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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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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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. One of the most difficult elements of agile philosophy is scaling. Project overview – including highly complex projects.

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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. Lean Startup. 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. The transformation to a Lean Production system has been a big success for the company.


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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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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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. Analytics Product Management Project Managemen

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 Lean Definition of the Three Horizons of Innovation.


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.” My “projects” reply is a cocktail party answer.

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.

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.

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 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. The Innovation Imperative… growing innovation culture and capacity.

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. GE managed to cut cost of market validation by 80% using the lean startup methodology.

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. 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. Some of the aspects of Lean Innovation Management include: Encouragement of lots of small scale, cheap experiments instead of full launches.

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. Highlights.

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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.

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.

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? We all manage something or other, whether it’s other people, an entire organization, sales or even just ourselves.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. That’s similiar to the Lean Design Thinking process model, as outlined earlier.

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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. Agile methods were developed without consideration for UX best practices. Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager’s Guide.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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 .

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.

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.

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.


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).

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.

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

Moves the Needle

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. This is Lean Startup.

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. Executing (and Protecting) the Project.

50+ Business Cases on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Open Innovation EU

When Toyota met e-commerce: Lean at Amazon | McKinsey & Company Amazon’s former head of global operations explains why the company was a natural place to apply lean principles, how they’ve worked in practice, and where the future could lead.” jaguar/lean-production/.

5 Things to stop doing to enable enterprise innovation

Moves the Needle

Entrepreneurial talent needs not only cover and support to get stuff done, but also the incentives to push projects over the finish line. Lean Innovation*This post originally appeared on Mind the Product.

Serious About Your Social Mission? Innovate It.


A “lean” approach amplifies both profits and purpose. A new book by Silicon Valley tech veteran and innovation advocate Ann Mei Chang, Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good explores the unique challenges that can deter social innovation.

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