Tag Archives: Prototyping

Five Reasons for the Post-Design Sprint Slump

Maybe you’ve called it something different, but I bet you’ve experienced it: it’s that feeling when your head’s down at work, too busy with your urgent day-to-day tasks to look up for a moment to contemplate future innovations. (Who has time for breakthrough innovation when you don’t have time for a proper lunch?) It’s that feeling when you know you ...

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Going Beyond the Prototype

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Douglas Ferguson, author of the new book Beyond the Prototype: A roadmap for navigating the fuzzy area between ideas and outcomes.. Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based workshop agency that specializes in Design Sprints and innovation workshops. ...

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Testing Your Business Model

Sometimes we get caught up in the details when we should be working on the foundation. Here’s a rule: If the underlying foundation is not secure, don’t bother working on anything else. If you’re working on a couple new technologies, but the overall business model won’t be profitable, don’t work on the new technologies. Instead, figure out a business model ...

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Failing Fast Causes More Failure

One scary statistic is that 70% of change initiatives fail. An overwhelming proportion of new product launches fail. Most new businesses fail. The sad fact is that failure is all around us. Is this why so many organizations talk about a fear of failure being one of their major innovation stumbling blocks? And, so what mantra do many innovation and ...

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Turning Good Ideas into Great Products

One innovation method is to invite customers (in a B-2-B situation) or consumers (in a B-2-C scenario) into the creative process with you. Here, they will ideate, workshop concepts that arise in the session, augment concepts provided for them, and create some new product or service ideas that do not yet exist.

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Great Prototyping Disasters of the 21st Century: Why My Cheap Prototype Nearly Cost Me £5m

Prototyping comes in two flavours: The first provides a way to validate and perfect a concept whilst winning stakeholder. The second creates a train wreck that stops great ideas in their tracks, alienates decision makers and makes you generally unpopular. In this blog I lay bare my most spectacular prototyping failure to show how misinterpreting the reason for prototyping leads to disaster.

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Innovation or Not? – Retailing Robotics

As the saying goes, ‘what’s old is new again’. Only this time robots and hand-held computers (aka smartphones) are involved. I was having a conversation recently with a colleague about the retail industry and I made the point that all retail stores are warehouses, only some are prettier than others. Walk into the average Macy’s or other department store and you’ll see piles of inventory out on display in the store, of every size (from small to XXXL) and variety (white, black, brown, etc.) with even more in the back...

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