The UX Professionals’ Guide to Working with Agile Scrum Teams

Boxes and Arrows

The adoption of Agile software development approaches are on the rise across our industry, which means UX professionals are more likely than ever to support Agile projects. Many UX professionals seem stymied by the challenge of effectively integrating UX within an Agile development framework –but there are others in our field who have encountered the same problems yet are finding effective solutions. Regular check-ins with product owners are also helpful in knowing priorities.”

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An Open Letter to Project Managers

Boxes and Arrows

The various discussions about user interface, product usability, and user engagement have been an enlightening experience for me as well, and it is very positive to see that everyone involved in the product thinks so highly about improving the user experience. Finally, we need to test and validate these assumptions so we can correct any misconceptions and continue to improve the product.

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Emotional Design with A.C.T. – Part 2

Boxes and Arrows

Back in Part 1 , we looked at how the emotions expressed by people and products communicate personality traits over time. We also learned that customers are attracted to things that have an aesthetic personality that’s similar to their own, 1 but they prefer products that take on a complementary role during interaction. In Part 2, we’ll look at how relationships are formed when people interact with products over time, and we’ll explore how people experience the emotion of “love.”

An Answer to the Pains of Integrating Agile and UX

Boxes and Arrows

I recently attended UXPA 2013 in D.C. One of attendees during the Q&A essentially went on a rant about how “Agile is a developer process,” essentially suggesting that we UX folks know better and shouldn’t even be trying to make Agile work. He used the term “developer” as if it were an epithet, and unsurprisingly, a lot of the audience cheered him on. The answer situates itself within the Lean approach to product development.

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Building the In-house Design Agency

Boxes and Arrows

They can be fantastic partners who drive real change, but their needs are very different from a product team. On the other hand, product managers and developers are more concerned with execution. A sales pitch can open the door, but a UX group needs clear product successes. No UX person wants to burn out trying to patch fundamentally broken products, but the relationship can be worth the investment. Amazon lets people tweet their product purchases.

Evolving a Creative Workplace: Step 5

Boxes and Arrows

An example of this is how we’re currently pursuing a significant new product development company based on some particularly clever ideas that members of our team have come up with.

The General Stakeholder Interview

Boxes and Arrows

What’s your role with respect to this product? Answers to this question will tell you whether this person has some unexpected expertise to share and will give you some clues about how this person might view the world; a product manager who has a background in the domain but not in product management won’t have the same concerns as an experienced product manager who doesn’t know the industry. What is this product or service supposed to be?

What is Innovation Management?

HunchBuzz

With the life cycle of products becoming increasingly shorter today, innovation management is essential to companies that want to stay on the cutting edge of their industries. Innovation management is critical to virtually every industry in the United States and abroad because it allows all levels in an organization to strategize on new product development. To correct these and other problems, new and innovative development may be required by the engineering staff.

Learn from the Best: Google’s Nine Principles of Innovation (Part 1 of 2)

Robert Brands

Exploring Google’s Successful New Product Development and Innovation Process. So how does Google promote a culture of innovation and ensure that innovative ideas are properly implemented, creating profitable new products that position the company for long-term success? In 2013, Google codified a new set of “Nine Principles of Innovation,” which updated the version first unveiled by former Google executive Marissa Mayer in 2008. [1].

Build Your Career by Sharing a Crowdsourced Idea

IdeaScale

The power tools giant runs quick one-to-four week challenges to solicit ideas on how to improve their product lines. Most of the participants are engineers or product developers, but anyone can submit an idea. People in the company always bring up my story to show that product ideas can come from anyone,” Stearns said. In 2013, Stearns was 26-years-old. Everyone loved that the idea repurposed existing TTi products and combined them with Home Depot’s bucket.

The Banks Guide to scouting Fintech

Matthew Griffin

But wait up but are the banks and other industries that scout in this way actually in danger of missing out on valuable new innovative solutions and products? Business Models Disruptive Innovation Entrepreneurship Ideation Innovation Open Innovation Product Developments Start Ups banking blockbusters business strategy cio disruption disruptive innovation fintech

Have the Banks already been Disrupted?

Matthew Griffin

Their founders are busy scouring the markets, listening to consumers and using agile, low cost 21st Century technologies to design new, easy to adopt financial products and services like Peer to Peer lending, Bitcoin and blockchain virtual currencies, AI driven Wealth Management solutions without the Wealth Management advisors and elegant API driven Personal Financial Management solutions that give consumers new investment choices and more control over their family fortunes.

Banks: Too large to fail, easy to Disrupt

Matthew Griffin

Over the past three years the number of start ups registered around the world has shot up ten fold to over 100 million while the number of patents has increased six fold and it’s all because technology has simplified our ability to find new sources of funding, identify and engage with expert resources and rapidly produce then sell new products and services.

The rise and rise of Entrepreneurs

Matthew Griffin

Entrepreneurs have faster and easier access to funding, expert resources, advanced manufacturing and prototyping techniques and rapid routes to market and when you connect billions of people together the next great idea and the means to resource, develop and sell it are merely a click away. Google’s new product initiatives though have helped it increase earnings by $6 billion over the past 5 years but during the same period small start ups have created new markets worth over $1.5

How Apple created two giants

Matthew Griffin

About the Author: Recognised in 2013 and 2014 by the public as one of Europe’s leading Emerging Technology and Disruption Strategy advisers Matthew Griffin is an international speaker who works with global Accelerators, Analysts, Entrepreneurs, Investors, Governments and Fortune and FTSE multi nationals to help them reinvent themselves and adapt to new market conditions. __. __. Click & Connect with Matthew: LinkedIn . mgriffin_uk . +44 44 (0) 7957 456194.

The death of the 20th Century corporation

Matthew Griffin

While their older rivals were operating Business as Usual Models these Millennials were busy building attractive Platform products and designing new 21 st Century Business Operating Models free from legacy that encouraged people outside their walls to work with them for everyone’s’ advantage but there were additional benefits too.

The secrets behind building a Unicorn

Matthew Griffin

You’ve heard their names and you’re already using their products and in many cases they are now the new market leaders, the companies everyone wants to be or to beat. Development. Over the years I’ve found that there is a common misconception that creative types – innovators and inventors are born and that only a small subset of society are deemed capable of being able to conceive great new products but that’s myth. Stage 2: Development.

71 Innovation Methodologies

Open Innovation EU

A while ago I sat down with Machiel Wetselaar & David van Dinther to create a list of innovation methodologies for a course we’re developing. Focus stage: Growth Published: 2013 more…. New Product and Development Service Process (Hauser). New Product Development Front End (Khurana). Revolutionizing Product Development (Wheelwright & Clark). New Product Development Funnel (Katz). Customer Development (Blank).

L'affaire Lichtenthaler still not over

Open Innovation

The Wiley website says : The above article from Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, “Technological turbulence and the impact of exploration and exploitation within and across organizations on product development performance,” by Ulrich Lichtenthaler, published online on April 2012 in Wiley Online Library, DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2012.00520.x, techfore.2008.07.002 ( Retracted at the request of the authors, March 2013) Lichtenthaler, Ulrich & Johan Frishammar (2011).

Two years later, Lichtenthaler count stands at 16

Open Innovation

Integrated knowledge exploitation: The complementarity of product development and technology licensing,” Strategic Management Journal, 33 (5): 513-534. Product business, foreign direct investment, and licensing: Examining their relationships in international technology exploitation,” Journal of World Business, 44 (4): 407-420. techfore.2008.07.002 ( Retracted at the request of the authors, March 2013) Lichtenthaler, Ulrich & Johan Frishammar (2011).

The Case for Dual Innovation

Tim Kastelle

It turned out compelling to me, given the inherent conditions a large company operates in, that decoupling explorative innovation (such as the development of new-to-the-company technologies and/or business models) from innovating the existing core business is mandatory for an organization in order to establish a balanced and sustainable innovation capability. With this dual model, innovation engine 1 is laser-focused on making existing products and capabilities continually better.

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Innovation and Organizational Culture

Tim Kastelle

According to Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao , for scaling and established organizations in order to operate smoothly and to develop a collective mindset, it’s crucial that people don’t get conflicting messages. For example, introducing a “x percent rule”, permitting workers to dedicate a portion of time to exlorative projects beside their “core business”, may be sufficient to generate ideas and develop them up to a certain stage.

Corporate Innovation: THEATRE, BULLSH*T, OR FUTURE-SHAPING CAPABILITY?

The Future Shapers

So to get our current innovation practice unstuck and in order to unlock true innovation potential, do we need to look at how we’re applying the fundamentals more effectively i.e. leadership development, curiosity, creativity, collaboration, culture, strategy, alignment etc? 1] Leaders don’t have to be hands on in product development but it is their energy, creativity and commitment to innovation which acts as a catalyst to organisation-wide development.

ikeGPS – How To Invest in Trends To Escape Your Core and Grow Explosively

Adam Hartung

Are you in growth markets, creating new products with new technologies that meet unmet needs and have the potential to completely change your business? ikeGPS was started in 2003 as a government/military funded products research company. Focusing on the technology of lasers and cameras, they won contracts to develop and prototype new solutions with technology mostly buried in universities and labs. This led to on-line product sales, and smashing reviews.

The Right Way to Do Lean Research

Boxes and Arrows

Let’s say you’re building a brand new product. You want to get the opinions of people who might actually use the product, and nobody else. If you’re building a product for astronauts, you almost certainly don’t want to know whether I like the product. If you make any changes to your product based on anything I say, there is still no conceivable way that I’m going to buy your product.

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The Case for Dual Innovation

Integrative Innovation

It turned out compelling to me, given the inherent conditions a large company operates in, that decoupling explorative innovation (such as the development of new-to-the-company technologies and/or business models) from innovating the existing core business is mandatory for an organization in order to establish a balanced and sustainable innovation capability. With this dual model, innovation engine 1 is laser-focused on making existing products and capabilities continually better.

Innovation and Organizational Culture

Integrative Innovation

According to Bob Sutton and Huggy Rao , for scaling and established organizations in order to operate smoothly and to develop a collective mindset, it’s crucial that people don’t get conflicting messages. For example, introducing a “x percent rule”, permitting workers to dedicate a portion of time to exlorative projects beside their “core business”, may be sufficient to generate ideas and develop them up to a certain stage.

What is innovation management and why your organization needs it

hackerearth

An innovation process “connects upstream idea valuation to downstream production and release to market.” Innovation Management is about more than just planning new products, services, brand extensions, or technology inventions. For instance, an emerging business is likely to be focusing on one main product, unlike a mature organization that is looking to fortify its position in the market or find new, disruptive innovations. Product Innovation.

What is innovation management and why your organization needs it

hackerearth

An innovation process “connects upstream idea valuation to downstream production and release to market.” Innovation Management is about more than just planning new products, services, brand extensions, or technology inventions. For instance, an emerging business is likely to be focusing on one main product, unlike a mature organization that is looking to fortify its position in the market or find new, disruptive innovations. Product Innovation.