Boundary Shifting

Type of record:
  • Micro method
  • Creativity technique
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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
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In Boundary Shifting it is necessary to shift problem boundaries in order to find solutions to problems in a broader or different field of knowledge or application.

In a first step, the essential criteria that must be fulfilled within a project (product) are identified. Existing solutions that occur within the framework of the perceived problem boundaries are evaluated with regard to their feasibility and sustainability and considered as further application scenarios.

Thus, alternative solutions are sought by shifting the defined limits of application perception and including other areas of knowledge in the analysis.
  • Effective for disruptive innovations
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for low complex challenges
  • Effective for medium complex challenges
  • Effective for product innovations
  • Effective for radical innovations
  • Effective for service innovations
  • P3 Observe (people - environment - product use)
  • P8 Early Prototyping (testing the idea directly on the user)
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