The Patch Cobbler

Type of record:
  • Opening technique
  • Reflection tool
  • Tool
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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
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"The Patch Cobbler" is a very old story by the Armenian author Hovhannes Tumanyan from 1917. It tells the story of a patch cobbler who has to master new challenges every day and who has nothing but his imaginative mind.

This story is an excellent way to start with a

Team to reflect and discuss about inventiveness and innovative ability. Especially when a team is taking its first steps towards innovation work and perhaps also has a more conservative, traditional corporate culture.
  • Effective for all innovation types
  • Effective for disruptive innovations
  • Effective for highly complex challenges
  • Effective for low complex challenges
  • Effective for medium complex challenges
  • Effective for radical innovations
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