Innovation in Practice Blog

September 9, 2013

Inside the Box: Applying Attribute Dependency to Pinterest

Pinterest has joined the elite group of social apps along with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and Google Plus. "Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard that lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web." How popular is it? It is the fastest site ever to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark. A report by Shareaholic claims, “Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube combined.” As of May 2013, Pinterest was valued at $2.5 billion. There are many creative ways to use Pinterest. New apps are emerging around it much like what happened with Twitter. But to maintain growth, Pinterest needs innovation. Let's apply Attribute Dependency, one of five techniques of Systematic Inventive Thinking, to Pinterest.
September 4, 2013

Webinar: The Science Behind Systematic Inventive Thinking

Webinar: The Science Behind Systematic Inventive Thinking
September 2, 2013

Innovation Sighting: Task Unification in a Parking Lot

The Task Unification Technique is one of five in the innovation method called Systematic Inventive Thinking. It is defined as "assiging an additional task to an existing resource." It is such a powerful technique because it often leads to Closed World solutions, or what we like to call "thinking inside the box." It yields innovations that tend to leverage some resource in the immediate vicinity in a clever way. It also tends to yield innovations that have a characteristic known as Ideality - the solution to a problem only appears when needed. When the problem arises, the solution is also there.
August 26, 2013

Launchpad Opens Doors for Great Consumer Product Ideas

Launchpad (www.launchrightnow.com), a product design, development, and collaborative resource hub, wants your ideas. Founded in January 2013 as a fresh player in the consumer product development industry, Launchpad partners with people whose ideas - from kitchen gadgets to software apps - need help to move along.
August 19, 2013

Bloomberg Business Week: Inside the Box

Most people think innovation starts with a well-defined problem, and then you brainstorm a solution. Try the opposite: Work backwards by taking an abstract, conceptual solution and finding a problem it can solve. By constraining and channeling our brains, we can make them work both harder and smarter to find creative solutions—on demand.
August 12, 2013

Square Roots: Inside the Box at Southwest Airlines

Check out this clever interpretation of Inside the Box, now appearing in Spirit Magazine, the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines.
August 5, 2013

Secrets of Inside the Box: Webinar August 12th

Secrets of Inside the Box: Webinar August 12th
July 29, 2013

Embrace the Shake: The Power of Limitations

Phil Hansen suffered a career-threatening injury to his hand. Nerve damage caused his hand to shake uncontrollably. Most professions could deal with it. But as an artist, where a steady hand seems essential, it all but doomed Phil's career. That was until a neurologist suggested he “embrace the shake.” That piece of advice "tweaked Hansen’s point of view and sent him on a quest to invent different approaches to making art by embracing personal and universal limitations." Watch his story on TED. I watched it and found three principles and four techniques of the innovation method, Systematic Inventive Thinking.
July 22, 2013

Strategy+Business: Thinking Inside the Box

Books about business innovation seem to arrive as quickly as ideas on a whiteboard in a brainstorming session. But Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results (Simon & Schuster, 2013), by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg, jumps out for its counterintuitive take on creativity.
July 15, 2013

Inside the Box: “Oh, This Is Going to Be Addictive”

When you use Subtraction, you don’t always have to eliminate the component. There is also what we call “Partial Subtraction.” It is a valid technique as long as the product or service that remains delivers a new benefit. To deploy Partial Subtraction, you pick a component and then eliminate a specific feature of that component. Consider the case of Twitter, a microblogging application used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. By simply restricting each tweet to 140 characters, Twitter has become a vast digital conversation about what individuals around the globe are thinking and doing. A Partial Subtraction of the traditional blog down to 140 characters dramatically increased the volume of and participation in this Internet phenomenon. How did it happen?
August 8, 2016

Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption

A SIMPLE FORMULA AND SET OF TOOLS FOR FACING AND EMBRACING DISRUPTION AND RADICAL CHANGE     Technology, globalization, economic shifts, geopolitical shocks, and, yes, management thought leaders […]
August 22, 2016

Innovation Metrics: How to Stay on Track

Before you launch your innovation campaign, you want to set up key performance indicators or KPIs for short. Key performance indicators help you keep track of your […]
August 29, 2016

Innovation Leaders Need Peers

There’s an old saying in business. Don’t make enemies of your peers. If you do, you won’t need any more enemies. They’ll be able to do […]
September 20, 2016

Why Apple Will Maintain Its Innovation Momentum

Apple’s successful launch of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus leaves people wondering if the superstar company has lost its innovative edge. The market is anxious […]
September 26, 2016

The Subtraction Technique: When Less is More

Take a look at these four items and tell me – what do they have in common? Here, you see an exercise bicycle, a package of […]
October 17, 2016

Breaking the Barriers of Creativity

What holds people back from being creative? Is it a lack of time? Do you not have a budget for doing creative work? Perhaps you work […]
October 24, 2016

Ways to Learn Creativity

Becoming more creative, even just a tiny bit, will enhance what you do every day, at work, at home, or anywhere. Let’s look at how you […]
November 9, 2016

Practical Points on Critical Thinking

What exactly is critical thinking? Do we know how to define it, or better yet, to foster it in those we are teaching? In her article, […]
November 28, 2016

Innovation Sighting: Pearl RearVision Backup Camera and Alert System

Backing up your car in those cramped, hard-to-see spaces just got safer and easier, thanks to Pearl Automation’s innovative use of the Task Unification Technique. Task […]
January 2, 2017

2017 New Year’s Resolution: Be More Creative

Many people believe they’re not creative. So a natural question may be: why bother trying to be more creative? Well, there are lots of reasons – […]