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Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Agile? There is a Bigger Thing Happening


In this post, Alejandra shares her perspectives on when and how to incorporate lean, agile, and design thinking into your product lifecycle. The mission is to design a business model as a system that creates, grows, and scales.

How to transform your organizational culture with Design Thinking


That is the case of Design Thinking , a structured approach to innovation. Keep reading to understand how you can implement an innovation culture into your company with Design Thinking! That’s because only the visible artifacts of organizational culture can be designed. ” In this way, the company that wants to introduce Design Thinking to support transformation will work with artifacts to form a culture of innovation. What do you think?


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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. 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. Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban, and Design Sprints are just a few. The practice is very common within agile logic. Working with lean teams focused on solving a challenge brings several benefits to your project.

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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. What is Design Thinking? What is the Lean Startup Model?

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Experiential Learning Accelerates Innovation. Innovation Session Designs Don’t Engage. New Study: Drawing is the Fastest, Most Effective Way to Learn. I read with interest an article stating that drawing accelerates learning. Using experiential learning tools like drawing isn’t really new in innovation process. Sunni Brown , Dave Gray , Dan Roam, and yours truly all use experiential learning tools in innovation projects.

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. Lean Startup. By working lean and developing minimally viable products (MVP prototypes), possible failures are corrected in time for rebuilding, now with new increments. Different segments can benefit from Lean Startup. Agile

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15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

The important aspect of the theory which most discussions ignore though is that while it is happening, management at the established companies think they’re making the right decision to let the new companies take over the low-end of the market. When should it be used: Any company which has or is thinking of building an Innovation Team / Department / Lab / Skunkworks should be aware of this concept of Dual Innovation and make sure your teams have the skills and permission to engage in it.

What Marie Kondo taught me about agile project management


She is the woman of the moment and can teach you a lot about agile project management! She is the woman of the moment and can teach you a lot about agile project management! In this article, in besides knowing better the Japanese sensation of the present, you will see what lessons she can bring us about agile project management. What is the KONMARI method and what is its relationship to agile project management methods? The importance of an agile mindset in companies.

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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 most mature organizations deploy integrated lean innovation practices across the product lifecycle. Lean Innovation and Commercialization When applying Lean Innovation techniques to the commercialization process, companies identify areas of uncertainty around any aspects of product launch and commercialization. Businesses must learn first , rather than merely executing on the plan.

Tune-In To Taster Tools On Thursday

Gregg Fraley

Thinking Differently Takes Tools. At some point everybody needs to think differently. When you ask your mind to think differently, what happens? Gregg knows several innovation frameworks, including Design Thinking and Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving (aka “CPS).

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Going Lean, Again


Friedrich Arnold, Senior Project Manager at etventure, explains how manufacturers can embrace the Lean Startup methodology as the centerpiece of their Digital Transformation. Proudly, the Head of Production explained to me: “We use Lean Production – meaning we eliminate waste from our manufacturing process.” The transformation to a Lean Production system has been a big success for the company. Your organization managed to implement the Lean Production paradigm.


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. “Either-or” was yesterday, today we need more integrative, “both-and” thinking. Blank admits that Lean Startup and Design Thinking share similar characteristics in exploring customer needs, but their origins, differences and speed in practice are very different in his opinion.

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Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge

Gregg Fraley

What You Should Be Learning in Innovation Training. Design Thinking alone will not guarantee success (or any other framework, Agile, Lean, etc.). B to B organization’s need to learn what qualitative research is all about. B to C organization’s need to learn to interpret qualitative data more creatively. But you probably are not! Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge, in no particular order.

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. Think beyond the product to the full offering and business model.

Learning from our scars

The Future Shapers

Far too often, we only base success around project launches or delivery, i.e. the outcome, and fail to recognise the importance of learning along the way. As a largely greenfield initiative, this has also created a platform against which we can accelerate our organisational-wide ambition of adopting new ways of working (new delivery practises and technologies) to create lean and agile solutions that are highly responsive to business change.

The 5 Jobs to Address Uncertainty

Moves the Needle

Businesses need to adopt learning strategies in order to improve, adapt, or even reinvent their execution strategies. . The biggest obstacle leaders face in adopting learning practices is fear that the work takes away from normal execution. . Some people call it agile.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Tell me what I should be thinking about.” I replied “you need to be thinking about project cycles and measures.” Not Design Thinking?” 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! Believe it or not, many people don’t think it’s their job to innovate. His design alone is a huge element of their success.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

Companies are investing in innovation training, mostly learning frameworks like Lean, Agile, or Design Thinking. That’s old school thinking. On her way home from work, she was thinking about it while waiting for her train to arrive. The Benefits of Innovation Training for Operational Employees. 85% of CEOs put Innovation as a Top Three priority. Consider a Brown Bag Innovation Training or Immersion in Innovation Concepts.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley

Learn 4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018. Because it requires unique thinking skills to understand what’s possible technically, and , think up meaningful-to-consumers inventions and applications. Thinking about 2018, here are… Four Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018: Get internal alignment. Diversity means more than just cross-function, it also means getting people who think very differently than the norm involved.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

In the first place, experimentation is about testing assumptions and hypotheses by means of a scientific learning approach. 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. Shift your thinking and offers from customized products to individualized and contextualized services.

The Billion Dollar Breakthrough You Missed

Gregg Fraley

Walk down the list and spend ten minutes thinking. Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, and older frameworks like CPS (aka Osborn-Parnes) are all attempts to find the system, the process steps, that will assist in repeating innovation. If you want to learn more about MoshPit Innovation techniques , by all means get in touch. Why and How are Billions in Potential Innovation Left On The Table? Innovation is Fresh Combinations .

12 Step Checklist for Amazing Human Centered Innovation Learning Loops


The outcome from human centered innovation is increased learning about the customers you serve and how you can solve the problems they are facing. The Human Centered Innovation Learning Loop is an exploration into discovering customer problems and potential solutions, with knowledge as the desired outcome. The goal for the human centered innovation learning loop is gaining institutional knowledge about the tasks your customers are pursuing and what gets in the way of their success.

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Announcing Momentum Creative Problem Solving (MCPS)

Gregg Fraley

As you learn more MCPS thinking tools, creative power grows. It’s easy-to-learn, immediately useful, and only gets more powerful as thinking shifts towards more focused, improvisational, and creative, problem solving.

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

Open Innovation EU

Traditionally, organization design (OD) is an area of expertise focused on the roles and formal structures of organizations. The main goal of OD would be to design the organization in such a way that it makes it possible for the company to reach its vision and thus facilitates the growth. But the world is changing, and the digital era calls for a fresh view on how to design organizations. Many popular tools are based on this process view on organization design.

Key Issues in Innovation Management – Revisited – Part 1

Tim Kastelle

In the first place, experimentation is about testing assumptions and hypotheses by means of a scientific learning approach. 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.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

It includes an overview of key frameworks ( Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, TRIZ, Synectics, Stage-Gate, CPS ) and their essential tools. Participants learn classic pitfalls and how to avoid them using best practices and emerging advanced practices. Innovation team leaders and project managers learn what it takes to keep cycles spinning from year to year. Innovation Intensive . Thursday, September 13, 2018, The Keith House, Chicago.

Innovating: So What Is Possible?

Paul Hobcraft

These have been advances in technology, methodology or design- thinking and we do need to stop and think about how we could do ‘things’ differently by asking “what is possible?” ” This should be asked not just on each occasion of an innovation concept design but within the total innovation system we are presently operating under. I think we should always seek out this desirable point, scope it and shoot for the potential it can offer.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Intensive, Beyond Design Thinking. Join us at Catalyst Ranch, a truly fun place to learn! Design Thinking is a popular framework that is viewed as best practice, but it’s only part of the solution. If you don’t know the newer more advanced tools, and some neglected old technologies, including Agile, Lean, TRIZ, Synectics, Stage-Gate, Theory of Constraints, and CPS, you’re missing opportunities.

We Can’t Stop Disruption

Moves the Needle

Think for a moment about the structure of the current operating model for most organizations. As luck would have it, human beings are learning machines. Humans evolved to be continuously learning. Employees need the time, space, and safety to learn.

Momentum — Team Effectiveness Training

Gregg Fraley

The more diverse a team is across gender, age, ethnicity, skill sets, and thinking styles the more likely they are to Never reach high function. Concepts are taught using interactive exercises and challenges, which make for rich debrief discussions, learning, and integration into real world team habits. Momentum starts with a validated thinking style assessment (using the Foursight Online measure) and it ends with a team action plan. Momentum.

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

Moves the Needle

Doing so means a new kind innovation management because the management most of us learned in school won’t quite do the trick. 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. This is Lean Startup. Lean InnovationWe’re in an amazing time.


Moves the Needle

We are here to help you leverage Lean Innovation skills to (remotely) harness customer empathy, run rapid experiments, and de-risk decisions quickly with evidence, to build confidence for solutions to the very real issues you’re currently facing.


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

Moves the Needle

Go ask some of your co-workers who they think is responsible for innovation. 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. To get started: Run internal lean startup hackathons, where the process rewards iterative learning over solution building. Lean Innovation

Adopting a Rapid Digital Innovation Process

Paul Hobcraft

As we start to think about the next year, (is it here already?) it is a time of reflection and some forward thinking. The belief that lean management principles will get the innovation out of the door quicker, has been one of those management adoptions that often trick us into believing we are achieving more than we actually are. Leans slows down and becomes increasingly burdened by fat being layered on, further down the innovation execution process.

New Innovation Books for 2021 & Beyond

Are you interested in learning more about how to develop an innovative mindset and gain practical skills on developing creative new ideas for implementation? Check out our list of design thinking books to read. The Lean Startup.

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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. Recognize that best practices of innovation are different from how you’re used to working, and force your team to learn the real tricks of the trade – Discovery, Lean Startup, Ideation, Creative facilitation, Design Thinking, etc. Most innovators are optimists.

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How to enable Disruptive Innovation in an enterprise? [video included]


Subscribe to our channel as more videos are about to come every 1–2 weeks: [link] Besides the stage-gate process that is perfect for supporting continuous improvement in a company, we need to adopt more agile techniques that builds on small sprints of design thinking, creativity enhancing techniques and lean startup methods adopted for the company’s innovation culture. Breakthrough ideas will continuously change as you go through the Design Thinking Process?—?that

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Solving people’s innovation problems


One of the most challenging and thrilling aspects of reinvention, transformation and business game shifting is the opportunity it creates for continuous, experiential and deep learning and change. This creates innovation problems for people, in that it brings to life the new mantra that many organization, are sprouting around innovation, which is to “fail fast to learn quickly”. to find out how we can partner with you to learn, adapt and grow your business in the digital age.

Strategic flexibility: understand the value of this transformation in times of uncertainty


It will not think of networks as a future state. Agility. Antifragility to go beyond resilience, and to learn every time we fall to return differently, stronger. (if The Design Thinking methodology is in our DNA and is the foundation of our values.

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Serious About Your Social Mission? Innovate It.


A “lean” approach amplifies both profits and purpose. The obvious place to turn is innovation approaches such as design thinking , rapid prototyping , and open innovation. 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. Principle 1: Think Big.

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Management 3.0: Why you should get to know this Model?


It’s a management format that draws from the same source as Lean and Agile. It is also their job to provide resources to train them so that the team can learn new functions. Lean teams are also interdisciplinary, with complementary and shared skills.

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Pirates in the Navy Book Excerpt

This is a lesson I learned from making many mistakes in my own work. There are three main elements that intrapreneurs need to think about before they start working; Leadership Support Organization Design and Innovation Practice.