February, 2014

Guerrilla Usability at Conferences

Boxes and Arrows

Does your company have display booths at trade shows and conferences? Typically, these are marketing-dominated efforts, but if you make the case to travel, working the booth can be used for user research. Here’s how I’ve done it. Positioning and justification.

Working with Startups

Innovation Leader

Innovation Leader’s Q1 “Peer to Peer” report explores the ways that leading companies are tracking, investing in, and partnering with entrepreneurs and disruptive startups in their industries. Download the 25-page PDF…

A Very Good Year for Good Men

CorporateIntel

I started writing for The Good Men Project in its second year of life, offering to share some of my thoughts on business, creative leadership, and management also published on my own blog. In its third year I joined the board of directors and became a strategic advisor to the CEO.

The Joker was a Leader

Bill Fischer

The great leadership genius Sid Caesar has died He wasn't a leader, he was a clown! So are many "leaders" I know Ha, ha, ha Clown, maybe? Comic genius, for sure. But, there was nothing foolish about his leadership skills or insights! What does it take for a sponsor of a

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.

Interview with Founders Grid

Business Innovation Design

Merging Design Thinking and Business Thinking with Jeffrey Tjendra, DEO of Business Innovation by Design. Jeffrey, please introduce yourself… I’m Jeffrey Tjendra, design executive officer (DEO) of Business Innovation by Design. We guide businesses on what and how to innovate and grow using a new knowledge model I created combining design thinking, business thinking, and futures thinking. This is me and the consultant’s hat that I put on.

We Don’t Research. We Build.

Boxes and Arrows

The following is a composite of experiences I’ve had in the last year when talking with startups. Some dialog is paraphrased, some is verbatim, but I’ve tried to keep it as true as possible and not skew it towards anyone’s advantage or disadvantage. As professionals in the user-centered design world, we are trained and inclined to think of product design as relying on a solid knowledge, frequently tested, of our potential users, their real-life needs and habits.

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Siri, Chess, and Prostheses

Boxes and Arrows

Intelligent machines. There was a time when the mere mention of artificial intelligence was wrapped in constant debate and triggered images of Hollywood-crafted products, like Hal 9000. The concept itself is quite controversial; it challenges human thought as Darwin once challenged human origins. But we moved on, and now we carry these intelligent machines in our pockets. There’s a 38.9% chance you have one, too.

General Mills Shares Learnings on Open Innovation

Innovation Leader

Mike Helser, head of the General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network, shares what the consumer packaged goods company has learned from its open innovation experiences

Inside Xerox’s ‘Dreaming Sessions’ With Customers

Innovation Leader

Xerox felt R&D needed to be better-connected to customers. The result was the “Dreaming Session,” which brings researchers together with Xerox’s customers

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Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Launch a Startup Accelerator

Innovation Leader

Want an innovation injection? Start an accelerator. At least, that seems to be the thinking at a growing number of companies, from from Barclays to Volkswagen to Disney

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.

Tracking the Corporate-Supported Startup Accelerators

Innovation Leader

Major players like Disney, Airbus, and Deutsche Telekom have all launched their own accelerator programs to attract entrepreneurs working on ideas related to their businesses

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How Trek Bicycle Corp. Built Its Innovation Scorecard

Innovation Leader

Trek exec Chad Manuell says the bike company's leadership wasn't happy with any of the innovation metrics or scorecards they'd seen

Why Big Corps Can’t ‘Act like Startups’

Innovation Leader

Just act more like a startup! Break the rules! Easier said than done, writes Julia Austin, the former VP of Innovation at VMWare

GM on the Skills You Need to Manage Disruptive Innovation

Innovation Leader

General Motors R&D executive Clay Phillips talks about how the automaker is retooling research and development in the wake of bankruptcy

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!

The Joker was a Leader

Bill Fischer

The great leadership genius Sid Caesar has died He wasn't a leader, he was a clown! So are many "leaders" I know Ha, ha, ha Clown, maybe? Comic genius, for sure. But, there was nothing foolish about his leadership skills or insights! What does it take for a sponsor of a