsheet, or carry around a notebook, write things down as you come up with them. Assume unlimited resources
Think of your job – what did you do what frustrated you? Any efficiencies to be gained?
Problem Solver Think of your industry – How can technology disrupt processes? Think digital media and its impact on Newspapers, for example
Think of what you’ve done this week – what caused you frustration?
Break Your Routine What frustrations came out of your new experiences?
Question Everything Wear your Innovation hat while doing readings for other classes. Question assumptions
Don’t Have Frustrations? Listen to Others – what are their frustrations?
Think Like a Designer Innovate on real goods. Peanut Butter Jar, easier to clean.
Skate Where the Puck is Going Read reports from Forrester Research, Gartner Research, Emarketer.com (all available from Lippincott Library).
Skate Where the Puck is Going II Read TechCrunch, VentureBeat, LifeHacker.com, Gigaom.com – find out where others are innovating, and see how you can innovate on THEIR ideas
Inspiration From Others Check out your local Tech Transfer Office
Expand Your Network Expose yourself to new industries / new problems
Think about how others innovated….. Warby Parker – Thought designer glasses were too expensive Milo.com – Saw that people wanted to search for local goods online Diapers.com – Called 1-800-Diapers and realized they only carry cloth diapers