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Inculcating Innovation

How to build a process to find the next big idea.

Publication:
Six Sigma Forum Magazine
Date:
November 2010
Issue:
Volume 10 Issue 1
Pages:
pp. 21-24
Author(s):
Goncalves, Alexis
Organization(s):
Pfizer Inc., New York, NY

Abstract

Companies seeking a competitive advantage must be able to manage ideas effectively. Idea management focuses on identifying and selecting the relatively few ideas of exceptional quality out of a stream of raw concepts. In 2006 Pfizer developed an electronic platform to facilitate idea management, bringing together people for brainstorming and problem solving. The tool helps users by capturing rough ideas and enabling developing, sharing, and reviewing ideas seen as strong potential contributors toward strategic goals. The system uses a problem solving strategy that supports a campaign as it moves through the classic stages of divergence toward convergence. Pfizer has used its idea management platform with groups ranging from 200 to 20,000 participants, developing ideas on a broad range of subjects, and ultimately avoiding $200 million in costs while identifying $100 million in concepts under development.

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