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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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Here’s Your Agile Track Recap from Accelerate

Planview Blog

On the jam-packed agenda were several presentations, customer stories, and roundtable discussions aimed at supporting Agile leaders at all levels of the organization. Becoming Agile and Beyond. How to Build High-Performing Agile Teams. Why Agile Transformations Fail.

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


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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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? Agile

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9 Agile Transformation Metrics for Executives to Watch

Planview Blog

How do you know whether your Agile transformation is on the right track, or heading in the right direction? Understanding Agile transformation metrics for executives is key to proving the ROI of your Agile transformation. In Agile, the metrics themselves are not the goal.

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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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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. To ensure valuable software projects, it takes to the extreme a set of practices such as testing, reviewing, developing, integrating, simplifying and performing short iterations. Lean Startup. Agile

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What You Need to Know About How to Execute a Project 

Planview Blog

In this post, we’re going to show you how to execute a project. You’ve initiated your project, created an in-depth plan, and secured stakeholder buy-in. In this guide, we’ll break down exactly how to execute a project across multiple departments to improve efficiency and drive results.

Manufacturing Agility: Edwards LifeSciences Reduces WIP by 70%

Planview Blog

A patient-first approach has always been at the heart of Edwards’ business (pun intended); but as the business grew in size and complexity, it struggled to achieve the manufacturing agility required to perform at scale. Agile Mindset Drives Medical Innovations.

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The revival of the Stage Gate method by its creator Robert G. Cooper


Cooper, has noticed an evolution of the Stage Gate method over the years in innovative companies and proposes a new, more agile product development system. Agility and 3. Agility. One2Team: a platform that combines structure and agility for all your projects.

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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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. 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. The practice is very common within agile logic.

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Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Experiential Learning Accelerates Innovation. 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. They don’t know how to scaffold a learning experience.

The principles that you need to know about Agile Development


According to some of the principles, in order to obtain the best results, it is necessary to: Engage with corporate leaders, managers, and the user community; Have professionals who work well in teams and are committed to continually improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of projects; Set the essential elements to refactor and eliminate the technical gap of the chosen method; Among other factors. The Agile manifesto. Understanding Agile methods. Agile

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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. Your organization managed to implement the Lean Production paradigm.


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.

Tune-In To Taster Tools On Thursday

Gregg Fraley

The 30 minute weekly webinar features demonstrations of various facilitation tools for: strategy, challenge clarification, idea generation (aka brainstorming), problem framing, idea selection, innovation projects, and idea development, etc.

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Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

—– Lean Innovation Management. In the last five years “ Lean Startup ” methodologies have enabled entrepreneurs to efficiently build a startup by searching for product/market fit rather than blindly trying to execute. The first time a few brave corporate innovators tried to overlay the Lean tools and techniques that work in early-stage startups in an existing corporation or government agency, the result was chaos, confusion, frustration and ultimately, failure.


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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Announcing Momentum Creative Problem Solving (MCPS)

Gregg Fraley

Accelerate the Momentum of Work and Life Projects With Focused Creativity. As you learn more MCPS thinking tools, creative power grows. MCPS perfectly complements innovation frameworks like Design Thinking, Agile, and Lean, and quality frameworks like Six Sigma.

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.” 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. If you’re not doing projects, start.

What Did the Pandemic Teach Us About New Product Development?

Planview Blog

In this post, you will find questions and answers from an incredibly timely and informative webinar that provided crucial new product development best practices based on lessons learned from the pandemic. Q&A from Accelerating Innovation: Lessons Learned from the Pandemic.

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

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. Education and learning interventions.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

Companies are investing in innovation training, mostly learning frameworks like Lean, Agile, or Design Thinking. Idea campaigns can work, but only if it’s done with a focused question, and, that focus is connected to a mandated project. 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.

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

Companies which want a structured system to manage a funnel of ideas and projects (e.g. 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. to test the market), instead of asking for a full project budget with a business case.

How to Get Buy-in for Your Innovation Project


Getting (and retaining ) buy-in from decision makers for innovation projects is often the stumbling block that many a corporate innovator and intrapreneur faces. It’s been shown that innovation and creativity projects are a great way to engage and retain high performers at a time when incumbent organizations need them most – especially applicable to Gen Yers. GE managed to cut cost of market validation by 80% using the lean startup methodology.

How to Get Buy-in for Your Innovation Project


Getting (and retaining ) buy-in from decision makers for innovation projects is often the stumbling block that many a corporate innovator and intrapreneur faces. It’s been shown that innovation and creativity projects are a great way to engage and retain high performers at a time when incumbent organizations need them most – especially applicable to Gen Yers. GE managed to cut cost of market validation by 80% using the lean startup methodology.

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. If your innovation program doesn’t have a Project orientation there will be no culture change, or innovation.

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. You never want to lose sight of the need you’re designing for as you undertake the lean startup. .

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. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.” 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.

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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Integrating UX into the Product Backlog

Boxes and Arrows

Teams moving to agile often struggle to integrate agile with best practices in user-centered design (UCD) and user experience (UX) in general. Fortunately, using a UX Integration Matrix helps integrate UX and agile by including UX information and requirements right in the product backlog. Agile methods were developed without consideration for UX best practices. Early agile pioneers were working on in-house IT projects (custom software) or enterprise software [ 1 , 2 ].

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. Innovation is constantly fluid, needing to be adaptive as we learn and adjust to new learning and this is constantly requiring a very change orientated approach. It takes time to learn and adapt to this as we all are ‘stuck in our ways.

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Crisis Manager or Opportunity Manager? You Decide.

Daniel Burrus

What if we identified and acted upon opportunity much in the same way as we might manage a meeting, a project or some other form of responsibility? 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. Learn how with the Anticipatory Organization System at

4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018

Gregg Fraley

Learn 4 Ways to Amplify Digital Innovation in 2018. 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. This is not as simple as it sounds because you’ll need resources and involvement across the silos in your organization to enable the projects. Learn and understand the technology.

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.

Momentum — Team Effectiveness Training

Gregg Fraley

Concepts are taught using interactive exercises and challenges, which make for rich debrief discussions, learning, and integration into real world team habits. Listening skills are built and teams learn to collaborate. Creative Problem Solving Model: Most teams lack a common approach, or language, to resolve challenges and manage projects. It can augment, Lean, Design Thinking or Agile approaches. Momentum.

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

Moves the Needle

They are not agile. But, according to a study done by Wipro Digital, 1 in 5 senior executives “admit that they secretly believe that digital transformation projects in their company are a waste of time ,” even though there is mounting evidence that digital transformation is the only option for future survival. One way to combat this is to use the process of Lean Innovation to alleviate some of the uncertainty and guide the strategy based on evidence (data + insights).

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. David pointed out that startups or innovation initiatives in the Explore phase are essentially H3 projects. Those in Expand have found some traction and are, therefore, “emerging” H2 projects.

GFi Innovation Public Training Course

Gregg Fraley

It examines culture assessment, strategy, and on-going project management. It includes an overview of key frameworks ( Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, TRIZ, Synectics, Stage-Gate, CPS ) and their essential tools. Participants learn classic pitfalls and how to avoid them using best practices and emerging advanced practices. Innovation team leaders and project managers learn what it takes to keep cycles spinning from year to year. Innovation Intensive .

The fallacy of "modern" management when it comes to innovation management

Moves the Needle

Doing so means a new kind innovation management because the management most of us learned in school won’t quite do the trick. His very lean progressive assembly process was the result. The Toyota Production System largely grew out of this dilemma, attempting to leverage the “leanness” of Ford’s production system is a world of increasing complexity and market differentiation. Projections are based on past experience. This is Lean Startup. Lean Innovation

GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

This essential training for leaders and project managers provides answers, and from an industry thought leader. Join us at Catalyst Ranch, a truly fun place to learn! Innovation Intensive will help you improve the effectiveness of innovation projects. If you don’t know the newer more advanced tools, and some neglected old technologies, including Agile, Lean, TRIZ, Synectics, Stage-Gate, Theory of Constraints, and CPS, you’re missing opportunities.