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Innovation through customer collaboration and feedback

Nordstrom is one of USA’s leading fashion specialty retailers and is a Fortune 500 company (2011 – ranked 254).  When I think of a fashion retail company, innovation isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.  So how does a large retail company like Nordstrom innovate?  Through the creation of a Lean Startup team, called […]

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Enlightened trial and error succeeds over the planning of the lone genius

“Enlightened trial and error succeeds over the planning of the lone genius” is a quote from a great video demonstrating how teamwork and agile concepts at IDEO is used to successfully deliver innovation and solutions in a non-IT environment in just 5 days! Some highlights which I thought were pertinent to agile: The people are […]

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Bridging Business and I.T. through Communication and Collaboration

How many times have you heard, “that’s what I said, but not what I meant or wanted”?  Too many times I would suspect.  Many symptoms of project issues are related to organizational, collaboration, and communication issues, not technology.  One of the challenges of any I.T. initiative is getting people to communicate and collaborate together, especially […]

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Bridging IT and business

We sometimes hear that business is not getting value out of IT.  Technology and tools are constantly improving but we often have missed expectations.  The need to align business and IT is getting more important. Incorrect assumptions of what the client needs often leads to incorrect actions resulting in wasted effort. Next time you  speak […]

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Traditional Project Management Role on a Scrum Project

A “good read” article on Agile Journal, An Agile PM Isn’t What You Think Sub-Head: Where Does Traditional Project Management Fit in an Agile Project Using Scrum There is always considerable discussion about the role of the Traditional Project Manager on an Agile Scrum Project and this article describes it very well. In the end, […]

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Customers Should Be Part Of The Team

Source: Dilbert 21-Sep-2009 Dilbert cartoons are great because they poke humour in everyday working situations, and they wouldn’t be funny if they weren’t true.  Too many times have I seen project teams in the situation above, including ones I have worked on. Customers should be made part of the team.  A goal in Agile is […]

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