HackU: How to think of a great idea

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HackU: How to think of a great idea

  1. 1. How to think of a Great Idea? Tom Praison Developer @ Yahoo! @tompraison
  2. 2. What is the most resilientparasite? Bacteria? Avirus? An intestinal worm?An idea. Resilient... highlycontagious.Once an idea has takenhold of the brain its almostimpossible to eradicate ”Cobb” - Inception(2010)
  3. 3. What’s an Idea?
  4. 4. An Idea is anything whichchanges our lifestyles. The way we live, think and work
  5. 5. An Idea
  6. 6. Bright Idea
  7. 7. Green Idea
  8. 8. Business Idea
  9. 9. Broken Idea
  10. 10. Small Idea
  11. 11. Big Idea
  12. 12. Many Ideas
  13. 13. No idea
  14. 14. Generating Ideas
  15. 15. 1. Strive for Quantity2. Defer Judgment3. Seek New Combinations4. Use your imagination
  16. 16. 1. Strive for Quantity Innovation scholars predict that it takes 3,000 raw ideas for 1 successful idea.
  17. 17. 2. Defer Judgment
  18. 18. Seek new combinations• New combinations from existing parts.• Put old things to a new uses.• Take an element and make it bigger or smaller.
  19. 19. Use your imagination• Avoid the common response zone.• More ideas force you to use your imagination.• Let ideas incubate. Re-visit with a new perspective.
  20. 20. 1. Use Positive Judgment2. Consider Novelty3. Stay Focused4. Redirect Yourself
  21. 21. BRAINSTORMING
  22. 22. Brainstorming - Solo1. Exhaust all options2. Sketch or Draw3. Avoid Disruptions4. Keep a journal5. Do what works for you
  23. 23. Brainstorming - Group1. Set a time limit2. Keep groups small3. Stay on track4. Give everyone a chance5. Don’t criticize
  24. 24. STOP – LETS GET TO ASOLUTION
  25. 25. Convergence Business User Goals ConsiderationProblem ConstraintsDefinition Hack
  26. 26. Idea Visualization
  27. 27. Workflow Diagrams
  28. 28. Wireframes
  29. 29. Paper Mockups
  30. 30. Storyboards
  31. 31. Recapitulation• Conduct a quick brainstorm by yourself or in a group• Define a problem statement• Identify constraints, target users, business goals• Visualize and capture ideas by using wireframes, mockups, storyboards
  32. 32. Final Story of WWW
  33. 33. Look how WWW has changed our lifestyle
  34. 34. Thank You

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