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generation of ideas in an environment free of judgment or dissension with the goal of creating solutions
development of original ideas
design thinking
method to focus the design and development decisions of a product on the needs of the customer, typically involving an empathy-driven process to define complex problems and create solutions that address those problems
diffusion chasm
most critical point of adoption, which often occurs at the end of the early adoption phase, before the early majority steps in and truly confirms (or not) the diffusion of an invention
disruptive innovation
process that significantly impacts the market by making a product or service more affordable and/or accessible often by smaller companies in an industry
human ability to feel what other humans are feeling, which in the context of creativity, innovation, and invention is essential to beginning a process of human-centric design
purposeful process of opening up one’s mind to new trains of thought that branch out in many directions from a stated purpose or problem
incremental innovation
innovation that modifies an existing product or service
new idea, process, or product, or a change to an existing product or process
truly novel product, service, or process that, though based on ideas and products that have come before, represents a leap, a creation truly novel and different
iterative development
process in which inventors and innovators continuously engage with potential customers in order to develop their products and their consumer bases at the same time
lateral thinking
free and open thinking in which established patterns of logical thought are purposefully ignored or even challenged
linear thinking
logical, step-by-step process
minimum viable product (MVP)
early version or prototype of a product that may not be polished or complete but that functions well enough that you can begin to market it or test it with potential users
open innovation
searching for and finding solutions outside of the organizational structure
pain point
problem that people have with a product or service that might be addressed by creating a modified version that solves the problem
pioneering innovation
one based on a new technology, a new advancement in the field, and/or an advancement in a related field that leads to the development of a new product
scientific method
most often associated with the natural sciences, outlines the process to discover an answer to a question or a problem
user interface
what the user sees and interacts with
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