Category Archives: agile

Building In-House Innovation Teams: Transparency

In the first post of the series I discussed the basic building blocks of a successful in-house innovation team: small, dedicated, collocated and self-sufficient. In this post, I’m going to talk about a key philosophy for these teams: transparency. It’s … Continue reading

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Building in-house innovation teams: Small, collocated, dedicated, self-sufficient

One of the most common questions I get about applying lean ideas to product design and development is, “How can I make this happen in my organization?” Between entrenched corporate silos and existing team management structures it can seem impossible … Continue reading

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Sneak preview rate expires very soon for Lean Day: West

I just wanted to drop everyone a quick note to let them know that the sneak preview pricing for Lean Day:West expires in 3 days – June 6th. After that, prices go up to the next tier – a $200 … Continue reading

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Announcing the lineup for Lean Day: West 2013

We’ve put together a truly amazing lineup for this year’s Lean Day: West conference. If you’ve been struggling making agile work in your organization and have been interested in how to apply lean thinking to your product development process, this … Continue reading

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Lean Day: West – a conference for innovative product teams

I’m thrilled to announce the next event we, at Neo, are putting on this fall. Lean Day: West will take place September 16-17, 2013 in the gorgeous city of Portland, OR. Building off the momentum of Lean Day: UX, held … Continue reading

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Designing with remote teams

I will be speaking on working and designing with distributed teams at this year’s IA Summit in Baltimore, MD. As the author of a book on collaboration – a book that touts the benefits of collocated teams – the reality … Continue reading

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3 Challenges Implementing Lean UX in the Enterprise

Transitioning teams to be more “lean” in their product development is not easy. This is especially true in larger, more established organizations. Years of historical momentum coupled with siloed bureaucracy and overzealous legal departments have entrenched a serial, lengthy process … Continue reading

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Announcing Lean Day: UX – A Lean UX conference in New York City

I’m very proud to announce the launch of Lean Day: UX – a one day, single track Lean UX conference taking place on March 1st, 2013 in New York City. Continuing on the success of this year’s Agile UX NYC, … Continue reading

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Remote collaborative brainstorming and sketching – Part I

I’ve been facilitating design studios with collocated teams for years. Many, including me, have covered the benefits of collaboratively sketching new ideas and concepts with a cross-functional team. Recently though, I was tasked with bringing this exercise to a distributed … Continue reading

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Using personas for executive alignment

A few weeks ago my colleague Michelle Zassenhaus suggested we pitch the executive team on a persona research project. We discussed the need and merit of this project for a while without reaching a clear consensus. Where I was getting … Continue reading

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