The Innovation Algorithm

John Sviokla has asked an interesting question on his blog about why institutions are generally incapable of innovation.

I thought it was a great question and came up with the following algorithm for innovation.

1. Construct a conventional wisdom idea / strategy / plan 1-10 scale with 0 representing conventional wisdom, 10 representing abstract unconventional thought.

2. Run existing ideas / strategies / plans through the scale, target 0, 1, 2 and 3s for review.

3. Ask for, develop and design 7, 8, 9 and 10s for each of 0, 1, 2 and 3s for further evaluation, consideration and possible execution.

Although this process for innovation may appear overly simplified, I think identifying institutionalized malaise is the first step an organization must take to begin the process of identifying new opportunities.

I liked the idea of the Innovation Algorithm so much that I bought the company – I mean the domain –



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