A student engineering team at Delft University of Technology built the world’s fastest electric car with help from requirements management software that improved collaboration, resulting in faster decision-making and information-sharing. The team met all its initial design goals and delivered the record-setting vehicle on time.
A new book offers Agile-based principles and techniques for accelerating the innovation process, reducing inherent risks, and nurturing creativity and collaboration. Featuring 11 detailed case studies, it addresses five critical performance areas: strategy, portfolios, process, culture and infrastructure.
A project begins with untested assumptions, competing options, diverging opinions about product scope and so on. Creating visual models that show the “why, who, how and what” of the problem being addresses can facilitate the process of getting to better solutions faster — even without sufficient knowledge to get them right the first time around.
Small teams are more productive than large teams but they can’t deliver large projects alone, so organizations need to improve collaboration among distributed teams, says Luke Hohmann. He uses visual and virtual games to spark innovation, align values and solve “enduring problems.” [17:30]
How do organizations prevent improvement intiatives from losing steam? George Schlitz says leaders need to create “safe yet effective disruption” by identifying processes and policies that are getting in the way of effective change and then developing new approaches that support the desired values. [13:20]
Many organizations struggle with experimentation and focus too much on processes over outcomes, says David Bland who works with companies that want to act more like lean startups. He helps them "build things that matter" through customer development practices that unpack the value proposition for users, buyers and deciders. [14:45]
Richard Sheridan talks about building a work culture that is deeply focused on “the business value of joy” at Menlo Innovations, a custom software design firm where he is CEO and chief storyteller. He says it is simple — but not easy. Here, he shares some insights and lessons learned along the way. [19:40]
Flat management systems are producing benefits for a growing number of organizations that thrive on innovation and rapid change. By reducing their management hierarchies, they have democratized decision-making, spurred creative problem-solving and fostered greater trust in the workplace. Here’s how and why it works.
Many project leaders and teams believe brainstorming is a waste of time and doesn’t produce meaningful results. Maybe they aren’t doing it right. A variation called reverse brainstorming can help, focusing on the quality over quantity of ideas. Here’s advice on achieving better outcomes from both techniques.
Retrospectives are a catalyst for continuous team improvement, providing a feedback loop to examine methods, teamwork and results. But holding monotonous retrospectives that don’t engage your team isn’t much better than holding none at all. So here are three more fresh techniques to keep things interesting.