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11

Jun

The 66-Point Innovation Checklist | Innovation Management

Gijs van Wulfen has developed a structured innovation approach connecting creativity and business reality in five steps: 1. Full Steam Ahead, 2. Observe and Learn, 3. Raise Ideas, 4. Test Ideas, 5. Homecoming. Here he summarizes the benefits of his method in a 66-point innovation checklist.

The fuzzy front end is the nickname for the start of innovation or innovation phase. Why? Because getting innovative ideas is a vague process. [ continue ]

06

Jun

Willow Glass: ultra-thin glass can 'wrap' around devices

 

A new type of flexible ultra-thin glass has been unveiled by the firm that developed Gorilla Glass, currently used to make screens of many mobile devices.

Dubbed Willow Glass, the product can be “wrapped” around a device, said the New York-based developer Corning.

The glass was showcased at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week, an industry trade show in Boston.

Besides smartphones, it could also be used for displays that are not flat, the company said.

But until such “conformable” screens appear on the market, the glass could be used for mobile devices that are constantly becoming slimmer.

"Displays become more pervasive each day and manufacturers strive to make both portable devices and larger displays thinner," said Dipak Chowdhury, Willow Glass programme director at Corning.

The prototype demonstrated in Boston was as thin as a sheet of paper, and the company said that it can be made to be just 0.05mm thick - thinner than the current 0.2mm or 0.5mm displays.

The firm has already started supplying customers developing new display and touch technology with samples of the product.

30

May

Bring LEGOs and Crayons to Your Next Meeting

So why not use your hands to work through a complicated problem or stir innovation. T.J. McCue shows you LEGO’s initiative to get businesses working with blocks in the boardroom to find creative solutions …

We humans like to use our hands to express ourselves and find solutions. In fact, there are many cultures that are known for the way they can communicate with gestures.

LEGO gets that. You might think they’re just for kids, but if you set out a few blocks at your next meeting I guarantee they will be touched and assembled. TheLEGO SERIOUS PLAY (LSP) initiative was started in 2004 and continues today as a way to use play with purpose, as shown by several case studies. There are 377 members in the Serious Play professional community made up of facilitators who can help you organize a better meeting or work session.

Turning Toys into Tools

According to Kamal Hassan, CEO of the Innovation 360 Institute, this LEGO methodology can facilitate many areas of innovation, including culture creation and strategy design, scenario planning, idea generation, innovative problem solving, commercialization strategy and team building. And Innovation’s ranks of satisfied customers include banks, government agencies and startups.

"When combined with a comprehensive framework for innovation, LSP can open the doors to innovative new products, services and business models,” Hassan writes in InnovationExcellence.com.

A Startup’s Story

In fact, one of best posts I read about using LEGO to encourage more innovative thinking came from Scurri, a parcel delivery service in Ireland that combined the concepts described in Eric Ries’ book Lean Startup, along with LEGO Serious Play. The author, Rory O’Connor, explains the main points of why and how they used it in his post The LEGO Lean Startup. He had his team use the bricks to build a three-dimensional representation of the company’s business model, to make sure all employees were on the same page in understanding how different parts of the company fit together and what their priorities should be. Using LEGOs also helped employees who don’t normally speak up in groups become more active, feel included and support the output of the meeting.

Source: American Express