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Innovative Methods

X-IDEA
 Idea Development & Problem Solving System

Learn how to design, develop and launch the solutions of the future

X-IDEA is Thinkergy’s Know How of Wow! A proprietary innovation method that helps you produce more meaningful, innovative ideas and results. By following our systematic thinking process you will discover new insights, develop fresh ideas, and create innovative solutions to any challenge. 

As a former Apple employee under Steve Jobs stated, "X-IDEA is like Design Thinking on steroids!"

The 5 Stages of X-IDEA

Developed, tested and refined by Dr. D and Thinkergy for over a decade, and utilized by some of the top multi-national brands in the world, the X-IDEA Innovation Method consists of five main process stages:


X

Xploration

I

Ideation

D

Development

E

Evaluation

A

Action


  • Xploration - Using powerful Xploration tools (such as power questions, perspective shifts, visualization tools like concept mapping, and reality checks) you will gain novel insights on your challenge. The result of Xploration is a deeper understanding of what really is the problem — or opportunity — you face.
  • Ideation - Here we unleash our minds to Ideate and Imagine a high quantity of raw ideas for your challenge. We do this by engaging a series of powerful Thinkergy Creativity Tooks, classic creativity techniques (such as Brainstorming, Random Word, or Metaphors), and special facilitation methods.
  • Development - In the third stage we Discover intriguing raw ideas that were initially created and Develop those into more meaningful, relevant ideas for your challenge. Our specialized Thinkergy Development Tools (such as Get Real, Yin and Yang, or Ding Dong) systematically lead our clients from initial ideas to refined, pitchable concepts quickly and effectively.
  • Evaluation - Developed idea concepts are then evaluated using Evaluation Tools (such as Balance Sheet or Plus, Minus Interesting). Idea Enhancement Tools are applied to mitigate or eliminate all any negative aspects. Finally, the most relevant, promising ideas with high idea potential and implementation feasibility are selected.
  • Action - It takes Action to bring your best ideas to life. Here focus first on the Act of how to effectively sell the value and key benefits of your idea to critical supporters (such as superiors or possible financiers). Then, direct the support gained towards Activating your ideas by specifying key parameters in a project activation plan.

X-IDEA Training & Tools Work for All Types of Innovation Projects 

What innovation challenge do you have to tackle? What innovation results do you want your business to accomplish? X-IDEA is designed to produce meaningful innovation results for the full spectrum of modern-day innovation types.

  • Process Innovation
  • Product Innovation
  • Service Innovation
  • Customer Experience Design
  • Network Innovation
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Strategy Innovation

Thinkergy provides the training and tools to generate breakthrough solutions for any challenge. 

The X-IDEA Innovation Toolbox

The X-IDEA Toolbox contains over 130 different tools, each providing new insights, new perspectives, and new ideas. While walking you through the five process stages of the X-IDEA Innovation Method, we select the most appropriate thinking tools and creativity techniques from our X-IDEA Tool Box for your specific project.

Some of X-IDEA’s Unique Features

SYSTEMATIC INNOVATION

The five stages of the X-IDEA Innovation Method provide the solid backbone to guide all the thinking and work activities in a project. At each stage, you get adopt a different mindset, do different things, and produce different kinds of target outputs.

EXTENSIVE TOOLSET

X-IDEA provides an extensive range of creativity tools. Our X-IDEA Toolbox comprises a range of 150 analytical thinking tools and creativity tools with more added each year, making it easy to come up with wow ideas, concepts and solutions.

MINDFUL ROLES
(& WANNA-BE ENTREPRENEURS)

X-IDEA gives you conducive mindsets. Doing sound analytical thinking and great creative thinking is easy if you adopt one specific mindset that is linked to each of the five X-IDEA stages. This guides your critical or creative thinking towards the desired results.

SPECIFIC INPUTS

The GIGO-principle (“Garbage in, garbage out”) applies for innovation projects, too. That’s why we make sure that all required inputs are ready at hand (in an acceptable quality) before we enter one of the five X-IDEA Stages or start the work on a particular X-IDEA Tool.

X-IDEA ACTIVITIES

In each stage of X-IDEA, you follow three specific activities, e.g., in Stage D (Development) you Discover-Design-Develop . Each activity asks you either to engage in divergent thinking or convergent thinking to broaden or narrow your thinking.

X-IDEA STEPS

X-IDEA STEPS Can you count upto 3? As you journey through the X-IDEA Method, you take 1-2-3 steps in each of the five X-IDEA stages to make sure that you do specific thinking.

X-IDEA TRAPS

It’s all-to-easy to fall prey to one of the many thinking traps that wait for you at different points of your innovation journey. But don’t worry: By including X-IDEA Traps, we take care to safely guide you away from common cognitive biases and process traps.

X-IDEA OUTPUTS

We ensure that at the end of your X-IDEA journey, you produce meaningful innovation results. We do this by specifying — and checking and measuring— the target outputs that we want you to produce in each X-IDEA Stage.

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What innovation challenge do you have to tackle? What innovation results do you want your business to accomplish? Thinkergy can provide the training and tools to generate breakthrough solutions.