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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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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?

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

At its core, the framework is a collection of strategies and tools for finding inventive solutions to difficult problems. 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. Incorporating feedback from multiple parties throughout the design and development process.

Tune-In To Taster Tools On Thursday

Gregg Fraley

The 30 minute weekly webinar features demonstrations of various facilitation tools for: strategy, challenge clarification, idea generation (aka brainstorming), problem framing, idea selection, innovation projects, and idea development, etc. Thinking Differently Takes Tools.

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


Think of Leicester City winning the 2016 Premier League, the “Miracle on Ice” performed by the USA Ice hockey team in 1980, or Ben and Jerry turning a converted gas station into a global ice cream empire in 1978. This is where Lean Agile principles come into play. Keeping the Ball in Your Court: Understanding Lean Agile Principles. A visual overview of the elements needed to sustain business agility. Lean and Agile principles complement one another.

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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. Most companies have a product development process that is completely separate from their go to market strategy. The most mature organizations deploy integrated lean innovation practices across the product lifecycle. Teams use lean innovation -- empathy, experimentation and evidence -- to determine the plan upon which to execute and scale, in order to maximize the possibility of commercialization success.

Key Innovation Issues for the Near Future – Part 1

Innovation Excellence

The challenge for companies will be to find their positions in upcoming platform ecosystems. Not every company has the capability and influence to act as an orchestrating platform builder. But even participating in other firms’ ecosystems can be highly attractive.

How Big Radical is Reclaiming Design


Nobody doubts that design can be powerful. But while words and phrases like ‘design thinking,’ ‘agile’ and ‘lean’ may be officially welcome in the boardrooms of Deloitte, Accenture, PWc, McKinsey and similar firms, I believe that the full potential of design has been neglected and these terms misappropriated. Strategies Big Radical design design doing design thinking risk-taking user experience user led innovation UX

Key Innovation Issues for the Time Ahead – Part 2

Innovation Excellence

Build Capability Digital Disruption Innovation Strategy Adaptability agility Business Model Innovation Circular Economy co-creation Co-Innovation Complex Adaptive System Coopetition Customer experience customer-centricity Design Thinking Disruptive Innovation Ecosystem Exploitation exploration Incremental Innovation Innovation Management Lean Innovation lean startup Organizational Ambidexterity Organizational Culture platform Platform Economy Strategic Portfolio Management Three Horizons


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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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 strategies employed were coping strategies rather than success.

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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. . They may be design thinkers, agile developers, or people who have worked in startups before. 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.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

It’s designed to uncover unlikely, but useful, combinations of technologies, products, services, trends, and insights that lead to breakthrough innovation. The customized session design and associated proprietary tools in Digital MoshPit are only available through GFi. The secret sauce in the design of a MoshPit session is how fresh thinking is scaffolded through the discovery and idea generation process. New Service Offering for Digital Technology Innovation.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

Another example is the recently introduced strategy framework by Martin Reeves, Knut Haanæs, and Janmejaya Sinha from BCG. Here, dedicated strategies and innovation approaches are defined for different business environments, characterized by the factors predictability, malleability and harshness (see figure below). In most cases, companies have to deploy multiple strategies simultaneously in order to serve different environments they operate in.

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

When I step into a room to facilitate a strategy, innovation, or idea generation session I usually find a great deal of energy. Specifically: No fluidity in free-associative divergent thinking necessary to innovate — people do not know how to think like innovators! But none of those factors, or all of them together, are enough to overcome untrained thinking, poor session facilitation, and an un-anchored or non-existent innovation approach.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley

How do you integrate all this new fancy stuff into strategy and ideation to create actual projects? 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. You have to understand how this stuff works in order to think creatively about how to use it.

Key Issues in Innovation Management – Revisited – Part 1

Tim Kastelle

Another example is the recently introduced strategy framework by Martin Reeves, Knut Haanæs, and Janmejaya Sinha from BCG. Here, dedicated strategies and innovation approaches are defined for different business environments, characterized by the factors predictability, malleability and harshness (see figure below). In most cases, companies have to deploy multiple strategies simultaneously in order to serve different environments they operate in.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

It examines culture assessment, strategy, and on-going project management. It includes an overview of key frameworks ( Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, TRIZ, Synectics, Stage-Gate, CPS ) and their essential tools. How to plan and execute training, ideation, strategy, and brainstorming sessions. Innovation Intensive . Thursday, September 13, 2018, The Keith House, Chicago. Master Innovation Trainer: Gregg Fraley. Register Now:

We Can’t Stop Disruption

Moves the Needle

Think for a moment about the structure of the current operating model for most organizations. Numerous resources exist to explore working this way, including those that teach agile, design thinking, and lean innovation practices.

Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity – Part 3

Integrative Innovation

In the next major step of our thinking process we want to work why a well-planned and actively managed hand-over from explorative work to the exploitative, formal organization at a pre-defined point within the innovation funnel is necessary. For the specific case of business model innovation, our improved and advanced version of the Lean Canvas has proven its value since it allows an easy entry into more general business model canvas frameworks.

5 Innovation Lessons from the Backstory of


What you think is a perfect name on day one will likely change as you get customer feedback and see the market’s response to your products and business model. Restaurants were the first vertical market, but the strategy at the time was staggering in scope.

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Gregg Fraley

“Innovation Intensive, beyond Design Thinking” Public Course* With Master Trainer Gregg Fraley. Innovation Intensive, beyond Design Thinking is comprehensive in its approach and provides compelling methods, insights, tools, and stories from master trainer, Gregg Fraley. The course explores longer term innovation road-mapping and links to organizational strategy and purpose. Connection to strategy, purpose, mission. Innovation Training.

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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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. Spend all your time debating strategies and arguing business cases, and one thing is certain – you won’t be innovating. Most innovators are optimists. There’s no such thing as a bad idea – only an unfinished one. Every setback is an opportunity in disguise. Even failure itself has become a virtue.

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New Innovation Books for 2021 & Beyond

Does your organization have a comprehensive innovation strategy or plan for the year? Check out our list of design thinking books to read. RE:Think Innovation: How the World’s Most Prolific Innovators Come Up with Great Ideas that Deliver Extraordinary Outcomes.

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Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

If everyone else is jumping off the Design Thinking bridge shouldn’t we? Just kidding, Design Thinking can be a good choice, as can Agile, or Lean, or your own blended system. Projects aligned with a vision for the future and a strategy to get there. Project scheduling (aka Innovation Road-mapping) aligned with purpose and strategy. Do Purpose First, Select a Framework, Then Do Projects.


Be Innovative if You Want to Drive Innovation


An operations manager at a Fortune 500 hundred company recently asked me: “what are your thoughts on the best innovation ‘models’ to serve as guides for how individuals or teams can structure some of their thinking?”. Yet, when it comes to choosing which specific strategy to pursue, things get challenging because the truth is there is no single “right answer” and we’ve seen many strategies that work.

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


It will not think of networks as a future state. Agility. The present and the future will belong to companies that think about co-creating and putting the focus of their strategies on their employees, customers, and service providers. The future has changed.

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Shervin Chua

Innovation 360 Group

Over the last 10 years, he has worked at leading cloud technology software companies consulting organizations on improving their strategy and operations through the usage of the latest cloud computing technologies. Shervin is also a certified scrum master driving process and operational improvements through agile and lean methodologies. Design Thinking. Lean / Agile / Scrum. Based in Toronto, Canada. Background. Shervin is a change agent.

Innovation fails because humans have emotions

Idea to Value

The original process showed how an idea should first follow design thinking principles, before being turned into a solution using agile development, and finally being piloted and launched. Not because of a lack of process in a powerpoint strategy deck.

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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 clear that the scalability factor, so contemporary of lean teams and popularized by startups, could not be left out of the Management 3.0 to work so well in agile.

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Déjà vu all over again: Corporate innovation is stuck in a rut

The Future Shapers

Enable the organization to innovate by design. Strikingly, although you’d think that “build investment capacity for change” would be focused on improving innovation skills and change capacity, the Accenture report recommends cost cutting and divesting of under-performing assets to free up capital for new opportunities. While freeing up capital is important, if there is no change in strategy or skills, that new capital will simply be invested in old business models and products.

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Process Consulting: understand the benefits for your business


When we mention process consulting, we are essentially talking about greater agility in the execution of activities and, mainly, saving time and resources by improving operational routines. Modeling – organization, design or redesign of the process flow. Remember Agile?

Innovation the Hybrid Way

The Future Shapers

Blue Ocean Strategy, Lean Startup, Jobs-to-be-done Theory, Design Thinking, and Agile have become increasingly popular. All offer useful insights, but how can executives decide among them in seeking strategies for growth and innovation? IBM and SAP bet on Design Thinking, for example, while GE adopted Lean Startup. Design Thinking advises companies to start the innovation journey with buyers, not products or processes.


12 Step Checklist for Amazing Human Centered Innovation Learning Loops


You can’t keep changing the strategy,” my manager responded. Since we didn’t have any interim checkpoints; the only way to see if our strategy worked was to see it all the way to the end. An Agile Business Strategy. The speed of business has only accelerated since then, demanding flexibility in how we pursue strategy and innovation. Agility and the ability to iterate, test and refine strategic direction is the key to success.

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Relating to the New Innovation Era

Paul Hobcraft

When you step back and recognize all the different advancements we have making in designing tools and frameworks, in understanding innovation, it holds promise. The sad part is that many of our existing consulting firms offer solutions that are unfit for todays need or ill-equipped for offering advice on tomorrow’s purpose and the designs necessary. Can we go that route in our organization design? So going a step further in my own design within this new innovation era.

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Why invest in innovation consulting?


Business Strategy Consulting. According to business objectives, we outline the strategy and choose our tools. That’s the general market consensus: the user needs to be at the center of all strategies. Design Thinking’s immersion stage is perfect for that.

Pirates in the Navy Book Excerpt

There are three main elements that intrapreneurs need to think about before they start working; Leadership Support Organization Design and Innovation Practice. Organizational Design: Beyond leadership, we also need to design our company structures to support innovation.

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


It is time to build a much more humanized strategy, structured on transparency and truth. Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator, and author, emphasizes the importance of a user-first strategy.

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Scaling-Up: The Foundation

Integrative Innovation

Its uniqueness lies in designing a distinct ‘Playing Field’ between the explorative (radical or disruptive) innovation domain, managed by corporate units and the exploitative (mostly incremental) innovation domain, managed by BUs. Consequently, the solution to the above-mentioned challenge requires more thinking than just separating (A) and (B). Step-by-step, with every client project and every Peer Group (see e.g. here ) we sharpened our thinking.