“CONSTRAINTS?!?”, I hear you scream. “Constraints? There are no constraints in innovation. All crazy ideas are great!
Try this exercise:
Write down your problem or challenge, then apply some constraints to any solution and see how it changes your thinking.
i.e. How might we create a better customer experience for our clients?
Here are a few constraints to get you started:
- We need to do it in three days
- What could we do if we had no budget?
- What if we can’t use email to communicate?
- What if I had to do this by myself?
- What would I do if I could assemble any team I wanted for this?
- If we could only focus on one thing to solve this, what would it be?
NOTE: Don’t limit yourself to just one answer per question!
These constraints force you to shift your thinking and provide fresh perspectives on the problem. Will these constraints provide an immediate answer? Possibly. Will they provide some new insights into the problem itself? Definitely.
If you want to look at things differently, constraints can be useful. Use them to shift your thinking and embrace them to power innovation, instead of believing that they hinder it.
Here’s to some fresh, new thinking.
If you need to get your business team to start collaborating and bringing their diverse ideas to the table, VisualFunk can help you. Contact us today and we can help you create design thinking sprints, creativity and problem-solving workshops and more.
Simon Banks, Director of VisualFunk