Ideation via Decomposition and Combinatorics #59 #cong18


In my opinion ideation – the generation of ideas – is a skill that can be learned, not a gift you have to be born with.

Everyone can come up with good ideas and the more you practice generating ideas, the better you get at it.

True “bolt from the blue” inspiration comes naturally to some but in my experience, the more you practice ideation following a methodology, the more “bolts from the blue” and moments of inspiration you will have.

4 Key Takeaways:

  1. The ability to have good ideas is a skill that can be learned.
  2. The more you practice idea generation, the more “bolts from the blue” you will have
  3. It is not really important what method for generating ideas you adopt. The critical thing is to have a method for generating them.
  4. Having a method for ideation makes inspiraiton optional. You are literally never “out” of ideas. In moments when inspiration fails, you can always fall back on your method.

About Sean McGrath:

Sean McGrath is a 35+ year veteran of the IT industry. He holds a first class honours degree in computer science from Trinity College Dublin. He is co-founder and CTO of Propylon, where he now heads up the R+D group focusing on computational solutions in the legal and regulatory domains.

He is the author of three books on markup languages published by Prentice Hall and has lectured in Trinity College Dublin and with the Open University.

He runs one of Ireland’s longest lived blogs at: Sean lives in Galway with his wife and three children. When not working in IT he is an avid amateur musician.

Contacting Sean McGrath:

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