Category Archives: Productivity

Democratize creativity

In the industrial-era model of managing a company creativity was reserved for the executive suite. Only leaders and managers were allowed to determine what the company was going to build and how to implement it. These decisions were then pushed … Continue reading

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Agile coaches, I am your friend

I spend a lot of time consulting with large organizations grappling with making Agile work as an engineering practice and then expanding it to include marketing, product management and eventually user experience and design. Often these companies have invested not … Continue reading

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Turn Left!

  Change is hard and often scary. Change in the enterprise is even scarier because it involves changing the way people work, how they’re compensated and incentivized, how they manage (and are managed) and what determines success. Whenever I work … Continue reading

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Designers — an untapped pool of Agile leadership

Implementing an agile product development process has many challenges. One that is not regularly addressed is who will lead each of the scrum teams. Many organizations default to the, seemingly obvious, answer of the scrum master. Often ill-defined (even with … Continue reading

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The answer to the Agile-UX question

Making user experience and design work in an Agile environment is one of the biggest challenges facing product development teams today. Lean UX is the most effective way to design a process to solve this challenge. However, there is an … Continue reading

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Building In-House Innovation Teams: When to Stop Innovating and Start Scaling

In parts I and II of this series I discussed the qualities that make up successful in-house innovation teams and the need for those teams and their colleagues to foster a culture of transparency if they are to succeed. In … Continue reading

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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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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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