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The Customer-Centered Innovation Map

Lance A. Bettencourt and Anthony W. Ulwick write on innovation opportunities by analyzing how customers "get the job done";

"Job mapping differs substantively from process mapping in that the goal is to identify what customers are trying to get done at every step, not what they are doing currently. For example, when an anesthesiologist checks a monitor during a surgical procedure, the action taken is just a means to an end. Detecting a change in patient vital signs is the job the anesthesiologist is trying to get done. By mapping out every step of the job and locating opportunities for innovative solutions, companies can discover new ways to differentiate their offerings."

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