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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What Marie Kondo taught me about agile project management

mjvinnovation

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? Agile

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Planbox Acquires Imaginatik Creating an Agile Innovation Powerhouse

Imaginatik

Planbox, the pioneering provider of AI-Powered Agile Innovation Management software, and Imaginatik, the #1 ranked leader in Corporate Innovation Management according to Forrester Research, will join forces to seize on the innovation boom.

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Design Thinking and Scrum: taking your projects to another level

mjvinnovation

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. By involving all stakeholders – with their different expertise – in the process of creating and developing new products and services (design thinking stages), the strategy ends up making more ideas and concepts tangible.

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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Agile vs Waterfall: what are the differences?

mjvinnovation

In a project where the waterfall Model is used, each such point represents a different stage of software development, and each stage usually ends before the next stage can begin. Requirements are usually reviewed and approved by the customer before the project can be started. This makes planning and design simpler; progress is measured more easily because the full scope of the work is known in advance. The Agile model and its peculiarities. Agile

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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

When I overlaid my own strategic change experience and compared notes with the agile operating model approach that my team and I have developed at AllChange, I confess I struggled with some of the concepts within the book from a ‘how can it be practically applied’ point of view.

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Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley

Innovation projects are about a lot of meetings. Seven Facilitation Fails: Most innovation project managers haven’t been trained in facilitation. Doing the hard and detailed preparation work ahead of time can save the entire meeting — or project, from failure.

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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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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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.

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.

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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PPM software user experience and rising star awards

Bubblegroup

Bubble Innovator Earns Two 2018 Project Portfolio Management Software Awards. Experts from the software review site independently examine hundreds of solutions each year, and Bubble is very happy to have earned a place in their best Project Portfolio Management software category.

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. User-centric design principles, however, do not replace the fact-finding mission we all need to take as UX designers; they merely serve as a starting point for making design decisions. Critical to improving an organization’s UX competency is removing the ‘black box’ view of UX design.

Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Do Purpose First, Select a Framework, Then Do Projects. 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. It happens through projects.

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.

Three Keys To Meeting The Challenge of Multi-Platform Product Development

Innovation Excellence

Each platform has its own development team, its own Program Manager and its own Project Manager. collaboration culture Customers Design Innovation Management Product Innovation R&D agile Cross Functional Alignment Cross Platforms Development Teams

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.

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.

The Innovation Imperative

Gregg Fraley

The content is about how the best organizations do it; mindset, frameworks, project selections, and how to create the elusive culture of innovation. Getting innovation teams and projects started and accelerated. Power tools and techniques for identifying new markets (Design Thinking).

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 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. Got some stories on how you secured buy-in for an innovation project?

Scrum: understand how the framework can add value to your business

mjvinnovation

With the premise of anticipating the unpredictability within a project, through interactive cycles and regular adjustments, this agile tool ensures that the effort used and deliveries made are in balance with the goals established for the project. Agile

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.

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. Got some stories on how you secured buy-in for an innovation project?

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.

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.

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

Innovation Intensive, Beyond Design Thinking. This essential training for leaders and project managers provides answers, and from an industry thought leader. Innovation Intensive will help you improve the effectiveness of innovation projects.

Integrating Prototyping Into Your Design Process

Boxes and Arrows

“ Just like with any other UX research or design tool, context plays a critical role in determining how effective prototyping will be for you. When aimed well, a prototype can answer design questions and communicate design ideas.

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Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

You will fail with: Lean, Agile, Design Thinking, TRIZ, Stage-Gate, Osborn-Parnes CPS, KILN’s FuseTrail, or a homegrown/blended framework. If you’re a leader, create the mandate , and get a diverse team organized to carry it out, in Projects. Projects change culture.

A Model for Dual Corporate Innovation Management

Tim Kastelle

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?

Get More Done – Interrupt Your Interruptions

The Human Factor

These days we have to struggle to escape noise, and the way we design our work environments doesn’t help. Please come back in 30 minutes, I am focused on a project” or “Please schedule time with me, I am currently in an important meeting or interview or on a phone call…”).

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? Be certain that there is alignment from the top down around the desire to integrate digital tech and get projects underway. Learn 4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018.