360° search checklist

This checklist is related to our article on how to do a 360° search. The purpose of the checklist is to guide you through the mechanics of a 360° search, so that you can focus on the topic, not on the mechanics. There is a very good book on checklists more generally by Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto.

So, here is the checklist:

Search Mergeflow

Abstract properties or functions (NOT technologies)

  • consider synonyms
  • conflicting properties or functions

Combine properties and functions in search

  • AND or NEAR

Get 7 ± 2 sample findings

Venture Capital

  • check 5 latest and 5 biggest fundings
  • interesting or unexpected investors?

Markets

  • check biggest and fastest-growing markets
  • companies

Patents

  • check top-7 documents in 360° view
  • tag clouds and additional search terms inspired from findings
  • person-company graph (recognize anyone?)

Science Publications

  • check top-7 documents in 360° view
  • tag clouds and additional search terms inspired from findings
  • person-organization graph (recognize anyone?)

Technology Blogs

  • check top-7 documents in 360° view
  • tag clouds and additional search terms inspired from findings
  • "Emerging Technologies" tag cloud

Industry News

  • check top-7 documents in 360° view
  • companies in 360° view

Research Projects

  • recognize names in 360° view?
  • zoom in on SBIR fundings ("Show" -> "SBIR funding")

Clinical Trials

  • check top-7 documents in 360° view
  • diseases in 360° view
  • tag clouds and additional search terms inspired from findings

Zoom in and iterate

Zoom in

  • 3 most "promising" finding areas

Iterate

  • coordinate with problem owner if this is not you

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