Agile development has definitely gone mainstream, as businesses beyond the realm of technology continue to customize the approach and even build upon it with new approaches like DevOps. But traditional companies still often find themselves struggling to implement these methodologies. When I work with clients, I see that there is often one critical point of failure: the product
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As Jaspar said in the intro to this series, every business has different, and often competing, interests. Each business, whether consciously or by default, ends up prioritizing the following three interests: Shareholders Customers Employees Looking for examples of shareholder-focused companies is easy. This is exactly where you find companies like Walmart and United Airlines. These companies
Artificial intelligence, digitization, big data and analytics, machine learning, robotics: this bundle of cross-cutting technologies is the topic du jour at gatherings from the World Economic Forum to this week’s 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival (AIF), which I am attending and where my firm is Knowledge Partner. But just how big is the disruption that lies ahead? Big.
First things first: Great camerawork can’t save a product video that’s poorly thought out. Before you shoot any videos for your business, make sure you’ve answered the important questions: Why are we making a video? Where will we show it? Who will watch it? What do we want customers to do after they watch it?
Watching my son stand with his high school class and move his cap tassel from right to left on a warm June afternoon, I shared in the emotions of the day with hundreds of other parents. As I reflected on my son’s future and my hopes for his success, I felt proud knowing that this Fall
When Thomas Edison opened the Pearl Street power station in New York City in 1882, it lit up to 400 lights and served 85 customers. That number quickly rose to 500 customers in a few years, and the system used a series of indicator lights to show increases and decreases in load. This rather crude
Medical schools are generally efficient and effective places to learn aspects of the art and science of medicine, and the more luminary schools now provide additional components relating to professionalism, ethics, and sometimes even the fiscal aspects of health care systems. The problem is that the disciples of most medical schools, like the inhabitants of
Some say that the drinking water infrastructure in the United States is considered an “invisible utility.” But various factors from the impact of climate change to water crises, such as the one in Flint, Michigan, are causing people to think about water in a new way. To measure exactly how our outlook, as a country,
An important lesson in innovation—and teamwork—on the 10th birthday of the most popular product of all time. The iPhone just turned 10 years old, and if you were anywhere near a magazine, newspaper, or screen—swipeable or otherwise—you probably saw a story or nine celebrating its advent. That story would likely run alongside an image of
It was during this that I decided to stay away from things that not only demotivate my team members, but also that hurts them deeply. As a leader, I am responsible for the progress of my employees and for leading them in a direction that will indeed bear fruits for my business. There are a