5 Steps to Have an Innovative Brainstorm

For every project I embark on, be it professional or personal, it all starts with an idea and a brainstorm. But how does one go about planning what can be a freeform and creative process based on flighty inspiration? Can you plan out how you will innovate?

I think not, but you can set yourself up for success. You can steer your way towards innovation. And the best place to start, is the beginning at the brainstorm. Here are the steps that I follow:

1. Ideate. Throw ideas around, free of reality restraint. Go for the game-changer than will fulfill any lacking. Be as creative and innovative as possible.
2. Vet. Give your idea a healthy dose of reality—what could stand in your idea’s way? What are sticking points and stumbling blocks? This is where you anticipate and plan how to navigate obstacles.


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For every project I embark on, be it professional or personal, it all starts with an idea and a brainstorm. But how does one go about planning what can be a freeform and creative process based on flighty inspiration? Can you plan out how you will innovate?
I think not, but you can set yourself up […]

For every project I embark on, be it professional or personal, it all starts with an idea and a brainstorm. But how does one go about planning what can be a freeform and creative process based on flighty inspiration? Can you plan out how you will innovate?

I think not, but you can set yourself up for success. You can steer your way towards innovation. And the best place to start, is the beginning at the brainstorm. Here are the steps that I follow:

  1. Ideate. Throw ideas around, free of reality restraint. Go for the game-changer than will fulfill any lacking. Be as creative and innovative as possible.
  2. Vet. Give your idea a healthy dose of reality—what could stand in your idea’s way? What are sticking points and stumbling blocks? This is where you anticipate and plan how to navigate obstacles.
  3. Structure. Put your vetted ideas into a structured format. Match your idea with your objectives. Sometimes we become a little too attached to our ideas that we cannot see the flaws in the grand plan. A way around that is to log your idea and wait a little between vetting and structuring the idea, or involving different team members.
  4. Measure. Once you’ve come up with an idea that can withstand reality and is matched with your objectives to achieve, you have to decide how you will measure success. Your metrics are unique to the project—a personal project will have different criteria for success than a professional one!
  5. Third Party Opinion. As I mentioned earlier, sometimes we become a little too attached to our ideas. Get an outsider’s opinion. A fresh set of eyes can work wonders!

By following these steps, I find that my brainstorms can achieve my goals and objectives by creating innovative solutions to problems. How do you keep your brainstorms productive for innovation?

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Autor: Gabriel Catalano - human being | (#IN).perfección®

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