Innovation

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Is #Innovation an Empty Word?

Many times on projects and presentations I hear both the empty words and principles and also the full words. I’ve always struggled to determine the difference between the two. I’ve listened to people state that their success is all about ‘their people’ and I’ve come away on one occasion believing them and on another occasion … Continue reading

Creativity, Inc. and #1 reason why projects struggle

I just recently finished reading Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull. It is undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read. The book provides a history of how Pixar came about and how Pixar has managed to maintain their culture of creativity and innovation. There are many poignant lessons that I took away from … Continue reading

Stop just #Innovating , start #Empathizing

There I said it. Everywhere you go today, the focus is on Innovation as a verb. You must Innovate. There are Innovation Frameworks out there that define a framework on how you can generate Innovations at your work and personal life if you follow a process. Some of these frameworks are openly available while some … Continue reading

The negative feedback conundrum

So here’s the deal. If you, like me, sometimes speak in public – at conferences, events, whatever – you’ll often receive somewhat formal feedback from the organizers. They typically solicit this feedback from people after the event, and forward it to you with notes like “here’s the feedback, hopefully it’s useful to you” and, in … Continue reading

How we define ourselves: The Dodge Stratus problem

The impulse to label ourselves is powerful. Read any bio and you’ll see multiple roles and titles people have placed upon themselves or have been placed upon them. Often these titles and whatnot help us understand their place within hierarchies, for example in business settings (CEOs, Managers, etc). In other instances they help us understand what … Continue reading

The threat of “the new”

Assuming you live long enough, and are blessed/cursed to live in interesting times, at some point you will be confronted by something new that you neither expected nor appreciate. Sometimes these things will be coming from outside – for example a new technology, a new trend,  or a threat to your livelihood. However, often the … Continue reading

Approaching Strategy as a Fixed Game

In two recent posts I’ve written about why engaging and empathizing with customers is both essential to making better decisions as well as to make more effective and meaningful products and services. In this post I want to briefly talk about how this should tie into your overall strategy. Strategy as a fixed game The approach many of us are familiar … Continue reading

My new favourite #InnovationGame – #Agile Science Fair

I was asked to do a session for the Agile Winnipeg User Group and the first thing that popped into my mind was Innovation Games. Innovation Games are a critical piece in Protegra’s offering to gain Customer Insight on all projects. Recently we have used Innovation Games to assist the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in creating … Continue reading

Stanford Design School’s Design Methods #WpgIIBA #InnovationGames #Empathy

I attended the Winnipeg IIBA chapter meeting where we reviewed the Stanford Design School’s Design Methods. The presentation itself was quite well done. We ended up splitting into pairs and went through the nine steps in the process. For our session we used the ‘gift-giving’ experience as a situation we could explore with the Stanford Design School’s … Continue reading

When #Lean isn’t enough – #novel

We all know about Lean. At least most of us do. We need to Lean our processes and organizations. We need to make them more efficient and less wasteful. But the problem is that Lean is only for incremental improvements. Given an existing process, how can we make it 5%, 10% more efficient? But the … Continue reading