Design Thinking Applied to M&A Integration

Tullio Siragusa

Design Thinking Applied to M&A Integration. The failure rate increases due to insufficient integration design and planning or faulty integration planning. Most of the failures point to a lack of design and alignment with people’s needs. What is Design Thinking?

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.


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Design Thinking & the Uncertain Future VUCA

The Future Shapers

Another super important part is the social reality (the market and the new consumers) that move at a speed that does not always coincide with the agility shown by the business structures and much less the products or services. Most companies are thinking about how to keep their products from the past in the present, And they look completely out of a promising future. The same conditions cause different consequences when applying the Design Thinking methodology.

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. Regardless of the market, Design Thinking allows companies to identify user profiles and understand how they relate to their brand, generating innovative solutions for this new consumer.

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?

Design Thinking and Scrum: union increases productivity in companies


In this context, the combination of some innovative approaches such as Design Thinking and Scrum – one of the Agile Methodology frameworks – emerges as a strategy in business projects to increase team productivity and make valuable deliveries focused on the end customer. The benefits of Design Thinking. Design Thinking respects and understands the end user needs. Scrum + Design Thinking. Agile Design Thinking

Design Thinking and Scrum: union increases productivity in companies


In this context, the combination of some innovative approaches such as Design Thinking and Scrum – one of the Agile Methodology frameworks – emerges as a strategy in business projects to increase team productivity and make valuable deliveries focused on the end customer. The benefits of Design Thinking. Design Thinking respects and understands the end user needs. Scrum + Design Thinking. Agile Design Thinking

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. The next step, to start new value projects, is to know which framework is most appropriate and to use them in conjunction with other methodologies, such as Design Thinking, Sprint Design and Lean. Agile

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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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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

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

Meetings about getting a project mandate, visioning, what to innovate, how to innovate, challenges to take on, jobs to do, experiences to create, research exploration, insights development, problem framing and problem reframing, project road-mapping, concept development, prototyping, pitches, strategy, check-ins, and all the variations. A professional facilitator has ways to stop the behaviour — and make people think it was their idea.

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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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.

Creativity Is Where Innovation Starts

Gregg Fraley

Creative Thinking Can Be Trained. I think I need the mental equivalent of a shot of wheatgrass. If you, and/or your team, don’t have an organic, natural access to creative thinking, tools like Agile and Design Thinking are running on empty. Beyond real world projects, I’ve studied the literature, theory, frameworks, strategy, thinking tools, facilitation, assessments, research, project management, team dynamics, and even improvisation.

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


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.

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


They thought they needed a new growth strategy. Analytical thinking alone does not produce innovation. Think about Elon Musk declaring war on fossil fuels, Robin Chase evangelizing the sharing economy, or Steve Jobs building computers for our pockets. 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

National Innovation Systems, Blockchains, and Accelerating Change


One of the topics we’ve been thinking about a lot lately is how the next generation of technological change is now starting to generate what’s likely to be a very large wave. Anticipating the Future Business Model Innovation Design Thinking Innovation Innovation Process Strategy and Innovation blockchain Foresight and Extreme Creativity innovation system national innovation system The Agile Innovation Master Plan

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.

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

The Future Shapers

The thrust of the book focused on the creation of a Dual Operating System designed to handle today’s business-as-usual in a traditionally efficient (hierarchical) way, while at the same time operating a parallel highly agile and innovation-friendly structure wired to capitalise on tomorrows future opportunities. I will also do my level best to unpack the following Network Operating Model design thinking in a practical and accessible way. Strategy’ isn’t easy.

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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. While being Lean means making the best use of what you have, being Agile means being able to adapt rapidly and flexibly to sudden changes.

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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.

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.

5 reasons to rethink strategies and identify new opportunities in uncertain times


This new normal brings about an opportunity to rethink your organization’s strategy, positioning, and offers. Another reason for your company to rethink its strategy is that beliefs and behaviors are changing because of the crisis. This means that your company will need to be agile and not bet on long term plans or follow pre-COVID strategies. Thus, step by step, we can formulate strategies to overcome it. Ready to rethink your strategies?

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. However, from the practitioner’s perspective implementing ambidexterity requires some more thinking. Market introduction : Typically, sales and customers support functions are designed for existing products – and maybe incremental innovations.

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:

How to create a scalable strategy in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis


Companies had to take extreme measures to adapt their processes and recalibrate their strategies. In this context, designing a strategy that keeps your business healthy and sustainable on an ongoing basis – a crisis resilient one – can be the difference between success and failure. Non-scalable: a profession, activity, or strategy that requires greater effort, time, and dedication to reach the result and provide profit/remuneration.

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We are searching for new pathways

Paul Hobcraft

This calls for some radical rethinking of the existing business and deciding the design of the future business. This calls for thinking through a different designed structure for the business and different skills needed. so as to push and extend the business ecosystem design.

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.

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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.

Innovative Innovation Meetings: Formats, Designs, and Examples

Design more innovative innovation meetings that boost creativity and strengthen engagement. In this post, we’ll share some tips and hints centered around innovation and design thinking frameworks to help you deliver an engaging and impactful experience. Agile Stand-Up.

New innovation approaches to counter the fear of Business Contagion

Paul Hobcraft

Having a real diversity of opinion with this greater access to different knowledge and experiences does open up our thinking, but it is, on its own, not enough to make a real difference, especially in times of acute change.

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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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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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.

What is Lean Innovation? Components and Examples

Moves the Needle

And in practice, we combine three important ideas: design thinking, Lean Startup, and agile methodology. What is Design Thinking? Design thinking is a way of problem solving that evolved out of applying the scientific method to the process of design. In this way, lean innovation and design thinking go hand in hand. But design thinking alone is not enough. Where design thinking ends, Lean Startup begins.

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.

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. Without a Clear Purpose, Innovation Drifts Off Course.


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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