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It’s the Little Things

by ProjectsatWork.com

When it comes to innovation, many organizations seek the big, sexy, paradigm-shattering new idea. But smaller innovations can be just as important as the market-disrupting kind — maybe even better. Here are seven reasons why, and five examples of small initiatives that can be hugely powerful.

HR By the Numbers

by Kathleen Ryan O'Connor

The ability to recruit and retain a motivated, competitive workforce can make or break a business. And it’s difficult no matter the economic conditions. Recession? Uncertainty kills productivity. Boom times? Watch as talented workers walk for better offers. Can predictive analytics help?

Top PM Trends in 2016

by ProjectsatWork.com

Organizations that want to innovate and stay ahead of the competition must balance discipline with agility, broaden the strategic role of project managers, and teach change management skills, according to a new report that identifies the key project management trends for 2016.

Influencing Innovation

by Martin Abbott and Mike Fisher

Team innovation can be greatly influenced by conflict (either productive or destructive), experiential diversity, a sense of empowerment, and organizational boundaries. An Agile approach can help, though there are pros and cons to consider. Spotify offers a real-world example of how it works.

Top 10 Strategy Execution Trends

by ProjectsatWork.com

Smart organizations will continue to become flatter and leaner, while embracing design thinking, big data and enterprisewide agility, according to a new report that identifies the most important strategy execution trends for 2016.

Innovate with Intent

by ProjectsatWork.com

What does innovation mean to your organization? How do you assess ideas and separate the “wow” from the “not now”? Here are three questions that leaders should ask when evaluating which innovative initiatives can generate real value — and which are just noise.

Beyond Engagement

by Aaron Smith

Typical workforce engagement initiatives focus on unlocking discretionary effort but fail to inspire. The result, too often, is dedicated but exhausted teams. To unlock value creation and innovation, we need to better manage people’s energy, and it starts with making conversation part of the organizational fabric.

Designs on Transformation

by Parker Lee

Organizations that seek transformation and innovation go beyond top-down, analytical methods and incorporate the lessons of design thinking, humanistic management and systems theory. Here are seven principles that can dramatically improve how your organization develops products, services and processes.

No Dream Crushing

podCast
by Dave Prior

Transformation consultant Kathryn Kuhn of Rally discusses her presentation at Agile 2015, which explored the concept of human-centered solutions using design thinking to solve Agile’s thorniest problems, from coordinating “feral” teams to communicating with unhappy customers. [27 min.]

The Product vs. IT Mindset

by Martin Abbott and Mike Fisher

Problems emerge when a company tries to create products for external customers using processes meant for internal technology development. Here’s an explanation of the vast differences between the IT and product organization models, from mindset to metrics.

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