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Innovation 'Doesn't Just Happen'
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10/31/2014 | 10:27:31 PM
Re: Innovation - Art or science?
@tzubair - I think innovation is not an art it's just a way of thinking creatively. Looking at the process differently or from a different perspective part of innovation. 
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tzubair,
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10/31/2014 | 5:18:56 PM
Re: Innovation - Art or science?
"Innovation is a mix of both. Without an artistic brain, you cannot create something that will appeal to the masses, it may do the work perfectly well, but it just wouldn't fit."

@yalanand: Nobody can deny the importance of an artistica approach. However, I think most companies are forced to adopt a scientific approach at some point when they want to quantify the outcomes and measure the success. If you continue the artistic way, you can't really know where you stand and you're headed for.
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10/31/2014 | 2:13:13 PM
Re: Innovation - Art or science?
"@Rob: What would be your take if you were asked if innovation is an art or a science? Historically, it has always been an art and some of the biggest innovators who've lived like Leonardo Da Vinci have been artists themselves. Yet, today we see companies having a very scientific approach towards it and the process of innovating seems to be very rigid and lack creativity."

Innovation is a mix of both. Without an artistic brain, you cannot create something that will appeal to the masses, it may do the work perfectly well, but it just wouldn't fit. For example: try working in an oval screen rather than a flat screen monitor, you'll see where it leads you.

Most companies use the scientific approach because mostly they hire someone to innovate on the products design and artistry values.
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10/31/2014 | 2:09:34 PM
Re: Innovation Paths
"@SunitaT0, I was with you until #3.  I don't think you need to do a lot of investment in R&D to be innovative. I think that most of your innovation should be internal, not something you are marketing.  To support the other 3 points, yes people should be allowed to openly talk about ideas, you pick the ones that are within the realm of possibility and you get those moving forward no matter whose idea it was.  The last point can be looked at in a two fold manner, first are your internal processes making you competitive in the market if not start innovating there and are your products innovative in the market, that one is pretty obvious."

Innovation can also come in the form of smarter working in the workplace. This can be achieved by clever guidance/hacks/tricks from management telling employees to work smart. Smarter working leads to better time management and greater productivity.
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10/31/2014 | 7:29:32 AM
Re: Innovation Paths
@SunitaT0, I was with you until #3.  I don't think you need to do a lot of investment in R&D to be innovative. I think that most of your innovation should be internal, not something you are marketing.  To support the other 3 points, yes people should be allowed to openly talk about ideas, you pick the ones that are within the realm of possibility and you get those moving forward no matter whose idea it was.  The last point can be looked at in a two fold manner, first are your internal processes making you competitive in the market if not start innovating there and are your products innovative in the market, that one is pretty obvious.
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10/30/2014 | 10:53:23 PM
Innovation - Art or science?
@Rob: What would be your take if you were asked if innovation is an art or a science? Historically, it has always been an art and some of the biggest innovators who've lived like Leonardo Da Vinci have been artists themselves. Yet, today we see companies having a very scientific approach towards it and the process of innovating seems to be very rigid and lack creativity.
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10/30/2014 | 10:49:29 PM
Innovation Paths
Innovation is a big headache when it comes to management. For innovation to succeed there must be some steps to follow:

1. Ideas should flow

2. People from all working titles should throw in ideas and those ideas should be heard (this may sound impossible but a mutual understanding between management and technical department can be developed)

3. More investment in R&D

4. Keeping in a state of constant competition with other companies.


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