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The Dynamics within Agility.

Paul Hobcraft

There has been an awful lot to absorb when it comes to skills and how organizations need to be designed for the future. Agility for me is vital, it allows us to increasingly be adaptive in an uncertain world. They have identified eighteen practices for organizational agility.

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Design Thinking and Scrum: taking your projects to another level


The key factor to help you leverage your business may be the combination of project management methodologies, such as Design Thinking and Scrum. The Benefits of Design Thinking. Design Thinking respects and understands the needs of the end user. By involving all stakeholders – with their different expertise – in the process of creating and developing new products and services (design thinking stages), the strategy ends up making more ideas and concepts tangible.

Planbox Acquires Imaginatik Creating an Agile Innovation Powerhouse


Planbox, the pioneering provider of AI-Powered Agile Innovation Management software, and Imaginatik, the #1 ranked leader in Corporate Innovation Management according to Forrester Research, will join forces to seize on the innovation boom.

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Agile Sprint: how it brings efficiency to your business


Agile practices transform business in multiple directions, providing powerful models of product and service creation, project management, and much more. In this article, you will understand what agile practices are, what benefits this approach offers to your company. You’ll also understand how Sprint’s approach, derived from Agile, can boost results. What are Agile Practices. More agility. Agile

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Creating a collaborative workplace culture


Yet, according to Gallup , CEO’s, executive teams and leaders are the key catalysts towards creating a collaborative workplace culture. Compete or collaborate? Collaboration workplace culture examples.

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. One of the most difficult elements of agile philosophy is scaling. Project overview – including highly complex projects.

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Agile vs Waterfall: what are the differences?


In a project where the waterfall Model is used, each such point represents a different stage of software development, and each stage usually ends before the next stage can begin. Requirements are usually reviewed and approved by the customer before the project can be started. This makes planning and design simpler; progress is measured more easily because the full scope of the work is known in advance. The Agile model and its peculiarities. Agile

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Network Operating Model: How To Design, Build & Embed An Agile Operating Platform Geared For Mounting Complexity & Rapid Change…

The Future Shapers

When I overlaid my own strategic change experience and compared notes with the agile operating model approach that my team and I have developed at AllChange, I confess I struggled with some of the concepts within the book from a ‘how can it be practically applied’ point of view.

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Bringing User Centered Design to the Agile Environment

Boxes and Arrows

I built a team with a dedicated user researcher; information architect; interaction and visual designers and we even made a guerilla usability lab and had regular test sessions. This required the design team to work a “Sprint&# (month long iteration) ahead of the development team.

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Biased by Design

Boxes and Arrows

While my parents worked long past sunset, I played on the sidewalk of my parents’ company, Design Matters. Before it was a podcast, Design Matters—one of the first agencies in the San Francisco Bay area—was my personal experience with design. My parents were early web designers who rode the dot-com boom back when the area was still ripe with possibility. In the early days, designers came to the field with years of diverse and highly specialized professional experience.

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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Three Keys To Meeting The Challenge of Multi-Platform Product Development

Innovation Excellence

Each platform has its own development team, its own Program Manager and its own Project Manager. collaboration culture Customers Design Innovation Management Product Innovation R&D agile Cross Functional Alignment Cross Platforms Development Teams

PPM software user experience and rising star awards


Bubble Innovator Earns Two 2018 Project Portfolio Management Software Awards. Experts from the software review site independently examine hundreds of solutions each year, and Bubble is very happy to have earned a place in their best Project Portfolio Management software category.

A New Integrated Innovation Engagement System

Paul Hobcraft

I have written extensively, certainly over the past eighteen months, about our need to take innovation into a new era, designed for today and tomorrow’s “fit for purpose” Below you will see my view of how I see this sketched out, as my suggested concept outline.

So Where Is Innovation Heading?

Paul Hobcraft

I have written a fair amount about the new innovation era, offering a view on its future design. One that is jumping to a fresh cycle of innovative design. There are needs to explore the ways of working, collaborating and engaging and that alone is a massive undertaking.

Das Design Revolution

Boxes and Arrows

Experience design comrades, I speak to you today because I have a vision. A vision where one day the person who really matters is back at the heart of our design processes. I am talking, of course, of the Designer, or more specifically, the Designer’s Portfolio. We are forced by project teams to worry incessantly about requirements: the user’s, the business’s or even, heaven forbid, the client’s. Portfolio-Centered Design.

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.

Case study of agile and UCD working together

Boxes and Arrows

Large scale websites require groups of specialists to design and develop a product that will be a commercial success. To develop a completely new site requires several teams to collaborate and this can be difficult. People make or break any project.

A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

Tim Kastelle

How much time does your CEO/executive management spend strengthening and protecting the current business model, versus designing the next one? Do internal ideas and projects that threaten to cannibalize the current business model get squashed – or nurtured?

Scrum: understand how the framework can add value to your business


With the premise of anticipating the unpredictability within a project, through interactive cycles and regular adjustments, this agile tool ensures that the effort used and deliveries made are in balance with the goals established for the project. Agile

Applying the Three Horizon Thinking to a Fresh Perspective of Innovation Design

The Future Shapers

The 3H builds portfolio design, outline the steps to resolve in any complex challenge, it ‘informs’ strategy and builds the business case for taking a specific direction to that ‘desired future’. I recently applied the three horizons thinking to ‘frame’ a new innovation design.

Aligning Organizations for Digital Transformation

Integrative Innovation

Nearly 80% of respondents from digitally maturing companies say their companies are actively engaged in efforts to bolster risk taking, agility, and collaboration.

Connecting Innovation is the New Order of Play

Paul Hobcraft

There is this constant shift to more open-sourcing and collaborating. We are seeing a significant acceleration of innovative collaborations through ecosystems. Our present poor performance in growth lies often within our existing innovation systems and their design.

The enemy is already within. The flood gates are open. Can GE recover?

Paul Hobcraft

A world where others, far more nimble and agile, are able to respond as they are more laser-focused. Each company, big or small needs to be nimble, agile and highly focused, on what will return a market premium, or the investor drives your business down even more.

Opening up our innovation to stay relevant

Paul Hobcraft

We are opening up our thinking in where and with whom, to collaborate. We are searching for more collaborative innovation (external orientation) combining external partners into more ‘collective thinking’. Collaborations are definitely adding value into the innovation equation.

Why Are We Making Innovation So Complex?

Paul Hobcraft

While most large companies want to become more agile and innovative, many of them fail to turn this wish into a reality. Is it because of this traditional way of working, designed into the company, that we are all becoming disengaged and disenchanted with what we do?

One Size Doesn’t Fit All Innovation

Integrative Innovation

Yesterday, I was quite delighted to see my post Integrating Lean Startup and Design Thinking ranked #11 of the Top 100 Innovation Posts 2014 at Innovation Excellence. Design Thinking also focuses on understanding the needs of potential customers outside the building.

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The Challenges being Faced by Innovation Consultants

Paul Hobcraft

Consultants are not addressing many of the changes occurring and ignoring opportunities to adapt to different circumstances, they are simply not putting up a strong case of their engagement by redesigning their business models or opening themselves up to different forms of collaboration.

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

Inappropriate meeting behavior that shuts down others, hosing collaborative work. Teams and work groups don’t know how to be collaborative. Knowledge of frameworks like Lean, Agile, CPS and Design Thinking are essential. Training Accelerates Innovation.

A Model for Integrative Innovation Management

Integrative Innovation

How much time does your CEO/executive management spend strengthening and protecting the current business model, versus designing the next one? Do internal ideas and projects that threaten to cannibalize the current business model get squashed – or nurtured?

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

These communities stimulate social engagement around the product through participation in forums, sharing, collaboration or even user-driven innovation by co-creating new products. Further, the ROI (return on investment) of collaborative innovation was found to have been increasing recently.

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Digital Innovation and Scaling-Up

Integrative Innovation

Rising digital experts find these cumbersome and ill-suited to designing, developing and scaling digital offerings for the company and customers, while middle and senior managers can’t always leverage new IT and digital technologies.

Choosing your direction of travel

Paul Hobcraft

You do get tired of hearing “we are looking to become a value-creating solution provider”, yet the willingness to really create collaborative networks is still stuck in the “us and them” mentality. If new collaborative models take hold then innovation needs to be designed totally differently.

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The Pressures Placed on the Innovator

Paul Hobcraft

Organizations continue to struggle with obtaining that higher level of agility and flexibility required for innovation speed of response and delivery. nd There are multiple “stretching and straining points” that make the life of the innovator increasingly uncomfortable.

Integrating UX into the Product Backlog

Boxes and Arrows

Teams moving to agile often struggle to integrate agile with best practices in user-centered design (UCD) and user experience (UX) in general. Agile methods were developed without consideration for UX best practices. Facilitate collaboration.

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Learning to be Innovative – Future Building’s Crucial Role in Driving Innovation Impact


Future Building, by contrast, takes an agile and pragmatic approach. Many innovation programs, and some R&D teams, benefit from full-time staff who work as designated innovation scouts. design thinking[This blog post was reproduced from an original paper on Future Building.

Reinventing the Entrepreneurship Game


Models & replicates how successful entrepreneurs lead & build entrepreneurial companies that accelerate access to new markets & ultimately become scalable, high-growth businesses, within collaborative eco-systems. The power of team cohesion & collaboration.

5 Ways to Fail at Innovation


Many innovation teams are so concerned with being agile and entrepreneurial that they spend precious little time understanding where to point their efforts. Having “the usual people” working on an innovation project is a surefire way for it to fall into committee and go nowhere.

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Leveraging talent in the fourth industrial revolution


Outlining an inclusive vision, mission & strategy that support speed, agility, learning, collaboration, teaming & networking – as the key levers for effecting organizational productivity & performance improvements. Valuing collaboration over individual effort.

Agnes Sävenstedt

Innovation 360 Group

Agile process development. Project management. Collaborative platforms. TekoCenter, Garment Design, Sweden. Director-Level Consultant. Background. Executive-level consultant and C-level positions including Head of Business Units, Head of Strategy and Head of Innovation.

The ‘perfect’ office layout for innovation and productivity

Idea to Value

In the video above, I speak with Robbie Robertson, a spacial experience design expert, and Partner at Deloitte, about how office layout affects the work that people are able to do. 02:30] The scale of design capabilities at Deloitte. [05:00] There is no single perfect office design.

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Marc Dellaert

Innovation 360 Group

As a strategic client partner Marc Dellaert supervises consulting projects for international clients, including diagnostics and advisory projects on innovation and culture transformation. He is also an expert in agile culture and agile leadership. Based in Moscow, Russia.

Building the Core Competencies for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Competencies that are going to be built need to fit the core design and aspirations of the organization. Knowing the vision, direction and intent of the organization will enable innovation to be designed top work with these. Setting about their design becomes critical.