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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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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From end to end: why the union of Design Thinking and Agile has been so successful


Where DT can’t reach, Agile can compensate and vice versa. Agile: Make Tangible and build. Since you have a well-defined idea (through Design Thinking), Agile will clear a path towards your idea by removing obstacles that stand in your way. Agility is a mindset.

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.


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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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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Scaled Agile Framework: what is and how it works


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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Agile Intrapreneurship at LabCovéa, by Philippe Lebeaupin

Rapid Innovation in digital time

He explains the way he coaches intrapreneurs' projects, sharing some exciting business pivots along the way! Continue reading → Innovation Rapid Innovation Unit Covea Innovation Center Innovation Lab intrapreneurship Lab Covea Lean Canvas Philippe Lebeaupin startupPhilippe Lebeaupin is Innovation Coach at Lab Covea, and one of the founders of this incubator for intrapreneurs.

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Keep Project Delay From Turning Into Project Failure


When a big project goes off the rails, it can turn into an acrimonious fight, with lots of finger-pointing and accusations lobbed from all directions. And if the project is big enough, the press may even shine a spotlight on that trouble. Instead, the city got 1600 words in the newspaper chronicling the project’s failure. If your organization has a major project that is struggling to stay on its timeline, don’t let it come to this.

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.


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.

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.

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. Audiences of this talk walk away with highly strategic approaches to innovation, as well as practical, tactical tools for implementing innovation projects. The Innovation Imperative… growing innovation culture and capacity.

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.

How to Get Buy-in for Your Innovation Project

Planview 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. 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.

Purpose Driven Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Do Purpose First, Select a Framework, Then Do Projects. Just kidding, Design Thinking can be a good choice, as can Agile, or Lean, or your own blended system. Using a structured innovation framework is a project success factor. It happens through projects. The best innovators organize their efforts around projects. Leaders, make sure your innovation projects ladder up to, and are sympatico with, the oragnization’s purpose.


How to Get Buy-in for Your Innovation Project

Planview 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. 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.

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.

The Eight Change Mindsets

Innovation Excellence

If your organization is seeking to create a continuous change capability, it must have a strong focus on increasing its organizational agility. As you use the Change Planning Toolkit™ to kick off your next project or your next change initiative, keep thinking about what the minimum viable progress (MVP) might be in order to maintain momentum.

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. Leadership Strategy Transformation Agile Anticipatory Organization business opportunity Crisis Manager Dan Burrus Daniel Burrus Lean Opportunity Manager

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. There were virtually no active projects for strategic opportunities that would expand their business beyond the area close to their core, and consequently no new offerings that they could rely on for accelerated future growth. Highlights.

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Eleven Innovation Bullets to Dodge

Gregg Fraley

Design Thinking alone will not guarantee success (or any other framework, Agile, Lean, etc.). If your innovation program doesn’t have a Project orientation there will be no culture change, or innovation. 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.

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. Creativity, and creative ideas, are essential ingredients, and, without other fundamentals , like projects and implementation — great ideas are a waste of time. If you’re a leader, create the mandate , and get a diverse team organized to carry it out, in Projects. Projects change culture.

Innovation Training Under Utilized

Gregg Fraley

It’s the creative thinking that builds on that research, analysis, and insight that gets you workable innovation concepts, that turn into innovation projects, and ultimately market results. Knowledge of frameworks like Lean, Agile, CPS and Design Thinking are essential.

Accelerate Innovation — With Experiential Learning

Gregg Fraley

Sunni Brown , Dave Gray , Dan Roam, and yours truly all use experiential learning tools in innovation projects. Design Thinking, Agile, CPS/Osborn-Parnes, Lean, TRIZ and other innovation frameworks all have some scaffolding built-in. Magazine innovation facilitation training innovation frameworks Jessica Stillman Jon Pearson Lean learning Meade Momentum Team Effectiveness Training Montessori Sage Publishing scaffolding Sunni Brown TRIZ Wammes

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. .

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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Momentum — Team Effectiveness Training

Gregg Fraley

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. …Accelerating Teams Through Assessment and Training. It’s a sad fact of organizational life that only a small percentage of teams achieve high function. Most teams muddle along, and get the essential things done — or not.

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 ].

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. 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. If you focus on the project, you’ll get through conflict by keeping the end in mind.

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. The solutions of fluid, agile and adaptive are aiming to develop highly flexible and responsive organizations as an attractive answer to manage in more uncertain times as the way to move forward.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

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. Operating in unpredictable environments relies on an agile organization , following an adaptive, evolutionary and more bottom-up approach, resembling complex adaptive systems, e.g. in biology.

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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. Innovation Intensive .

Waterfall Coaching


With Lean, we often associate waterfalls with the concept of a continuous flow of people, materials, and information. We also use project management methodologies that leverage a waterfall approach where we execute in phases and the value is finally achieved at the end (versus an agile approach). There are many feelings and emotions that are triggered just from observing waterfalls. In nature, we associate them with speed, power, and beauty.


GFi Innovation — Fall Training Course Schedule

Gregg Fraley

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. Streamlined management of innovation projects.

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. What are all the little pieces we need to break a “too big to start or even imagine how to start” project up to finally get it started? In today’s hyper-paced markets, leaders must prompt employees to think strategically.

Partha Mallikarjun

Innovation 360 Group

Partha Mallikarjun has more than 25 years of experience in leading, managing and delivering technology and process improvement projects in the Information Technolofy space. Based in Dayton, NJ, USA.


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.

Innovation fundamentals: using time effectively

Jeffrey Phillips

Good innovation, like good cooking or the development of a human being, takes time, and time is something that is so constrained that most innovation projects simply compress time into manageable blocks, and in doing so compress and constrain good ideas. For most companies, the preference would be that all innovation projects last no more than 88 days - a project should begin one day into the quarter and finish to deliver outcomes one day before the same quarter ends.

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How to Befriend Digital: A Continuous Improvement Story


In my business, the projects worth doing are often big ventures. We think of these projects, things like creating an online store or implementing a digital inventory system, in terms of when we’ll do them not if we’ll do them. Continuous improvement methods can help you take small steps that lead to successful implementation of these big, complex projects. Blog agile continuous improvement Digital digital transformation

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).

Better Products Faster: How to Use PPM Processes to Strengthen Your R&D


And yet R&D can be so susceptible to outside pressure: Stakeholders who push for an accelerated time to market, budget constraints that hamper access to resources vital to R&D, teams diverted to projects deemed more immediately urgent. Of course, all of these complications are a question of an organization’s ability to effectively prioritize its projects. This is where project portfolio management come in. order fulfillment cycle time, project schedule variance).

50+ Business Cases on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Open Innovation EU

The course was based on the following model: The following list is a selection of the business cases they found, mostly based on the Lean Startup, Lean Enterprise, Corporate Entrepreneurship and agile/Scrum – all available freely and online for use at your disposal, so I decided to share them with you. Source: www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/operations/our-insights/when-toyota-met-e-commerce-lean-at-amazon. jaguar/lean-production/.