Take a look around yourself as you are reading this. All the stuff that you see has elements of innovation in it. Even text that you are reading and the machine/device on which you are reading is outcome of series of innovations. Innovation is an inherent part of human evolution and will continue to remain so. Behind all these innovations are people. Look at some of the great innovators like James Watt, Edison, Micheal Jackson,Steve Jobs etc. They were faced with various problems, as we all do, what differentiated them was that they went around looking to solve that problem. It is an inherent part of you as well. All you got to do is unbox it further and unleash yourself and maybe you will come with something which will put you in the league of innovators just mentioned. Sometimes it just takes a little push to achieve that. This and more that I discovered on my journey of coming with various ideas and filing various patents and along the way enabling others as well.I have captured some of the learning in this course which I hope will be of value to you. The course will cover techniques for idea generation,idea distillation, idea research and refinement, brainstorming, prototyping, patenting and preparing pitch.Whether working on your own or pitching to an investor or going in for a contest or pitching inside your organization, these techniques & tools will help you in your journey of innovation. This course will further sharpen your skills and take your innovative self and your organization to the next level.
Lets start to look at the beginning of innovation in the evolution of human.
Lets look at some of the examples of the great innovators like Edison, James Watt etc, and their innovations in bulb, steam engine etc.
How did I get on the journey of innovation and filed multiple patents. Along, the way empowered and supported people around me.
Lets look at why would you do innovation and what are the benefits to you.
What are the benefits of building the culture of innovation in the organization.
One innovation happened on this day which was a major milestone in the evolution of humans on this planet.
Lets look at some cool innovations happening around and shared on this community
What innovations took place in the organization(s) you are working at or worked at as they got to the stage they are now at.
Here is an opportunity for you to go back in your own history since childhood and look at various innovations you may have done.
Lets do some simple exercises to get started with hands-on while getting aboard the journey of innovation.
Learn about the concept of IGNITE and VUDOCS.
Random ideas is one of the techniques of brainstorming.
Listing down attributes of area and then discussing them is another technique of brainstorming.
Scamper is another technique for brainstorming where we look at things like substitutes, complements etc.
How about taking on some role and then looking at an idea.
Lets draw parallel to non-related areas and see what comes out.
Mapping down various streams of ideas related on central one is at the core of Mind Maps.
Lets learn about six different hats in this approach and each time get into one aspect of the area.
How about using the cause and effect analysis from the problem and then coming up with ideas.
Lets ask those five "why" and come up with different ideas.
Lets put the various techniques learned in hands-on exercise.
Starting from idea or a problem and then going into solution, value and implementation is being touched upon in this new approach.
Lets examine four important dimensions of an idea using this innovation assessment quadrant.
An example of IPSOVI approach
How does ipsovi approach be applied to steam engine problem solved by James Watt.
How does ipsovi approach be applied to gravity defying problem solved by Micheal Jackson.
How does ipsovi approach be applied to Bulb problem solved by Edison.
How does ipsovi approach be applied to cash availability problem solved by Amex
Lets do some exercises based on what we learned in this module.
You got an idea? Is it unique? What you do not know about it? How to get answers to these questions? Lets find out.
Lets go over the steps in searching and then refining the idea.
Examples of ideas on which search to be done and then further refinement.
Lets do some hands-on exercise on doing search on the idea and then further refining it.
Brainstorming is a well known technique to explore ideas and delve deeper into them. Lets get started with knowing about it and various techniques for it.
Round Robin is one of the most traditional approaches of brainstorming.
Stepladder applies an incremental approach to the brainstorming.
Brainwriting techniques enables writing ideas in a time bound manner.
Lets leverage the online media for brainstorming.
Crawford slip writing approach is one of the techniques where we need to work with large groups.
Reverse brainstorming involves creating the problem further rather than solving it.
Starbursting involves questions related to a given set first and then expanding on it.
Role Storming is about getting in another's shoes and assuming that role and then going over ideas.
Charrette procedure is about a group of people working on an idea and then passing to the next group.
Applying the IPSOVI approach at group level.
Prototype and prototyping sound as very heavy tasks. But, is it really so? Lets find out.
Lets look at some examples of prototypes.
Lets go over the definition of prototype and different levels of prototypes.
Lets learn about low fidelity prototype.
Lets learn about medium and high fidelity prototype.
Lets build a prototype.
There are new innovations happening which will revolutionize the way we are going to prototype.
Never give up on imagining new possibilities.
Patent is another heavy word we come across. Lets understand what a patent is.
Lets learn about different types of patents.
Lets look at some examples of patents.
Is my idea patentable or not? Can I file a patent for it?
Lets look at some of the key components of writing the initial write-up for patent.
Lets look at different steps for going for a patent.
Finally, lets do some hands-on exercise on patenting.
Pitching your idea is an important and exciting activity. Lets get started with it.
Lets look at the key elements of positioning pitch.
Apart from looking at key elements, lets give a look at what are the backup elements we can be prepared with.
What is the ask at the end of the pitch?
What is Elevator Pitch? Lets learn about it.
Lets go over an example of positioning pitch of an idea.
Finally, lets get hands-on with our learning in this module.
Ganesh Sahai is B Tech from IIT Delhi (1993) and EGMP from IIM Lucknow (amongst the top technology and management institutes in the world). He has been founder, co-founder and founder team member of few start up companies and initiatives in the field of IT, Marketing and Academics. He Worked for Adobe since 1999 for around 12 yrs. He has led and setup many of the key testing teams from scratch for various Adobe products, like, Acrobat, Adobe Reader, AIR, CS, Tools etc. spanning desktops, handhelds (mob. phones etc.), hosted and enterprise area. He has worked as head of quality with one of the world's leading gaming technology company Aristocrat Technologies. Innovation is his passion and his innovative approach has got sixteen ideas approved for patents. Along the way he has supported and guided people in their innovative ideas. He is founder of “TestToBeBest" and “DoItvation" community of those interested in software testing and innovation respectively.