Tag: Innovation

21 January 2013 / Agile & Scrum
The Key Difference of Innovation vs Business As Usual

In times of economic crisis it is important for organizations to optimize their effectiveness in order to survive. In many cases, people jump to cost optimization, only looking at their bottom line. And there is nothing wrong with that, as long as you don't forget the role of the customers and end-users. In many cases we see a natural reaction of organizations to generalize their...

11 December 2012 / Leadership & Management
The Intersection of Business, Education and Innovation

As the blog has mentioned at various points, different innovations and startups have different metrics for success. This makes a formulaic approach to entrepreneurship all but impossible, though there are certain trends that crop up from time to time. Writer Emma Collins explores one such trend today as she discusses the present and future viability of the booming education technology startup sector. When she is...

12 November 2012 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
Creating clarity within a group – Ruben Van Der Laan

The discussion heated up. I simply asked all participants, a management team, to take a stance by physically putting on a scale a coloured dot. For this growing organisation I was curious to know what the management wanted: more systemisation of processes on the one hand or more self-organisation and responsibilities on a lower level. -       But Ruben, what do you mean by self-organisation? -      ...

28 October 2012 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
49 Ways to Spice Up Your Meetings by Ruben Van Der Laan

Henry Ford would have loved producing our current day meetings the way he produced his cars. His famous ‘any colour – so long as it’s black’ would have marvelously fit the numerous meetings that are being churned out worldwide. A meeting room is a meeting room and a meeting is a meeting. All black, all the same. There’s just a slight variation in black because...

10 October 2012 / Engaging Workshops & Meetings
Aaarrrgggg, those ******* meetings!

You need meetings! You want them to generate ideas, inspire action and flow but in their essence meetings are paradoxical!  In many cases we see, hear and feel that within organizations meetings do not deliver to their expectations. Participants come ill prepared, disengage and hardly follow-up. At best, you have a love-hate relationship with meetings. You need them yet you despise them. Why is that? Why...

14 April 2012 / Agile & Scrum
Kanban retreat #1 experience report

On April 7th we had our first kanban retreat as a means of peer to peer exchange, having a safe place to bounce ideas amongst each other and learn. In order to get the people into the kanban state of mind, we started off with the famous getKanban board game (the beta version we bought some time ago) followed with an imaginary, yet recognizable, organizational context where we had 4 iterations building up thoughts, ideas...