How do you move from idea to something real?
Once your inspiration system is up and running, having plenty of ideas will not be a problem. Now you simply need to have the right processes in place to handle the ideas. Screening
To decide if an idea is right for development, you need a screening process. Base it on specific criteria, not a subjective feel. Having a "gut instinct" about an idea isn't good enough unless you're Warren Buffet.
When you've pulled a list of potential ideas from your inspiration system, or your last team meeting, or your employee suggestion box, put them next to the criteria you have in place. Some will fit. Some won't. Decision
The options for a decisions are few: for each idea, you can hold it, get rid of it, or move forward with it.
Ideas that don't pass the initial screening are automatically eliminated. The others? Well, you only have so much time, attention, and resources to put into idea development.
Which of the screened ideas fit best with the current priorities, interests, and capabilities your business has? Choose the best fits for moving forward. Mark the rest for holding and toss them into storage. Read more...