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.

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.

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.

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.

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

RTI Innovation Advisors

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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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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The Evolution of Women in Business: An Infographic


2015 has so far been monumental for women. In light of Hilary announcing her run for office, and six women winning the Pulitzer Prize (compared to one female winner in 2014), I though I’d share this infographic depicting the historic impact of women in the business world over the past century.

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

RTI Innovation Advisors

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?

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.

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.

The Evolution of Women in Business: An Infographic


2015 has so far been monumental for women. In light of Hilary announcing her run for office, and six women winning the Pulitzer Prize (compared to one female winner in 2014), I though I’d share this infographic depicting the historic impact of women in the business world over the past century.

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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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!

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

Innovation is like societal change

RTI Innovation Advisors

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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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?

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.

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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10 Clichés Leaders Use (and How to Avoid Them)

The Human Factor

Holly welcomes guest blogger Sarah Landrum-. As a leader, one of your responsibilities, among other things, is to make sure you and your employees remain on the same page.

Bolt-on or Built-in Innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

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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Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

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.


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.

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.

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.

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

Is Winning a Secret in Your Organization?

The Human Factor

It feels good to win – in business as well as sports and almost any other endeavor. We all know winning when we see it or feel it. It’s that moment of excitement and exhilaration. It’s the urge to jump in the air and pump our fists; to give high-fives to our teammates.

Universities get an "F" for innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

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

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.

Using Data and Messaging to Drive Product Activation

Speaker: Ruben Ugarte, Founder, Practico Analytics

Onboarding users is filled with possibilities and challenges. Not only are you showing the user how to use your product, but it's also a chance to connect with them and understand their needs. Of course, it’s crucial to have a good onboarding experience to drive your activation metrics. Quality onboarding is the first step towards turning a newly acquired user into a repeat user. If you're looking to optimize your onboarding to improve your activation metrics, this webinar is for you. Ruben Ugarte will be focusing on how to improve all aspects of onboarding experiences by understanding how your current onboarding process is stacking up, and giving you the tools to prioritize what to try changing. With improved onboarding, you'll see less drop-off and a happier user experience.