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Mobile Healthcare Apps: 7 Keys to Success

The number of available health and medical apps continues to increase, and while app loyalty and engagement has been increasing for most application categories, engagement and loyalty has dropped for health and medical apps.    At the same time, with healthcare consuming over 18% of US GDP and no end in sight, there are tremendous opportunities to use mobile technology, sensors and big data to bend the cost
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Why Won’t Anyone Use My mHealth Apps?

 The explosion of the mobile health (mHealth) arena seems to have many players in the  healthcare industry running a race they haven’t trained for. There are roughly 40,000 mobile health and wellness apps in the marketplace today, up from about 6,000 in 2010. That type of growth shows the demand for mHealth apps, but as user engagement remains relatively stagnant one must wonder how developers are deci
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Lean Startup Circle, An Article in Reuters

By Lou Carlozo Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:38pm EDT (Reuters) – Bernhard Kappe, the chief executive officer of Chicago’s Pathfinder Software, steps up to a dry erase board and draws a crude graph, its slope curves upward. Then he plots a point in the middle to show where the city’s web entrepreneurs stand in terms of growth and progress. “These things take 20 years to get to maturity, and theyR
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How to Integrate Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development

I gave a talk at the Chicago Product Management Association together with Pathfinder Software’s Amy Willis and Reid MacTavish on the lessons we’ve learned in integrating Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development. Here are the slides from the talk – a video recording will follow soon.
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Lean Ideas for Healthcare Startups

Bernhard Kappe, Pathfinder’s CEO, gave a talk at the new healthcare startup accelerator Healthbox, and tailored his Lean Startup presentation for medical innovators. Healthbox is a new Chicago based healthcare centric accelerator program that started it’s inaugural class of ten startups earlier in January. For three months, these teams will share space and ideas in Chicago, where they will push toward the
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Your Logo Is Making Me Sick

Consider this the opening volley in our campaign for Lean Branding, the argument that branding has to follow the same course as customer and product development. More on this later. First a good argument on why you shouldn’t just plaster your brand over any and every aspect of your app or webapp. Jonathan Anderson has a great post over at UX Magazine entitled Your Logo Is Making Me Sick. In it he argues that us
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My Techweek Talk: Turbocharging the Enterprise Innovation Engine

The innovation engine in most companies is broken, burning large quantities of fuel, generating lots of heat and smoke, but doing precious little to accelerate company growth beyond a few sputtering lurches. Most efforts to boost innovation focus on generating or capturing new ideas. Yet for most companies, this is not where the problem lies. Instead the problem lies in determining which of those ideas can be success
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Lean Innovation in the Enterprise with Encyclopedia Britannica, Nokia and Wheels

Pathfinder’s CEO Bernhard Kappe assembled a panel for last weeks AITP Spring Technology Conference focusing on how large enterprises are employing lean startup principles to improve innovation outcomes. The panelists included: Jorgen Hesselberg, Senior Manager, Agile Enterprise Adoption, Nokia Greg Healy, Chief Product Officer, Encyclopedia Britannica Brian Chau, Director of Product Innovation, Wheels, Inc. The video
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Workshop: Faster Innovation With Lean + UX + Agile

Your job as an innovator is to discover a product and model that works before you run out of time and money. 9 out of 10 new products fail. So fail faster, fail cheaper. So use Fast Innovation with Lean + UX + Agile to iterate and pivot your product and model to success. Join us for a half day workshop on January 20th, 2012 to experience what fast innovation can do for you. Pathfinder Software’s Amy Willis (UX)
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Lean + UX + Agile

Lean + UX + Agile. Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development are all approaches to improve your odds of creating successful products. Are they mutually exclusive, or can you assemble them together to make a lean, mean product machine? In November Pathfinder’s Bernhard Kappe, Amy Willis and Reid MacTavish gave a sold out talk at the Chicago Product Management Association to share their lessons l
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