Jumpstart Your Ideation Process with Creativity Triggers
Ideate at the platform level Generate business model ideas Brainstorm product and service features
Ideating at the platform level
The term “platform level” does not refer to a product family platform (such as a frame for a family of automobiles). It describes the value delivery platform, which is the system into which features are integrated and is the glue that holds those features in place.
For example, several value delivery platforms exist today to help people perform the job of removing food particles from their teeth. The most obvious and common platform consists of a set of fixed bristles on a plastic handle.
Use product platform creativity triggers for conceptualizing altogether new product and service platforms. Ideas for specific product or service features should be added only after management has approved the value delivery platform.
Creativity triggers for product platforms:
Make the platform virtual
Make the platform capable of performing additional jobs
Make the platform identify and self-correct its mistakes
Generating business model ideas
Before investing in a new product or service, management typically wants to know if the platform concept can make money. To ensure that it can, you must support the concept at this stage of the idea generation process by a basic business model.
The basic business model is only focused on product cost and revenue generation opportunities that relate directly to the product and on the contributors to the cost of production.
The basic-business-model creativity triggers will help innovation teams create an inventive cost and revenue equation. To achieve optimal results:
Identify the biggest contributors to variable cost and use the variable-cost-reduction triggers to devise ways of reducing those costs.
Use the revenue generation triggers to devise ways of increasing revenue.
Use the fixed-cost reduction triggers to minimize fixed costs associated with production.
Add a product-related revenue source (e.g. offer optional features)
Collect revenue at a different point in time or a different frequency
Creativity triggers for reducing fixed costs
Use other people’s money to pay for capital investments
Pass a fixed cost on to the community (e.g. regulatory fees, taxes)
Make a fixed cost variable
Brainstorming product and service features
If senior managers conclude that a concept can make money, they will deem it worthy of pursuit and release it to the next stage. At this juncture, you can identify the product features that should be included on the platform.
At this stage of the ideation process, you need to generate ideas at the feature level.
A feature is defined here as something tangible or intangible that performs a function that allows customers to better satisfy a desired outcome. A feature is integrated into a value delivery platform and may take many forms, such as:
A piece of information
A component, material, or part of a physical object
When generating feature ideas, focus on one underserved outcome at a time.
Creativity triggers for product features:
Combine multiple features into a single feature
Combine existing features so they perform a critical function
Use the feedback from one function to assist in performing another function
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