A proven enterprise-wide creativity instrument, the Harvard®
helps you weave continuous innovation into everything you do in your organization. The Template and
its framework can be used alone or as complements to your favorite brainstorming method. Either way,
they will add value to your thinking process, permitting your team to capture hidden opportunities
and produce bold "out-of-the-box" innovations with less guesswork.
Designed by Alain Paul Martin, field tested by decision-makers in business and governments and
continually improved by the Harvard University Global System™
team, the Template
builds on the body of knowledge in disruptive innovations, complexity reduction, pattern recognition,
diagnostic medicine and defense intelligence. It helps executives and professionals (strategists,
scientists, engineers, marketers, buyers and sellers, financial analysts, project managers and
negotiators) seed, incubate and explore a complete panorama of choices in goals, deliverables,
strategies, resources, processes, professional development, buy-ins, risk mitigation and
With the Harvard®
Creativity Template, you can widen the window through which
opportunities are viewed, organize your thinking process and break down the barriers to innovation
throughout the value chain at every step in a strategy, a policy or a project life cycle
(mission-setting, market assessment, research, engineering, procurement, negotiation, execution,
testing, communication, close-out).
In negotiation and project management, the Template is a proven
brainstorming instrument to seek a complete panorama of options
regardless of the subject matter, be it goals, deliverables, resource or risk-mitigation
Even when the negotiation strategy or project plan is clear, its execution can be fraught with perils. That is why the tool's
back page titled “Implementation Risk Mitigation” also provides a step-by-step scenario
to help users manage implementation and transition risks, turn resistance to change into constructive
engagement, address accountability and scheduling issues, residual risks and collateral damage. Thus, the
Creativity Template and its framework are also crucial to facilitate the successful
commercialization of innovative products and services.
Innovation is an iterative funneling process, but neither a single shot exercise
the product of lone rangers. In a complex world where individuals rarely possess all
the facts and no one has monopoly over creativity, teamwork is the best way to discover
novel and sustainable products, services, policies and ideas in general. The Harvard®
Creativity Template helps your team invent, capture and assess creative ideas in a methodical and synergistic way.