I was selected to be one of the organizer of my company's engineering
off-site this year and one of the themes is "Innovation" - a whole day
is dedicated to it. I am currently the only UEx designer with the
company. The discussions of innovation will revolve around many
topics: technology, process, business and hopefully interaction
design. It will be in a workshop/discussion format which may or may
not include a speaker.
One idea which came from someone external to the organizers was to
have break-out groups to come up with "innovative" ideas for our
product lines or business, present these ideas to the larger team and
have the best idea to become one of the projects for 2007. I am not
sure whether a few days of off-site would be enough for people to
detach themselves from the technological, business, design etc.
constraints they have to live with on a daily basis and innovate. If
that's possible, I don't know a good method to do it.
I'd like to ask you all if you've had a successful one day innovation
workshop, how it was organized. Even if you didn't have the
experience, how would you go about it? Any resources that you are
aware of will also be tremendously appreciated.