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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. After working through a number the one that held my attention and has become central to my thinking to take organizational practices forward was provided by a recent report from McKinsey “ How to create an agile organization ”. Agility for me is vital, it allows us to increasingly be adaptive in an uncertain world. Stable and Dynamic Practices of Agility.

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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?

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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. We have this compelling need to have a new cycle of innovation design. I wrote a piece “ Jumping to a fresh cycle of innovation design ” that stated much of what I saw as any design intent.

Agile Project Management: what it is and how to apply it in your business

mjvinnovation

Keep reading to understand why agile project management provides numerous advantages over traditional forms of project management. What is agile project management? Agile practices can be incorporated into project management, adding numerous benefits.

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4 Fantastic Agile Sprint Retrospective Templates

InnovationTraining.org

These top agile and scrum sprint retrospective templates can be used during remote meetings with your team. Facilitating Agile Retrospectives Workshop. Teams will walk through the following 4 steps: “Turn your brain on” – Discussion and establish rules of engagement.

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Integrating ‘Agile’ Approaches into ‘Waterfall’ Cultures

InnovationTraining.org

Agile” and “Waterfall” offer us very different approaches to project management. These processes can each guide us, depending upon our goals, knowledge, and values surrounding stakeholder engagement. Step 2 – Design : Build a system that responds to these requirements.

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Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban and Design Sprint: how to combine agile practices and gain more efficiency

mjvinnovation

We all know that agile methodologies are not written in stone. In reality, we are talking about a set of practices that should be used to manage projects and demands to adapt to changes and gain efficiency quickly. Squads, Scrum, OKRs, Kanban, and Design Sprints are just a few.

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Agile Mindset: How to Use Sprints to Streamline Projects

mjvinnovation

Keep reading to see how successful executives are achieving results in their everyday business through incorporating agile methodologies like SCRUM! The agile mindset. Before we get into the agile mindset, we need to remember that it is linked to Agile Philosophy. Agile Philosophy came from the Agile Manifesto, when a small group of people got together in 2001 to discuss their feelings about the traditional approach to project management for software development.

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

Paul Hobcraft

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’ If you want to read more on the three horizons then take some time out to explore the “ insights and thinking ” resource page shown under the ‘tabs’ above. I recently applied the three horizons thinking to ‘frame’ a new innovation design.

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Innovative Innovation Meetings: Formats, Designs, and Examples

InnovationTraining.org

Design more innovative innovation meetings that boost creativity and strengthen engagement. Far too often, engaging and innovative meetings are rare and fall short of accomplishing their goals. Implementation: 6 Questions to Help You Design Innovative Meetings.

Learn about the areas of Project Management

mjvinnovation

Not knowing all areas of project management is a big mistake for managers. Project management must be part of the day-to-day activities in every company. Check out the concepts that involve management and get to know the 10 areas of project management in this blog post!

Why we should focus on Innovation Governance

Paul Hobcraft

Any governance design needs to be clean, robust, open and transparent , not opaque and closed to a selected few as this opens up to criticism, cynicism or favouritism. It encourages agility, adapting, being fluid and dynamic in the way to undergo innovation.

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. I had worked with SCRUM before, done training with Ken Schwaber (author 1 and co-founder of the Agile Alliance) and knew a few things from experience about how to achieve some success integrating a design team within SCRUM. Where did Agile come from? Where does the designer fit into the frame?

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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. Acronym of Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe is an agile development framework that provides a simple and lightweight experience for the team as it is divided into three segments: Time, Program, and Portfolio. One of the most difficult elements of agile philosophy is scaling. Want to understand more about agile practices?

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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. This expanded the offerings but created a fragmented company where each product had its own division with separate management, design, and–in some cases—offices. A noticeable lack of focus prevented them from innovating as a company; their user-centered design DNA was disappearing.

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.

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. Agile development has been around since the 90s, and became popular shortly after the turn of the millennium, when the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was formulated and signed by Kent Beck and 16 fellow software developers. If it is not applied properly, agile development can easily turn into chaos!

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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. Setting The Scene.

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Your Future Lies in Occupying the Innovation Job and Using the Skills it Provides

Paul Hobcraft

We need to manage reskilling and upskilling to mitigate against both job losses and talent shortages but prepared the future workforce to be more nimble, agile and fluid. We need to understand how to become more intrapreneurial, agile, and adaptable, and continuously seek out a diverse set of collaboration spaces as places where we can be seen, appreciated, and valued. How can we project ourselves beyond those that know us?

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Design Thinking and Scrum: union increases productivity in companies

mjvinnovation

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. In this methodology, consumer opinion is essential to settle risks in any project.

Design Thinking and Scrum: union increases productivity in companies

mjvinnovation

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. In this methodology, consumer opinion is essential to settle risks in any project.

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

Building the Innovation Business Case

Paul Hobcraft

Knowing the issues, reducing often the ‘noise and distractions’ and making the professional case is what we need to do to attract commitment to the projects we are working upon. What condition of ‘readiness’ in design, capabilities and capacity4.

How to transform your organizational culture with Design Thinking

mjvinnovation

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. Bring Design Thinking to light.

Thinking sustainability needs a mix of future scenarios.

Paul Hobcraft

Agility Innovation. The different voices involved can be highly engaged; you have the voice of today , more concerned with managing the existing, maximizing returns and keeping the organization going efficiently and effectively. The accelerating need to build a sustainability pathway.

Listening to your employees can give you more innovation, but also more engagement

ideas4allinnovation

Both those needs translate, and line up, within a corporate innovation program: gathering new ideas is very important, but what is even more important is finding the right ideas and getting employees to participate and become engaged in innovation. More engagement and talent recognition.

How Being Agile Can Help Your Company Win In The Post-Covid Economy

Planbox

A proven way to do this is through the agile process. First created in the software industry around 20 years ago, the agile methodology is widely seen as the innovation engine that drives Silicon Valley’s success, and it has now been adopted by many companies beyond the tech sector.

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How to manage projects and teams in times of remote work

mjvinnovation

But how is one supposed to properly manage projects and teams remotely? We will show you some tips and tricks to help your teams stay productive while working on projects remotely. . The use of agile methodologies, such as SCRUM, can help to decentralize project management.

The Cascading Innovation Effect.

Paul Hobcraft

We are looking for a cascade of better choices to achieve the desired innovation outcomes that only an integrated innovation design can achieve. This is where the engagement from the top of the organization becomes pivotal. Visual source; [link].

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. We are in the middle of it, some of you may not have noticed its impact and change but it is significant on the understanding of innovation, in it’s future design. The importance of big data, the speed of technology adoption, mobile products, digital design, and technology platforms are at the heart of innovation.

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. The search is on for a real lasting change that does transform and connect all the parts into a new innovative design, one that connects and orchestrates the ‘whole’. This is where understanding the power of platforms and ecosystem designs plays a vital role.

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. Employees working in these companies have some of the highest job satisfaction rates in the world and employee engagement is off the charts. If you are able to provide them with what they’re looking for then they will remain loyal employees for longer and be more engaged with the organisation.

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

His first priority became finding a fully configurable, flexible, and scalable innovation platform that would eliminate barriers of distance and language, encourage active employee engagement across the organization, plus offer opportunities for high-level technical collaboration for designers, engineers and manufacturers to be able to work together.

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. We also gleaned data from analytics that told us where users engaged and where the bounce rates were highest. At this point the development team maintained the site with an agile process.

The Cascading Innovation Effect.

Paul Hobcraft

We are looking for a cascade of better choices to achieve the desired innovation outcomes that only an integrated innovation design can achieve. This is where the engagement from the top of the organization becomes pivotal. Visual source; [link].

Thinking sustainability needs a mix of future scenarios.

Paul Hobcraft

Agility Innovation. The different voices involved can be highly engaged; you have the voice of today , more concerned with managing the existing, maximizing returns and keeping the organization going efficiently and effectively. The accelerating need to build a sustainability pathway.

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Thinking sustainability needs a mix of future scenarios.

Paul Hobcraft

Agility Innovation. The different voices involved can be highly engaged; you have the voice of today , more concerned with managing the existing, maximizing returns and keeping the organization going efficiently and effectively. The accelerating need to build a sustainability pathway.

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A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

Tim Kastelle

Examples: Business model development, platform/ecosystem innovation, basic technology research & development, startup engagement, innovation intelligence. How much time does your CEO/executive management spend strengthening and protecting the current business model, versus designing the next one? Do internal ideas and projects that threaten to cannibalize the current business model get squashed – or nurtured?

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?” 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! My “projects” reply is a cocktail party answer.

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.

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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). It’s designed to uncover unlikely, but useful, combinations of technologies, products, services, trends, and insights that lead to breakthrough innovation. Ideas for innovation projects emerge from the intensive sessions.