Incubating Innovation

Leading Answers

If success goes to those who can innovate the fastest, how do we nurture innovation? To innovate faster than our competitors, we need to maximize our learning potential. Developing new products or services is a maze-solving exercise. Yet when searching for an innovative solution, we want all these extra brain circuits engaged. These 30-minute exercises don’t even require expensive equipment or management consultants.

Project Management Best Practices for Innovation and Co-Creation

Everyone in business is talking about innovation, but how does one actually innovate? Jennifer Bridges, PMP, shows you practical steps you can take to innovate by using co-creation and project management techniques. In Review – Project Management Best Practices for Innovation and Co-Creation. An innovation, she said, is a new method, idea or product. Pro-Tip: There are many ways to promote innovation on your project.


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The Effective and Innovative Virtual Team Leader

International Institute for Learning

One more tip I have for you is implement “enjoyment time” for each meeting, demonstrate your trust in your team, and exercise some creativity in your meeting management. The post The Effective and Innovative Virtual Team Leader appeared first on The IIL Blog. By Frank P.

Lisa Bodell on Simplification and Innovation

International Institute for Learning

As closing keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , she delivered a powerful message on how complexity is holding most of us back, and what we can do to get back to the work that really matters. “If we get the work right, we get the culture right” – @LisaBodell #LeadershipCon19 #leadership #innovation — Simplification IS an efficiency exercise, which management LOVES.

Book Summary: Think Better – An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking

Project Bliss

Learn how to think better by using productive thinking approaches with Tim Hurson’s book Think Better – An Innovator’s Guide to Productive Thinking. Everybody talks about creativity and innovation these days, but very few actually know how to put them into practice.”

Grow a culture of innovation and learning with frequent Developer Huddles

And more importantly, where developers can learn, innovate and experiment to become better at his craft? For example, our Definition of Done exercise can work for this. Without skilled developers, the Scrum Framework is no more than lipstick on a pig. Having to create?—?and

10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Project Meetings

Project Risk Coach

Undertake a team-building exercise. Wise leaders know how and when to inject team-building exercises. Facilitate a problem-solving exercise, develop a work breakdown structure , or identify ways to improve project communication.

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Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates


We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to project planning. You might not need to document this granularity on your work breakdown structure, but your team could go through the exercise to split out tasks into their component parts. If the work is unique and innovative, your appetite for contingency is likely to be higher. Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager.

5 Tips To Re-Energize Your Daily Standup Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

Because after a few weeks I realized that the energy levels weren’t what they should be for such a creative, innovative agency. If you are wondering how to start a standup meeting, try this exercise. Regular readers will know that I’m not an expert in Agile, by any means.

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10 Simple Ways to Revitalize Your Project Meetings

Project Risk Coach

Undertake a team-building exercise. Wise leaders know how and when to inject team building exercises. Facilitate a problem-solving exercise , develop a work breakdown structure, or identify ways to improve project communication. Rather than using meetings to report status, use the time to plan, to solve problems, and to innovate.

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How to boost your career with simple time allocation tricks

International Institute for Learning

We shall see below, where we can begin this exercise. It is fine to make rough estimates, this is not an accounting exercise, the idea is to understand whether the tasks you complete reflect your level of salary and more importantly the salary you are ambitioning to attain.

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10 Simple Ways to Revitalize Your Project Meetings

Project Risk Coach

Undertake a team-building exercise. Wise leaders know how and when to inject team building exercises. Facilitate a problem-solving exercise, develop a work breakdown structure, or identify ways to improve project communication. Rather than using meetings to report status, use the time to plan, to solve problems, and to innovate.

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Managing Virtual Teams Successfully

The IIL Blog

Building High-Performance Teams necessitates that we utilize innovative tools and techniques to engage the audience. Tuckman model of forming-storming-norming-performing), they can benefit from a Simple Interactive Meaningful Practical Learning Exercise (SMILE). Evolution of Learning Exercises for Collaboration. No one author or source can take credit for the evolution of learning exercises for virtual teams. Types of Interactive Exercises. By Dr. Willis H.

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5 Ways to boost your team’s creativity

Girl's Guide to PM

Creativity is the cornerstone of innovation. Instead, start with some team exercises to warm up people’s brains and help them realize that they are in a safe space where it’s OK to make suggestions. Thinking creatively is what takes your work from average to outstanding.

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Key Takeaways from ‘The Phoenix Project’ DevOps Simulation

International Institute for Learning

At the end of this short, interactive learning session the team was asked, ‘What did you discover in this simulation exercise that you need to take away and apply?’. He has been involved in the IT industry for more than 25 years and has a broad background in IT operations, IT management and product innovation and development. By Paul Wilkinson | Owner/Director, GamingWorks.

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Top Project Management Conferences of 2020

One of the largest series of conferences for project managers in North America, the Project Summit has industry innovators who help professionals be more productive, and learn best practices, skills and strategies to succeed.

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Using Divergent Thinking to Become a Better Leader

While there might be types of people who are more likely to think divergently, promoting divergent thinking is possible through various creative exercises. It’s inherently creative and often innovative. Adopt an innovation culture. This can help them expand beyond their comfort zone to discover innovative solutions when necessary. is a cloud-based project management software that has innovative features.

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Rich Sheridan on Leading with Joy

International Institute for Learning

Rich Sheridan is the CEO of Menlo Innovations and the author of Joy, Inc. As opening keynote speaker at IIL’s Leadership & Innovation 2019 Online Conference , he inspired us all with his uncommon approach to leadership and productivity in the modern workplace. “Leaders like to try things and see what happens” – Rich Sheridan @menloprez #LeadershipCon19 #leadership #innovation —

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How to Write a Business Case

In fact, in some lean or agile organizations, over-reliance on documentation is seen as a clear impediment to innovation and collaboration. Now, it’s not just an exercise to appease senior leadership.

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Agile Consulting

Leading Answers

Sharpening the Saw: Building Your Skills and Knowledge In addition to organizational change management, consultants need ready access to credible research that supports their ideas—along with frameworks, training materials and exercises to perform that reinforces this work with a variety of stakeholders. People are always developing innovative ways of describing agile techniques, and we can share the best with our clients.

Making Better Business Decisions with Continuous Planning

Arras People

Let annual planning be a top down budgeting exercise it should be and shift your organization to a continuous planning model that will reduce bureaucracy, improve your plan’s accuracy, drive agility, and improve portfolio management. Are they going to result in a more balanced portfolio that allows us to focus on increasing innovation, or improving business capabilities? The PMO community have often discussed the problems in portfolio management surrounding planning.

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5 Tips To Re-Energise Your Daily Standup Meetings

Girl's Guide to PM

Because after a few weeks I realised that the energy levels weren’t what they should be for such a creative, innovative agency. This was a quick exercise but it triggered us into thinking about ourselves and what we can improve in our approach to work. If you do this exercise I recommend having a different team member to read the postcard. Regular readers will know that I’m not an expert in Agile, by any means.

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Book Review: The Power of Project Leadership


This is the way to foster needed efficiency, speed, and innovation! And, what I appreciated greatly, is that it provides the reader with tangible tools and exercises to transform from a Project Manager to Project Leader! I just finished the last chapter of Susanne Madsen’s piece on The Power of Project Leadership (2nd edition). I closed her exceptional book completely inspired and itching to get a copy in the hands of both LiquidPlanner employees and our customers.

How to Make a Company Retreat Unforgettable (with Location Examples)

Working is like exercise, if you keep working the same muscles nonstop, you’ll be too exhausted to get strong and healthy. You want a place where people can relax and be open to innovation and new ways of thinking. There’s an outdoor shower, barbecue deck, hammock deck and yoga zone for a variety of different team building and meditative exercises.

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19 Genius Ways to Become More Creative Today


In this guide, we’re going to dispel those myths, run you through the exact process that helps promote creative thought, and then cover 21 specific strategies to help you and your team be more creative, innovative, and imaginative on a daily basis. Warm up with some creative confidence exercises. In short, Csikszentmihalyi is saying that creativity is transformation , either through creating something wholly new or innovating an existing space.

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How to Stop Overthinking at Work (and in Life)

Thinking has led to great innovation but has also brought people into disastrous conflict. This beneficial exercise reveals that the brain often overthinks without any reason other than that it was designed to run through these mental hoops. Consciousness is a blessing and a curse. While thought is neither intrinsically good or bad, it can be used for positive or negative ends. Whatever the cause, big or small, overthinking is proof that there can be too much of a good thing.

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Business Change Management: What is it and Why it matters


In fact, change is more relevant than ever since the world does not stop while we are planning the year ahead – being political changes, a pandemic that puts the economy on hold, or evolving technical developments and business model innovations – we are always subject to external forces at play.

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The 23 Best Project Management Books For Upgrading Your Career in 2020


However, The Culture Code teaches what you need to know to maximize your team’s performance, create clear and open lines of communication, and challenge your team to be creative and innovative. You can use this same exercise for your teammates and even your company.

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Overcoming Status Quo Bias to Boost Productivity

It doesn’t always work, of course, but like any muscle, the more we exercise it the stronger it gets. This is because, if you are adhering to the status quo, then you are failing to innovate, and you’re unwilling to try new tools or techniques to improve. Some people push the envelope and others are happy to remain sealed in it, giving in to status quo bias.

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Task Automation in 2021


Without being bogged down with repetitive admin tasks employees can be creative and innovative and can concentrate on the more important tasks that need their attention and time. Also, try and get your other team members to perform the same exercise.

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Project Leadership In Uncertain Environments with Carole Osterweil

Girl's Guide to PM

Repeat the exercise often and review your project management approach accordingly. These innovations gave us unprecedented access to global clients handling all manner of change and transformation and the opportunity to integrate ideas from multiple disciplines into our work. It seems like more and more of the projects we’re working on as project managers are tricky in non-conventional ways. The environment is shifting as we’re trying to do the work.

Peer Recruiting: How to Hire a Scrum Master

Instead, they will reorganize themselves around autonomous teams to deal with the complexity and pace of innovation of the 21st century. Join us on April 20, 2021 , for a live virtual workshop on driving product innovation with the Zones of Value framework. TL; DR: Peer Recruiting.

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The 21 Daily Routines and Habits of Highly Productive Founders and Creatives


Whole books have been filled with the daily routines of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives. Regular exercise. To get even more from your mastery activities, look for hobbies that include other people (to fulfill our social needs), are healthy (like sports or exercise), or give you space to think and be alone (to bring even more mental solitude). Regular exercise. Lastly, you don’t need another person telling you the benefits of exercise.

2019 109

Reflection and Takeaways on Agility from the SMC-IT 2018 Space Mission Design conference

The IIL Blog

as a keynote speaker, I opened the conference with “Scrum to the Stars” which looked back into aviation history and to the future of innovation in aerospace, and how Scrum methodologies have been, and will continue to be effective tools. This simple class exercise using scrum to build components and the visualization of talking through a mission shows how prototyping lets you see problems with design early and builds shared understanding on the team.

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How to Build Products While Working Remotely: The Ultimate Remote Work Guide for Project Managers, Entrepreneurs, and Startups


Some people experience a lack of innovation and creativity without the “intangible magic” of in-person meetups. Here’s a simple exercise you can use. Use tools like OKRs and other goal-setting exercises to make sure everyone understands and is connected to your company’s larger purpose.

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Shifting & Sharing the Teaching Responsibility

Innovators showcase their ideas or products and gather meaningful feedback in short cycles. This blog post will describe how we’ve experimented with a twist in this exercise during a recent PSM II class. As a facilitator and/or Scrum Master, you can use this exercise during your Scrum events as well: use your creativity and imagination! In the first part of the exercise the participants generate a list of all must-do and must-not-do activities.


Resist Business B.S.—How Can We Rebel (and Get Credit for Being Brilliant)?


It should also serve as a guide for evaluating all decisions and new innovations and projects for every area within your company. I facilitated this exercise for a virtual company at one point. In my previous article , we discussed how strategic intent answers Why? , how strategic objectives answer What? , and how tactics answer How? The trouble comes when strategic objectives and executional tactics are developed without answering the Why question first.

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European Defense Industry 2021: Challenges and Trends

Epicflow Blog

The European Commission has adopted The Action Plan on synergies between Civil, Defence, and Space industries that will enable cross-fertilization between them and unleash the innovative technology development potential against the background of the approved fund opportunities. .

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Building a Culture of Trust and Belonging


Your team is diverse with great thinkers, innovators, and creative individuals. However, you can only benefit from these talents if you encourage your staff to exercise them, and that includes giving room for failure.

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How Trying New Hobbies Made Me More Productive at Work


I didn’t plan for any of those activities to become exercises in getting comfortable with having no expectations of success. A pitch doesn’t have to end up in a new contract for it to still have been a successful exercise.

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