Ideas often emerge spontaneously and from a specific requirement. They are often used in order to find a solution to a particular dilemma. Sharing thoughts is important, since the production and further development of ideas in a group is more fruitful than with individuals. The implementation of solutions also requires a number of people and their commitment. Look for flashes of wit! Promote people to bring out ideas!
Achieving creative ideas requires intense thinking, which is enhanced by an encouraged and creative state of mind, plus a dash of inspiration. In such a state it is easy to come up with new ideas that may initially seem a little unorthodox, and ideas can emerge as if by magic. The atmosphere in the community or team has a major effect on the production of ideas. Genuine and trusting interaction in the team sets up a good basis for coming up with ideas. When considering such a brainstorming team, gather together persons who complement each other. Use the competence available in JAMK extensively, across school borders.
Creative thinking and facilitation
Creative thinking can be divided into two phases: divergent thinking and convergent thinking. Both phases are necessary for achieving a fruitful outcome. During the divergent phase the goal is to produce as many new and bold ideas as possible, forming a pool of ideas from which the final ideas are selected for further processing in the convergent phase. You can use the facilitators for creative problem solutions and innovation that are available through JAMK, if needed. Facilitation involves separating the operating method from the subject matter. The facilitator is neutral towards the content and focuses on the progress of team activities. Participants create the content of the work. for any facilitation issues you can get help from JAMK RDI Services.
Identifying a good project idea
Could the solution be executed as a project? When considering an idea more thoroughly, you will come up against the question, what would a good project idea that is executed by us be like? At the least it should cover the following points:
- be in line with the JAMK strategy
- be customer-orientated, with a verified demand
- should proceed from working life
- be feasible
- be reasonable to execute as a project
Discuss your idea with your school’s R&D Manager.
Further processing of a project idea
Identify those parties whom the project idea concerns:
- Who does the subject concern?
- Who is making decisions concerning the subject?
- Which persons or groups of persons have a positive impact on the subject?
- Which persons or groups of person have a negative impact on the subject?
- Who are the key persons and how can I involve them in planning?
Discuss and listen. Go through the subject with different parties, document the discussions and causes, and record the results of the need for change for the purpose of a problem analysis. Draw up the initial guidelines: what can be affected, what cannot and why can’t it. Make up a draft of the project idea that has been processed through different parties by describing the following:
- The background and need for the project
- Planned target groups
- The purpose of the project
- Targets to be achieved during the project
- The biggest risks
- Planned extra participants and their roles in the project
- Necessary working teams to guide and support the work (a steering group, a project team).
- Estimated grand total of costs
- Planned finance providers
Record the idea in the project management system and write out the project idea description report. On the basis of the report, the R&D Manager and the School Director can discuss the continuation of the planning work.