April, 2015

Why Innovation Maturity Matters


For many companies, the desire to be more innovative is driven by a strategic issue – flat-lined growth, competitive threats, industry upheaval, etc.

Authenticity is an Evolving Process of Search and Discovery

Tim Kastelle

The Trap of Authenticity. Do organisations need to be authentic? It’s a question that came up as I was talking to a colleague recently.

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Can Windows 10 Disrupt Android and Get Microsoft Back in Handset Game?

Braden Kelley

Microsoft Tries to Disrupt Mobile Phone Market I came across an article on Mashable recently highlighting a new Microsoft experiment.

If you fail to forget, you'll fail to innovate

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm happy to report that I've forgotten a lot about innovation. In fact I make it a regular practice to try to forget what I know. After over a decade of focus in the innovation space, forgetting isn't always easy, although as a I grow older I think I'll have the opportunity to forget more frequently and perhaps without trying. If all of this forgetting seems counter-intuitive, please continue to read on.

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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life with Nir Eyal

Speaker: Nir Eyal

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane? In this webinar, Nir provides research-backed, practical advice, and memorable strategies for managing distraction and our time. Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable."

Soren Kaplan’s April 2015 Leapfrogging Newsletter


Sustained competitive advantage comes from innovating how we innovate. That’s the essence of real innovation. In the past, new products and technologies consumed the vast majority of the innovation air-time. That’s no longer the case. The most innovative companies today realize that competitive differentiation comes as much from how they innovate as it does from what they’re innovating.

Intent to solve

Boxes and Arrows

When we’re building products for people, designers often do something called “needs finding” which translates roughly into “looking for problems in users’ lives that we can solve.” But there’s a problem with this.

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Efficiency is the Enemy of Innovation

Tim Kastelle

This quote, from the book Not Knowing by Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner: To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practised, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behavior of any kind. Not making any effort. Not thinking.

A Lifetime of Innovations

Braden Kelley

This week I was in Michigan for a family wedding and I had a great conversation with a family member about the history of Lifetime Products and how probably more than twenty years ago he saw the founder of Lifetime … Continue reading → Innovation Leadership basketball furniture Lifetime Products

Fast innovation often leads to furious outcomes

Jeffrey Phillips

Today, inspired by the Fast and Furious movies, I thought I'd write about the appropriate speed for innovation. One doesn't have to have the arms of the Rock, or the brains of Vin Diesel, to see that most innovation is attempted at the wrong speed. And, much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, there are speeds that are too fast, too slow and "just right". One more literary allusion and I hit the trifecta! Speed and its relationship to innovation What does speed have to do with innovation anyway?

Why Women are the Future (and Past) of Business Innovation


Mainstream business culture penalizes women for being women. But “feminine” skill sets are the not-so-secret ingredients for what it takes to innovate in today’s digital world. . 2015 has so far been monumental for women.

Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Online Surveys On a Shoestring: Tips and Tricks

Boxes and Arrows

Design research has always been about qualitative techniques. Increasingly, our clients ask us to add a “quant part” to projects, often without much or any additional budget.

Transcendent Computing Emerges

Technology Created

“The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.” — Tim Berners-Lee. The late 70’s must have been a crazy time. Beyond just Jobs and Woz and Gates and Allen, there was Osborne and Bricklin and Peddle and Bushnell.

Do Work Worth Doing

Tim Kastelle

My Grandfather’s Watch. I only got to meet one of my two grandfathers – my Mom’s father George. My Dad’s parents both died when Dad was very young. They each had watches that have been passed down through our family.

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Conference Wrapup – Change Management 2015

Braden Kelley

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Association of Change Management Professionals’ (ACMP®) annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, titled appropriately Change Management 2015. The event represented a convening of nearly 1,000 change management professionals from around the globe, … Continue reading → Change agile agile development agile project management change management Conferences events project management

Beyond the Findings: The Case for UX Research in Digital Transformation

Speaker: Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research, AXA Insurance

People often think of UX research as a tactical approach to improve the usability or visual appeal of a digital product. While good research will certainly validate an existing design, using it for validation alone would be like using your iPhone solely to tell time! Join Marina Foglietta-Tereo, Head of UX Research at AXA Insurance, as she explores the unrecognized organizational, cultural, and strategic benefits of an in-house, central and mature UXR team.

Innovation is like societal change

Jeffrey Phillips

It occurred to me over the weekend that a lot of the sturm und drang around innovation is very similar to the resistance and issues that arise around social change. As people we are, for the most part, conservative, willing to accept the established norms rather than face the uncertainty of change. Is a major innovation in a technical setting all that different from a major societal change?

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Comprehension vs. Commitment

Grasshopper Herder

I hate premature surrender. That’s what happens when the signal from the market is NO, but you don’t truly grasp why. Landing Page vs. Comprehension Test. Experiment Design comprehension test landing page test Lean Startups smoke test

Comment on Personality Poker by David Duke Inspires YIC 2015 Finalists in Edinburgh | The SIE Blog

Stephen Shapiro

[…] video pitches from YIC 2014 for inspiration. SIE’s Tom McGuire also introduced the finalists to Personality Poker, which quickly had people declaring ‘I’m a diamond guy’ or ‘I’m a total spade’ in an […

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Innovation Has Nothing To Do With Age

Gijs Van Wulfen

A lot of people assume that establishing a culture of innovation would require bringing in young people. They are wrong. Innovation has nothing to do with age. .

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Before Transforming The Experience, You Need to Disrupt Yourself

Speaker: Vivek Bedi, Product Expert and Keynote Speaker

Every company is (soon to be) a technology company. Undergoing digital transformation is the key to succeeding in this digital era - but the process isn’t all innovation and shiny new tech. Join Vivek Bedi, a product expert with 18 years of experience across Fortune 100 companies and startups alike, as he shares his expertise on how to strike the right transformation balance and change your product mindset.

The Death of Consumer car insurance

Matthew Griffin

You and I probably agree that spending thousands of pounds every year to buy insurance is one of life’s great pleasures, there’s no noise as exciting as a bill hitting the mat – then again maybe it’s just me.

Don’t Get Netflixed!

It's Saul Connected

R&D for new business models is the new strategic imperative for all business leaders. Business models don’t last as long as they used to. All businesses are vulnerable to being netflixed.

Bolt-on or Built-in Innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

I'm led to post today by an article from Gary Hamel and Nancy Tennant in the Harvard Business Review. In it, Gary and Nancy provide a list of actions for innovation success. When I discovered this list, I rolled my eyes, because there is always another consultant providing another list of things to do in order to succeed at innovation. And those lists are always self-serving lists of tools that may support an innovation activity , but will not build an innovation competency.

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Corporate Lean Anti-Patterns: 5 minute video

Grasshopper Herder

Unlike startups, large companies have many moving parts to manage when attempting to lean new ways for creating customer value.


Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Three Sad Innovation Lessons From Radio Shack

Gregg Fraley

Keep Punching, Stay True to Yourself and Trends, Make Things. The demise of Radio Shack., it’s depressing. Much like Kodak you read the history of events and can point to several ideas not done that could have saved them. You can also point to many ideas they tried that were clearly the wrong bets. Hindsight is better than foresight, but still, if they’d stuck to their original values they might have survived.

Blue Apron Gets the Job Done Right


Entering a new market is daunting. It’s not often that a first-generation product can get the entire “job” done–that’s a lot to tackle. But in narrowing the focus, what portion of the job should a company target? The answer lies in the job map.

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8 ways to improve the interoperability of innovation and sustainability

Norbert Bol

Based on the recent article “ Exploring the interoperability of innovation capability and corporate sustainability ” in the April 2015 edition of the Journal of Business Research, there are 8 ways to improve the interoperability of innovation and sustainability. There are: Internal necessities of an organization. Combining ethical research, conservation of raw materials and product safety in R&D activities. Making a good partnership with suppliers such as fair terms of trade.

Interview: Nick Skillicorn on Design Pickle Podcast


My latest interview has just been published, and it's a podcast where Russ Perry from Design Pickle interviews me about the science of creativity and the importance of bringing more variety into our lives. Check it out here. And if you like it, don't forget to share it. Originally published at Interview: Nick Skillicorn on Design Pickle Podcast. Blog articles Design Piclkle interview Nick Skillicorn Russ Perry

Innovate Faster with Metrics that Matter

Tracking the right metrics is crucial to innovating your products and growing your business. Written by Mixpanel’s Director of Analytics Strategy, Fatih Koca, get the tools, insights, and framework top companies use to define their product metrics.

Universities get an "F" for innovation

Jeffrey Phillips

For a long time I've pondered the dichotomy of the higher educational system in the US. On one hand the American university and collegiate system is perhaps one of the finest in the world, drawing students from many countries and cranking out many exceptional graduates.

Picnic in the Graveyard & Generative Research

Grasshopper Herder

If our goal is to generate ideas, there a variety of methods. One of my favorites was told to me by Sean K. Murphy: Picnic in the Graveyard. Experiment Design experiment design generative research Lean Startups picnic in the graveyard

Invest in People to Grow Your Business


The 2014 Global Innovation Index Report focused on how investment in human capital (“ a measure of the economic value of an employee's skill set ”) is critical for growth and innovation. In his intro, Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General Confederation of Indian Industry, argues that “nurturing human capital at all levels and in all sections of society can be crucial for developing the foundation for innovation.”

Why Women are the Future (and Past) of Business Innovation


Mainstream business culture penalizes women for being women. But “feminine” skill sets are the not-so-secret ingredients for what it takes to innovate in today’s digital world. . 2015 has so far been monumental for women.

The Science of High-Impact Experimentation

Speaker: Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder and Product Management Coach, H2R Product Science

Too many product teams don't know what to test, which leads to poorly designed experiments and unclear results. How can a product manager be certain they’re making effective decisions when it comes to experimentation? Join Holly Hester-Reilly, Founder and Product Management Coach at H2R Product Science, as she walks us through the entire experimentation process, from deciding what to test to sharing the results with stakeholders, to illustrate what strong testing practices look like and how they can be implemented in every organization.