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Have a Business Idea? 6 Ways to Research Your Industry. In their book, Start Your Own Business, the staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. guides you through the critical steps to starting a business, then supports you in surviving the first three years as a business owner. In this edited excerpt, the authors explain what secondary market research is and the different sources you can use to gather it. When conducting market research for your new business, you'll gather two types of data: primary and secondary.

Team-Based Software Innovation Welcome to the Essence homepage Just about everybody is for innovation, everybody talks about it and finds it vitally important, but somehow we seem to have a a shortage of methodological advice on how to make innovation more likely to occur in software development – at least at the level of the software team or project. Essence is an attempt to offer such advice and complement the contributions of other writers such as my good colleague, Jeremy Rose (Rose, J. (2010). Software Innovation: eight work-style heuristics for creative software developers. Aalborg, Software Innovation, Aalborg University). Do not follow the steps of your predecessors but do look for what they have been looking for. "I may not be cleverer than the others but I have a method" Rene Descartes (1596 - 1650) I first heard the name of Rene Descartes, one of the greatest minds and founder of the new philosophy during the first semesters of my university studies. The charisma of his personality, which has outlived his century, struck my mind with his impressive project - the creation of Regulaе ad directionen ingenii (Rules for guiding one's mind).

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A Computer-Model for the Creative Process Beyond Simple Brainstorming « Visualizing the Invisible To build computer systems which particularly support creativity, an abstract process model is necessary. Most creativity support systems used in practice, so far only address a simple gathering of ideas in the style of a less-strict version of the Brainstorming-technique. Our main goal was, to find a more generic model which allows for the instantiation of more complex creativity techniques.

Competitive Analysis - Small Business Encyclopedia Definition: Identifying your competitors and evaluating their strategies to determine their strengths and weaknesses relative to those of your own product or service . A competitive analysis is a critical part of your company marketing plan. With this evaluation, you can establish what makes your product or service unique--and therefore what attributes you play up in order to attract your target market. Evaluate your competitors by placing them in strategic groups according to how directly they compete for a share of the customer's dollar. For each competitor or strategic group, list their product or service, its profitability, growth pattern, marketing objectives and assumptions, current and past strategies, organizational and cost structure, strengths and weaknesses, and size (in sales) of the competitor's business.

The Ten Myths of Innovation: the best summary I wrote the bestselling book The Myths of Innovation to share the truths everyone should know about how big ideas really change the world. Far too much of what we know about creativity isn’t based on facts at all, and my mission is to change this. Since its publication I’ve seen bloggers summarize the book into simple lists (or cheezy videos), but here’s a version written by my own hand. You can also see my compilation of 177 innovation myths others have written about. The book was heavily researched with 100s of footnotes and references, but here’s the tightest summation:

Crowdsourcing vs Collective Intelligence. What's the diff? Thanks to intrepid design blogger, oyster fiend, and “bro”, John DiPalma and his solid blog at DesignRising, I’ve been coerced into writing much richer blog posts about the topics that I’m exploring. So, here goes the first in a series of attempts to share some meatier topics and the findings that I’m uncovering. As the title of this blog suggests (and if you’ve ventured as far as reading the “Project” section) I’m exploring the role of collective intelligence in design. When I describe my research to people, I usually start with the description of collective intelligence, and then quickly find myself falling back on the more commonly known crowdsourcing. If that doesn’t work, I run through others like open innovation and wisdom of crowds to try and paint a clearer picture for those that are unfamiliar with the concepts; all of which revolve around mass, open innovation. Collective Intelligence

- YouTube launches YouTube for Schools 0 Comments December 14, 2011 By: Dec 13 If You Are Creative, Are You Also Intelligent? According to an article in Newsweek , here in the United States we apparently have a creativity crisis . According to Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William and Mary, scores on the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking have been decreasing since the 1990's. The same article mentions that China is making a push to move away from rote memorization and adopt a more problem centered learning approach, perhaps like that of America.

How To Write A Business Plan Whether you’re starting or growing your business, you need a business plan. Your plan will provide the roadmap to achieve the success you want. The question shouldn’t be IF you write your plan, but how to write a business plan that will take your company where you want to go. Your business plan is essentially your answers to a comprehensive list of questions. The first and most important question is this: where do you want your business to go? Stated differently, what do you want your business to look like in three, five or even 10 or more years?

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