Category Product development

Five Flavours of Groupthink

I’ve worked with enough product teams now to spot the early signs of groupthink. It’s the mechanism by which a team allows itself to develop and launch bad products – and it’s endemic across all industries. Here’s a beginners guide to spotting the different flavours of groupthink: 1. Groupthink by delusion This is a particularly

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4 lessons from Start Up Weekend that changed my views on innovation & tech

Last weekend I spent 54 hours with total strangers, voluntarily working into the wee hours of the morning, all in the hope of creating a market-beating product consumers had never seen before. The reason behind this madness? Start Up Weekend: an event powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and facilitated by Techstars, which supports wannabe entrepreneurs

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5 killer ideation techniques

In our last blog post we explored the phenomenon of patterning, a biochemical process in the brain, which can inhibit creative thinking. To overcome patterning, we need ideation techniques that encourage respondents to think creatively and generate a wealth of ideas. Here are 5 of our favourites: 1. Corporate takeover Corporate Takeover is a technique which encourages

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