Posts Tagged ‘Innovation Algorithm’

Innovation: An Algorithm?

November 29, 2010

Can innovation be reduced to an algorithm?

Has someone already reduced the process of innovation to an algorithm?


What are the attributes of the innovation algorithm?

If not, what are the attributes of innovation that can be reduced and written as an algorithm?

The Innovation Algorithm

November 13, 2009

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 –