January 2, 2014 / Design Thinking / Creativity / Innovation

Why Innovative HR Leaders Prototype

Prototyping is not just for product design. Prototyping can also be used for intangible services or experiences, including human resource initiatives. Redesigning your high potential development program? That can be prototyped. Got an idea for branding your talent recruiting experience? A prototype can be done for that as well.

Why prototype instead of using PowerPoint to present your ideas? Tim Brown of IDEO often refers to prototyping as “building to think.” By making the intangible tangible through 3D modeling, ideas are bridged with innovation by using the right brain to liven up the solution, creating space for fresh thinking. The 3D models then become a symbol that can be tested with your employees to gather feedback through interviews and observation. Prototyping also offers a quick and cheap way to “fail fast,” one of the key principles of design thinking. In “failing fast,” more feedback can be gathered upfront and used to refine your idea before investments are made in HR program pilots.

For an experience with prototyping your human resource or talent management ideas, join us in our NEW Using Design Thinking in HR & Talent Management workshop or download our Executive Guide to Design Thinking for prototyping tips.

June 5, 2013 / Articles We Like / Recommended Reading

On “5 Ways Big Companies Can Pivot Like Lean Startups”

1672580-inline-750-light-broken2We share this article by Brian Millar because we really like the concepts of pivoting and repurposing – they make innovation more accessible to anyone – not just start-ups and creative geniuses.

Considering the failure rate of new products (about 70%), innovation makes or breaks companies, big and small. Drawing on Twitter, Groupon and Paypal’s road to success, the Fast Company article 5 Ways Big Companies Can Pivot Like Lean Startups offers pivoting as a concept for stimulating innovation in big companies.

Pivoting means repurposing ideas, prototypes, products or technology to meet an unmet need. And, to be successful at it, five concepts are introduced:

  • Force innovations to evolve rather than die
  • Gain insight into what consumers want
  • Play with technology – don’t test it – to uncover its purpose
  • Tell the right stories
  • Your company is also a prototype

Read it.

Think about it – what’s tripping up your organization? Stage gates? Too much of the wrong research? Not enough playing, prototyping, looking wide?

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