26 02, 2019

Outperform your competitors by 2X with 5+types of innovation

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Don’t just do product innovation. Anyone can do that. You can do ten types of innovation.

The Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs – by Larry Keeley is a fabulous book. It helps you and your organization reframe the scope of your effort to something that will provide the most impact.

Here are the ten types of innovation:

  1. Profit model
  2. Network
  3. Structure
  4. Process
  5. Product performance
  6. Product system
  7. Service
  8. Channel
  9. Brand
  10. Customer engagement

https://www.doblin.com/ten-types

25 02, 2019

Innovation fairy dust and innovation theater are not needed

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Sprinkling a little innovation here and a little there is not going to do much unless you are lucky.

Creating innovation theater makes a lot of people feel good during the show but you are left only with memories when the show is done.

Creating a way to embed innovation into your organization with the means to execute is what you want and need.

You have the people who are experts in the business, you have the people who are experts at the operations, and now you need to find the people who are different from you who have deep expertise in other fields.

You also need to look beyond your products for innovation. Look to your business models, branding, networks and other customer touch points.

You have to be in it as a way of doing business. Innovation is part of the slow and steady march of organizational change that you need to do.

24 02, 2019

Requirements are generated from the solution

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… Not the other way around.

No matter whether the solution was done on the back of napkin in a bar or by an excellent optimized process, requirements come from a solution.

So what should you do?

Know your market.

Observe your customers and prospects.

Understand the problem.

Clearly state the problem.

Open the solution space.

Prototype.

Test.

Select.

Now create your requirements from the solution that solves the clearly defined problem customers in your target market have.

23 02, 2019

Playing your Design Thinking cards right

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Design thinking is the business’ acknowledgement that the users’ experience matters.

  • Take this time to show how having user empathy delivers more in tune solutions.
  • Bring everyone along.
  • Use the clear albeit rigid process.
  • Get people to draw, not talk about solutions.
  • Prototype immediately.
  • User test.
  • Do it rapidly to show results.
  • Rinse and repeat.

Remember you are not trying to make everyone designers.

You are using everyone’s expertise to drive better solutions.

21 02, 2019

Designer/Maker Inspiration

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Bad Chad

Hot rod designer/ maker
Wild cars

Uses his brain
Solves problems
Learns from others
Networks
Car shows
Passion for what he does
Simple explanations
Approach to problems is fantastic.
… Creates prototypes
… Creates patterns
… Reuses
… Makes big and whole then cuts back
… Does not look for perfect first, he works his way there
… Add layers to do finish work, fill and smooth, then paint

I love that he is sweet on his girl all the time.

And he has a great Canadian accent.

20 02, 2019

If you love yourself then you need to setup shop

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If I ever have a demo day for my start up, this is my entrance song.

Set Up Shop

Damian encourages us all to start a company and make our lives better. Entrepreneurship is not only for the rich, it is for the every person.

“If you love yourself then my suggestion unno fi setup shop” – Damian Marley

19 02, 2019

Binary opposition: checkbox and radio buttons

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Checkboxes and radio buttons should be used in very different ways in a user interface.

A checkbox is for selection. Checking demonstrates inclusion.

Radio buttons are for a mutually exclusive choice. When you have 2,3 or maybe 4 options to choose from, use radio buttons.

A checkmark should not be used for a selection where being unchecked is not obvious. For example, one product I reviewed had http as a checkbox. So if you checked it you got http and if unchecked? Https? Ftp? What?

Radio buttons should not be used if you have more than 4 items. In that case, use a drop-down list.

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In structuralism, a binary opposition is seen as a fundamental organizer of human philosophy, culture, and language. -wikipedia

15 02, 2019

Funnnnnny!

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Dry Bar

We all need to laugh every day.

14 02, 2019

Happy Valentine’s to my Love

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12 02, 2019

Creative Juices

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Raconteurs studio session with Ashley Monroe and Ricky Skaggs

Brilliant peek into musicians working out the piece together.

Final cut… Beautiful

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