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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.

Are These Agile Transformation Blind Spots Holding You Back?

Planview Blog

It’s common to encounter blind spots when you’re navigating an Agile transformation. They can show up as Agile practices that are meant to improve business agility but are applied so extremely that they end up making organizations less agile. Hyper Focusing on Agile Teams.

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Making Agility Compatible For You

Paul Hobcraft

Is Agility compatible for many working in established businesses? “To To be agile” is often a badge of honor. Agility is today going far beyond just being responsive,it goes into constantly adjusting and being versatile, modifying to meet rapidly changing conditions. The challenge is to keep the stability but to build around it a more agile, dynamic set of capabilities. You crave for some agility, some freedom to do things differently.

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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? But design thinking alone is not enough.

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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Lean is Dead. Long Live Lean!

Legacy Innovation Group

Lean is Dead. Long Live Lean! Twenty four years ago, James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos introduced our world to a modern understanding of the concept of Lean Production. With its foundational philosophy of waste elimination , Lean Production built on prior work that reached all the way back to at least Benjamin Franklin, and spanned the work of such notables as Frederick Winslow Taylor and Henry Ford. Lean is a tool for driving efficiency.


The Right Way to Do Lean Research

Boxes and Arrows

StartX , a nonprofit startup accelerator, recently devoted an entire day to the role of design in early-stage companies. Each panelist had made their mark on how design is done in start-ups: Laura wrote the influential O’Reilly book on UX for Lean Startups, and Todd penned the bestselling Rosenfeld Media Prototyping book. Mike founded an influential Lean UX community in San Francisco. . Below is Laura Klein expounds on these key themes of lean research.


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.

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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The UX Professionals’ Guide to Working with Agile Scrum Teams

Boxes and Arrows

The adoption of Agile software development approaches are on the rise across our industry, which means UX professionals are more likely than ever to support Agile projects. Many UX professionals seem stymied by the challenge of effectively integrating UX within an Agile development framework –but there are others in our field who have encountered the same problems yet are finding effective solutions. Frequent communication outside of standard agile interactions.

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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.

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.


Agile Innovation Manager Training


We offer a training to become an Agile Innovation manager in cooperation with our partners from Innovation Alliance. This modular training program ensures that you benefit from the Innovation Alliance’s many different fields of expertise and leads to the title of Agile Innovation Manager. Modul III – From opportunities to market / Design, implementation, launch. get an insight into how Agile Innovation Management really works.

Agile Innovation Manager Training


We offer a training to become an Agile Innovation manager in cooperation with our partners from Innovation Alliance. This modular training program ensures that you benefit from the Innovation Alliance’s many different fields of expertise and leads to the title of Agile Innovation Manager. Modul III – From opportunities to market / Design, implementation, launch. get an insight into how Agile Innovation Management really works.

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.

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. Bring Design Thinking to light.

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.

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. One where we are capable of designing and engineering far more so as to deliver and have a more desirable end.

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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Tune-In To Taster Tools On Thursday

Gregg Fraley

Gregg Fraley is a highly experienced facilitator who’s been learning, developing, and inventing group facilitation tools for many years. Gregg knows several innovation frameworks, including Design Thinking and Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving (aka “CPS).

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15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

Suggested reading: This article on Effective Brainstorming , and this book by Bryan Mattimore, which elaborates our interview from the Innovation and Creativity Summit on various brainstorming techniques (premium content): 7 – Lean Innovation Management. Some of the aspects of Lean Innovation Management include: Encouragement of lots of small scale, cheap experiments instead of full launches. 5 – Design Thinking.

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. A highly creative new method for solving difficult problems.

Achieving a Level of Fluidity

Paul Hobcraft

There is this constant set of discussions about changing structures and models to become more adaptive, agile, lean, flexible and fluid; to react and deal with the increasing turbulence occurring all around us. This would need organizations to design their organizations in their structures, people and processes to either be focused on ‘being efficient’ or being ‘change orientated’. It takes time to learn and adapt to this as we all are ‘stuck in our ways.

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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.



In last month’s blog , we reinforced and validated the importance and role of collaboration, and described the range of emerging new, inspirational, and adaptive models that lean into complexity and catalyse and embed sustainable innovative workplace culture change.

Catalysing change through innovation teams


Reinforcing and validating the importance and role of collaboration, where a range of new, inspirational, and adaptive models that lean into complexity and catalyse and embed innovative workplace culture changes, have emerged. The time it takes to design or customise, and implement them.

9 Ways to Get Ideas Brewing with Instant Coffee

Planview Blog

Here are some of the many ways you can use Instant Coffee: Brainstorming Incremental Planning Story Mapping Lean Coffee Impromptu Meetings PI Planning Retrospectives SWOT Analysis Standup Meetings. Lean Coffee. Agile Program Management Enterprise Agile Planning Products

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. Act on the learning. Rapid prototyping and iterative learning.

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. Steve Blank, the father of Lean Startup, comments on the Lean Startup vs. Design Thinking discussion here : Often I hear spirited defenses for Customer Development versus Design Thinking or vice versa, and my reaction is to slowly back out of these faith-based conversations.

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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. At the beginning of 2013, Tim Kastelle and I identified four key issues in innovation management for the time to come.

Adopting a Rapid Digital Innovation Process

Paul Hobcraft

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. Reality is, we have only been tackling part of the innovation process and the end results often remain the same – a slow process of innovation follows as lean hits organization reality, it gets caught up in internal roadblocks, countless discussions, and debates.

The Root Word of Contemporary Is Temporary


Sometimes I wonder if the advancing of age and a leaning toward old-fashioned values are a hindrance to relevancy in our contemporary workplace. It was bosses and colleagues advancing in age and leaning toward old-fashioned values. Our economy is cyclical almost by design.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

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! Is a failure truly viewed as a learning experience or as a career killer? There are great frameworks and tools out there for innovation projects, like Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, and blended processes.

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.

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.

Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work – the Minimal Viable Product

Steve Blank

I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.”. Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of that confusion. It’s time to update Build, Measure, Learn to what we now know is the best way to build Lean startups. Build, Measure, Learn sounds pretty simple. Build-Measure-Learn.

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Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

Companies are investing in innovation training, mostly learning frameworks like Lean, Agile, or Design Thinking. 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. Why is it that organizations don’t invest in training operational employees? It’s an opportunity to improve innovation culture that few are taking up.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley

Learn 4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018. Learn and understand the technology. You need to learn more about digital technology. What’s required is an approach that leverages Design Thinking and/or Lean/Agile and, in addition , does deliberate concept blending (what I call a MoshPit) of your challenges (and IP assets) with outside-your-garden-wall Domains of Knowledge (including digital tech, but also new materials, and current trends).

Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

Integrative Innovation

This ‘opinion’ on the question “What can startups and incumbents learn from each other and what are the biggest threats?” ” was originally published at In recent years, an increasing intensity in collaboration between incumbent companies and startups has been observed. Meanwhile, close to 80% of corporations and startups have already been or are collaborating.

Incubation is the Hard Part Between Discovery and Success

The Inovo Group

The most promising approaches are designed for the startup ecosystem. A comprehensive incubation framework can be based on two complementary approaches – Lean Startup and Effectuation – along with other components that fill out the incubation system architecture. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” McGrath Learning Plans, Collins Flywheel, etc.) testing specific design features). Highlights.