Combining lean startup and agile with a design-led approach reduces business risk

Innovation Excellence

collaboration Creativity Design Governance Innovation Leadership Management Research Strategy #designthinking #riskmitigation agile flow leanFor most corporations, leading in quality means continually pursuing organizational excellence. This means leaders have to make sure that the organization is fit for its purpose, stays that way, and keeps improving over time. Maintaining quality is much easier when the risks involved are lower.

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Lean & Startup Patterns – Interview with Sam McAfee

Grasshopper Herder

I reached out to chat about his approach on Lean, startups and teamwork. Q: What are the differences between Agile Software Development and Lean Software Development? A: At the highest level, the difference between Agile and Lean software development is mainly […]. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership lean manufacturing lean product development lean startup


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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. In this way, lean innovation and design thinking go hand in hand.

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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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. The company was losing its technology leadership.


Building Agility – Meta Skill that Organisations Need to Learn #FutureOfWork

Rmukesh Gupta

One of the key skills that organisations need to learn in a VUCA world is organisational agility. The only way that an organisation can build agility is when the flow of information is quick and as far as possible, unfiltered and bi-directional. However, in an environment where agility is not just a nice-to-have thing but is critical to survival, leaders can’t afford to have this information disparity. As a leader, what is your leaning towards?

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Don’t Blame Technology for Your Failure

Innovation Excellence

culture Innovation Leadership agile Cédric Mao Erwann Rosier Fly the Nest Lean start-up lean startup scale Start-upCédric Mao and Erwann Rozier founded Fly The Nest, to help startups grow, scale, and leave the nest, while keeping a consistent and cohesive team functioning. They tell us more about this organization discipline, which can also rule for innovation teams in established companies. 1) Nicolas Bry: What problem is addressing Fly the Nest? You’re.

Modern leadership styles and innovation: The boss doesn’t always know best!


But not all businesses are run in this way and leadership comes in many different forms. Let’s explore the nature of modern leadership in business, look at how extending crowdsourcing beyond the executive teams impacts a business and how this all ties into building and fostering a culture of innovation. The nature of modern leadership. The post Modern leadership styles and innovation: The boss doesn’t always know best!

Key Issues in Innovation Management – Revisited – Part 1

Tim Kastelle

Leadership through vision and influence, rather than command and control, is required. 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.

Sense and Respond

Innovation Excellence

Change Feature Of The Week Interviews Leadership Technology agile authors Books Design Thinking future Jeff Gothelf Lean UX Sense and Respond Trends user experienceI had the opportunity recently to interview fellow author Jeff Gothelf to talk with him about his new book Sense and Respond, which is his second book with his co-author Josh Seiden and a major publisher. Congratulations Jeff!

What if We Listened to All of Our Stakeholders?

Innovation Excellence

Change collaboration culture Customers Innovation Leadership Management agile Disruptive Innovation innovative thinking lean Strategy successFor the past year, I’ve been working with a Baptist minister, Rev. Jeffrey Brown, to help fund and scale his proven approach to violence reduction. Brown has spent the past 25+ years helping Boston and 21 other communities reduce violence. His TED talk tells the story about the The Boston Miracle — a 29 consecutive month period.

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Crisis Manager or Opportunity Manager? You Decide.

Daniel Burrus

No matter how agile you might be in putting out fires, constantly reacting to problems and issues is not only exhausting, it can become an unending cycle. AO Innovation Leadership Starter Pack–Get Yours Today via Amazon. Leadership Strategy Transformation Agile Anticipatory Organization business opportunity Crisis Manager Dan Burrus Daniel Burrus Lean Opportunity Manager

Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge

Gregg Fraley

Design Thinking alone will not guarantee success (or any other framework, Agile, Lean, etc.). What You Should Be Learning in Innovation Training. But you probably are not! Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge, in no particular order. Lack of Managment support will effectively kill any innovation program no matter how well conceived. If you don’t have Talent, superior talent, you’ll fail.

Improv for Business

Gregg Fraley

” What I mean is you could use Improv problem solving tools with Agile, Lean, Design Thinking, or CPS. Innovation Agile AI applied improvisation CEO comedy CPS Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Creativity design thinking GFi Gregg Fraley Innovation improv improv for business Improv Games innovation consulting innovation teams IO Theater IoT leadership Lean problem solving Second City team building teams Vistage

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

However, in every case, it is beneficial for a company to look inwards and see whether their people, processes and leadership are acting more as innovation enablers, or bottlenecks. bringing to light inefficiencies which leadership would not be aware of). Suggested reading: I would recommend you look at the website and blog of Wazoku , an Idea Management system company I have worked with and which produces a lot of thought leadership on the subject.

Incubation is the Hard Part Between Discovery and Success

The Inovo Group

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. In digging further, they came to the realization that it was the stage-gate process itself (even with the new agile stage-gate modifications) that was the limiting factor. Lean Startup, for example, focuses on the Process and Mechanisms while Effectuation emphasizes Mindset and Behavior.

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Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

There are great frameworks and tools out there for innovation projects, like Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, and blended processes. Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation. Tell me what I should be thinking about.” The man asking, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, was dead sincere. We were at a social event. He’d asked me what I did and when I told him I was an innovation consultant, his eyebrows raised. Then he popped the question.

The Billion Dollar Breakthrough You Missed

Gregg Fraley

Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, and older frameworks like CPS (aka Osborn-Parnes) are all attempts to find the system, the process steps, that will assist in repeating innovation. Why and How are Billions in Potential Innovation Left On The Table? Innovation is Fresh Combinations . What’s Needed: Sophisticated Tools to Deliberately Make Fresh Connections Across Domains (see MoshPit ).

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.

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

Hiring a professional facilitator can be a big help, but facilitative leadership is something that needs to be around 100% of the time. Knowledge of frameworks like Lean, Agile, CPS and Design Thinking are essential. Training Accelerates Innovation. 94% of managers are unsatisfied with their companies innovation performance. 70% of CEO’s see innovation as a key driver of growth. That’s what McKinsey says in this article.

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley

Get this alignment and mandate, or, risk projects stopping dead in their tracks due to lack of top leadership support, or, watch projects fail because of incomplete understanding of need states and technical possibilities. Learn 4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018. Alignment, Team Diversity, Knowledge & MoshPits. The challenges facing innovation leaders, facing 2018 is — how do you integrate new digital capability? This is not innovation as we once knew it.

Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

Integrative Innovation

It may already be ambitious to set up and align startup engagement vehicles properly, gain sustainable senior leadership support and overcome the most critical relational barriers to going about corporate-startup collaboration, such as difference in speeds (e.g. Changing leadership and management style. This ‘opinion’ on the question “What can startups and incumbents learn from each other and what are the biggest threats?”

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. This takes an understanding of why you innovate , and, it takes leadership to communicate and focus the desire. Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders. First of Seven Blogs.

Getting out of the Building, Going Cross-Industry for Seeking Out Radical Ideas

Paul Hobcraft

Industry borders are blurring, there are increasingly smaller, agile and highly disruptive companies working to change the existing into the new preferred. Just reflect on how the digital culture, globalisation, individualism, rising aspirations (and deepening discontent), our access to information, urbanisation, health and wellness, climate change and corporate leadership are all triggering points for making a change in something we can influence.

Getting out of the Building, Going Cross-Industry for Seeking Out Radical Ideas

Paul Hobcraft

Industry borders are blurring, there are increasingly smaller, agile and highly disruptive companies working to change the existing into the new preferred. Just reflect on how the digital culture, globalisation, individualism, rising aspirations (and deepening discontent), our access to information, urbanisation, health and wellness, climate change and corporate leadership are all triggering points for making a change in something we can influence.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

Leadership through vision and influence, rather than command and control, is required. 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. In the course of this first month of 2016, I was asked a couple of times what my prospects are for the year ahead when it comes to key innovtion issues.

Waterfall Coaching


With Lean, we often associate waterfalls with the concept of a continuous flow of people, materials, and information. Additional new thinking like The Flow System™ calls out how complexity, teamwork, and autonomous leadership address organizational friction.


Prompt Employees to Think Strategically

The Human Factor

Third, because today’s companies have to operate lean in order to compete, all employees need to have some degree of fluency with strategic thinking, which requires understanding all the elements of the business at a level appropriate to their roles. Instead, they focus on removing barriers to speed and efficiency, solving problems differently, and becoming more agile. Green Pause-Think-Focus prompt Science of Thinking strategic agility The Human Factor Using Your Brain to Win

What is Digital Transformation in Business and Why is it Important?

Moves the Needle

They are not agile. Leadership Mindset A company’s leaders are paramount in driving the organization forward. Not Communicating the Strategy and Vision As is the case with many innovation initiatives, a lack of strategic alignment and failure of leadership to communicate the vision for a project is often to blame when a transformation program derails. Lean Innovation

Executives Meet to Discuss the ROI of Innovation

Moves the Needle

We had the pleasure of co-hosting this amazing event with six-time entrepreneur David Binett i and special guest Kent Beck (one of the original signatories on the Agile Manifesto ), and the discussions held by each of these three innovation powerhouses was a sight to see. All too many times, David said, a “big idea” emerges, and you’ll gather your people, draft the business plan, bring a powerpoint to the finance team or leadership, only to hear them say, “Sounds great.

Solving people’s innovation problems


Between what we describe as a “true” fluid strategic, systemic and learning anchored approach, which truly enables and supports people to “fail fast to lean quickly” and a short term, episodic “methodical” training and functional based approaches to innovation where people don’t have permission and safety to “fail fast to learn quickly”.

5 Things to stop doing to enable enterprise innovation

Moves the Needle

We’ve learned from the collapse of Kodak, Blockbuster, RadioShack and other once-prominent organizations that a corporate culture designed to uphold and manage existing success can actually become the arch nemesis of an enterprise that needs to be agile in order to evolve to meet the needs of quickly changing global markets. Lean Innovation*This post originally appeared on Mind the Product.

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. disruptive-innovation innovation challenge innovation-management agile-innovation

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Scaling the post-normal: how investing in IT can accelerate recovery


Manage it with DevOps and Agile. During this trajectory, two of our expertise areas were fundamental in keeping operations on track: DevOps and Agile Methodologies. Business Agility. We could just talk about Agile here, but that’s old news. We know agile works, so let’s go further: let’s talk about Business Agility because it’s all about leadership. As we have already said, a critical point in Business Agility is leadership.

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Moves the Needle

We are here to help you leverage Lean Innovation skills to (remotely) harness customer empathy, run rapid experiments, and de-risk decisions quickly with evidence, to build confidence for solutions to the very real issues you’re currently facing. As you know, the current environment has caused the cancellation of many public events, including workshops and conferences, as well as most non-essential travel.


Parkinson’s Law and the Peter Principle – are they relevant to innovation?

Idea to Value

Parkinson’s Law has often been used to victimize the civil service, but it is valid for all organizations devoid of good leadership and permeated by an unimaginative work ethic. This is why “lean” and “agile” have become buzzwords today. The judgment will most often be in accordance with the values and practices of the organization’s leadership and imperfect. 10 people write 10 reports in 10 hours.

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Gregg Fraley

Gregg instructs ways to blend frameworks and use the best tools within frameworks such as Lean, Agile, CPS, or Design Thinking. The Innovation Intensive course outline: Approaches to innovation (Design Thinking, Lean, Agile, TRIZ, CPS, and blended systems). Innovation Training. “Innovation Intensive, beyond Design Thinking” Public Course* With Master Trainer Gregg Fraley.

Becoming an Anticipatory Leader™: The Missing Competency

Daniel Burrus

Even organizations large and small have learned how to be lean and agile while executing a strategy at a high level. But despite these skills, General Motors still declared bankruptcy, Blockbuster closed its last store, and the record industry succumbed to Spotify, all despite their leaders and workers being responsive and agile and executing well. To succeed in business now and in the future, being lean and agile and executing well are no longer enough.

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Why Corporate Entrepreneurs are Extraordinary – the Rebel Alliance

Steve Blank

I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. Several pockets of innovation in his agency have begun to look to startups and have tried to adopt lean methods. We were once a scrappy, agile and feared organization with a “can-do” attitude. Lean Innovation management now offers Horizon 1 executives a set of tools that allow them to feel comfortable with Horizon 2/3 initiatives.

Anticipate and Think Exponentially

Daniel Burrus

Therefore, it is time to turn accelerating change into an advantage by leaning to anticipate and think exponentially! My Anticipatory Model and methodologies are built on solid foundations, proven to be true when examining how predictable digital disruption is, and how identifying disruptions before they disrupt provides a major advantage over agile reactors to disruptions. Technology-driven change will continue to accelerate at an exponential rate.


Innovation the Hybrid Way

The Future Shapers

Blue Ocean Strategy, Lean Startup, Jobs-to-be-done Theory, Design Thinking, and Agile have become increasingly popular. IBM and SAP bet on Design Thinking, for example, while GE adopted Lean Startup. At the heart of entrepreneurial leadership for new growth lie opportunities: discovering and seizing them through innovative offerings, business models, and revenue models. Innovation Innovation Leadership Leadership


Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Just kidding, Design Thinking can be a good choice, as can Agile, or Lean, or your own blended system. Do Purpose First, Select a Framework, Then Do Projects. Without a Clear Purpose, Innovation Drifts Off Course. It may seem obvious but unless you know who you are, and what your purpose is, as an organization you will flounder. Innovation Leaders sometimes get it backwards. This wastes Time and Money. In the innovation space there is endless discussion about frameworks.


The Case for Dual Innovation

Tim Kastelle

Similarly, about 70 percent of disruptive innovators also lean toward a more centralized approach. Accenture finds in their recent study that companies need to reassess their approach to innovation execution: Companies need to develop agile innovation operating models that enable companies to not only test new ideas quickly, but also absorb new capabilities and talent from other industries.

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