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The Research-Product Gap

What I will talk about at DRC is the ‘research-product’ gap. I just gave a talk at the Stanford D School about some of these issues. I discussed the research-product gap. This didn’t concern them. I said that if they were not interested in how their work got into a product, they were wasting their time. “And they said, ‘We’re just doing the research, we’re not responsible for the product.’ And
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Going Native Isn’t Always the Right Move in Mobile

Blog by Todd Wyder In my work helping companies practice lean innovation, I talk to a lot of folks who are launching mobile products and they chose to build a native app instead of a mobile web app.  For those readers who aren’t sure what that means, a native app is one that you  download from an app store, whereas a mobile web app is a web application built using responsive design that you pin to your homescreen.   
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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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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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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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Between Problem and Solution, There Falls the Product

photo credit: Daquella manera I’m always on the search for examples that illustrate the difference between problem and solution in product design. Recently, I’ve found a really sweet one. In our various processes — whether it’s customer development, product design, or usability analysis — we end up asking people about their problems. What works for them; what doesn’t  work for them
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It’s not about software

In a recent article, John Gruber masterfully compared Google’s and Apple’s software strategy. He insightfully concluded that Apple solved the software distribution problem through their app store therefore doesn’t have to rely on browser based software. As a result of that, they can have all the benefits of native apps. Read the article, I was impressed by its sobriety. He does have a grave misconce
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A Simple Way to Use Aspirational Thinking to Elevate Your Product Design

Your desire is to make a great product. Or take an existing product to the next level. It’s great to have the intention, but how do you put that intention into motion? Here is a simple exercise that you can try. Instead of thinking of the details of what might improve your product, simply consider your product as an “environment” or a place people go to get some kind of value. Try filling in the following sentences:
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