Idea planning to come up with a moneymaking concept is much like creating a painting or writing a book. It starts with a blank canvas and visualization.
Brick by Brick
Write down seed of your idea in one sentence. Describe three ways in which this idea could generate a profit. Ask yourself if this product, plan, or service will meet a need? Who will use it?
Use an exploration tool such as following to brainstorm your idea:
Stick in there. Gather in a room with a blank wall or a whiteboard and give each participant a set of sticky notes. Then state your goal or idea. Let's say goal is to generate ideas for XYZ Division to increase productivity levels. Have everyone write down three to five solutions and stick them on board.
The facilitators should then designate three appropriate categories, such as Immediate Action, Pre-Planning and Not Appropriate - or something similar - and have participants come up and arrange sticky notes into appropriate categories. This is an excellent technique for finding out what everyone is thinking.
Hammer It Out
In this phase you'll produce a plan for implementing your idea. The following processes will help you define practical details to address.
Strategy definition. From analysis you did in structuring phase above, you'll be able to identify resources you will need to implement these ideas, such as manpower. Does idea create a viable solution? Is it unique? Can you move quickly with it?