Rapid innovation techniques

When time is short, but you’re looking for some rapid innovation, use one of the following fail-safe innovation techniques.



  •  Spot an interesting invention, business or process outside of your world

  •  Identify & record the attributes (the components that make is good)

  •  Force yourself to incorporate these attributes on a process or project you have


  • Find a problem and define what the problem is, who and how it affects people?

  • Determine the cause of the problem

  • Identify the key attributes (parts of the problem)

  • Solve the problems part by part


  •  If you could start what you are doing from scratch what would you differently?

  •  How can you get other people to help collaborate on the project?

  •  Think of what prototype could you create to represent the idea?


  • Map the touch points/steps of what you are doing already (list them or mind map the steps)

  • Identify just one touch point to work on (insignificant ones can be good)

  • Apply one of the following promotes to the touch point. Speed up, slow down, reverse, modify, substitute, strengthen, combine


  • Identify the key touch point element of your process

  • If you had to remove the key touch point what would you need to do to survive? 

  • If you really couldn't remove it what could you substitute it with?



Nils Vesk

Founder of Ideas with Legs | Innovation speaker | consultant | author

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