ARTICLES
from IdeaConnection's President,
Paul Wagorn

 
 

 
 
Britney Spears

Britney Spears, Oil Exploration and How to Help Your Company Innovate

Sep-12-18

There are countless examples of people who develop fantastic ideas and enjoy great success. A common thread is that the original inventor is involved all the way to the release of a commercial product. This is one of the many reasons why smaller companies are often so good at innovation - a small team keeps that passion all the way to the finish line in spite of the obstacles.

 
 

 
 
Punk Innovation

Punk Innovation: What you can Learn from Jugaad

Apr-13-16

Loosely translated, the Indian word Jugaad describes a philosophy of innovating at low cost, making do with what you have immediately on hand. When you find yourself in a bind and you need to get going quickly and frugally, you need to come up with a creative and effective solution using materials and ideas not normally used for your application. You need to break the rules – that is Jugaad.

 
 

 
 
Crowdsourcing Mistakes

8 Big Crowdsourcing Mistakes

Mar-09-16

Crowdsourcing and open innovation can be powerful tools. Throw out a problem, and a solution bounces back – usually quickly, and for a relatively low cost. Then why is it that so many companies fail to get everything out of crowdsourcing that they had hoped for? The majority of the time it’s because they make critical mistakes.

 
 

 
 
Involve some Non-experts

Want to Solve a Problem? Involve some Non-experts

Aug-06-15

Skill can dramatically speed up the problem solving process. The downside is that the very know-how that drives intuition can also result in bias. Bias can often result in prematurely discarding potentially interesting solutions, and can also discourage asking those all-important stupid questions that can sometimes lead to disruptive ideas.

 
 

 
 
The importance of asking stupid questions

The Importance of Asking Stupid Questions

Feb-08-15

If we were trying to decide what to do with prisoners of war, our brains would automatically shut down ideas like “let’s treat them like royalty”, because they don’t make any sense within the context. But - if we can allow these ridiculous ideas to churn about in our brains without being judged, they can lead to all sorts of great ideas.

 
 

 
 
Why open innovation portals fail

Why Open Innovation Portals Fail, and Best Practices for Success

Apr-22-14

Companies set up their portals hoping that external contributors will deliver product innovation gold. But what they end up with are often low quality ideas with little or no commercial value. Often they receive far too many submissions and the exercise becomes a waste of time and money as a lot of internal resources are monopolized to read, track and evaluate them.

 
 

 
 
Make your open innovation project successful

Burn the Ships – Make your Open Innovation Project Successful

Apr-11-14

Open Innovation is hard. There are always going to be people at your company who are, at best unconvinced. At worst, they actually want it to fail. When failure is an option, there is a lack of commitment. It takes vision, leadership, buy-in and most of all commitment from ALL of the stakeholders to make it through.

 
 

 
 
The problems with crowdsourcing and how to fix them

The Problems with Crowdsourcing and How to Fix Them

Apr-08-14

Crowdsourcing seems like a great solution – put your problem out there, and wait for a solution from the masses. There are many unforeseen, even fatal difficulties companies encounter while engaging in crowdsourcing efforts. In some case these difficulties completely eclipse the benefits, potentially resulting in an unfulfilled promise and a disillusioned corporate team.

 
 

 
 
Unconventional success

Unconventional Success

Apr-09-14

How is it possible that IdeaConnection is able to put together a team of 5 people who don’t know each other to solve a problem that seems out of reach to a company’s 5,000 dedicated researchers? A look at what goes into IdeaConnection’s amazing success at solving some of the most difficult problems.

 
 

 
 
Open innovation, teams and tea parties

Open Innovation, Teams and Tea Parties

Jan-15-14

One of the beautiful things about teams is that, like crowdsourcing, you still tap into the minds of many diverse people – but the team dynamic does a lot of the preliminary work for you. They carefully consider each idea and option, they research the ideas and think them through, putting them through a peer-review-like process.