It’s tempting to believe that innovation will arrive in the form of a lightning bolt flash of inspiration. And maybe for Ben Franklin it did happen that way. But waiting for the perfect storm is a slow route to change. If storm clouds aren’t gathering on your horizon, try a more sure-fire route to innovation. Ask yourself – and everyone around you – some problem-finding questions.
Finding an innovative solution starts with recognizing a good problem to solve. Here are 10 of our favorite questions for problem finding.
- Where are the bottlenecks?
- What red tape could be eliminated?
- What goals do we never meet?
- What is the most likely problem we will face three years from now?
- What is the most likely problem our customers will face three years from now?
- What minor problem could grow into a bigger one?
- What would make us happy?
- What turf wars are hindering progress?
- What will be our biggest opportunity three years from now?
- What will be the biggest opportunity for our customers three years from now?
Do you have a great problem finding question? I’d love to hear it.