Activity: Frugal innovation This is an approach to innovation which is based on the principle of simplification – finding solutions to a problem which solve the problem but without adding unnecessary costs or adding unwanted functions. A description can be found in the ‘Deep dive’ section of the Portal and some case examples include
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Frugal innovation is a term increasingly used to describe an approach to innovation which is simple and sustainable. It grew out of experiences in locations where shortages of key resources required ingenious solutions to problems and where the simplicity of such innovations permits their widespread diffusion.
5 whys This simple but powerful tool can help strip away the apparent problem to get through to the root problem which is the one we need to solve.
How to statements A useful tool in creative problem solving is the ‘how to’ statement which provides a powerful way of reframing the problem. For example, consider the problem of a city council concerned with the amount of graffiti being scrawled on bridges, walls, trains and other surfaces. It regularly receives
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This case study, researched by Professor Mickey Howard and Dr Sally Jeanrenaud of Exeter University, looks at the innovative approach to its supply chain adopted by the floor coverings company Desso. It highlights the potential of such innovation and also some of the management challenges involved.
The Deming Wheel (PDCA cycle) W. Edwards Deming was one of the architects of the quality revolution which transformed the shape of manufacturing and then service industry in the late 20th century. His pioneering work on how quality could be managed as a system originally developed in the USA but it was in
Metaphor is a powerful tool for generating fresh insights in creative problem-solving. It helps us ‘get out of the box’ in our thinking and offers new perspectives on problems we are trying to solve. See also analogy, brainstorming
Analogies offer a powerful way to generate new ideas based on linking similar worlds or properties to give fresh a fresh perspective. See also levels of abstraction, DOME project
Levels of abstraction This is a tool to help identify new insights and solutions by searching for analagous problems in other fields. See also analogies, DOME project, cause and effect diagram, and frequency chart