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10 ways to discover innovative ideas

Consumed => “Three Ways to Find Fresh IT Ideas on the Cheap” by Rick Swanborg on CIO Mag.

I’d like to add:

4) Read, watch and listen. There are plenty of ideas out there but you have to find them. They’re not going to come looking for you.

5) If necessary, chedule time for “R&D”. Don’t just leave it to chance. Maybe lunch every Thursday is lunch with a handful of colleagues and the topic is dedicated to innovation, what’s next, etc.

6) Look outside your immediate industry, maybe you’ll spot something adaptable to your company’s focus.

7) Think smaller, smaller companies that is. With less bureaucracy and a higher tolerance for risk, the new habits of small companies can be a great source for innovative ideas.

8) Think bigger. Maybe there’s a technology that is currently affordable only to the big dogs but will soon be more accessible to you. Be prepared for that tipping point.

9) Be thorough and document. Don’t just test and discard, also be sure to study, analyze and document. Maybe create a wiki to collect your organization’s R&D experiences.

10) Don’t over look going back to basics. Maybe your organization needs to master a particular fundamental better. Maybe fixing a basic flaw is the “innovation” you really need?

And finally the bonus round…

11) Keep looking for ideas beyond this list. Your pursuit for innovation should be a process, a process that is continuously tweaked (i.e., subject to innovation).

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