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Brain Writing 6-3-5 Template

This tool encourages equal opportunity ideation between all participants, regardless of their standing within the team or organzations.  Use when the group is in danger of domination by certain participants, or when team members may hold back because of the group makeup.

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Cause and Effect Diagram

Investigate the root causes of performance problems.  Use this tool, also known as fishbone diagram to brainstorm and categorize the variables that might be causing poor performance in your new process, product service or solution.  Use Process Capability to determine if you are having any performance issues or defect problems that need to be solved.

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Cause and Effect Matrix

Identify the key input-output relationships in need of attention. Use this tool to determine which critical process inputs have the most impact on your process output.  You can use this tool after the Cause & Effect Diagram has been completed to determine which of the inputs (X) are causing the greatest issues.

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Control Plan Worksheet

Ensure that your new solution becomes commercialized as planned.  Use this tool to ensure that your innovation will produce or deliver according to your careful design regardless of location, personnel, environment or are variables that you won't be able to control.   Development of the Control Plan can be assisted by the Process Map / Value Stream map, Design FMEA and Measurement System Analysis.

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  • Performance Excellence
Heuristic Ideation Technique (HIT) Matrix

Compare existing solutions to spark new breakthroughs.  Used to compare the characteristics of two seemingly unrelated products or services to develop new ideas.

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Heuristic Redefinition

This form will help you create a picture of your system and its parts to focus ideation.  Use this when your Job-to-be-Done (JTBD) is not well defined, or is broad rather than targeted in nature and you need more specificity to take meaningful innovation action.

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Idea Harvesting and Treatment

Organize and shape your ideas to improve your idea yield.   Use this tool to make your ideas more practical, viable and more appealing to those funding the innovation project.  Are the ideas immediately applicable or do you need to overcome some constraints, such as cost, time, resources or perception?

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Imaginary Brainstorming

Sometimes to come up with the breakthrough idea you must get silly for the sake of creativity.  Use this tool when you are struggling to develop innovative ideas around a particular area.

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Innovation Financial Management

Constantly improve your assumption-to-knowledge ratio.  At the beginning of a project use this form to evaluate the feasibility of your innovation before putting too much time, money and resources into it.  As you move through the implementation continue to visit this form to make sure your assumptions are still accurate and the project is still viable.

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Innovation Project Charter

Keep your innovation team focused and on track using this worksheet.   Use this tool to define your project so that all team members and stakeholders understand what the project is and is not to help you manage the risks associated with innovation.

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  • Change Management