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The Innovation Process
Activity 1.4 A

Revise your problem statement

It's time to review and revise your draft Problem Statement.

You should have written an initial Problem Statement at the end of the Initial Impressions module. Hopefully you have been referring back to it during the last two modules but, if not, it is time to review it now – we told you innovation was iterative!

Final Problem Statement


On your own, or in your team, review each aspect of the Problem Statement as it stands: how you have articulated the problem, where it occurs, and who the problem holder is. Discuss and decide on any changes that are required, based on the information gathering and analysis you have done. You will need to bring all of your understanding of the problem into the Problem Statement.

Although this activity is called the Final Problem Statement, the articulation of the problem is still tentative. You have not carried out exhaustive research, and you will still have some assumptions. Such is the ‘messy’ exploratory nature of innovation. You will also need to incorporate information from the previous module, regarding the symptoms, causes, contributing factors, importance and parameters of the problem space.