What is Lean Innovation? Components and Examples

Moves the Needle

Lean Innovation Definition At Moves The Needle, we define lean innovation as “reducing waste in the discovery, creation, and delivering of new value to customers." We base Lean Innovation principles upon the 3 E’s of Lean Innovation : Empathy, Experiments and Evidence. And in practice, we combine three important ideas: design thinking, Lean Startup, and agile methodology. In this way, lean innovation and design thinking go hand in hand.

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. The practice is very common within agile logic. Working with lean teams focused on solving a challenge brings several benefits to your project. Of course, Big Tech wouldn’t use it for no reason.

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GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

Course Description: Innovation Intensive is a one day, deep dive, into fundamental and advanced concepts in innovation. It includes an overview of key frameworks ( Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, TRIZ, Synectics, Stage-Gate, CPS ) and their essential tools. This course covers a great deal of ground — even experienced innovation professionals will learn new methods, tools, and concepts. This is a compelling and informative training course.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

If you’re in the Chicago or Denver areas, check out these innovation training course offerings. Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi) is offering three public courses in late October and early November. Click on the course title to register. This deep-dive immersive course in innovation could change the direction of your organization – or career. It’s fall and it’s time to go back to school.

An Answer to the Pains of Integrating Agile and UX

Boxes and Arrows

Although I was attending as a sponsor/exhibitor for Indigo Studio, I did manage to break away to go to the “There’s more than one way to skin a cat: Integrating UX into an Agile environment” session. As sometime director of Design at Infragistics, I personally have had first hand experience trying to integrate UX into an existing, established Agile engineering process with large-ish teams. The answer situates itself within the Lean approach to product development.

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

Planview Spigit

The rapid evolution of artificial intelligence, along with the rapid rise in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, are the two trends that define and that will decide the course of our world for generations to come. The post The Lean, Hyper-Vigilant Organization: Reflections from Ignite 2018 appeared first on Spigit. I had the opportunity to attend Ignite 2018 , the annual user conference hosted by Spigit.


15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

I would also remind everyone that all people who register for a free account with Idea to Value get access to a free mini-course on introducing the science of improving your creativity ( click here to get yours now ). Suggested reading: This article on Effective Brainstorming , and this book by Bryan Mattimore, which elaborates our interview from the Innovation and Creativity Summit on various brainstorming techniques (premium content): 7 – Lean Innovation Management.

Improv for Business

Gregg Fraley

There are laughs of course, but that’s incidental to the ideas being furiously written down in notebooks. ” What I mean is you could use Improv problem solving tools with Agile, Lean, Design Thinking, or CPS. For more information on Improv courses and workshops , get in touch with GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation). . Improv is a Swiss Army Knife for Problem Solving.

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Design Thinking, Agile, CPS/Osborn-Parnes, Lean, TRIZ and other innovation frameworks all have some scaffolding built-in. His Innovation Facilitation training courses provide cutting edge tools and techniques, including his proprietary tools. Magazine innovation facilitation training innovation frameworks Jessica Stillman Jon Pearson Lean learning Meade Momentum Team Effectiveness Training Montessori Sage Publishing scaffolding Sunni Brown TRIZ Wammes

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. Fortunately, using a UX Integration Matrix helps integrate UX and agile by including UX information and requirements right in the product backlog. Agile methods were developed without consideration for UX best practices. Early agile pioneers were working on in-house IT projects (custom software) or enterprise software [ 1 , 2 ].

Momentum — Team Effectiveness Training

Gregg Fraley

It can augment, Lean, Design Thinking or Agile approaches. This is offered for one organization at a time (not a public course) but the workshop can accommodate more than one team. Momentum. …Accelerating Teams Through Assessment and Training. It’s a sad fact of organizational life that only a small percentage of teams achieve high function. Most teams muddle along, and get the essential things done — or not.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

In the course of this first month of 2016, I was asked a couple of times what my prospects are for the year ahead when it comes to key innovtion issues. 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.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley

Of course, this new team will make for interesting dynamics (read: conflict). What’s required is an approach that leverages Design Thinking and/or Lean/Agile and, in addition , does deliberate concept blending (what I call a MoshPit) of your challenges (and IP assets) with outside-your-garden-wall Domains of Knowledge (including digital tech, but also new materials, and current trends). Learn 4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018.

Balancing Large and Small Firm Capabilities

Integrative Innovation

The corresponding integration of incremental and radical innovation can basically be achieved in different ways: Building ambidextrous and lean startup capabilities. In fact the people a large firm needs for this kind of innovation looks suspiciously like startup founders and the processes needed look like Customer Development [and Lean Startup]. As outlined in earlier posts , organizations need to balance exploitation (i.e. development of existing business) and exploration (i.e.

What is Digital Transformation in Business and Why is it Important?

Moves the Needle

They are not agile. One way to combat this is to use the process of Lean Innovation to alleviate some of the uncertainty and guide the strategy based on evidence (data + insights). But for the other 84% of organizations who are mired inside of a change and have lost their way, or for those who are in the beginning stage of their digital transformation journey, going it alone might not be the best course of action. Lean Innovation

5 Excuses of companies that don't innovate (and how to overcome them)

Moves the Needle

To start, they need to be closer to their customers, be more agile, act bolder. At Intuit, MTN Co-Founder Aaron Eden started the snowball by running “LeanStartIN” workshops under the radar to teach lean startup to small handfuls of colleagues. Of course not. To get started: Run internal lean startup hackathons, where the process rewards iterative learning over solution building. Invite operational colleagues – legal, HR, IT – to your lean innovation group.

Executives Meet to Discuss the ROI of Innovation

Moves the Needle

We had the pleasure of co-hosting this amazing event with six-time entrepreneur David Binett i and special guest Kent Beck (one of the original signatories on the Agile Manifesto ), and the discussions held by each of these three innovation powerhouses was a sight to see. The trick in the enterprise, of course, is that when you’re an H1 execute business, your next phase is “End of life”, so you better be investing in Explore again. News & Updates Lean Innovation

The fallacy of "modern" management when it comes to innovation management

Moves the Needle

His very lean progressive assembly process was the result. The Toyota Production System largely grew out of this dilemma, attempting to leverage the “leanness” of Ford’s production system is a world of increasing complexity and market differentiation. Instead of assuming that businesses know exactly what the customers need and then build the product heads-down over the course of months or years, they can release versions quickly and incorporate customer response.

How to Befriend Digital: A Continuous Improvement Story


Of course we’ll tackle these efforts eventually, because we need our business to succeed. Both Lean and Agile provide a road-map for continuous improvement that don’t take a great deal of training or expertise to implement. More importantly, you discovered an Agile approach to operating your business that’s essential to continued success in the digital world. Blog agile continuous improvement Digital digital transformation

5 Things to stop doing to enable enterprise innovation

Moves the Needle

We’ve learned from the collapse of Kodak, Blockbuster, RadioShack and other once-prominent organizations that a corporate culture designed to uphold and manage existing success can actually become the arch nemesis of an enterprise that needs to be agile in order to evolve to meet the needs of quickly changing global markets. Lean Innovation*This post originally appeared on Mind the Product.

Digital Innovation Units: Recommendations, Trends and Conclusions

Integrative Innovation

What is really important, however, is that the newly acquired skills also become an integral part of the corporation and penetrate into existing organizational structures through Lean Change experiments and viral infection. Of course, the intensive cooperation with the best startups and technology companies plays a key role.

Solving people’s innovation problems


This manifests and festers with their already “fractured attention” in denying that real changes are needed, embeds risk adversity and justifies sustaining the status quo.They may even appoint an innovation manager and seek short term training solutions to tick off their innovation “to do” list, and of course, this does not solve people’s innovation problems.

Serious About Your Social Mission? Innovate It.


A “lean” approach amplifies both profits and purpose. A new book by Silicon Valley tech veteran and innovation advocate Ann Mei Chang, Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good explores the unique challenges that can deter social innovation. In true lean fashion, experiments in the form of minimal viable products (MVPs) can be used to test your biggest risks and optimize your chances for success.

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50+ Business Cases on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Open Innovation EU

During a course we developed at Avans University this winter, we asked students to gather relevant business cases on innovation and entrepreneurship in order to analyse them and prepare discussions around organization design. When Toyota met e-commerce: Lean at Amazon | McKinsey & Company Amazon’s former head of global operations explains why the company was a natural place to apply lean principles, how they’ve worked in practice, and where the future could lead.”

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Gregg Fraley

“Innovation Intensive, beyond Design Thinking” Public Course* With Master Trainer Gregg Fraley. Comprehensive Immersion Course for: Innovation Project Managers, Teams, Executives, Facilitators. This one day course consistently receives high marks from innovation executives and training professionals. If you are seeking to enhance innovation culture and jump-start or improve innovation efforts, this is the course to attend. Innovation Training.

Here comes the hypenated innovation offering

Jeffrey Phillips

This slight rant of mine was started when I saw a new software application talk about its ability to help its clients in agile lean innovation. Agile is a word adopted from software development, which is really just about stripping away a slow, steady development process replacing it with short "sprints" to complete a few features at a time. Lean is about stripping away unnecessary assets to focus on doing the most with the least.

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Is Your Business Fit?

Matthew May

In it, he proposes six core principles that embody the discipline needed to bring your business to a level of fitness that will enable it to achieve peak performance, which he defines as strength, speed, and agility. There’s nothing wrong with operational excellence of course, but in my view, that’s merely one aspect of organizational fitness. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it completely ignores the raison d’etre of any organization: the consumer.

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Be Innovative if You Want to Drive Innovation


At IdeaScale we help Kane is Able and many other clients achieve their continuous improvement strategies such as Lean, Kaizen or Six Sigma. We work with clients to materialize their Design Thinking processes like we did with our customers at SAP , achieve their Agile product development and research operations, and implement business viability assessments based on COSTAR or Business Model Canvas.

The Roles of Risk and Luck in Innovation

Idea to Value

I’d like to highlight that this doesn’t mean that you should make uninformed decisions, it just means that you have to accept that you can’t know everything before you make a decision , and will thus likely need to adjust course at some point after that initial decision.

So Where Is Innovation Heading?

Paul Hobcraft

Of course, this shift requires really big changes in strategy, operations, the organization and in each individuals orientation. Digital is demanding so much in new processes that need to be more agile, responsive, reflective of new insights at increased speed and fluid in the design of those undertaking the solution to react. This agility needs the tools of testing, feedback, and adaptation to accelerate the innovation process.

Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Without a Clear Purpose, Innovation Drifts Off Course. Just kidding, Design Thinking can be a good choice, as can Agile, or Lean, or your own blended system. Do Purpose First, Select a Framework, Then Do Projects. It may seem obvious but unless you know who you are, and what your purpose is, as an organization you will flounder. Innovation Leaders sometimes get it backwards. This wastes Time and Money. In the innovation space there is endless discussion about frameworks.


Contactless 2.0: what is it and how it can influence your business?


Unlike high-touch, the focus of these customers are the search for automated solutions and a preference for ARUs (Audible Response Unit), voice and chatbots that offer more agile service. Under normal conditions of course! The definitive growth hack: Growth Hacking + Agile Marketing. To combine lean operations and flexible management: Growth Hacking + Agile.

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Low-Touch Economy: what is it and how it can influence your business?


Unlike high-touch, the focus of these customers are the search for automated solutions and a preference for ARUs (Audible Response Unit), voice and chatbots that offer more agile service. Under normal conditions of course! The definitive growth hack: Growth Hacking + Agile Marketing. To combine lean operations and flexible management: Growth Hacking + Agile.

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Why invest in innovation consulting?


Workshops Customized EAD courses Organization of events Hackathons. Fly or Die: Lean validation cycle for a new product in the telecom area. A large retail company needed agility to test different ideas and challenges in its stores.

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


Here are some tips to help you stay the course on this journey. Involve approaches such as Design Thinking, User Experience (UX), Open Innovation, and Agile Practices. Adhering to user-centric business models and frameworks like Lean and Agile eliminates waste and bureaucracy.

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"T" time for innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

Of course there are other ways to get ideas, primarily from third parties or by acquiring intellectual property, and those are right for some situations and conditions, but this option is relevant only part of the time. You need one really good and agile team able to do both incremental and disruptive work. There are a lot of product development and execution tools that can actually accelerate this, including ideas like Agile, Lean, MVP and so forth.

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Why being ambidextrous is not enough - looking ahead to 2020

Jeffrey Phillips

Increasingly this means that most companies are likely to hone their incremental innovation skills, which in reality are an extension of familiar activities combining lean, agile and Six Sigma, and I believe will partner with startups and external firms to create interesting or disruptive new ideas. Note that I am dropping the leading "digital" from that description, because of course we are going to be transforming businesses and operations with digital technologies.

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Relating to the New Innovation Era

Paul Hobcraft

Of course, much of what we have will still remain. Even with the proliferation of lean startup, design thinking, innovation labs, accelerator programs, hackathons and innovation marathons, crowdsourcing and a host of designer canvases that keeps pushing our advancement along, success is still piecemeal and random. It is often an environment that we must encourage to become a ‘feeding frenzy’ of experimentation, learning and being adaptive, fluid and agile.

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Moving innovation even more in 2016

Paul Hobcraft

We need to explore, experiment, prototype, adapt, become more agile, keep it lean, pivot on new learning and anything else that helps us to speed up the process and keep learning and churning. • Are we entering 2016 with an innovating mind-set? We need too, so as to seize the growth that is tougher to find. As we look to enter into 2016 what is top of mind for innovation to take hold and become the real core within our business organizations?

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Dealing with the innovation legacy lying within your business.

Paul Hobcraft

I know the feeling, there has been such a considerable investment that has gone into previous innovation processes to get them established but much of this is actually out of date, it has become today a real ‘legacy’ issue but there is, of course, a real reluctance to challenge it. Where does design thinking, lean management, the early thinking to focus more on changing the business model come in?

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