Innovation Thinking Methods for the Modern Entrepreneur: Disciplines of thought that can help you rethink industries and unlock 10x better solutions

Innovation Thinking Methods for the Modern Entrepreneur: Disciplines of thought that can help you rethink industries and unlock 10x better solutions

by Osama A. Hashmi

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Innovation Thinking Methods for the Modern Entrepreneur: Disciplines of thought that can help you rethink industries and unlock 10x better solutions by Osama A. Hashmi

Building "step-function" better things is going to be every innovator's job the next few years. This book introduces the framework that can help you find those solutions simply and reliably

Increasingly, product teams inside of startups or larger companies are under pressure to consistently create step-function better products, advanced ideas, and future-proof strategies. Reliably coming up with substantially better ("10x better") solutions is fast becoming the minimum criteria for entry for new products, as those are the only ones that have a hope of getting the attention of users and the press in an increasingly attention-scarce world.

It's often thought that those types of "world-changing" ideas and solutions are rare things, found either in the minds of geniuses, or that hit like lightning bolts of inspiration.

This book shows that finding those solutions isn't an elusive art form, but rather a simple thinking discipline that is easy to understand and adopt, and can be used by anyone, in any team, to start thinking like a product visionary.

In the ground-breaking Innovation Thinking Methods, entrepreneur and tech CEO Osama A. Hashmi introduces the discipline of "innovation-thinking", based on the methods and techniques he's applied over the past 15 years to build strong innovation cultures in his award-winning tech companies, and to help entrepreneurs and enterprise companies refocus their thinking back towards ambitious goals and more meaningful pursuits.

Easy to read in 1-2 sittings, written in an accessible and conversational style, and full of thought-experiments, powerful questions and examples, and criticism of the status quo presented through a touch of humor, Innovation Thinking Methods is an indispensable guide to anyone wanting to kickstart a strong orientation towards substantial innovation within their companies or work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997358704
Publisher: Next Thirty Press
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 150
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Seattle-based entrepreneur Osama A. Hashmi is CEO and Product Architect of the award-winning CDF Software, a tech software product company, and chairman of Mocha7, a Product and Innovation strategy firm. For over fifteen years, he's been involved in building product-based companies, building startup communities in emerging markets, and helping entrepreneurs and enterprise companies on product strategy. He loves undertaking projects that aim to solve some of the bigger problems in the world. He played a pivotal role in building a (now thriving) entrepreneurship ecosystem in South Asia, through startup support programs he founded, including the award-winning "Green&White" (100,000 strong community) and the much lauded "Startup Insiders" (2000+ participants). He continues to be a strong advocate for startup companies to focus on ambitious meaningful pursuits and on building products worth making, and has informally mentored or advised over 90 startup companies. He has advised Fortune-500 companies, board decision-makers at consumer tech companies, startups and small studios on product and competitiveness strategy. He has a Bsc. Computer Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and received further training on Intelligent Supply Chain Management, and worked as a software architect, management consultant and product strategy analyst before starting his journey in entrepreneurship. He loves coffee, photo-walks in Seattle with his wife, science-fiction storytelling, and Cello and Erhu music.

Table of Contents

Author's preface: Coffee Sessions and thought experiments (and not preparing for the machines to take over) 1- SO, WHAT IS INNOVATION-THINKING? 2- METHOD ZERO: TALK AND BEHAVE LIKE A HUMAN 3- FIRST PRINCIPLES THINKING 4- CHANGE THE STARTUP PITCH FORMULA FOR DISRUPTIVE THINKING 5- THE ONE-SENTENCE METHOD 6- THE FUTURE HISTORY APPROACH 7- THE FUNDAMENTAL ASSUMPTION 8- BACK TO THE CUSTOMER 9- TAFAKKAR: AN INNOVATION-THINKING METHOD 10- THE CONTEXT OF THE LAST CHANGE 11- WHAT IF HISTORY NEVER HAPPENED? 12- ORIGINAL INTENT THINKING 13- THE LHO 14- FORCE THE INNOVATOR'S DILEMMA ON COMPETITORS 15- ASSUME YOUR CUSTOMERS ALREADY HAVE YOUR COMPETITORS PRODUCT 16- THE NEGATIVE SPACE OF POSSIBILITY 17- RE-APPLY FOUNDING VISION 18- STAY ON THE EDGES OF YOUR INDUSTRY 19- META PATTERNS 20- PICK AN IMPOSSIBLE TARGET AND GET MAD ABOUT IT 21- TO INNOVATE, STOP LISTENING TO BOZOS LIKE ME 22- CONCLUSIONS: SO WHAT'S REALLY THE MATTER WITH LEAN METHODS? 23- NEXT STEPS Notes Addendum: The crisis of obscurity and the Innovation Imperative Addendum: The innovation-thinking company Addendum: One sentence summaries of this book

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