Tag Archives: voice of the customer

#Service #Innovation: The Book

I was THRILLED when these five glossy paperbacks were delivered to my home a few weeks ago! Service Innovation, An eighteen month collaboration with three professors from the CTF Service Research Center at Karlstad University, Sweden, was now tangible. What was it like to collaborate on a book with researchers 6,691 km away? Continue reading

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Flawed Tools – Focus groups and brainstorming for ideas

The combined results of individual idea generation outperforms group methods, such as brainstorming and focus groups, in terms of the number, quality, and uniqueness of the ideas generated. Continue reading

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Facebook doesn’t listen to customers

Is it best to ignore your customers? Innovation thought leaders such as von Hippel, Utterback and then Christensen, have written about the risks of listening to customers when trying to innovate. A fellow blogger defended Facebook’s policy to ignore users … Continue reading

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Confessions of a focus group moderator

Fifty years of research has shown that relative to simply interviewing customers 1:1, group techniques for ideation — focus groups and brainstorming — are harmful, as they: Reduce the number of ideas generated, and Reduce the quality/originality of the ideas … Continue reading

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Why do you use focus groups?

As has been noted in several postings on this blog, there is overwhelming evidence that focus groups and brainstorming actually: Reduce the number of ideas generated, and Eliminate the “outliers” — the most creative ideas compared to 1:1 techniques that … Continue reading

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Focus Groups, Brainstorming, and Freddy

Why won’t they die? A reader made this comment on an earlier post about group-think efforts: At a conference I recently attended, we had several brainstorming sessions devoted to finding ways to improve the grant we were all on. An … Continue reading

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“Gating” Ideation?

  Don’t fence me in… In this month’s issue of Visions magazine the owners of the stage-gate(R) trademark take a look at ideation. They conducted a survey to find the most used and most effective customer research methods. Few details are … Continue reading

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