Humans have been innovating since before…well…just about everything. In fact, our ability to innovate is, in large part, what makes us human. Yet for all of our success and experience, we still have little actual knowledge of the innovation process. The Innovator’s Toolkit changes that by providing a step-by-step guide to systematic, repeatable, reliable innovation.
Following years of research by their team of more than 20 researchers, Samuel, Silverstein and DeCarlo draw upon the entire team’s personal experiences and insights as well as best-in-class research from people like Clayton Christensen of the Harvard Business School, Eric von Hippel of MIT, Edward de Bono, Michael Kirton, George Land, and many others.
While these many brilliant minds have codified elements of the process by which humans innovate, the Innovator’s Toolkit offers the first systematic approach that can be referred to as a methodology, not merely a set of tools.
The authors’ D4 Process (Design, Discover, Develop, Demonstrate) enables individuals and teams to follow a step-by-step process, drawing upon proven tools and approaches, while still encouraging the freedom of thought that is ultimately at the heart of all innovation.
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|Exhibit 3.1||Outcome Expectations||21||Download|
|Exhibit 3.2||Opportunity Prioritization||25||Download|
|Exhibit 7.2||Problem Statement Prioritization Matrix||54||Download|
|Exhibit 8.1||Nine Windows Architecture||58||Download|
|Exhibit 8.2||Nine Windows Solution Ideas||62||Download|
|Exhibit 9.1||Job Scoping||65||Download|
|Exhibit 10.1||Stakeholder Diagnostic||70||Download|
|Exhibit 10.2||Power and Influence Map||71||Download|
|Exhibit 10.3||Leverage Matrix||73||Download|
|Exhibit 12.1||Innovation Project Charter||84||Download|
|Exhibit 13.2||Initial Assumptions||93||Download|
|Exhibit 13.3||Reverse Income Statement||94||Download|
|Exhibit 13.4||Pro Forma Operations Specs||94||Download|
|Exhibit 13.5||Updated Income Statement||95||Download|
|Exhibit 13.6||Milestones and Assumptions||97||Download|
|Exhibit 15.3||Functional Analysis and Trimming Worksheet||113||Download|
|Exhibit 17.2||Creative Challenge Matrix||128||Download|
|Exhibit 18.1||HIT Matrix||132||Download|
|Exhibit 19.1||SCAMPER Guidelines and Example||135||Download|
|Exhibit 20.1||Brainwriting 6-3-5||139||Download|
|Exhibit 21.1||Imaginary Brainstorming||142||Download|
|Exhibit 24.1||Provocation and Movement||156||Download|
|Exhibit 26.3||Contradiction Matrix Cross Section||170||Download|
|Exhibit 31.1||Idea Sorting—Before||200||Download|
|Exhibit 31.2||Idea Sorting—After||202||Download|
|Exhibit 31.3||Idea Refinement—Operationalize the Idea||203||Download|
|Exhibit 31.4||Idea Refinement—Reinforce the Idea||204||Download|
|Exhibit 33.1||Functional Requirements||220||Download|
|Exhibit 36.1||Morphological Matrix||238||Download|
|Exhibit 36.2||Morphological Matrix Design Concepts||239||Download|
|Exhibit 36.3||Another Morphological Matrix Example||240||Download|
|Exhibit 37.1||TILMAG Matrix||243||Download|
|Exhibit 37.2||TILMAG Design Concepts||244||Download|
|Exhibit 40.1||Pugh Matrix Example||259||Download|
|Exhibit 43.1||Overall Performance Scorecard||276||Download|
|Exhibit 43.3||Overall Component Scorecard||280||Download|
|Exhibit 43.4||Component Scorecard||281||Download|
|Exhibit 43.5||Overall Process Scorecard||282||Download|
|Exhibit 43.6||Process Scorecard||283||Download|
|Exhibit 44.1||Design FMEA||287||Download|
|Exhibit 44.2||Severity of Effect||288||Download|
|Exhibit 44.3||Likelihood of Occurrence||289||Download|
|Exhibit 44.4||Likelihood that Control Will Detect or Prevent Failure||290||Download|
|Exhibit 48.1||Function Audit||320||Download|
|Exhibit 49.1||Pilot Charter||324||Download|
|Exhibit 50.2||SIPOC Map||332||Download|
|Exhibit 52.1||Attribute MSA Worksheet||344||Download|
|Exhibit 52.2||Attribute MSA Results||345||Download|
|Exhibit 54.1||Conjoint Analysis Matrix||356||Download|
|Exhibit 54.2||Conjoint Analysis Ratings||357||Download|
|Exhibit 54.3||Conjoint Analysis Utility Score||358||Download|
|Exhibit 56.1||Common Cause & Effect Diagram Categories||369||Download|
|Exhibit 57.1||Cause & Effect Matrix||372||Download|
|Exhibit 58.1||Control Plan||376||Download|
This book delivers the tools needed to unlock the creative potential of employees in any organization. It’s the missing link between making an organization great at what it does today (operational efficiencies) and also successful at what it will do tomorrow (revenue growth). Get ready to re-examine core assumptions about how you run your business.
Global Director of Lean Enterprise, Nike
A business book that is also a practical guide! This book isn’t about new concepts; it’s about bringing innovation concepts together into one place and providing clear, concise, step-by-step mentoring. If you are serious about heading down the path of innovation, this book is a great reference.
President and Chief Operating Officer,
Avis Budget Group, Inc.
A definitive and one-of-a-kind work, this book packs more innovation know-how under its hood than any other resource available. Silverstein and his coauthors have successfully connected the scattered dots of organic growth into an unbelievably cohesive, elegant, and actionable framework.
PhD, Senior Partner, Korn/Ferry International, and coauthor of How to Run a Company
Driving organic growth is one thing. Driving it and realizing it on a large-scale and sustainable basis throughout a corporation is quite another. The system and techniques in this book enable many more, rather than fewer, to innovate and to repeatedly meet organic growth objectives.
Executive Vice President, Avnet, Inc.
This book is truly the first and only of its kind. Its authors do an incredible job of showing how creativity and ideation techniques work hand-in-hand with Lean and Six Sigma tools to manifest the innovation agenda.
PhD, Director of Quality Management, ADVA Optical Networking, Munich, Germany
The Innovator’s Toolkit is a practical, well-thought-out work that is immediately usable for anyone or any company interested in enhancing innovation in an enterprise. Well done!
President, Innovation Insurance Group
The Innovator’s Toolkit provides a repeatable, reliable methodology that promises to be every bit as effective at driving innovation and organic growth as Lean Six Sigma has been for driving process improvement. The tools in this book are a valuable addition to any business excellence initiative.
Vice President of Business Excellence, NewPage Corporation
This is not just a book to read and ponder. It’s an enormously practical framework that my team and I use to execute day-to-day product management activities. I have become a Jobs to be Done evangelist!
Executive Head of Business Mobility, Vodacom South Africa