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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The Right Way to Do Lean Research

Boxes and Arrows

Each panelist had made their mark on how design is done in start-ups: Laura wrote the influential O’Reilly book on UX for Lean Startups, and Todd penned the bestselling Rosenfeld Media Prototyping book. Mike founded an influential Lean UX community in San Francisco. . Although the conversation ranged widely, they kept coming back to research: the heart of the lean build-measure-learn cycle. Below is Laura Klein expounds on these key themes of lean research.

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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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Using Lean Innovation in the Product Development and Commercialization Process

Moves the Needle

Lean Innovation doesn’t begin and end with product development. The most mature organizations deploy integrated lean innovation practices across the product lifecycle. Lean Innovation and Commercialization When applying Lean Innovation techniques to the commercialization process, companies identify areas of uncertainty around any aspects of product launch and commercialization. Continuous learning and agility is the way to reduce the risk of failure.

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. 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? Agile

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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.

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The Lean, Hyper-Vigilant Organization: Reflections from Ignite 2018

Planview Spigit

In the same vein, it’s been well reported that the life span of the typical Fortune 500 firm has decreased markedly over time. The shadow ecosystem of the startup becomes the dominant organizational structure, by virtue of the fact that a startup is agile by nature and, thus, can most readily adapt to exponential change—at least until such time as the rate of exponential change drives further societal change.

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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. But research and insight departments typically don’t invent , they report. Or do they hand off their report and forget about it? 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.

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.

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

Idea to Value

10 people write 10 reports in 10 hours. If you hire 10 more people how many reports will all 20 people write in the same time? This is why “lean” and “agile” have become buzzwords today. 20, right? Wrong! According to Parkinson’s Law it’s still 10.

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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. Lean Startup The key insight of Steve Blank, “the founder of Customer Development”, is that we can “develop” customers in the same way we develop products: through an iterative, learning approach. This is Lean Startup.

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Digital Innovation Units: Recommendations, Trends and Conclusions

Integrative Innovation

As the study is in German only, some of its identified key trends and conclusions are going to be shared subsequently in translated form (quotes from the study report in Italic ). What is really important, however, is that the newly acquired skills also become an integral part of the corporation and penetrate into existing organizational structures through Lean Change experiments and viral infection.

5 Ways to Fail at Innovation

Imaginatik

Many innovation teams are so concerned with being agile and entrepreneurial that they spend precious little time understanding where to point their efforts. Recognize that best practices of innovation are different from how you’re used to working, and force your team to learn the real tricks of the trade – Discovery, Lean Startup, Ideation, Creative facilitation, Design Thinking, etc. Read our new report on “ How to Win at Corporate/Startup Collaboration 2016 ”.

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Innovation fundamentals: using time effectively

Jeffrey Phillips

This is one reason why ideas like agile and rapid sprints seem so compelling. We have an artificially imposed time constraint on innovation activities, forced upon us by the financial reporting mechanisms of the stock market. But what about lean startup, rapid sprints, agile But aren't there entire methodologies that are meant to get to good ideas faster? Agile, lean and rapid methodologies meant to accelerate the innovation cycle?

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So Where Is Innovation Heading?

Paul Hobcraft

Nowhere have I come across such a confirmation, then in the annual BCG report, the one released in January 2018 “ The Most Innovative Companies 2018: Innovators Go All In On Digital “ The focus of the report is specifically on the state of digital innovation and what it is taking for companies to refocus their innovation programs around this digital imperative. This agility needs the tools of testing, feedback, and adaptation to accelerate the innovation process.

Why Companies Do “Innovation Theater” Instead of Actual Innovation

The Inovo Group

each layer of process reduces the ability to be agile and lean and — most importantly — responsive to new opportunities and threats … People who manage processes are not the same people as those who ‘create’ product …The process people dominate management, and the product people end up reporting to them.

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Low-Touch Economy: what is it and how it can influence your business?

mjvinnovation

Despite the initial challenges, the effects are beneficial: business leaders report increased productivity and savings in time and financial resources, since face-to-face meetings that required international travel and hours of commuting are now online. Unlike high-touch, the focus of these customers are the search for automated solutions and a preference for ARUs (Audible Response Unit), voice and chatbots that offer more agile service.

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Innovation That Transforms Us

100%Open

100%Open Spring Union Report. Adam Timlett, PPL: Agile techniques produce turbulence and transform easier. Adrian Wong, Decidedly: What to use instead of Lean Startup in the B2B market. Given that our Spring Union was hosted on the night before Brexit was supposed to happen we weren’t hopeful of either great numbers or maximum attention!

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The CEO, innovation and cash gaps

Huub Rutten

Joe’s company is listed and he reports on a regular basis about the progress of the company to both the financial markets and his non-executive Board. Of course I also have to report results of the current business, revenue numbers, market share, etc.

The CEO, innovation and cash gaps

Huub Rutten

Joe’s company is listed and he reports on a regular basis about the progress of the company to both the financial markets and his non-executive Board. Of course I also have to report results of the current business, revenue numbers, market share, etc.

Insights from 2,600 Continuous Improvement Practitioners

Planview Spigit

Lean is the top Continuous Improvement method. When it came to which method practitioners use to drive CI success most often, the Lean method topped the list, followed by Kaizen and Six Sigma. Some of the methods that are more frequently used also include Design Thinking , TQM , Agile , DMAIC , Theory of Constraints , and Lean Supply Chain. Who do CI practitioners report to?

Insights from 2,600 Continuous Improvement Practitioners

Planview Spigit

Lean is the top Continuous Improvement method. When it came to which method practitioners use to drive CI success most often, the Lean method topped the list, followed by Kaizen and Six Sigma. Some of the methods that are more frequently used also include Design Thinking , TQM , Agile , DMAIC , Theory of Constraints , and Lean Supply Chain. Who do CI practitioners report to?

Contactless 2.0: what is it and how it can influence your business?

mjvinnovation

Despite the initial challenges, the effects are beneficial: business leaders report increased productivity and savings in time and financial resources, since face-to-face meetings that required international travel and hours of commuting are now online. Unlike high-touch, the focus of these customers are the search for automated solutions and a preference for ARUs (Audible Response Unit), voice and chatbots that offer more agile service.

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Déjà vu all over again: Corporate innovation is stuck in a rut

The Future Shapers

I’ve had a chance to read a very well researched report on corporate innovation conducted by KPMG in coordination with Innovation Leader. The report, Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2018 , is exceptionally thorough and provides good insights into the current state of innovation. My analysis is reinforced by Accenture’s new report on innovation, Make your Wise Pivot to the New. When the emphasis is on speed or lean approaches, the innovation scope can shrink.

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Process Consulting: understand the benefits for your business

mjvinnovation

When we mention process consulting, we are essentially talking about greater agility in the execution of activities and, mainly, saving time and resources by improving operational routines. Remember Agile?

Overcoming Coronavirus – Be A Strong Brand to Withstand a Crisis

Brunner

Is it CNN ’s report on “ The Gulf spill: America’s worst environmental disaster ?” How about Sports Illustrated’s “ Punch seen ’round the world ” Or maybe it’s when USA Today reported “ Yahoo may be the biggest data breach ” of all time? Lean on us. Monitor, report and adapt – Things can change on a dime; agility is paramount. When you hear “there’s a crisis,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Shifting Innovation Perspectives for 2019

The Future Shapers

So, I thought I’d share some of the key innovation statistics and reports from 2018 as well as attempting to answer some of those key questions. Whilst the above statistics would indicate that that was the case, delving through the reports I think there’s a pattern emerging which would suggest that 2018 may be the year in which innovation and innovation leadership started to mature.

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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Innovation Management Software: Connect Creativity and Collaboration

Planview Spigit

No matter how you get work done, whether it’s Agile, traditional waterfall, Lean, or something in between, organizations must be able to establish an innovation culture where ideas are collected, evaluated, prioritized, and then turned into amazing products, services, and efficiencies that your business and your customers want. Visualize employee participation and activity, innovation value, and ROI with analytics and reporting. Ideation + Delivery = Innovation.

The Hypothesis-Based Approach: One Change To Make an Organisation More Innovative

Innovation 360 Group

That solution is justified by reporting, then funded and it enters the market. They reported that although executives agree on the critical value of innovation, 94 percent are not satisfied with their own results and they lack clarity on how to improve the situation. Hypothesis-based Innovation and the Lean Startup. Through rapid and incremental iterations, startups grow more innovative, agile and disruptive.

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How fintechs forced banks to rethink their user experience

mjvinnovation

has arrived, and Touchless technology is here to stay Conference rooms have gone digital, and many meetings have become emails Education has lean on and improved Distance Learning. Fintechs use user-centric business models and frameworks like Lean and Agile. Create reports that are updated and monitored, if possible, in real-time. It’s no secret that charming marketing grabs customers’ attention faster and for longer than traditional marketing means.

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

Wazoku

Flat structures allow for more cross-functional, collaborative approaches to working, with a project mentality underpinned by lean methodologies and an agile mindset. A McKinsey report from 2017, Creating an Innovation Culture , spoke of the need for ‘innovation parenting’. For many modern businesses, the concept of the boss is somewhat outdated. I am the ‘boss’ at Wazoku, in that I co-founded the company and that ultimately the buck stops with me.

The Secret Ingredient to Operational Excellence Success

Qmarkets

Duggan outlines a much more modern approach: Design lean value streams from the time the order is received until delivery to the customer. Make lean value streams flow from one process to the other. An Economist Magazine Intelligence Unit Report entitled Strategy Execution: Achieving Operational Excellence, surveyed 276 senior executives in the U.S.A. Drive lean & agile processes through digital transformation. Understanding Operational Excellence.

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Digital transformation – the need to transform our innovation approaches

Paul Hobcraft

The key to innovation is clear; it is experimentation and this needs flexibility, to adapt, be agile, to test ideas. We need to encourage the ‘art’ of not just minimum viable product practices from lean practices, but far more importantly minimum viable transformation that has at its core validated learning, how it all interacts to form a cohesive innovation delivery point. Zara’s store managers and employees are doing more than simply reporting what customers tell them.

The Importance of Persistence: Building an Innovation System for the Long-term

The Inovo Group

Independent reporting – They were independent of core corporate functions like R&D, Marketing, and Business Development. They reported directly to the CTO. By simply counting the number of future-oriented sentences in annual reports we can predict future innovation by the firm”. Highlights.

The Secret Ingredient to Operational Excellence Success

Qmarkets

Duggan outlines a much more modern approach: Design lean value streams from the time the order is received until delivery to the customer. Make lean value streams flow from one process to the other. An Economist Magazine Intelligence Unit Report entitled Strategy Execution: Achieving Operational Excellence, surveyed 276 senior executives in the U.S.A. Drive lean & agile processes through digital transformation. Understanding Operational Excellence.

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Becoming Real Innovators

Technology Created

As a father, I can tell my daughter many facts about riding a bike: put your foot on the forward pedal to start, look straight ahead, lean into the turn, steer to keep your balance. In fact, if she pays too much attention to each of these skills, leaning “just the right amount”, or finding the “perfect” way to push the pedals, she will actually lose her balance. Executives want to report measurable results with certainty, otherwise the entire effort is deemed a failure.

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Scaling-Up: Crossing the Internal Chasm in Corporate Innovation

Integrative Innovation

However, there are only few reports that ideas coming out from these approaches really moved the needle. They are based on lean / efficient and 0-mistakes principles. They are based on agile / lean start-up / test-and-learn principles. Lean Start-Up and customer development helps to understand how to turn these ideas into a business context, including how to build minimum viable offerings, create and develop initial customers and leverage agile iterations.

Industry 4.0: what it is and what are its current impacts

mjvinnovation

is also called the “fourth industrial revolution” – the process initiated by England in 1760 was followed by major modernization movements: the “lean revolution” that occurred around 1970, the intensive globalization process in the 1990s and, more recently, the extreme automation started in the 2000s. Other examples of improved efficiency include faster batch changes, automated tracking and tracing processes, and automated reporting.

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Digital transformation – the need to transform our innovation approaches

Paul Hobcraft

The key to innovation is clear; it is experimentation and this needs flexibility, to adapt, be agile, to test ideas. We need to encourage the ‘art’ of not just minimum viable product practices from lean practices, but far more importantly minimum viable transformation that has at its core validated learning, how it all interacts to form a cohesive innovation delivery point. Zara’s store managers and employees are doing more than simply reporting what customers tell them.

Could Digital Transformation drive a nail in innovation’s coffin?

The Future Shapers

Like rightsizing, outsourcing, lean and other management philosophies before it, digital transformation is the current management fad. A recent report (2016) from McKinsey indicated that many European firms operate at only 12 percent of their digital potential, while the average in the US is approximately 18%. Every day the business press is full of stories about digital transformation.

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The Wazoku Story – Scaling for Success

The Future Shapers

ventures and not small business more generally), the most comprehensive analysis to date is Start-up Genome Report Extra on Premature Scaling , a project co-authored by Berkeley & Stanford faculty members with Steve Blank and 10 start-up accelerators as contributors, which analysed 3,200 high growth web & mobile start-ups and found that within 3 years, 92% of start-ups failed. Keep it lean. I urge businesses to stay lean as long as you can and raise what you need.

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The Hypothesis-Based Approach: One Change To Make an Organisation More Innovative

Innovation 360

That solution is justified by reporting, then funded and it enters the market. They reported that although executives agree on the critical value of innovation, 94 percent are not satisfied with their own results and they lack clarity on how to improve the situation. Hypothesis-based Innovation and the Lean Startup. Through rapid and incremental iterations, startups grow more innovative, agile and disruptive.

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