Tim Kastelle

Are You Working On the World’s To-Do List?

Tim Kastelle

There are a number of major challenges facing the world today. Poverty, climate risk, war – the list goes on. In 2015, the United Nations released a list they called the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. It was an agenda of actions and targets to reach by 2030.

Well, No, I am NOT a Natural

Tim Kastelle

“I was looking for work that would make my heart sing.” ” Jamie Ford said that recently at a UQ Business School alumni event as she told us about the path her career has taken.

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How Do We Build 21st Century Business Skills?

Tim Kastelle

“How do you teach people to be more comfortable with ambiguity?” ” That was the question from the person in charge of Talent for a big bank at a workshop we ran with them recently at UQ.

The Story Behind The World’s Most Incompetent Drawings

Tim Kastelle

Language Warning right at the start! I recently gave a talk at a workshop for the International CFO Forum in Singapore. After it was done, one of the participants came up to me and said: “Can I ask you a question about your slides?” ” “Sure,” I replied.

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Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

Is Your Innovation Problem Really a Strategy Problem?

Tim Kastelle

Note: this was originally posted on Harvard Business Review Blogs , with terrific editing by Sarah Green Carmichael. Sometimes, the problem that we think we’re solving isn’t the real problem that we face.

Do We Need Managers or Management?

Tim Kastelle

Note: this was originally posted on Harvard Business Review Blogs , with terrific editing by Sarah Green Carmichael. Maybe you’ve heard the old cliché – if you’ve got “too many chiefs,” your initiative will fail. Every time I hear it, I wonder, “Why can’t everyone be a chief?”.

If You Want to Be Innovative, Innovate

Tim Kastelle

Too many people want to make their organisations more innovative without going through the pain of actually changing anything. This does not work. In an interview on Tim Ferriss’ podcast , Jocko Willink says: If you want to tougher mentally, it is simple: be tougher. Don’t meditate on it.

How Do You Invest Your Most Valuable Asset – Your Attention?

Tim Kastelle

I’m probably paying a bit too much attention to hockey right now. When people here in Australia ask me about sports, I often say “I’m the only person in the world whose two favourite sports are cricket and ice hockey.”

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Here’s Your License to Innovate!

Tim Kastelle

All the Permission You Need The most common barrier to innovation that I hear about in my classes and talks is “But my boss won’t let me.” ” Here’s a solution. Print this out, fill it in, and carry it with you at all times. Problem solved!

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Solvitur ambulando – A Great Creativity Hack

Tim Kastelle

Solvitur ambulando – it is solved by walking. That’s the slogan for Keri Smith’s wonderful book The Wander Society (and here ). Her book is a manifesto for getting out and directly experiencing life through unplanned, mindful wandering. It’s a great idea.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

How to Use Polarity Management to Support Innovation

Tim Kastelle

You Need Both Execution and Innovation to Succeed What are Polarities? When it comes to breathing, if you had to pick one would you prefer to only inhale or only exhale? The question is, of course, absurd. To live, we must do both.

Never Delegate Understanding

Tim Kastelle

What’s the best way to change something? There’s no easy answer to this question – but if we’re trying to design changes in the way our organisations work, we need to have a deep understanding of what’s going on in them.

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If You See Rocks, You Hit Rocks

Tim Kastelle

What we focus on determines our performance I recently had a chance to catch up with my friend Ben for a quick coffee while I was traveling through Seattle. As usual, our discussion was great, covering all kinds of ideas.

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Innovation is How We Adapt to Change

Tim Kastelle

To flourish and grow, we need to innovate Jack Welch once said: If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near. This raises some important innovation points: The rate of change outside is accelerating.

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Authenticity is an Evolving Process of Search and Discovery

Tim Kastelle

The Trap of Authenticity. Do organisations need to be authentic? It’s a question that came up as I was talking to a colleague recently.

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What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

Innovation and Organizational Culture

Tim Kastelle

Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “ Most Innovative Companies 2014 ” survey.

Efficiency is the Enemy of Innovation

Tim Kastelle

This quote, from the book Not Knowing by Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner: To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practised, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behavior of any kind. Not making any effort. Not thinking.

To Get Big, Start Really Small

Tim Kastelle

When you’re starting out with something new, it’s important to understand that your customer is never “everyone.” ” Even if your eventual potential market is huge, you need to start out by dominating a small niche.

How to Design for Outcomes

Tim Kastelle

It’s always a bit dangerous to be “inspirational.” ” The problem is that inspiration doesn’t always lead to action – and that’s what we ultimately want. This is a lesson that Timothy Prestero and his organisation Design that Matters learned painfully.

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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

We Don’t Need More Mousetraps!

Tim Kastelle

Imagine an island country where the only industry is making mousetraps – let’s call it Mousetrapia. And the people that live there are incredibly creative. Consequently, they invent new mousetraps constantly, and they patent them as well.

Do The Hard Work

Tim Kastelle

I’m not a very good photographer. I love the idea of being a good photographer, but, sadly, I’m not one. The main reason is that when it comes right down to it, I’m not willing to do the hard work.

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5 Important Points About Business Models

Tim Kastelle

One Technology, Five Business Models. In the late 1990s, some researchers at The University of Queensland made a breakthrough. They invented radar equipment that works with an extremely high degree of precision over a relatively short range.

You Can’t Win With Average

Tim Kastelle

Research has shown that the average corporate acquisition destroys value. And yet… …the firms that are outstanding at Mergers and Acquisitions use this skill as a significant point of strategic difference.

Using Data and Messaging to Drive Product Activation

Speaker: Ruben Ugarte, Founder, Practico Analytics

Onboarding users is filled with possibilities and challenges. Not only are you showing the user how to use your product, but it's also a chance to connect with them and understand their needs. Of course, it’s crucial to have a good onboarding experience to drive your activation metrics. Quality onboarding is the first step towards turning a newly acquired user into a repeat user. If you're looking to optimize your onboarding to improve your activation metrics, this webinar is for you. Ruben Ugarte will be focusing on how to improve all aspects of onboarding experiences by understanding how your current onboarding process is stacking up, and giving you the tools to prioritize what to try changing. With improved onboarding, you'll see less drop-off and a happier user experience.

Do Work Worth Doing

Tim Kastelle

My Grandfather’s Watch. I only got to meet one of my two grandfathers – my Mom’s father George. My Dad’s parents both died when Dad was very young. They each had watches that have been passed down through our family.

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An Ideas Boom is a Good Start, But What We Really Need is an Impact Boom

Tim Kastelle

Who discovered penicillin? Most people know the story of Alexander Fleming’s accidental discovery in his lab. But here’s the tougher question: who turned penicillin into a life-saving antibiotic? The answer to that is: a team led by Howard Florey.

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The Story Behind The World’s Most Incompetent Drawings

Tim Kastelle

Language Warning right at the start! I recently gave a talk at a workshop for the International CFO Forum in Singapore. After it was done, one of the participants came up to me and said: “Can I ask you a question about your slides?” ” “Sure,” I replied.

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Well, No, I am NOT a Natural

Tim Kastelle

“I was looking for work that would make my heart sing.” ” Jamie Ford said that recently at a UQ Business School alumni event as she told us about the path her career has taken.

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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.

The Case for Dual Innovation

Tim Kastelle

The first time I was advocating the idea of a dual innovation approach, here also referred to as organizational ambidexterity, is now more than 5 years ago.

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A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

Tim Kastelle

As reiterated by Tim Kastelle in the previous post , it’s imperative to distinguish discovery from execution when it comes to startup and innovation activities – bearing in mind that both are equally important.

Treating Discovery Like Execution Will Kill Innovation

Tim Kastelle

“In the end, these projects are all business model problems.” ” That’s what I said to my friend Steve Adelman about the projects we collaborate on as part of the Wharton-UQ Global Consulting Practicum program. “Why aren’t they market entry problems?”

Zappos Just Pulled Off the Boldest Change Management Move Ever

Tim Kastelle

Why aren’t we mad at the bad managers? Have you heard that 210 people left Zappos at the end of April because they apparently don’t like the new flat management system called Holacracy® that the firm is moving to? I’ll bet you have.

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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.

Three Flawed Ideas That Create Innovation Theatre

Tim Kastelle

“One of my pedagogy professors said an interesting thing once: teachers spend their time in the classroom teaching, while students, who you’d hope would spend the time learning, are actually studenting ; that is, performing the gestures they’ve been taught to perform to seem like legitimate students.”

The How and Why of Customer Development

Tim Kastelle

Part 1 in The Lean Startup Series Henry Ford famously didn’t say: If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. People often use this quote to justify not talking to potential customers, because people don’t know what they want.

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We’ve Hit Peak Innovation (Hype)

Tim Kastelle

It’s clear that today, Sunday January 3rd, 2016 is the day that we’ve hit Peak Innovation. Josie Gibson pointed out to me that in 2015, it was the most-used business buzzword word in both Australia and the world.

Do We Need Managers or Management?

Tim Kastelle

Note: this was originally posted on Harvard Business Review Blogs , with terrific editing by Sarah Green Carmichael. Maybe you’ve heard the old cliché – if you’ve got “too many chiefs,” your initiative will fail. Every time I hear it, I wonder, “Why can’t everyone be a chief?”.

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?