Successful innovation doesn't begin with a brainstorming session--it starts with the customer
If we live in an age of unlimited data, why do more than 50% of new products fail to meet expectations?
As Henry Ford reputedly put it, "If I'd ask people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." The truth is that we need to go beyond what customers say they want and understand why they have the wants that they do.
The Jobs to be Done theory argues that people purchase products and services to achieve specific goals. They're not buying ice cream, for example, but celebration, bonding, and indulgence. By focusing on jobs, you look deeper--at what really drives behavior.
Connect with your customers' true motivations, rather than what they happen to be doing today