How Design Sprints can inspire software innovation

How Design Sprints can inspire software innovation

“Innovation” must be the most overused word in any software product description or company brand aspiration, and yet we still put it at the top of our product wish list. But how do companies actually achieve the mythical i-word? Is there a process or approach that can fuel a team to take on a fresh customer-focused perspective and test the path along the way?

In part 3 of my interview with Alex Westner, we tackled how companies large and small are using Design Sprints to fail fast and learn. Let's see what Alex has to say about Design Sprints and collaboration... 

How Product Management and Marketing can collaborate to tell stories and align on KPIs

How Product Management and Marketing can collaborate to tell stories and align on KPIs

If you’ve worked with me, you know I’m a huge advocate for marketing and product management to remain in lockstep throughout the product conception, design, launch and even after the product is in the market. Thousands of decisions are made at each step in the go-to-market process and customers are often underrepresented.  In this article, Alex reminds me of the other view and that marketers could do well to ask more questions, get curious about the problem/solution and to align on measurements (KPIs).

In case you missed Part 1, and want to learn more about Alex Westner’s background and philosophy about building successful products, you can read it here: Do You Have A Product Or Do You Have A Business?

Do you have a Product or do you have a Business?

Do you have a Product or do you have a Business?

There's nothing like seeing your customer’s face light up when they have found your product or service makes their life a little better. But was it luck or was it your process? And what will you do next as competition heats up and you need to innovate? For this 3 part blog series, I sat down with my former colleague and current collaborator and strategic partner Alex Westner (iZotope, Cakewalk, Gibson alum) to discuss:

  • Lean Canvas & Customer Development
  • Product Management working with Marketing and Metrics
  • How to win at Design Sprints & Innovation

What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story?

Looking to improve your storytelling? Recently at Digital Summit Seattle, I met up with Matthew Woodget, a storytelling specialist who has spent nearly 20 years pedaling technology stories at Intel, Microsoft, and in the agency world before striking out on his own. We watched a keynote by Microsoft’s Storyteller In Chief and both felt excited to see storytelling get its due. We had a great discussion about how to get storytelling right, the need for it in business, and the lack of awareness so many executives and business owners seem to have about its importance. Check out what Matthew has to say... 

Just Change Something

Just Change Something

Life is always changing but some part of the reptilian brain craves consistency, and we are (sometimes unconsciously) creating habits that can have two undesired effects. First, we can become resistant to change as it feels like the uncomfortable enemy forcing us to do something less certain and predictable. Second, we become less conscious as our subconscious brain takes over and performs on autopilot, so we therefore inject less creativity and inspiration in stale repetitive projects or tasks.