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The Innovator's Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic Growth, 2nd Edition

Book Description

A compendium of tools and techniques that every innovator needs

The Innovator's Toolkit is an essential companion for every innovator, innovation team leader, operations manager, and corporate change agent who needs to drive organic growth. Written and presented in an easy-to-use reference format, the book helps users understand why, when, and how to apply each technique for maximum benefits and results. The fifty-plus tools and techniques in this book are organized around a framework for identifying innovation opportunities, generating new and unusual ideas, selecting the best ideas for further refinement, and implementing new solutions that better meet customer expectations.

  • This revised second edition includes significant updates to nearly two dozen techniques

  • Also offers several brand new techniques, including Idea Harvesting and Treatment, Seventy-six Standard Solutions, and Six Thinking Hats

This updated and revised edition of The Innovator's Toolkit simply helps innovation leaders, managers, and specialists do their jobs better than ever before—giving them more confidence, greatly reducing the chance of expensive failures, and packing more practical innovation knowhow under one cover than ever before.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Downloadable Exhibits
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
    1. Innovation Is a Two-Faceted Process
    2. Innovation's Front Edge—the D4 Model
    3. A Balanced Innovation Portfolio
    4. How People Solve Problems
  8. Part I: Define the Opportunity
    1. Technique 1: Jobs to be Done
      1. Background
      2. Steps
      3. Resources
    2. Technique 2: Job Mapping
      1. Background
      2. Steps
      3. Identify Opportunities for Innovation
      4. Resource
    3. Technique 3: Outcome Expectations
      1. Background
      2. Steps
      3. Resources
    4. Technique 4: Value Quotient
      1. Steps
      2. Additional Example
    5. Technique 5: Ethnography
      1. Steps
      2. Resources
    6. Technique 6: Scenario Planning
      1. Steps
      2. Resources
    7. Technique 7: Heuristic Redefinition
      1. Steps
      2. Additional Example
      3. Resource
    8. Technique 8: Nine Windows
      1. Steps
      2. Additional Examples
    9. Technique 9: Job Scoping
      1. Steps
    10. Technique 10: Stakeholder Management
      1. Steps
      2. Resource
    11. Technique 11: Cognitive Style
      1. Background
      2. Steps
      3. Cognitive Style Insights
      4. Resource
    12. Technique 12: Project Charter
      1. Steps
    13. Technique 13: Innovation Financial Management
      1. Background
      2. Steps
  9. Part II: Discover the Ideas
    1. Technique 14: Resource Optimization
      1. Background
      2. Steps
      3. Additional Examples
    2. Technique 15: Functional Analysis
      1. Background
      2. Steps
    3. Technique 16: Trend Prediction
      1. Background
      2. Steps
      3. Example
    4. Technique 17: Creative Challenge
      1. Background
      2. Steps
    5. Technique 18: HIT Matrix
      1. Steps
    6. Technique 19: SCAMPER
      1. Steps
    7. Technique 20: Brainwriting 6-3-5
      1. Steps
    8. Technique 21: Imaginary Brainstorming
      1. Steps
    9. Technique 22: Concept Tree
      1. Steps
    10. Technique 23: Random Stimulus
      1. Steps
    11. Technique 24: Provocation and Movement
      1. Steps
      2. Real Life Example
      3. Resource
    12. Technique 25: Forced Association
      1. Steps
      2. Additional Example
    13. Technique 26: Structured Abstraction
      1. Background
      2. Steps
      3. Resources
    14. Technique 27: Separation Principles
      1. Steps
      2. Example
      3. Additional Example—Manager Working in an Office
      4. Resources
    15. Technique 28: Substance Field Analysis
      1. Background
      2. Analyzing Substance-Field Problems
      3. The Five Solution Strategies
      4. Resources
    16. Technique 29: Biomimicry
      1. Steps
      2. Additional Example
      3. Resources
    17. Technique 30: KJ Method
      1. Steps
    18. Technique 31: Idea Sorting and Refinement
      1. Steps—Sorting
      2. Steps—Refinement
    19. Technique 32: Six Thinking Modes
      1. Background
      2. Steps
  10. Part III: Develop the Designs
    1. Technique 33: Functional Requirements
      1. Background
      2. Steps
    2. Technique 34: Axiomatic Design
      1. Background
      2. Independence Axiom
      3. Example—Information Axiom
      4. Steps
      5. Resources
    3. Technique 35: Function Structure
      1. Steps
      2. Resource
    4. Technique 36: Morphological Matrix
      1. Steps
      2. Additional Example
      3. Resources
    5. Technique 37: TILMAG
      1. Background
      2. Steps
    6. Technique 38: Work Cell Design
      1. Background
      2. Steps
      3. Resource
    7. Technique 39: Paired Comparison Analysis
      1. Steps
      2. Resource
    8. Technique 40: Pugh Matrix
      1. Steps
      2. Resource
    9. Technique 41: Process Capability
      1. Background
      2. Steps
    10. Technique 42: Robust Design
      1. Steps
      2. Resource
    11. Technique 43: Design Scorecards
      1. Background
      2. Steps
    12. Technique 44: Design Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
      1. Steps
      2. Resource
    13. Technique 45: Mistake Proofing
      1. Mistake Proofing Principles
      2. Steps
    14. Technique 46: Discrete Event Simulation
      1. Steps
      2. Resources
    15. Technique 47: Rapid Prototyping
      1. Background
      2. Steps
  11. Part IV: Demonstrate the Innovation
    1. Technique 48: Prototyping
      1. Steps
    2. Technique 49: Piloting
      1. Steps
    3. Technique 50: SIPOC Map
      1. Steps
    4. Technique 51: Process Map/Value Stream Map
      1. Background
      2. Steps—Future-State Process Map
      3. Steps—Future-State Value Stream Map
      4. Resources
    5. Technique 52: Measurement Systems Analysis
      1. Background
      2. Steps—Attribute MSA
      3. Steps—Variable MSA
      4. Resource
    6. Technique 53: Design of Experiments
      1. Steps
      2. Resource
    7. Technique 54: Conjoint Analysis
      1. Steps
      2. Resource
    8. Technique 55: Process Behavior Charts
      1. Steps
      2. Resources
    9. Technique 56: Cause & Effect Diagram
      1. Steps
    10. Technique 57: Cause & Effect Matrix
      1. Steps
    11. Technique 58: Control Plan
      1. Steps
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. Index