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The Innovator's Toolkit: 50+ Techniques for Predictable and Sustainable Organic Growth Hardcover – October 27, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470345357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470345351
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a well-written, confident and comprehensive volume that should form partt of any forward-thinking business leader's library." (Quality World, June 2009) "...this book offers a valuable bonus. It outlines the curriculum of a training programme that can be readily adapted" (Edge, June 2009)

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Growing a company isn't easy—and it's even more difficult to do on a sustainable basis if you don't have a system for innovation built into your organization. The Innovator's Toolkit explains more than fifty fundamental tools and concepts that anyone involved with innovation should know—including methods and strategies for improving products and services and techniques for developing new ones.

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Success with organic growth, the authors reveal, takes a lot more than ideas, or even great ideas. It takes a base of managers and employees who can skillfully apply all the necessary techniques and tools of innovation—not just the creative ones.

This book offers a practical framework for making innovation predictable and sustainable in any organization, with techniques—from basics like "imaginary brainstorming" to "axiomatic design." The tools and techniques are organized around a four-step innovation methodology—define, discover, develop, and demonstrate—that takes readers through problem identification, then flows into idea generation, idea selection, and, finally,idea implementation.

Written in an easy-to-use reference format that helps readers understand why, when, and how to apply each tool, The Innovator's Toolkit provides the means to move an innovation mountain in your organization, making rebirth and invention an everyday event—not an unexpected surprise.


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I did appreciate their comments on several tools where it would be best to have a expert facilitate using the tool.
Rene Kapik
I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a fresh perspective on innovation as well as a resource of tools that can help in a variety of situations.
Myron Hosea
The book teaches the Design, Discover, Develop and Demonstrate systematic innovation process which allows anyone to be innovative.
Robert Cardone

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Brian Glassman on March 30, 2009
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This book presents many useful tools for Innovation with many of them focusing on the front end of innovation. However, one should have a broad understanding of the innovation process before applying these tools. For example, applying six-sigma to the front end of innovation would result in total failure as was noted by I believe it was GE.
This book is well organized by tool types, but again I would only recommend applying these tools if you have a firm and strong understanding of the innovation process, because I have came across in the book many occasions were they recommend a tool but I would not. I would recommend buying because it is a great reference!
Brian Glassman

Ph.D in Innovation management from Purdue
Innovation Management
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Smith on August 28, 2009
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A real Innovator's Toolkit that should be in the backpack of anyone who fancies themself a facilitator or change agent. Chocker-block full of both well-known tools and as well as new ideas and concepts on how to apply them. The why (theory) and how (application/techniques) of each of the of the 50 tools is clearly explained step-by-step. A first-class extra for innovation practitioners and facilitators are the downloadable blank versions of forms for many of the tools at [...] The authors give some excellent models of how people solve problems by describing four "classes" of problems: (1) Well-defined problems; (2) Well-defined - but unclear and requiring exploration; (3) Solution clear but the problem is fuzzy -new applications for existing solutions; (4) problem and solutions both undefined - unknown territory. Taking how people PREFER to solve thoses classes of problems to the next level, the authors provide some insights into cognitive style in the context of both of individuals and teams. An overview of KAI (Kirton Adaption-Innovation) theory helps explain differences between more adpative and more innovative problem solving styles. Tools and techniques range from simple, easy to use to the more complex that require more time and skilled facilitation (i.e., deeper knowledge and understanding).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BlackCepia on September 6, 2010
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Innovation is a subject that attracts a lot of attention now that companies struggle to size a shrinking market and consumers with less buying power than previous years. The idea of a compendium of the Innovation tools and techniques is very interesting for people tasked with the creation of new sources of revenue. The book comes from that foundamental idea, but the content is too shallow to even support a deep exploration into any of the methdologies. No comparative analysis between methodologies or use case scenarios, no best fit or recommendations; just a simple description (and sometimes less than that). It would be close to impossible to achieve expert skills from a single book, but a guidanece for further exploration is not new for many subjects. Great idea, poor execution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By clanke on January 7, 2011
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I found the book useful as a general reference. It covers a lot of tools for innovation, but in a very general sense. If I need/want details, I can look up other refs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Watson on November 12, 2008
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The day after I received "The Innovator's Toolkit" I was already putting the concept of "Jobs to be Done" to good use while facilitating a team meeting. As the authors mention in the preface, there is a dearth of actionable Innovation books in the market and this book succeeds in filling that void. The Innovator's Toolkit, authored by the CEO and Chief Innovation Officer at Breakthrough Management Group, is yet another example of this consulting firm's track record of fulfilling the unmet needs of forward thinking leaders in the private and public sectors. I highly recommend "The Innovator's Toolkit".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rene Kapik on December 22, 2008
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This is an excellent summary of innovation tools. I did feel that many of the tools were repackaged TRIZ concepts, but despite that it is an excellent introduction, as well as a great reference on how to perform many important tools. I did appreciate their comments on several tools where it would be best to have a expert facilitate using the tool.
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The techniques are ok, but sometimes I desired more details and more examples about the form of using the technique.
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By Francisco on November 17, 2013
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This book is one of the best in terms of creativity and business innovation. The tools are explained briefly and synthetic, showing when to be used and the expected results. The authors don't use a lot of talk: they go straight to the point.

However, I felt that some tools were somewhat complex and its presentation only scratch the surface - which caused some misunderstandings. The literature sources could also be more numerous.
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