Category Archives: Productivity

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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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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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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Take that meeting…

“I don’t really use LinkedIn or Twitter.” “I don’t go to meetups.” “I don’t really have time to meet people.” These are just a few of the phrases I hear all the time from people I come across — whether … 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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Lean UX Let Me Down

I talk a lot about the benefits of practicing a Lean UX approach todesign and software development. I also practice it daily. Through these daily trials and errors I’ve come to trust the process and, in many ways, rely on it. Today, … Continue reading

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What The Karate Kid Can Teach Us About Agile and UX

In the Karate Kid (the first one, aka the good one) the seemingly innocuous Mr. Miyagi takes on wayward Daniel-san and teaches him to totally kick-ass in karate. While the movie is a prized trinket of 80’s pop culture, heartwarming … Continue reading

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Lean UX is not just for lean startups

As the conversation around Lean UX heats up in the blogs, Twitters and conferences a lot of reference is made to the ideas of lean startup promoted by Eric Ries, Steve Blank and others. Many discussions focus on how user experience … Continue reading

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Adding Game Mechanics To Agile Processes Part 2: Limiting In-Flight Cards

In the second part of this two-part series on adding game mechanics to Agile (read Part 1) processes, I want to discuss limiting the amount of cards a team has “in flight” at any given time.   By in-flight, I … Continue reading

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