IDEAS - Panel beating

Now that you have finished your IDEAS assessment, what happens next? Having learned to use IDEAS, you can continue to use it in many ways. You can use it to provide a basis for ‘panel beating’ your ideas into a stronger proposition. You can use it as a method for re-evaluating your ideas each time you modify them. And you can use it as a framework for presenting your ideas to people who may be able to help you get them adopted. Here are some examples of ways in which you might modify your idea and improve its innovation feasibility rating.

  • Shaping - How can you modify your idea to address objections that would otherwise cause resistance?

  • Tailoring - Can you modify your idea to better fit stakeholder needs?

  • Strengthening - How can you increase the value of your idea?

  • Reinforcing - What can you do about your idea’s weak points?

  • Looking towards implementation - How can you modify your idea to enhance its chances of a successful implementation?

  • Key players - Who must be involved?

  • Comparison to the status quo - How does your idea compare to what it is replacing? Should you do further enhancement, expand or scale back the idea?

  • Potential faults or defects - What could possibly go wrong with this idea? What can you do about it?

  • Consequences - What are the immediate and long-term consequences of putting your idea into action?

  • Testability and prototyping - How can you try your idea on a small scale?

  • Pre-evaluation - How can you further modify your idea to meet the needs of those who will evaluate it?