Sat.Jan 02, 2016 - Fri.Jan 08, 2016

The 10 Methods of The Lean Startup

HYPE Innovation

“Startup success can be engineered by following the right process, which means it can be learned, which means it can be taught.”. The Lean Startup was published in 2011, yet its impact has been enormous.

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How Big is Your Market and Where Will You Start?

Tim Kastelle

Part 3 in The Lean Startup Series Facebook currently has 1.55 million monthly active users. million! To get to that size, they must have been building for a huge market right from the start, right? Well, no.

Measuring Change Readiness

Braden Kelley

Are you and your organization ready for change? Too often organizations define the change effort they want to pursue without first identifying whether there are people, resources, legislation, etc.

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3 Big Things To Look Out For In 2016

Digital Tonto

We're on the verge of some truly new paradigms that have genuine potential to transform our lives. Related posts: Here’s How We Can Win The Race To Cure Cancer. The 5 Powerhouse Industries of the. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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.

Why do we need every object and device around us connected?


Driverless cars. Health and fitness trackers. Smart lights. Doors that unlock automatically when you approach them.

The How and Why of Customer Development

Tim Kastelle

Part 1 in The Lean Startup Series Henry Ford famously didn’t say: If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. People often use this quote to justify not talking to potential customers, because people don’t know what they want.

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Don’t Let Your Marketing Ruin Your Content

Digital Tonto

Content doesn’t have to be crap. Just don’t let marketing get in the way. Related posts: How To Stop Failing At Content Marketing. Content Is Crap And Other Rules For Marketers. 4 Content Marketing. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Top 20 Innovation Articles of December 2015

Innovation Excellence

Drum roll please. At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 10 as part of our free Innovation Excellence Weekly magazine and email newsletter.

We’ve Hit Peak Innovation (Hype)

Tim Kastelle

It’s clear that today, Sunday January 3rd, 2016 is the day that we’ve hit Peak Innovation. Josie Gibson pointed out to me that in 2015, it was the most-used business buzzword word in both Australia and the world.

Preserving and/or Disrupting

RTI Innovation Advisors

I'm reading a lot about "disruptive" innovation from firms that I think have a lot to protect and preserve. When I read that, I become fairly suspicious, because I'm not sure it's possible to simultaneously protect what is "important" and disrupt at the same time, unless the disruption is taking place in a market or business adjacent to or distant from whatever the corporation is trying to protect. Can you simultaneously protect and disrupt the same product, segment or market?

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.

6 Mind-Set Changes To Help You Make A Fresh Start

Faisal Hoque

From big data to the gig economy, 2016 may be the year that familiar buzzwords start having real, mainstream impact. The post 6 Mind-Set Changes To Help You Make A Fresh Start appeared first on Faisal Hoque :: Entrepreneur | Author.

Innovation Is Too Easy

Innovation Excellence

I bet the post title got your attention, but of course in this modern age of digital content we bloggers need headlines that pop through all of the noise and gain attention.

Is Our Business Model Ready to Launch?

Tim Kastelle

Part 2 in The Lean Startup Series Why do new ventures fail? There are three areas of risk when we launch something new: Technical (or product) risk: can we build it? Market(or customer) risk: does anyone want it?

When the business models shift, innovators rejoice

RTI Innovation Advisors

There's news today that GM, that historic dinosaur of a car company, has seen the future and decided to hedge its bets. Watching Google try to create a self-driving car, and observing the potential power of the sharing economy that Uber and Lyft have defined, and recognizing that millennials and others seem less interested in car ownership, GM has decided to place a substantial bet on Lyft.

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!

Strategic Planning – 6 Ways to Make an Impact with this Year’s Plan


The folks at Armada Corporate Intelligence shared, via their “Inside the Executive Suite” feature , a number of ideas to improve the effectiveness of rolling out your strategic planning document for the upcoming year.

How To: Make a Fewer, Bigger, Better Approach Work in Innovation

Innovation Excellence

To address their disappointing innovation results, many management teams advocate a strategy of launching Fewer, Bigger, Better products. While this is a sound approach, it has proven difficult to execute.

Great Innovators Embrace Resistance, Not Fight It

Innovation in Practice

Imagine your marketing team comes up with an idea for a great new product. You absolutely love it. But when you start shopping the idea around the building, you get some very strange looks from people. People are resisting the idea, and you and your team are getting frustrated.

Is Donald Trump the New Joe McCarthy?

Adam Hartung

“Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it” – George Santayana, “The Life of Reason,” 1905. There seems to be nothing Donald Trump will not say. Or at least imply.

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.

Creative Thinking Skills – 10 Ideas for Stimulating Extreme Team Creativity


We’re developing a strategic thinking webinar for a client on cultivating and sustaining creativity among its salesforce.

Can you imagine whole industries being wiped out?

Innovation Excellence

The “cost to serve” is continuing to be driven down, and data is driving this. Add dislocation and deconstruction to disruption, destruction and digital. Continue reading → Design Disruption Entrepreneurship Industry Technology

Comment on 2016 is Nothing New by Robert Alan Black

Stephen Shapiro

interesting approach and concept Stephen. Dangerous one. I chose to do that a few years ago. and it has led to a temporary disaster. When I began teaching, leading, facilitating keynote addresses, concurrent or breakout sessions, workshops from 1/2 day to 3 days to 6 days on Marketing one lesson I was trying to share… We need to be continually MARKETING, perhaps up to 40% or more of the time. in various ways with our past, existing and potential markets. If we don’t.

Three Arguments Against Performance Reviews


I don’t like performance reviews. I never liked giving them, and I never liked getting them. They are like school report cards, only less well-meaning and more poorly formed. They make the workplace more political, needlessly enforcing nerve-wracking centers of power.

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?

Competitive Strategy – 7 Ways to Avoid “Never and Always”


Walking in on the Kansas City Chiefs – Oakland Raiders game broadcast Sunday on FOX, the announcers were discussing the Chiefs defensive scheme.

Get 12x More Ideas Than Brainstorming

Innovation Excellence

Innovation will only be as successful as the number of high-quality ideas available to inspire, inform, and guide the process.

Comment on 2016 is Nothing New by Amy Castro

Stephen Shapiro

Love this post! No point in starting new things when you haven’t perfected or finished the undone items on your “must do” list


Top 10 Innovation Links for the Week of 1.8.16

Planview Spigit

Happy New Year, readers! Welcome to the first 2016 weekly roundup of innovation links, where we feature a carefully curated selection of our favorite content on innovation, crowdsourcing, and more from around the web. Here are this week’s top 10 new discoveries.

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.

Strategic Thinking – What do you LOVE about your business?


What do you LOVE about your business? Yes, I’m serious about that strategic thinking question. Can you say what you LOVE about your business, and what it does? Or what your business enables? Or the bigger set of activities your business makes a reality?

6 Reasons Innovation is a Survival Skill

Innovation Excellence

Many articles these days talk about reasons why companies should consider innovation as a core discipline. A quick Google search on “why innovate” produces 23,600,000 results. There is a plethora of opinions regarding innovation and why it is important.

Comment on 2016 is Nothing New by sshapiro

Stephen Shapiro

Thanks Amy


Put the Resolve Back into Your New Year’s Resolutions

The Human Factor

Thinking about making New Year’s resolutions but worried about not being able to follow through? If so, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 16% of people decided not to set any New Year’s resolutions in 2015, and that number is expected to increase for 2016.

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.