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InnovatingA Doer's Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong$
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Luis Perez-Breva

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035354

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035354.001.0001

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Prototyping a Real-World Problem

Prototyping a Real-World Problem

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(p.37) 2 Prototyping a Real-World Problem
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Innovating
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Luis Perez-Breva

Nick Fuhrer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035354.003.0002

You can give any hunch the structure of a problem and make that problem tangible. Innovations are not prescribed, but rather emerge from what you do in the process of trying to understand and tame a real-world problem—that is, prototyping a problem. Get ready to be wrong, because a good solution can emerge from being wrong a lot and you need only be approximately right once. This process of prototyping a problem as an approach to innovation has several advantages: progress is about how much you learn about the problem; there are multiple strategies for making your problem tangible and getting to specific questions; and there is a demonstration possible of any problem at a scale that matches your current resources.

Keywords:   Defining problems, Prototyping problems, Tangible problems, Problem solving, Demonstration, Verification, Scale up, Skill, Practice

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