Simplifying, realizing projects without hassle

In addition to sharing his presentation (posted earlier), Jan-Peter Bogers made a special contribution for this occasion: A translated summary of his book “Simplifying, realizing projects without hassle”. The summary gives the reader a wealth of tools and approaches to overcoming challenges in projects caused by hassle, or unnecessary complexity, and can be accessed through the following link:

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What it takes to be an innovator (part 3)

In the first part of this series we talked about where ideas come from and how to find them. In part two we looked at how we can develop the idea into something tangible, something you can work with. The third part deals with idea adoptation.

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What it takes to be an innovator (part 1)

I recently read an interesting book, the topic of which fits very well into this year’s conference themes of Leadership and Innovation. The title of the book is “Baanbreker!”, a dutch word which literally translates into “Pathbreaker!” The authors of the book, Rutger Slump and Simon Douw, offer an interesting perspective of what it takes for an innovator to be successful at creating, developing, managing and implementing an innovative idea within a formal organization. Unfortunately, the book is currently not available in english, which is why, with the permission of the authors and the publishing company, and without claim to being accurate in translation, I’d like to share some of the insights brought forward.

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Futurice’s Lean Service Creation (LSC)

Colour_RistoSarvasThe rapid digitalization requires a new take on how new business is created and managed. Schools of thought, such as design thinking, agile development, and traditional business planning can no longer be separate; the speed of change is too fast to have separate approaches. This need for speed forces organizations to fundamentally change their working culture, their thinking, and old habits. Futurice’s Lean Service Creation methodology takes the best practices of design, user-centric approach, lean working, startup mentality, and puts them together into a set of tools, practices and actions. However, at the end of the day, LSC is fundamentally based on Futurice’s 15 years of experience in creating successful digital services. So how can we shape the right conditions to successfully design, plan and implement LSC in organizations and in Projects in particular? And what does project management under the LSC umbrella look like in a real world case? Come and find out from Risto Sarvas

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