In most of my work these days I don’t often use an official canvas. I prefer to pick and choose the assumptions that can be found on the Business Model Canvas, Lean Canvas and others as appropriate for the client, project or initiative I’m working on and weave them together to form testable hypotheses and … Continue reading The Lean UX Canvas
(Lean UX Canvas V2 is now live) In most of my work these days I don't often use an official canvas. I prefer to pick and choose the assumptions that can be found on the Business Model Canvas, Lean Canvas and others as appropriate for the client, project or initiative I'm working on and weave them together … Continue reading The Lean UX Canvas
This post was originally published to my newsletter subscribers (10k of them now). If you’d like to get these updates via email sign up here. If you’ve never been to Stormking Art Center in New York, you must visit next time you’re in the neighborhood. Spread out over a massive field are enormous sculptures and … Continue reading Agile Doesn’t Have a Brain
Here’s a lesson in why experimentation and prototyping is a good idea. This is the (back end) Vasa — a 17th century Swedish warship commissioned to be the biggest and baddest thing on the high seas. And it was. Until the day the sailed it. On its maiden voyage, it floated for exactly 1500m before sinking in … Continue reading Everything you know expires, eventually
I had the pleasure of speaking in London last week at Mind the Product. It’s a twice annual gathering of product managers and their colleagues that attracts nearly 1500 attendees. Given the location, The Barbican, and the audience size, I couldn’t resist taking a selfie from the stage. There’s an unforgettable scene in my favorite movie, … Continue reading Agile vs Lean vs Design Thinking
There’s an unforgettable scene in my favorite movie, Goodfellas, where Joe Pesci, Robert DeNiro and Ray Liotta pay a late night visit to Pesci’s mom. Despite their best efforts to leave quickly she invites them to eat something. During the late-night meal, they discuss a painting in her kitchen. The painting is of a man … Continue reading Agile vs Lean vs Design Thinking
Yesterday was my last day at Neo Innovation. In the last 3+ years my colleagues and I worked to build a consulting company that did more than just deliver powerpoint decks and spec documents. We created a company that built new digital businesses. Along the way we learned how to provide lean startup, agile delivery and … Continue reading Leaving Neo
Boom! Lots of companies these days echo the “fail fast, fail often” mantra. Yet, when push comes to shove (and by push, I mean getting code out to production) very few teams are wiling to absorb any real kind of failure. The risk of not shipping *something*, anything, is too great so inevitably something goes … Continue reading Want to make your teams more successful? Change their names.