Murder Board

Type of record:
  • Micro method
  • Feedback method
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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
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Murder board is a valuation technique. The CIA developed this technique to use a critical team to develop good ideas, uncover weaknesses and prevent useless ideas from being finally presented.

Find people from your environment whom you trust enough and ask them to criticize your idea as hard as possible. This group will be your personal Murder Board. You need feedback to save yourself from a belly landing with your idea or product.

Getting feedback from different people gives you different, unbiased perspectives on your idea. So you can change or improve your idea if necessary, before you sell or present it. You may or may not accept the proposals - the ultimate decision and responsibility lies with you.

The targets of the Murder Board are:
- filter out worthless ideas
- disclose all negative aspects of an idea so that corrections can be made before the final presentation
- give feedback

Over the decades, the CIA's Murder Board has protected the agency from gross and sometimes embarrassing mistakes - not least in attempts to destroy Fidel Castro. The CIA itself adopted the method from its predecessor OSS (Office Of Strategic Services), which had already successfully used a similar system during the Second World War.
  • Effective for all innovation types
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for low complex challenges
  • Effective for medium complex challenges
  • Effective for radical innovations
  • P7 Idea selection (voting - evaluation - filtering - deciding)
  • P9 Fighting for ideas (building commitments - generate fundings)
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