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Sydney Innov8rs conference: Come and learn from me and 40+ live innovation speakers

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It’s my honor to announce that I will be one of the featured workshop leaders at the upcoming Innov8rs conference in Sydney , Australia, from the 25th -27th September 2018. I will be joining over 40+ other live speakers at this amazing conference.

Sleeping with the enemy: The pain of innovation disrupting your industry

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I’d like to start today’s article with a story about something that shook me up a bit recently. I recently bought a diamond engagement ring at an amazing online store, but needed to get the size adjusted slightly.

How machines learn (a great video explanation of deep learning)

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In today’s dose of inspiration, I wanted to give you an insight into one of the most innovative technologies of the past few years which has the potential to revolutionise entire industries: machine learning.

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15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

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Every company says that innovation is important, and that they value the ideas of their people. In fact, creativity is becoming a core skill which companies know they need in the future.

6 Ways to Build a Successful Innovation Program

Learn how forward-thinking leaders use crowdsourcing to impact their company’s bottom line through methods such as creating a culture of innovation.

How to keep our children (and adults) from losing their creativity

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All children are born creative. Yet why is it that when we ask adults, the majority would not describe themselves as being creative anymore? What has happened over those formative years to remove a person’s ability to come up with great new ideas? Can we keep our children creative for longer?

4 Reasons Great Leaders Are Not Afraid to Fail

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Many people have an overwhelming fear of failure. This usually stems from societal programming that tells us how negative and even shameful failure is. However, the reality is that failure is a necessary part of life. It is just one step of thousands you will take.

New insights on how your creativity decreases as you get older

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I couldn’t wait to teach you some amazing insights I recently found out on how creativity evolves over time, so I just grabbed by phone and shot this quick video for you.

This video shows how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics

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One of the most pressing concerns in medical innovation is how to address the problem of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. There are regular news updates about diseases that are becoming resistant to traditional drugs, such as MRSA and even Super Gonnoreah.

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The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse

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In this very special guest post by Professor KH Kim, we find out the updated facts of what is happening to people’s creativity levels over the past decades, now with updated statistics for 2017.

The TRUE story of Post-It Notes, and how they almost failed

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Everyone knows the story of the humble Post-It Note, and how it represents an idea’s ability to evolve and flourish. Some people would even hold up Post-It Notes as a symbol for innovation itself, much like the lightbulb is a symbol for an idea.

Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

Amazon Go is the future of supermarkets. But right now it allows you to steal tampons.

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Amazon has just taken another step towards owning your entire shopping experience, by opening the world’s first supermarket where you just pick up whatever you want and leave.

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Your lazy brain: Why thinking is actually uncomfortable

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A fantastic video by Veritasium which shows how your brain usually reacts instinctively, because that is more energy efficient that actually working on a challenge.

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What is Design Thinking? Extensive interview with Tom Kelley from IDEO

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One of the most important figures in the field of Design Thinking is Tom Kelley, one of the heads of IDEO along with his brother David. Recently, Tom was interviewed by High Resolution (video above) about his thoughts on Innovation and Design Thinking.

The Top Reasons We Fail to Achieve Our Creative Goals (And How to Stop It Happening to You)

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There are few things more detrimental to a person’s self-confidence and motivation than failure to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Yet this is something that happens to countless people every day.

This engineer replaced a $1,000.00+ medical device with one costing $0.20

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Sometimes, you need to set yourself really strict constraints in order to come up with the most creative innovations. This is exactly what Manu Prakash did with his team at Stanford when trying to make a better, cheaper way to test blood samples in poorer countries. Check out his video above.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

A rigorous, quantitative analysis of corporate innovation cultures – the most comprehensive study on this topic ever.

Why I have a problem with the Global Innovation Index

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INSEAD Business School, along with Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation have just released their analysis of the world’s most innovative countries for 2016.

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Diminishing law of innovation returns and the problem with “better”

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Every company thinks that they can innovate by making their product better. But eventually, this concept of “better” begins to become irrelevant.

2016’s best innovation blog articles, from the top influential innovation bloggers

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Sometimes, it is important to take a step back from your own work, and highlight some of the best work from other people around the world.

How Hollywood turns this vehicle into any car you can think of using CGI

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You probably know about green screen, and how film and TV studios use it to create computer-generated images for you favorite blockbusters. But did you know that a lot of the cars you see on screen, on TV and especially in commercials might be computer-generated as well?

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Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Analysis of how 3.5 million employees using Spigit ideate proves innovation is a science, and can be measured.

Did you know: Some people are born with an imagination?

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One of the most important skills for any creative person is that of visualisation.

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Elon Musks new $0 salary, and what it can teach us about visionary innovation leaders

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When it comes to innovative business practices, Elon Musk doesn’t appear to do anything half-hearted. In fact, we have previously spoken about how Elon Musk shows how you can turn a Twitter complaint into a solution in 6 days.

Silent Geniuses: Why we need more respect for the creativity of introverts

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Share this post with anyone who you know who wishes that they had the courage to speak up and let people know about their ideas. Imagine what you think a “creative person” looks like, and what they behave like.

How to defeat “Loss Aversion” – the #1 reason why middle managers kill innovation

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In this article, you are going to learn exactly what Loss Aversion is, why is creates crippling fear in middle managers and decision-makers, and a simple model for how you can reframe your company’s thinking which encourages more innovation projects to thrive.

How to Improve Customer Experience in an Era of Choice

Customer experience is quickly becoming the de facto differentiator between successful businesses and the ones that fail. Download this ebook to learn how some of the largest companies in the world are driving better customer experiences.

Inspirational and creative furniture made from folding woods

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Check out this video to see some amazingly creative furniture designed by Dutch designer Robert van Embricqs. Created using just a single piece of bamboo and strategically cut and fit together, each piece transforms from a flat slab of wood into a functional piece of furniture. A table. A chair.

This emotional short animation shows how parents inadvertently stifle their children’s creativity

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This short animated film really got to me. Without speaking a single word, it illustrated how parents who think they are doing what is best for their children may inadvertently be training them to be uncreative. Watch the short film in the video above. Called Alike , it was directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez and has won over 81 international awards.

Microsoft retakes the innovation crown with its new focus on creativity

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Up until a few years ago, experts in the innovation space were using Microsoft as a case study for failing to innovate.

The future of renewable energy: kite power

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Despite what the current US president keeps saying, renewable energy is the way that the world will be powered in the future. Two of the most established technologies which already provide electricity to millions of people are solar power and wind power.

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Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.

Uber’s latest innovation: using a friend’s location as a destination

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Uber, the ride-sharing app already making taxi-services obsolete, has just announced their latest feature, and in my view it is a perfect example of innovation. It allows you to ask a contact whether they will allow you to use their location as a destination for their Uber ride. Genius.

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How Steve Jobs predicted what would cause Apple to lose its innovative edge

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One of the most misunderstood concepts in innovation management is why some companies can bring their ideas to life and continue innovating, while in other companies good ideas get no traction and die.

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Dr Beau Lotto on how being creative requires the brain to do what it fears most

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In this interesting perspective video (above) from Dr Beau Lotto, we find out why being creative is one of the things which the brain fears most. At a high level, it is all about the fact that the brain is designed to reduce and remove uncertainty from our lives.

Understanding how films use colour palettes to affect the audience

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I recently came across this short introductory video explaining how Hollywood films use colour in various ways to change how the audience experiences a film. No, I am not talking about the simple distinction between black & white films and later technicolour varieties.

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Embedded Analytics, Everywhere

Speaker: Dean Yao, Director of Marketing at Jinfonet

What's the next big trend in analytics software and applications? You've probably used it without even knowing: embedded reporting and analytics. Software development teams more often now are embedding 3rd party analytics solutions into their products and applications to let them focus on other core areas of their software. They also want to provide what their users ask for: reporting and analytics from within the context of the applications they are already using. Dean Yao will talk you through powerful strategies and best practices in embedded reporting, dashboards and analytics that will add value to your products and applications while giving you an analytics partner you can rely on. Empower users with better data presentation and exploration for deeper insights into their data.

What percentage of your brain do you really use?

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We have all heard the myth that we only use 10% of our brains. But how close is this to reality? It would be more accurate to say that we only use between 1% – 16% of our brain, at any one time.

Microsoft Reinvented the PC – Enter Surface Studio

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Today, it seems that every social or age group of buyers is divided into dozens of subcategories for which the computer manufacturers create new models. The diversification of computer market has led to the production of various types of models in the last few years.

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What is innovation? 15 experts share their innovation definition

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I spoke to 15 of the world’s leading innovation experts to get their definition of “innovation” The variety in their responses may surprise you. Content. Introduction. Nick Skillicorn. David Burkus. Stephen Shapiro. Pete Foley. Gijs van Wulfen. Kevin McFarthing. Robert Brands.

Innovation pioneer Dieter Rams’ “Ten principles for good design”

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If you work in design or innovation, you might not necessarily have heard of Dieter Rams. But you will have definitely felt his impact in the design principles which underlay much of his work. Rams is renowned for his “less, but better” design philosophy, which helped him design a number of iconic products for both Braun (electronics) and Vitsœ (furniture and the 606 Shelving system) throughout the 1950s and 1960s, making both companies household names.

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Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?