Tag: Innovation


Do You Have a Lemonade Stand?

Do You Have a Lemonade Stand?

There was always high demand for something cold during the hot Florida summers where I grew up. Lemonade stands were a popular way to earn some extra cash. One summer day, a kid down the street set up a competing lemonade stand. Over the course of a few hours, I noticed my nemesis had more foot traffic, including one of my best neighborhood friends. I...

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Fixing the Fuzzy Front End

Fixing the Fuzzy Front End

Over the past decade, innovation-focused organizations have invested heavily in front-end of innovation (FEI) activities. While there is little empirical evidence, the anecdotal evidence suggests that the FEI suffers from a perceived lack of agility and productivity. Common complaints: “A front-end assignment is almost too productive. It generates so much information, opportunities, and ideas we get bogged down.” “We are really good at generating ideas...

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A group of colleagues in a meeting in their office

4! The Secret Number of Ideation

The number four is pretty cool. For music nerds like me, the number has lots of significance. For example, in most modern music, time is constructed in four beats per measure. In ancient times, the number four signified “wholeness” and “completeness.” Even today, we orient ourselves using the four cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west. As it turns out, the number four has significance...

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Yes, Virginia, Quantitative Data Has a Role in Innovation

Yes, Virginia, Quantitative Data Has a Role in Innovation

As a research firm supporting our clients’ innovation efforts, I get asked at least once a week: “Do you guys do quantitative research?” If you were wondering, the answer is a resounding yes! Tools of innovation and insight generation are not limited to ethnographies, focus groups, telephone interviews, and other qualitative research practices. Where things get tricky is fully understanding what quantitative research can do for...

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