January, 2014

Elements of Learning Experience Design

Boxes and Arrows

The process of designing any sort of human experience, regardless of purpose or platform, is centered around reaching a desired outcome, ideally with as little fuss and as much joy as possible.

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Why News Corp. Innovates ‘Under the Radar’

Innovation Leader

After launching a high-profile iPad newspaper that didn't succeed, the Manhattan-based publishing company is taking a quieter approach to incubating new products

Innovation and the Benefits It Can Bring to a Company or an Organization

Innovation 360

Innovation and the Benefits It Can Bring to a Company or an Organization. Innovation is an essential factor that drives the performance and productivity of a business. This also helps you and your business grow. In totality, a business that seeks to innovate is more productive and is able to generate a lot of jobs as compared to a non-innovative active business.

Study: Restructuring Can Reduce Cost of Core Processing and IT Services

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

One of the definitions for “restructure” found on Dictinoary.com is “to effect a fundamental change in.” ” For community financial institutions that restructure their vendor contracts for one of their largest categories of non-interest expense that fundamental change is reduced costs, according to a new report from the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

A Hall of Fame for the Rest of Us

Bill Fischer

Few things are as exciting for a baseball fan as the selection of this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees. I'm sure that it's the same in football and soccer and other similar activities, including Rock and Roll, although without as much press, given the age and allure of

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The Creative Impact of Improvisation

Boxes and Arrows

Improvisation is a very old and time-tested form of theater. The earliest use of improvisation is found in records of a Roman farce performed in 391 BC. Given its long history, it’s surprising to me that in our modern world, comedy–and comedic improvisation–is considered a low-brow form of entertainment. It is generally eschewed by the erudite. But it shouldn’t be. My own experience with improvisation spans 20+ years.

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Evolving a Creative Workplace: Step 7

Boxes and Arrows

After discussing how to prepare , plant , water , fertilize , till and experiment with and then observe and protect your organic garden of a team, I’m happy to announce that the last two steps are quite fun. You’ve worked hard to grow your business and have made the necessary tweaks along the way.

Changing Lanes

Boxes and Arrows

In the course of your life, unless you have inherited your family’s Piggly Wiggly fortune, you will have held a number jobs. Maybe you started out in your teens by bagging groceries, or perhaps you filled up that piggy bank by babysitting or mowing lawns. That first job hopefully taught you some valuable lessons about life.

Learnings from GE on Connecting with Entrepreneurs

Innovation Leader

GE hunts for breakthrough ideas by engaging with startups and academic researchers in new ways. See how the group held a first-of-its-kind event last fall

Four Steps Hershey’s Uses to Reduce Innovation Risks

Innovation Leader

Director of Adjacency Innovation Deborah Arcoleo lays out the four steps she uses to de-risk innovation initiatives

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Why Dyn Celebrates Big Projects like Big-Budget Movies

Innovation Leader

A fast-growing New Hampshire tech services company borrows an idea from Amazon to create movie-style posters that mark product upgrades and new offerings

Can Your Company Invent the Future?

Innovation Leader

In the book "The New Killer Apps: How Large Companies Can Out-Innovate Start-Ups," Chunka Mui examines how Walgreens worked to claim a new position in healthcare

Clay Christensen: Why Most Innovation Leaders Will Fail

Innovation Leader

Christensen, author of the seminal business book “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” warns that too many executives don’t understand the “corporate laws of physics” in enough detail — and think they can simply will the organization to change how it works

Importance of Performing an Innovation Diagnostics

Innovation 360

Importance of Performing an Innovation Diagnostics. Many business owners and CEO’s tend to wonder why their proposed innovation programs are a failure. These programs are not likely to deliver the results that they expect. Actually, innovation is always included in the agenda of the higher ups. Nevertheless, they do not spend more time in assessing the innovation capabilities of their organization. They just directly initiate wide initiatives for the sake of their company.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

A Hall of Fame for the Rest of Us

Bill Fischer

Few things are as exciting for a baseball fan as the selection of this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees. I'm sure that it's the same in football and soccer and other similar activities, including Rock and Roll, although without as much press, given the age and allure of

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Credit Unions & Community Banks Overpay For Core Services

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

Credit unions and community banks aren’t doing themselves any favors in negotiating information technology (IT) service provider contracts, according to a survey of executives about their top business concerns and management priorities

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BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

According to a study by Business Performance Innovation Network in association with Paladin fs, credit unions are overpaying for their core systems by an average of about 24% over “fair market value &rdquo

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Study: Banks, CUs Overpaying For Technology

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

Think fast: When is the last time you paid more for a piece of technology than you would have five, even 10, years ago? Maybe a laptop? A camera? An MP3 player

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

Banking Technology Connections: Vendor contract challenges

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

Although it’s the responsibility of your lawyers to read a contract’s fine print and review it for key language, it’s important to consider their familiarity with the particular type of contract

Improving the Value of Any Merger or Acquisition How to Prepare for the Coming Consolidation in Comm

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

The financial and business pressures facing smaller banks represent a recipe for consolidation. However, as I see it, there’s at least one missing ingredient holding the industry back – willing sellers who are satisfied with current valuations

Banks Face Price Hikes as Tech Vendors Merge

BPI Thought Leadership Media Coverage

Community banks brace for limited selection, but embrace one-stop shopping, as consolidation takes place among IT firms