Seniors are the new Innovators

Much has been written about co-creation recently, including this recent article from Innovation Excellence on seniors as the new innovators. The major focus of the article is on the HelloAgainChallenge in which senior members of our aging population are actively involved in the creation of new ways to use mobile technology to address the needs of…

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What about the Competition?

Whatever happened to building strategic competitive advantage? With all the talk of business model generation, lean startups and customer development you might be forgiven for having thought that competitive advantage was all a bit last season. If you spent good money on a business degree that taught you otherwise, never fear. All is not forgotten.…

Customer Development as a Design Squiggle

Damien Newman used the design squiggle to illustrate the Design Thinking approach to solving problems. It’s a really neat way of communicating the basic premise behind design thinking, and I like it a lot. Applied to business model innovation it shows the initial chaos and movement that surrounds any new business model as the founders…

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The Art of Lean Prototypes

What is a prototype for? In terms of customer development it is there to help us discover the scalable business model that best meets our customer’s needs. The first 30 slides or so of this presentation summarise the key points really well: Fail early and cheaply – don’t wait until launch to find out if your idea…

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Redesigning the Hiring Process

I really liked this article on students participating in the teacher hiring process. Whilst the author identifies the problems of asking 10 year olds to interview and question teachers, she cites the example of her 8-year-old participating in a demonstration lesson. This allowed current teachers to observe how the candidate taught, as well as being…

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A Lesson in Innovation

It’s not how to innovate, it’s when… A couple of years back I invited by friend Dr Rob Dew to come and run a lesson in innovation for a group of local business people in the Brisbane area. We had been trying to launch an innovation network and I wanted it to go beyond a…

Business Model Innovation

Note: This article was originally posted here, on InnovationExcellence. I thought I would repost it here. Nine out of ten business start-ups, and one in six business transformations will confirm it. If you want to be part of the one in ten who succeeds, you’ll need to search for the answers first. By innovating our…