Posts Tagged ‘Design Thinking’

The Power of a Customer Advisory Council

As long as you’re continuously talking to your customers, you don’t necessarily have to add more features, but you do need to improve how well you’re solving their problems. A great way to do this early on is by forming an advisory council. Identify your best and most important customers; they should be people who…

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What Makes a Healthy Design Team?

This has been an interesting week. Monday I attended a product404 event where my friend Butler Raines talked about creating a product-led organization at SalesLoft. My book was released on Tuesday and my inbox exploded with questions like “why did you write the book?” and “what’s the one big take-away?” Then yesterday I participated in the Adobe…

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Don’t Build a MVP!

A popular term in the startup world is MVP, or Minimum Viable Product. An MVP is the simplest version of your product that’s capable of demonstrating the value you have to offer the customer. A common mistake people make with an MVP is to build something that’s too focused on the mechanics of the task.…

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The Importance of a Great Design Process

Ever notice a recurring theme in your life? I’ve had several conversations about process with people over the last few weeks. So many conversations, in fact, that I thought it was worth writing about here. If you’ve ever watched The Profit you know Marcus Lemonis gives a standard lecture about his recipe for success to all the…

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The Solution Is Your Destination

It’s easy to fly from New York to London as a passenger. You get on the plane, listen to the announcements, order a drink, watch a couple movies, and then land in London. It’s all very uneventful. That same flight from New York to London is a totally different experience in the cockpit. Up there,…

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An Apple Event Without New Hardware?

You don’t have to go far to find someone talking about Apple’s latest announcements. There are a lot of opinions out there about what this announcement means and how Apple is attempting to transform itself into a media company. Those are knee-jerk reactions. It’s unlikely they’re trying to become a media business, but much more likely…

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The Business Value of Design

Look at the last 5 years. The black line is the S&P 500. The colored lines are companies who use human-centered design and design thinking as a core product strategy. Great design process drives real results. The trick is aligning the business goals with the goals of the customer. An unavoidable fact of the digital…

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The Best Design Advice is 200 Years Old

Every once in a while something from the past becomes front and center again. History repeats itself, and all. Such is the case with John Ruskin. Never heard of him? You’re not alone. I first heard of Ruskin years ago. The article linked below brought him back into focus. Read this, then read that. Ruskin…

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Ford Bets Big on Design Thinking

Why did Ford hire a furniture maker as CEO instead of someone with more automotive experience? The short story is because Jim Hackett understands the importance of designing products for the people who will use them. “the question hovering over the car industry is basically whether high-tech entrants such as Tesla and Google can learn…

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Design Driven

Design Driven Hump Day Exchange Podcast Episode 2

J sat down last week for a chat with Sandbox ATL’s Scott Henderson on the Hump Day Exchange Podcast. After an intro that mentions his holy trinity (whisky, cigars, and the Big Green Egg) the first 15 minutes are J’s time in the hot seat. The other panelists on this episode, fittingly themed Design Driven, are Amanda Rhein…

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