April, 2014

The Four Parts of a Minimal Viable Product

Grasshopper Herder

Isn''t an MVP just a bare bones product? If people sign up for our MVP, that means we''ve got Product/Market Fit, right? Nope. A real MVP has four critical parts. Lean Startups Minimum Viable Product Product/Market Fit product/market fit storyboarding

Three Ways to Improve Your Design Research with Wordle

Boxes and Arrows

“Above all else show the data.”. –Edward Tufte. Survey responses. Product reviews. Keyword searches. Forums. As UX practitioners, we commonly scour troves of qualitative data for customer insight. But can we go faster than line-by-line analysis?

The Difference Between ‘Can’ and ‘May’

Technology Created

There’s a great scene in the movie Avalon where the young protagonist Michael (played by Elijah Wood) is in a classroom being taught the grammatical difference between the words “can” and “may.”. Teacher: “’Can’ is whether you’re capable of doing something. May’ is asking for permission.”.

GE’s Chief Marketing Officer Talks Innovation, Partnerships

Innovation Leader

GE's marketing chief Beth Comstock discussed the company's views on crowdsourcing, the Internet of things, the lean startup movement, and more. Quick bullets inside

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.

Creating an innovation Stratergy

Innovation 360

Creating an Innovation Strategy! In almost any company or organization, an innovation strategy is always needed. This particular strategy will need to include both the marketing strategy and corporate strategy. These three documents will need to relate towards each other and support each other. If ever they never will, people in the organization or company will never understand where their efforts will be directed to.

Designing Beautiful Business

Business Innovation Design

They say beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. And beauty is ascribed to people, objects and situations that bring pleasure. If this is true, in business, pleasure in the eyes of the beholder is the experience customers feel when engaging with your brand.

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Forms: The Complete Guide

Boxes and Arrows

Forms are important—they’re the most common way to get information from our users. But just making wireframes of a form misses a big piece of the picture—what it’s like to interact with it. An HTML prototype of a form, on the other hand, can look and behave just like the real thing.

Customers and Causality

Grasshopper Herder

When looking for product/market fit, we start with the customer. That''s the "market" part of product/market fit. Everything starts and ends with the customer. Customer Development Lean Startups Product/Market Fit customer segmentation product/market fit

The Four Parts of a Minimum Viable Product

Grasshopper Herder

Isn''t an MVP just a bare bones product? If people sign up for our MVP, that means we''ve got Product/Market Fit, right? Nope. A real MVP has four critical parts. Lean Startups Minimum Viable Product Product/Market Fit product/market fit storyboarding

Reorgs: Rocky or Righteous?

Boxes and Arrows

As designers, we grapple every day with challenging projects. This of course is part of what keeps us coming back. Some challenges, although not directly related to project work, can still be looked at through a UX lens. In this case, I’m talking about a phenomenon you’re likely familiar with: company reorganization.

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.

Lessons from Marriott on Rapid Prototyping, Co-Creation

Innovation Leader

Brian King of Marriott takes you into “The Underground,” Marriott’s innovation lab, to see how rapid-prototyping works there, and offers lessons for replicating the process

AECOM's Innovation Video It Uses with New Hires

Innovation Leader

How do you get new hires to contribute to a culture of innovation from Day One? Warwick Absolon of industrial giant AECOM shares a video the company produced

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How Vodafone Built a Network of Innovation Champions

Innovation Leader

Shannon Lucas explains how a small innovation team inside the telecom giant Vodafone has cultivated a global network of 40 innovation champions

Why Delphi Planted an Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley

Innovation Leader

Delphi Labs director John Absmeier explains how the automotive components giant is partnering, investing, and plugging into the Silicon Valley ecosystem

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!

12 Slide Presentations from Big Company Innovation Executives

Innovation Leader

These dozen slide presentations offer insights into innovation strategy at organizations like NASA, Alaska Airlines, Nike, and Clorox. Get them all here

Chubb Global Innovation VP: ‘Stop The Innovation Carnival’

Innovation Leader

Chubb, Global Innovation VP Gerry Myers explains how the insurer created a "social layer" for innovation, to help weave innovation into employees' daily activity

How Bonuses are Set for Innovation Executives

Innovation Leader

Chief Innovation Officers, VPs of Innovation, Directors, and Innovation Managers explain how their bonuses are calculated, in their own words

How Innovation Execs Are Paid

Innovation Leader

What’s the average salary for a VP Innovation? What about Directors or Catalysts? Does company size or reporting structure impact pay? Find out in our compensation survey

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?

Innovation Strategy and Its Importance

Innovation 360

Innovation Strategy and Its Importance! An intervention strategy is believed to be incomplete if there is no detailed and thorough process of innovation strategy. There are lots of organizations that usually carry out a gap analysis to prioritize and identify change areas that include the content of innovation strategy, organization arrangements, learning plans and communication practices.