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5 Minutes to a Good Idea

5 Minutes to a Good Idea
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At our recent 48 Hour Lean Startup workshop I helped guide an optometrist with no idea what he wanted to work on to a gamechanging concept in under 5 minutes.



What does your day look like?

I see patients.

What else do you do?

Administrative tasks.

How much time do you spend on these tasks?

2 hours a day.

What does this involve?

Updating files. Transferring data. Lodging documents.

Transferring data?

Yes, most of our imaging devices don’t talk to each other and I have to manually export and import data.

This sounds like a manual workaround. Does this take a lot of time?

Yes, I spent about 30 minutes to an hour a day doing this.

Is this a problem that is common across medical profession?


If you had a magic wand a product would appear that...

That automated this process.

What would an automated process achieve?

It would save me a lot of time to focus on patient care instead.  

Just like that we identified a common problem which is pervasive across an industry and is a considerable pain point for medical practitioners. Whether or not it can be solved and scaled in any achievable or sustainable manner is another question, however this demonstrates how you can support ideation, when there is no direction at all, simply by asking smart, probing, open-ended questions.

Rubbish in, rubbish out...

What kind of questions are you asking in your brainstorming exercises?

Workflow Podcast

The WorkFlow podcast is hosted by Steve Glaveski with a mission to help you unlock your potential to do more great work in far less time, whether you're working as part of a team or flying solo, and to set you up for a richer life.

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To help you avoid stepping into these all too common pitfalls, we’ve reflected on our five years as an organization working on corporate innovation programs across the globe, and have prepared 100 DOs and DON’Ts.

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Unlock new opportunities and markets by taking your brand into the brave new world.

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Steve Glaveski

Steve Glaveski is the co-founder of Collective Campus, author of Time Rich, Employee to Entrepreneur and host of the Future Squared podcast. He’s a chronic autodidact, and he’s into everything from 80s metal and high-intensity workouts to attempting to surf and do standup comedy.

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