1) Idea Dilemma. Businesses are asked to be more innovative. Yet – there is far too little knowledge about how groundbreaking ideas are actually “created”. If an employee would ask their manager: “Teach me how to innovate – Step by step“. There is no concrete answer. Think big, think bold, think outside the box, come up with ideas… all nice but that is not really helpful. Design thinking helps turning ideas into reality, but not creating them.
2) Realization dilemma. So far most “great ideas” are rather accidental. Validating those accidental ideas isn’t easy either. The question “Is there maybe a better idea” arises instantly. Is it even plausible, feasible, is effort and result in a good balance? Working with accidental ideas – like most innovative ideas is very cumbersome – knowing that at best 1 out of 10 or 1 out 0f 100 may be the big hit.
3) Funding dilemma. Lots of great ideas get created. Big dreams surface frequently – but funding those accidental ideas with millions or billions of whatever currency is an enormous risk and usually kills those ideas at this stage, the latests.
4) Manageability dilemma. It appears to be obvious that an random or accidental act of innovation is unmanageable. It starts right with a timeline, time from problem discover to idea creation. Impossible to say (today). Time from idea creation to prototype – again impossible. The rest doesn’t need any further explanation.
Even though we have early versions of an ISO standard like 56003 it is not (yet) providing the answers for the innovation dilemma, which are desperately needed.