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. It sounds a difficult balancing act, but approaches such as design thinking, lean startup and agile provide stewardship models for development with inbuilt experimentation, observation and learning.

What Puts Manufacturing Teams Ahead: Lean Six Sigma

LiquidPlanner

There are always common themes that come up at these conferences, but these days it seems that you can’t turn around without getting smacked in the face by Lean Six Sigma. Lean Six Sigma has been growing up for quite a while now. Before we go any further, allow me to make a confession: I believe that Lean Six Sigma is the dharma path for much of manufacturing. Quality is quality, and Lean Six Sigma can push yours higher. Why Lean Six Sigma Now?

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How to boost your career with simple time allocation tricks

International Institute for Learning

In the Lean project management methodology, anything that is not adding value is considered as waste. ” – John Earley, The Lean Book of Lean. We shall see below, where we can begin this exercise.

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How to Write a Business Case

ProjectManager.com

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

The Work: Helping your Clients Agile consulting involves instilling and applying a few lean thinking concepts such as: Prioritizing for value. 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.

The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. If they were to finish, it means they are no longer innovating, improving or competing. Handoffs are very wasteful—they contribute to the eight lean DOWNTIME wastes…. There is nothing wrong with buying the same kind of shoes as Michael Jordan wore (heck, if the placebo effect gets you exercising more, they were likely a good purchase).

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71 Scrum Product Owner Interview Questions

Scrum.org

A Product Owner is an innovator at heart and thus a value creator for customers and organizations if given a chance to work in an agile manner. Suppose a person or a group of individuals, for example, a product council, exercises control over the Product Backlog.

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5 Best Project Management Certifications and Courses of 2019

nTask

Occasionally, they introduce “dumps” that have previous year examination questions, lab exercises and much more. According to some experts, the only reason they took up ScrumMaster, Agile or Lean Business certifications was due to the sheer excitement factor. They were able to innovate a business and impact the “means to an end” philosophy in a positive manner.

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The Scrum Master Job (1): 4 Steps to Identify Suitable Employers or Clients

Scrum.org

The reasons for this are apparent, with software eating the world and the pace of innovation accelerating as the market-entry barriers of the technology sector are continuously lowered. The decade-long window of opportunity in outsourcing disruptive innovation is closing. Lean startup.

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Comparing Nexus and SAFe - Similarities, Differences, potential synergies

Scrum.org

Lean/Agile Leadership. Both SAFe and Scrum/Nexus emphasize the need for a different style of leadership - leaders who serve, have a growth mindset, lead by example, live and breath Lean/Agile principles and practices, and strive for relentless improvement. .

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The Truth About Transformations

Leading Answers

They aim to instil lean concepts of respect for people, minimization of waste, and value delivery. If they were to finish, it means they are no longer innovating, improving or competing. Handoffs are very wasteful—they contribute to the eight lean DOWNTIME wastes…. There is nothing wrong with buying the same kind of shoes as Michael Jordan wore (heck, if the placebo effect gets you exercising more, they were likely a good purchase).

2018 60

Risk-aware Product Development (a.k.a. Scrum)

Scrum.org

So aiming at the right target is not a trivial task in Product Development, especially if you are in a more innovative space where it is not even clear that there is a market need for your product, but also when you are working on internal IT projects where this kind of uncertainty seems irrelevant. In the Lean Startup movement, we typically talk about the " Build it and they will come " fallacy. The Risk Burndown Exercise.

A Digital Service Canvas for Government and Enterprise

Scrum.org

He recognized that something like a business model canvas would offer great potential in an entrepreneurial, Lean Startup context. It tells us something about how innovators think, and the disarming candor with which they can set about their aims…at least in comparison to certain other business minds. Nevertheless, it can be an interesting exercise (hint: time is money and there are various types of waste an organization could reasonably hope to avoid).

Why the agile process is here to stay (and why it should!)

Runrun.it

For employees, agile also means less of the top-down approach to management — employees are much more free to express their thoughts and exercise their creativity. Innovation is a given.

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Do You Think You are Done?

Scrum.org

The PSM II course includes a great exercise to improve students grasp of the Definition of “Done”. To experience this great exercise and more I invite you to attend one of the PSM II classes. iii] For more on the importance of experimentation read fantastic The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric RiesSecond freshness – that’s what is nonsense!

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Smarter Faster Better Book Review: 4 Lessons Learned

Project Management Hacks

Overall, I found the book to be an insightful discussion of new insights and methods to boost productivity, innovation and achievement. Studies show that if a stretch goal is audacious, it can spark innovation. Lesson 2: Become An Innovation Broker – The Import-Export Creativity Solution. Innovation remains a mysterious and powerful process in many organizations. Yet Duhigg shows that certain practices that tend to increase innovation.

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The Urge to Strangle(The Strangler Pattern)

Leading Agile

Business agility means having the capability to “turn on a dime” at low cost and with low risk, to drive innovation, respond to market changes, and overcome the competition. As they were working through the hands-on exercises, their lead Business Analyst asked, “Can Cucumber read Excel files?” If I may borrow an idea from the Lean school of thought, I might say there’s a tendency to optimize locally.

2018 81

Why Agile Transformation Fails | AgileIndy 2021

Leading Agile

I talk about things like predictability quality, early return on investment, cost savings, innovation, product fit. Now, how do we get them to go out and be more innovative? This is Mike Cottmeyer's talk from AgileIndy 2021 on The Executive's Guide to Why Agile Transformation Fails.

2021 62

System of Delivery: An Intro to Our Governance Model

Leading Agile

Just briefly, walking through this is you know: predictability, quality, early ROI, lower cost, innovation and product fit. When we start to talk about capacity risk, the challenge we run into — there’s this exercise that we run sometimes called the airplane game and in the airplane game Station 3. Our governance model and team design may look a little complicated at first glance.

Talent Management of The Future

Leading Answers

When we read through this list anyone familiar with the agile mindset will likely see connections to agile and lean values. By asking candidates to perform tasks like coding exercises or a design-review, they test skills, get a feel of how candidates think, and how interactions may be.  Without this hierarchy, their overhead costs are 8% compared to industry average of 25% which provides more funds for care and innovation.

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Strategy Knotworking: turning ideas and ambitions into reality

Scrum.org

Think of delivering value to customers sooner by releasing early & often, decreasing cycle time and lead time, improving team morale, lowering the number of defects, optimizing return on investment and increasing innovation rate. Note how carefully people are listening to each other, how they are leaning in and how they are giving each other their full attention. Mad Tea is an energetic, fast-paced exercise that helps to share ideas, insights, and thoughts with each other.

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Talent Management of The Future

Leading Answers

When we read through this list anyone familiar with the agile mindset will likely see connections to agile and lean values. By asking candidates to perform tasks like coding exercises or a design-review, they test skills, get a feel of how candidates think, and how interactions may be.  Without this hierarchy, their overhead costs are 8% compared to industry average of 25% which provides more funds for care and innovation.

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