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Innovation Boot Camp: OALT/ABO Conference 2012



A half-day workshop on creative thinking techniques and strategies.

A half-day workshop on creative thinking techniques and strategies.



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Innovation Boot Camp: OALT/ABO Conference 2012 Innovation Boot Camp: OALT/ABO Conference 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • INNOVATION BOOT CAMP Learn Faster M.J. D Elia & Robin Bergart University of Guelph OALT/ABO 2012 Conference King City, ON
  • SCHEDULE •  Welcome •  Warm-up •  Idea generation •  Cool down training manual (p. 1)
  • TRAINING MANUAL •  Training booklet •  Activities •  Additional notes •  Reflections •  Resources
  • TRAINING MANUAL •  Print your name
  • training manual (p. 3)
  • THE PLAN •  12 week program •  Recruited volunteers •  Social experiment in creative process •  Activities, reflection, discussion
  • Take a risk It s about the team training manual (p. 2) GYM RULES
  • Reflect on practice Embrace failure training manual (p. 2) GYM RULES
  • Process before product Everyone is a leader training manual (p. 2) GYM RULES
  • training manual (p. 2) Have fun Photo release GYM RULES
  • DIVERGENT THINKING training manual (p. 5)
  • GUIDELINES •  Defer judgment •  Combine and build ideas •  Seek wild ideas •  Go for quantity training manual (p. 5)
  • PROBLEMS training manual (p. 6)
  • PROBLEM 1 How might we make wait times in doctors offices more pleasant? training manual (p. 6)
  • PROBLEM 2 How might we make the middle seat on an airplane the most desirable seat? training manual (p. 6)
  • PROBLEM 3 How might we make carpooling a more attractive option for commuters? training manual (p. 6)
  • PROBLEM 4 How might we make it easier to find hard-to-locate products in the grocery store? training manual (p. 6)
  • PROBLEM 5 How might we encourage a healthier lifestyle for library technicians at work? training manual (p. 6)
  • INSTRUCTIONS •  Choose one of those problems to work on •  Put the problem you chose in the centre of the table •  Put the others back in the envelope
  • ACTIVITIES •  Sticky note brainstorming •  Forced connections •  Brainwriting + SCAMPER
  • training manual (p. 7) STICKY NOTE BRAINSTORM
  • MATERIALS •  Sticky note pads (for each group member) •  Markers (for each group member) •  Pre-numbered flip chart paper (for facilitator) training manual (p. 7)
  • INSTRUCTIONS •  Brainstorm solutions to your problem •  One idea per sticky note •  Speak your idea to the group •  Hand it to the facilitator •  Build on ideas from other members •  Facilitator posts ideas on pre-numbered chart paper •  Goal: 50 ideas in 10 minutes training manual (p. 7)
  • DEBRIEF •  Ideas flow more freely •  Clear objective with a good group dynamic •  Verbalizing ideas allows for building on them training manual (p. 7)
  • training manual (p. 8) FORCED CONNECTIONS
  • MATERIALS •  Random objects •  Flip chart paper •  Markers •  Sticky notes training manual (p. 8)
  • INSTRUCTIONS (ROUND ONE) •  Look at the random objects •  Brainstorm as many characteristics as you can •  3 minutes •  Record your ideas on flip chart paper training manual (p. 8)
  • INSTRUCTIONS (ROUND TWO) •  Look at your list of characteristics •  Do any of those characteristics give you new ideas for how to solve your problem? •  Discuss in your group •  Add new ideas to sticky notes training manual (p. 8)
  • DEBRIEF •  Stimulates lateral thinking •  Encourages cross-pollination •  Focuses on the object, not the problem training manual (p. 9)
  • training manual (p. 9) BRAINWRITING + SCAMPER
  • MATERIALS •  Package of worksheets •  Something to write with (for each group member) training manual (p. 9)
  • INSTRUCTIONS •  Each group member should have one worksheet •  Look at the prompting questions •  Generate new ideas and record them on the sheet •  2 minutes •  Pass your sheet to the left •  Repeat training manual (p. 9)
  • DEBRIEF •  Encourages contemplative brainstorming •  Probes additional angles on the problem •  Surfaces solutions, comments, and assumptions training manual (p. 9)
  • CONVERGENT THINKING training manual (p. 10)
  • GUIDELINES •  Be deliberate •  Check your objectives •  Improve your ideas •  Be affirmative •  Consider novelty training manual (p. 10)
  • IMPACT •  Adopted IBC activities in some work teams •  Enhanced meeting space •  Started meetings with improvisation •  Prototyped service desk •  Captured data with more creative methods •  Wayfinding study; idea spotting
  • IMPACT •  Facilitated creative problem solving process •  Organizational development •  CIO group retreat •  Promoted the IBC experience •  Conferences: ACRL, LOTW, OLA, ACRL/WNYO •  Reference Services Review
  • •  Use your context •  Be purposeful •  Expect to alter your plan •  Find your champions •  Stare failure in the face FINAL THOUGHTS
  • Yes is more. - Bruce Mau
  • IMAGE CREDITS Images of IBC were taken by Robin Bergart. Additional images were adapted from and used under Creative Commons licensing (listed in order of appearance): White towel: sciascia Beige army man: Alex MestasArmy man with orange background: Jennifer Tomaloff Weight lifter: damndirty Cyclists: Andrew Last Ballet mirror: Gerry Dulay Bandaged arm: Sandor Weisz Kid showing muscles: eyeliam Runners: John Kochmanski Girl with tongue: Axel Buhrmann Photographer and camera: Andrew Ferguson Human pyramid: lululemon athletica Yoga stretch: lululemon athletica Jumping on a trampoline: Josh Bancroft Water bottle at airport: Nexeus Fatale
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