Get mission ready with deep technical training

Join us for deep technical training – free in Washington. D.C.!   We’re excited to announce Microsoft Ignite | The Tour | Government a free technical training event for developers, tech professionals, and mission leaders, is coming to Washington, D.C. on February 4 – 5, 2019. Our top engineers are hitting the road to bring…


Startup Thinking

Note: This article is updated at How To Think Like a Startup. “Startups don’t win by attacking. They win by transcending.  There are exceptions of course, but usually the way to win is to race ahead, not to stop and fight.” — Paul Graham A startup is the largest group of people you can convince…


Goofy Innovation Techniques

Note:  This article is updated at Goofy Innovation Techniques. If your team or company isn’t thriving with innovation, it’s not a big surprise. In the book, Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of building Breakthroughs, Larry Keeley, Helen Walters, Ryan Pikkel, and Brian Quinn explain what holds innovation back. Goofy innovation techniques are at least…


The Innovation Revolution (A Time of Radical Transformation)

Note: This article is updated at The Innovation Revolution. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … It’s not A Tale of Two Cities.   It’s a tale of the Innovation Revolution. We’ve got real problems worth solving.  The stakes are high.  Time is short.  And abstract answers are not good…


The Myths of Business Model Innovation

Note: This article is updated at The Myths of Business Model Innovation. Business model innovation has a couple of myths. One myth is that business model innovation takes big thinking.  Another myth about business model innovation is that technology is the answer. In the book, The Business Model Navigator, Oliver Gassman, Karolin Frankenberger, and Michaela…


Drive Business Transformation by Reenvisioning Your Operations

Note:  This post is updated at Drive Digital Transformation by Reimagining Your Operations. When you create your digital vision, you have a few places to start. One place to start is by reenvisioning your customer experience.   Another place to start is by reenvisioning your operations.   And, a third place to start is by renvisioning your…


Management Innovation is at the Top of the Innovation Stack

Note: This article is updated at Management Innovation is at the Top of the Stack. Management Innovation is at the top of the Innovation Stack. The Innovation Stack includes the following layers: Management Innovation Strategic Innovation Product Innovation Operational Innovation While there is value in all of the layers, some layers of the Innovation Stack…


3 Challenges to Help You Set New Benchmarks in Innovation

Note: This article is updated at 3 Challenges to Unleash Innovation. If you want to change your game, you need to know what the key challenges are. Innovation is a game that you can play much better, if you know where and how to debottleneck it. In the book The Future of Management, Gary Hamel…


Start Your Journey of Innovation and Build a Culture of Great Innovation

Note: This article is updated at Create a Culture of Innovation. In todays world, the mantra is innovate or die. You’re either climbing ahead or falling backward … there’s no hanging out in the middle. And some folks are actually leap frogging ahead. Disruptive innovation is keeping everybody on their toes. Whether you are re-imagining…


Now Available: Trends for 2014 at Your Fingertips

It’s here.  I’ve published my Trends for 2014: Trends for 2014: The Year of Value Realization It’s a deep dive. Some things will look familiar.  Some things will look new.   Some things might surprise you. There are a lot of interesting patterns at play.   For example, baby boomers are shaping innovation.  Developing countries are turning…