Jobs to Be Done

A Roadmap for Customer-Centered Innovation

 Jobs to Be Done

Authors: Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman, David Farber
Pub Date: November 2016
Print Edition: $24.00
Print ISBN: 9780814438039
Page Count: 224
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814438084

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Overview

Let your CUSTOMERS drive innovation.

Successful innovation doesn’t begin with a brainstorming session—it starts with the customer. So in an age of unlimited data, why do more than 50% of new products fail to meet expectations? The truth is that we need to stop asking customers what they want . . . and start examining what they need.

First popularized by Clayton Christensen, the Jobs to be Done theory argues that people purchase products and services to solve a specific problem. They’re not buying ice cream, for example, but celebration, bonding, and indulgence.

The concept is so simple (and can remake how companies approach their markets)—and yet many have lacked a way to put it into practice. This book answers that need. Its groundbreaking Jobs Roadmap guides you through the innovation process, revealing how to:

• Gather valuable customer insights

• Turn those insights into new product ideas

• Test and iterate until you find success

Follow the steps in Jobs to Be Done, and you’ll arrive at solutions that are both original and profitable.

About the Authors

STEPHEN WUNKER worked with Christensen for years, led development of one of the first smartphones, and now runs New Markets Advisors. He has written for Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and The Financial Times. JESSICA WATTMAN is the consultancy’s Director of Social Innovation, and DAVID FARBER is a Manager at the Boston-based firm.

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