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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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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.

The limitations, criticisms and new pathways for Design Thinking – Part One

Paul Hobcraft

Let me summarize where we are today in design thinking. In the past couple of weeks, I have been spending a fair amount of time on investigating design thinking. This is part one of my thoughts that came out of investigating and researching design thinking in the past couple of weeks.

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

Paul Hobcraft

I recently applied the three horizons thinking to ‘frame’ a new innovation design. So the thinking intent of searching for a new innovation design had some framing assumptions that can leverage where we are to move towards a new future.

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Agile Sprint: how it brings efficiency to your business

mjvinnovation

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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Scaled Agile Framework: what is and how it works

mjvinnovation

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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The Art of Agile

etventure

In this article, etventure’s Head of Product Gregor Ilg will take a closer look at the buzzword “Agile” – and de-mystify Agile in a business context. We love Agile at etventure – but we also understand it can create stress and confusion. What is Agile?

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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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Designing for Harmony

Boxes and Arrows

By using these nascent user-centered design methods, they were able to meet the expanding needs of their user base and claim over 90% of the small business accounting software market. Was their size and rapid growth diluting their design-driven culture?

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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.

How building Staff Capability can improve Employee Engagement

HunchBuzz

How encouraging staff to undertake qualifications can boost employee engagement. Employee engagement is one of the main priorities for organisations today. This is why organisations need to develop their employees and design a more agile working process.

An Open Letter to Project Managers

Boxes and Arrows

Dear Project Managers, It has been a very enjoyable experience working with everyone over the last couple of months and sharing our ideas on UX design. The various discussions about user interface, product usability, and user engagement have been an enlightening experience for me as well, and it is very positive to see that everyone involved in the product thinks so highly about improving the user experience. Big Ideas Design Principles Learning From Others

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. The encouragement of having open feedback loops, both internally and externally, engaging the customer needs exploiting.

Connecting Innovation is the New Order of Play

Paul Hobcraft

A more opening out, forming more connections into customers, engaging with them. Our present poor performance in growth lies often within our existing innovation systems and their design. This is where understanding the power of platforms and ecosystem designs plays a vital role.

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.

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. This case study shows how the ComputerWeekly user experience team integrated with an agile development group. People make or break any project.

How building staff capability can improve employee engagement

HunchBuzz

Employee engagement is one of the main priorities for organisations today. Employees working in these companies have some of the highest job satisfaction rates in the world and employee engagement is off the charts. It just goes to show that if you make the effort to cultivate your employees, you could see massive improvements and increased employee engagement will lead to talented and loyal employees. Successful organisations like Google, Microsoft and Mars Inc.

Digital Technology MoshPit

Gregg Fraley

Discover Ideas for Long Term and Tactical Innovation Projects. Chicago, IL, August 1, 2018 — The MoshPit Innovation Service is an innovation project discovery service marketed by GFi (Gregg Fraley Innovation). Ideas for innovation projects emerge from the intensive sessions.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

I replied “you need to be thinking about project cycles and measures.” I added my punchline, “because if you’re not doing projects you’re not doing innovation.” Not Design Thinking?” My “projects” reply is a cocktail party answer.

How to Get Buy-in for Your Innovation Project

Spigit

Getting (and retaining ) buy-in from decision makers for innovation projects is often the stumbling block that many a corporate innovator and intrapreneur faces. Engage decision makers in innovation days. Got some stories on how you secured buy-in for an innovation project?

How to Get Buy-in for Your Innovation Project

Spigit

Getting (and retaining ) buy-in from decision makers for innovation projects is often the stumbling block that many a corporate innovator and intrapreneur faces. Engage decision makers in innovation days. Got some stories on how you secured buy-in for an innovation project?

Building the In-house Design Agency

Boxes and Arrows

The hardest part of building an in-house design agency is answering the basic “Why?”. I’ve made the mistake many times of assuming too much–assuming that help was wanted, or even needed; assuming that people understood the terms I used, like ‘deliverable’; assuming that everyone bought into the value of design in general, or on this specific project. Senior managers are typically more concerned with defining the overall vision before building the whole project.

Qmarkets & Amer Sports – An Innovative Partnership that Created Unprecedented Employee Engagement

Qmarkets

Amer decided to partner with Qmarkets to build and expand innovation projects that would serve the company at present and in the future, as the Qmarkets team had the agility, the capability and the speed to meet Amer’s changing needs with a variety of targeted innovation solutions.

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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.

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?

A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

Tim Kastelle

Examples: Business model development, platform/ecosystem innovation, basic technology research & development, startup engagement, innovation intelligence. Do internal ideas and projects that threaten to cannibalize the current business model get squashed – or nurtured?

Shifting Radically the Innovation Business Model

Paul Hobcraft

I get the distinct impression the focus of most innovation consultants is still locked into product innovation or improving the process of the pipeline / portfolio, the idea generation and project execution model. Shifting Radically the Innovation Business Model.

Our inabilities to adapt needs changing.

Paul Hobcraft

Simply put companies ‘die’ due to their inability to adapt to change and transformation projects fail because the message somehow fails to register and never gets completed to the original objectives. Does this article raise a new way to think about the design of the BM.

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The innovating power of ecosystems and platforms

Paul Hobcraft

It is a far more working as a constellation, drawing from an evolving network effect seeking out combined solutions from this design. This is based on a relationship-based, networked designed concept built for collective activities.

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

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. 5 – Design Thinking.

Get More Done – Interrupt Your Interruptions

The Human Factor

Next came Internet-enabled pods where people can engage in work without being disturbed. These days we have to struggle to escape noise, and the way we design our work environments doesn’t help. If you’re feeling the need for more peace and quiet these days, you’re not alone.

Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

Frameworks assume: engaged leadership, talent on the team, day to day creativity, curiosity, and domain knowledge. You will fail with: Lean, Agile, Design Thinking, TRIZ, Stage-Gate, Osborn-Parnes CPS, KILN’s FuseTrail, or a homegrown/blended framework.

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.

Munich Re offers a real clarity to their innovating future

Paul Hobcraft

The mix of digital ingredients and having the approach to building a more agile, flexible and modular design approach gives a strong impression they are driving much innovation within the Insurance Industry.

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.

Scaling-Up: Crossing the Internal Chasm in Corporate Innovation

Integrative Innovation

Depending on the companies’ objectives, these innovation centers are mostly autonomous, designed as corporate accelerators, incubators, Digital Labs or in a blended form. They are designed to exploit the opportunities in defined markets, technologies and business models.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

Recent research has confirmed successfully disrupting as well as outperforming companies to be significantly more engaged in business model innovation. It requires a more deliberated approach, such as the lean startup process, design thinking or a combination thereof.

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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. Through this, it attracts resource, attention, and engagement.

Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity – Part 3

Integrative Innovation

In this paper [1], which is a “must read” for everyone engaged in this topic, Stanford University’s Charles A. Market introduction : Typically, sales and customers support functions are designed for existing products – and maybe incremental innovations.

Choosing your direction of travel

Paul Hobcraft

We need to engage differently. For instance, earlier engagement with governments, with research institutes, publishing new findings in more open ways, less restrictive on a sharing data all might allow the communities to search for a different model of discovery to commercialization.

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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. Design Thinking, Lean Start-up or Sprints).

A Model for Integrative Innovation Management

Integrative Innovation

Examples: Business model development, platform/ecosystem innovation, basic technology research & development, startup engagement, innovation intelligence. Do internal ideas and projects that threaten to cannibalize the current business model get squashed – or nurtured?

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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. Typical Innovation Project Cycle (materials include a shell process).