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Ingenuity in Practice: A Guide for Clear Thinking [Spiral-bound]

P. Kirkham , S.P. Mosey , M.R. Binks , C. Thompson , S.P. Judge
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  • Spiral-bound: 103 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nottingham Institute for Enterprise and Innovation (Sep 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0956345301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956345301
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The HOW of thinking smarter 29 April 2010
Ingenuity in Practice is a great little book which acts as both an exploration of and a practical tool for the point where human psychology and active entrepreneurship meet. If you're in the business of coming up with innovative ideas, you should definitely give this book a go.

It covers plenty of academic background to innovation but without being heavy going and it's this basis that the practical part of the book is based on, taking the user in detail through a three-stage process of creative problem solving: Definition (or preparation), Discovery (ideas generation) and Determination (evaluation of ideas) - essentially the groundwork that needs to be done to come up with novel business ideas.

It gives plenty of clear guidelines such as seeking analogies from other areas, generating as many ideas as possible, and coming up with non-obvious ideas, along with the rationale for these techniques and real-life examples of how and why these have worked.

I like the way it talks about problems as things to be solved and that allow opportunities to be sought but if you're one of those people who believes that a problem can only be a negative thing try Wertheimer's expression "productive thinking" instead - that very much sums up the ethos of Ingenuity in Practice.

The book is peppered with examples of innovative products. I'd have liked a bit more mention of innovation in service delivery as I get a bit irritated by the popular view that innovation has to result in a gizmo - that's not the message of this book but it's a bee in my bonnet all the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Practice is the word! 28 April 2010
I actually use this book in my day to day work.

As an authority on Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Analysis this book really helps me develop clear thinking when it comes to deciding on a solution.

It is structured and very simple to understand. I have read a lot of books on this subject and this is one, if not the best on the subject. It gives you a ready made process.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent process to follow 27 April 2010
This clear and concise book presents a straightforward process for anyone who wants to bring more innovative thinking to their work. My company is called Deliberate Innovation because I'm passionate that acts of ingenuity can be open to all who have access to a great process and this is such a process.

Businesses and individuals can benefit by understanding the nature of the journey problem solvers need to take from problem definition through creativity to delivery. In this book the steps are titled: Define - Discover - Determine, and the fractal way in which these phases are used is simultaneously powerful and accessible.

The examples, quotes and stories that populate the book make it a pleasant read for those only casually interested in the subject, but the rigour of the method shows through at all times.

Will Woodward
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