Instead, prove an idea is bad enough to stop

My question for today: did you design your innovation system to make it easier to say “no” to proposals?

I’d say most innovation system designs do just that.

That’s what stage gates and all the other tools we use to select ideas are really.

They’re tools for saying “no” to the vast majority of things, so we can find the few “great” things that drives the most value. Their basic premise is “prove this idea is good enough”.

But perhaps we should reconsider that notion.

Why not make it all about proving an idea is bad enough to stop.

A simple inversion, but one which makes a big difference to innovation outcomes, I think.

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