Making Agility Compatible For You

Paul Hobcraft

Is Agility compatible for many working in established businesses? “To To be agile” is often a badge of honor. Agility is today going far beyond just being responsive,it goes into constantly adjusting and being versatile, modifying to meet rapidly changing conditions. The challenge is to keep the stability but to build around it a more agile, dynamic set of capabilities. You crave for some agility, some freedom to do things differently.

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The Agile Manifesto Re-examined

The Future Shapers

Recently, Per-Magnus Skoogh (co-founder of Agile Extreme) invited me to meet Arie van Bennekum. Arie is one of the co-authors of the Agile Manifesto that was written by 17 independent thinkers in February of 2001 at a ski resort in Utah, USA. That’s why they came together to see if they could find some common ground on how to change that. The result was the Agile Manifesto, a set of 12 guiding principles for software development. Agile as an umbrella.

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Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban and Design Sprint: how to combine agile practices and gain more efficiency


We all know that agile methodologies are not written in stone. In reality, we are talking about a set of practices that should be used to manage projects and demands to adapt to changes and gain efficiency quickly. The practice is very common within agile logic.

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What is Lean Innovation? Components and Examples

Moves the Needle

While understanding the need for innovation at the enterprise level is important, the word innovation alone does not paint the full picture of what needs to occur in order for an organization to harness the power of “entrepreneurial spirit” and effect the permanent, transformational change of your company, so that it survives and thrives in the 21st Century. We base Lean Innovation principles upon the 3 E’s of Lean Innovation : Empathy, Experiments and Evidence.

Cultivating A DEI Garden Where Seeds of Innovation Grow into Creative Breakthroughs

To thrive from unprecedented challenges and sustain organic growth in a globally competitive environment, we must leverage innovation as a driving force, along with agility, adaptability and resilience. Many studies around innovation lean into the technical and process side of the equation but barely explore the cultural aspect — a sustainable foundation of innovation. Research proves time and again that there exists a powerful connection between innovation and diversity, equity, and inclusion; our challenge is to build a vital cornerstone for change by optimizing that connection. That is where nurturing a cultural foundation for innovation starts. This article aims to call out some critical aspects of achieving that goal by connecting the dots of evidence-based research, corporate practices, and personal reflection.

Lean is Dead. Long Live Lean!

Legacy Innovation Group

Lean is Dead. Long Live Lean! Twenty four years ago, James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos introduced our world to a modern understanding of the concept of Lean Production. This came as a result of a 5–year study of the automotive industry that culminated in the book The Machine That Changed the World , which celebrated the Toyota Production System. Lean is a tool for driving efficiency. Maybe there's new life yet for the Lean consultants.


How Viacom Uses Lean Startup & Agile to Engage Viewers

Innovation Leader

Kimberly Hicks of Viacom says in an arena where people’s media consumption and the devices change so quickly, the lean startup approach is extremely helpful

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The Right Way to Do Lean Research

Boxes and Arrows

Each panelist had made their mark on how design is done in start-ups: Laura wrote the influential O’Reilly book on UX for Lean Startups, and Todd penned the bestselling Rosenfeld Media Prototyping book. Mike founded an influential Lean UX community in San Francisco. . Although the conversation ranged widely, they kept coming back to research: the heart of the lean build-measure-learn cycle. Below is Laura Klein expounds on these key themes of lean research.


From end to end: why the union of Design Thinking and Agile has been so successful


Where DT can’t reach, Agile can compensate and vice versa. Agile: Make Tangible and build. Since you have a well-defined idea (through Design Thinking), Agile will clear a path towards your idea by removing obstacles that stand in your way. Agile: you do not make Agile; you become Agile. Agility is a mindset. Agile is a different way of thinking and rethinking the very logic of your work routine. Agile Methods: divide and conquer!

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. Frequent communication outside of standard agile interactions.

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The Eight Change Mindsets

Innovation Excellence

If your organization is seeking to create a continuous change capability, it must have a strong focus on increasing its organizational agility. As you use the Change Planning Toolkit™ to kick off your next project or your next change initiative, keep thinking about what the minimum viable progress (MVP) might be in order to maintain momentum.

The principles that you need to know about Agile Development


The change of culture made within the company, coupled with the correct application of this approach has the power to generate a greater impact on the delivery of value through technology, leading to the success of the enterprise. The Agile manifesto. In 2001, the “ Manifesto for Agile Software Development”, was published, which gave popularity to the term ‘Agile’ and marked the beginning of the application of light software development methods. Agile

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Using Lean Innovation in the Product Development and Commercialization Process

Moves the Needle

Lean Innovation doesn’t begin and end with product development. The journey, by and large, is slow, linear, does not allow for change, and is governed by scheduling resources, versus based upon customer need or value creation. The most mature organizations deploy integrated lean innovation practices across the product lifecycle. The company has deployed 12 agile teams, each of which is taking a specific product to a specific market in a different phase of commercialization.

Scaled Agile Framework: what is and how it works


SAFe is an agile framework for development that has been gaining a lot of prominence among developers and managers of software projects. Acronym of Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe is an agile development framework that provides a simple and lightweight experience for the team as it is divided into three segments: Time, Program, and Portfolio. One of the most difficult elements of agile philosophy is scaling. Want to understand more about agile practices? Agile

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Agile Frameworks: learn how they work in practice


Agile Frameworks help the business team experience an Agile mindset in practice. With Agile Frameworks, business processes become more dynamic, staggering business values and productivity. 5 Most used Agile Frameworks. Uses stages or development cycles – called sprints – that allow quality in deliveries and possibility of requirements changing throughout the process. Lean Startup. Different segments can benefit from Lean Startup. Agil

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How to Use Your Brain During Unexpected Change

The Human Factor

But there’s one thing it doesn’t handle very well – change. Especially change of the magnitude brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our challenge as leaders is how we respond to it – a task made more difficult by the fact that the human brain did not evolve to deal with sudden and overwhelming change positively. So when a major change comes along, we go through a process much like grieving. When it becomes obvious the change is real, we move to frustration and anger.

Leading with Lean Agile Principles: What the 2019 NBA Finals Can Teach Businesses About ‘Winning on the Rebound’


This is where Lean Agile principles come into play. Keeping the Ball in Your Court: Understanding Lean Agile Principles. In our recent article on continuous improvement methods in the world of sport and business, we identified Lean as an approach that focuses on how existing resources can be used to amplify value while eliminating waste. A visual overview of the elements needed to sustain business agility. Lean and Agile principles complement one another.

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Our inabilities to adapt needs changing.

Paul Hobcraft

They become fixed, rigid and locked into their established ways, not adapting to the changes occurring around them. If we can’t adapt to changing times, we simply struggle to survive, that is the growing reality operating in today’s environment. Simply put companies ‘die’ due to their inability to adapt to change and transformation projects fail because the message somehow fails to register and never gets completed to the original objectives.

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Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

—– Lean Innovation Management. In the last five years “ Lean Startup ” methodologies have enabled entrepreneurs to efficiently build a startup by searching for product/market fit rather than blindly trying to execute. The first time a few brave corporate innovators tried to overlay the Lean tools and techniques that work in early-stage startups in an existing corporation or government agency, the result was chaos, confusion, frustration and ultimately, failure.


The Lean, Hyper-Vigilant Organization: Reflections from Ignite 2018

Planview Spigit

Will our lives materially improve because of exponential change or will they spin irrevocably out of control in a kind of modern-day Hobbesian nightmare? That is, if the world is changing at an exponentially accelerating rate, per Shingles and Kurzweil, then each participant in that economy would in theory need to become hyper vigilant in detecting, making meaning of, and reacting to disruptions that might materially affect their business model.


Achieving a Level of Fluidity

Paul Hobcraft

There is this constant set of discussions about changing structures and models to become more adaptive, agile, lean, flexible and fluid; to react and deal with the increasing turbulence occurring all around us. We all sense this pressing need to react and become more responsive, becoming more adaptive to changing environments and business challenges, that are often unknown, unexpected, or not yet explored or exploited.

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Sense and Respond

Innovation Excellence

Change Feature Of The Week Interviews Leadership Technology agile authors Books Design Thinking future Jeff Gothelf Lean UX Sense and Respond Trends user experienceI had the opportunity recently to interview fellow author Jeff Gothelf to talk with him about his new book Sense and Respond, which is his second book with his co-author Josh Seiden and a major publisher. Congratulations Jeff!

What if We Listened to All of Our Stakeholders?

Innovation Excellence

Change collaboration culture Customers Innovation Leadership Management agile Disruptive Innovation innovative thinking lean Strategy successFor the past year, I’ve been working with a Baptist minister, Rev. Jeffrey Brown, to help fund and scale his proven approach to violence reduction. Brown has spent the past 25+ years helping Boston and 21 other communities reduce violence. His TED talk tells the story about the The Boston Miracle — a 29 consecutive month period.

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Open Banking: what changes in terms of our relationship with money?


We don’t want to keep harping on this, but our world has changed a lot in the past months. Covid-19’s global pandemic caused the rapid and intense change – including technological changes – that transformed everyday life.

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The Lean Scale-Up: Innovation & Entrepreneurship for New Ventures

Open Innovation EU

But the world is changing, and the digital era calls for a fresh view on how to design organizations. Organizations are now operating in a globalized, dynamic world and see their workforce change from homogeneous to diverse and educated. Think about The Lean Start-Up (Ries), Agile, Business Model Generation (Osterwalder) and Customer Development (Steve Blank). Deciding to put the Lean Start-Up process before the creation of a business model was a tough decision.

The sharks that prey are arriving a lot earlier now

Paul Hobcraft

Change is all around us, it is accelerating not abating. You often hear of volatile trading conditions, a more complex market and situations changing constantly and moving faster than ever. We do know we need to re-equip ourselves for constant disruption; we are really beginning to see a shift from the classic bell curve into more of a shark fin for adopting change. When the wind of change does blow we must adjust.

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Key Issues in Innovation Management – Revisited – Part 1

Tim Kastelle

In either case, companies are frequently forced to reinvent themselves by changing the way they have been doing business so far. It requires a more deliberated approach, such as the lean startup process, design thinking or a combination thereof. Tip: Tim Kastelle has posted a worthwhile series on how to implement lean startup for innovation initiatives. At the beginning of 2013, Tim Kastelle and I identified four key issues in innovation management for the time to come.

Crisis Manager or Opportunity Manager? You Decide.

Daniel Burrus

Taking a different perspective, that crisis is a form of change or disruption coming from the outside in that has to be dealt with. No matter how agile you might be in putting out fires, constantly reacting to problems and issues is not only exhausting, it can become an unending cycle. You create change rather than react to it. Instead of reacting to change, you’re effectively creating change.

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

Together, they reduce the risk of failure, improve the success rate of new ideas and can help build an organisation which is more resilient to change and able to grow. Often, it would use vague phrases like “rediscover your inner child”, “think like an artist” or “ask yourself what Apple would do” And this advice almost never helped, because it didn’t give people the understanding of what they should actually be changing.

Innovating: So What Is Possible?

Paul Hobcraft

In recent years our innovation understanding and its management have significantly changed, due to numerous factors that have been happening. Asking these questions offsets that attitude of simply accepting the established approach from the very beginning.Speed, scale and agility are required and many of our existing innovation practices do not adapt to these increasing demands.

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Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge

Gregg Fraley

Design Thinking alone will not guarantee success (or any other framework, Agile, Lean, etc.). If your innovation program doesn’t have a Project orientation there will be no culture change, or innovation. What You Should Be Learning in Innovation Training. But you probably are not! Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge, in no particular order. Lack of Managment support will effectively kill any innovation program no matter how well conceived.

How to Avoid a Marketplace Flop


Perhaps there was an opportunity to create something customers wanted with a few changes. Innovation Agile Customer interviews Entrepreneurship Lean Startup Market ResearchYou know Gerber. It has built a strong brand with parents from all around the world over the last 90+ years. Parents know that when they choose Gerber, they are getting quality food for their babies. Like all companies, however, Gerber needs to innovate and grow.

Innovation Success Requires Integrated Approaches

Integrative Innovation

The resonance to my recent post on integrating Lean Startup and Design Thinking features to a combined process has been stunning. A couple of days after having had published my post, Paolo Lorenzoni from IDEO confirmed the complementary nature of Lean Startup and Design Thinking. This can be dangerous because it turns lean startup into a mechanistic trial and error exercise. You never want to lose sight of the need you’re designing for as you undertake the lean startup. .

Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

You will fail with: Lean, Agile, Design Thinking, TRIZ, Stage-Gate, Osborn-Parnes CPS, KILN’s FuseTrail, or a homegrown/blended framework. The science and the technology, and, the ever-changing market and customers. Projects change culture. The process of doing projects changes cultures. Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders. First of Seven Blogs. Invest in Frameworks, But First, Establish a Culture Where Innovation Thrives.

Anticipate and Think Exponentially

Daniel Burrus

Technology-driven change will continue to accelerate at an exponential rate. Now that quantum computing has recently entered an early phase of application, exponential change will accelerate. Therefore, it is time to turn accelerating change into an advantage by leaning to anticipate and think exponentially! Linear or legacy thinking is causing a plateau in innovation and positive change.


Getting out of the Building, Going Cross-Industry for Seeking Out Radical Ideas

Paul Hobcraft

Industry borders are blurring, there are increasingly smaller, agile and highly disruptive companies working to change the existing into the new preferred. Changing established perceptions is extremely hard but potentially very rewarding. It is working towards a “next practice” by breaking existing patterns and norms that can radically alter the thinking and change the game.

Getting out of the Building, Going Cross-Industry for Seeking Out Radical Ideas

Paul Hobcraft

Industry borders are blurring, there are increasingly smaller, agile and highly disruptive companies working to change the existing into the new preferred. Changing established perceptions is extremely hard but potentially very rewarding. It is working towards a “next practice” by breaking existing patterns and norms that can radically alter the thinking and change the game.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

After a bit of gab about projects, Design Thinking, and other industry buzzwords, I promised to get back to him with a more thoughtful answer — and then I changed the topic! There are great frameworks and tools out there for innovation projects, like Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, and blended processes. Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation. Tell me what I should be thinking about.” The man asking, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, was dead sincere.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

In either case, companies are frequently forced to reinvent themselves by changing the way they have been doing business so far. It requires a more deliberated approach, such as the lean startup process, design thinking or a combination thereof. Tip: Tim Kastelle has posted a worthwile series on how to implement lean startup for innovation initiatives. This combination of shifts implies some mandatory changes for companies.

The Hypothesis-Based Approach: One Change To Make an Organisation More Innovative

Innovation 360 Group

The Hypothesis-Based Approach: One Change To Make an Organisation More Innovative. Home » Blog » The Hypothesis-Based Approach: One Change To Make an Organisation More Innovative. Hypothesis-based Innovation and the Lean Startup. If the hypothesis-based approach to innovation looks familiar, it’s most probably because it is closely tied in with two of the principles of the Lean Startup by Eric Ries.


Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

Integrative Innovation

Changing leadership and management style. In fact, upon collaborating with an incumbent, a startup’s game changes significantly. This seems to have been changing recently in favor of taking a more strategic and business impact perspective. This ‘opinion’ on the question “What can startups and incumbents learn from each other and what are the biggest threats?” ” was originally published at

Reflecting on our innovation practices

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation has been rapidly changing and much of its basics have been swallowed up by some newly defining frameworks that have raced up to the top of the innovation agenda. The ‘lead- lag’ time is sometimes very long and tortuous to make the necessary changes within established organizations to achieve the necessary ‘buy-in’ and understanding of the impact and return and establish a certain rhythm and return.

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So Where Is Innovation Heading?

Paul Hobcraft

We are in the middle of it, some of you may not have noticed its impact and change but it is significant on the understanding of innovation, in it’s future design. Often this era of change is not as well-recognized or being faced up to, as you would expect. Many companies are still in denial or not wanting to address the significant legacy and change required. It will fundamentally change the type of resources innovation requires.

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