Innovation tournaments

Another option open to agencies for filtering ideas is to use an innovation tournament. Because there are many ideas and only some of them are going to be appropriate, effective and feasible, one of the most valuable tools an agency can have is a means to filter and select ideas. In an innovation tournament, a mass of ideas is progressively filtered via a series of competitions to narrow down the potential opportunities. It is a means of trying to select the best ideas with the most potential.

The different rounds use different criteria. This approach works best if there is clear agreement about what the most important set of criteria is, which is likely to be determined by the organisation’s strategy and associated priorities.

If such a process is used, it should be factored into the design and parameters of any ideas management system that is introduced.

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