A boss once decided to challenge me. He asked me to create a process for creativity. He wanted me to find a way to make innovation repeatable and predictable. My first thought was that innovation requires creativity, and that's unpredictable by definition.
I became pretty frustrated at the business minded approach to optimizing innovation. If you want to make innovation repeatable, it’s not about specific steps you can take. It’s more of a matter of attitude. It’s what happens when the right product meets the right people at the right time. It’s understanding all of the moving parts that come into play to make that idea a reality. Then a sudden and ironic burst of spontaneous creativity came to me. While innovation might not be a process, I realized that there is a formula to it that anyone can use:
Innovation = f(passion * velocity * creativity * some array of variables) ^ risk