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Ideal innovation phases for this method:
  1. Innovation Phase
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LavaLamping is a partial step in the process of condensing ideas within a creative process. The technique serves to critically question previously favoured ideas, to re-examine forgotten ideas and to create new combinations from existing ideas.

The term LavaLamping was coined by Nadja Schnetzler as part of her "idea machine". The idea of the term comes from the assumption that some ideas rise like bubbles in this phase of an innovation process, others sink, divide, connect and create something new. The result is a combination of ideas that have not been discussed before and which may have potential for an outstanding solution.

The aim of a LavaLamping is to identify about ten to 20 ideas in one to six hours (depending on the complexity of the project) that have great potential for realization.
  • Effective for radical innovations
  • Effective for incremental innovations and improvements
  • Effective for medium complexity challenges
  • Effective for low complexity challenges
  • Effective for all innovation types
  • P7 Idea selection (idea evaluation - filtering - deciding)
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