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In the mood for inspiration

By Alan Cho
on Apr 20, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Inspiration comes in all forms. Like the motivational posters featuring kittens hanging onto a wire. The pop song that tells you to believe in yourself. Or the photos of sunsets and Oprah quotes you find all over social media.

That’s inspiration as clichés and bite-sized disposable memes. They serve as the break people take to remind themselves why they’re doing the work. For some people, that’s enough, but designers need more from their inspiration. That means looking at it in a different way. When you separate inspiration from the work it’s supposed to be inspiring, you ignore what it’s supposed to do – push past our biases to open us up to new ideas. It’s not about finding better inspiration, but creating a better process around inspiration.

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Avoid frankensteining: designing a better feedback process

By Alan Cho
on Mar 30, 2017 9:35:17 AM

Within the design process, there is good feedback and bad feedback. There are no set criteria, nothing written down in a textbook or decreed from on high by Milton Glaser. Though the difference can be difficult to articulate, it’s something designers instinctually feel in their guts. Yet, designers can’t design by guts alone.

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Quick-share – the fastest way to share an idea in Span software

By Tricia Whenham
on Mar 24, 2017 4:00:00 AM

It’s 9:55 a.m. on a Wednesday. In 5 minutes, people from across your organization will come to your meeting room to review your team’s latest web design.

You need to show everyone your mockups and wireframes. You need to gather constructive feedback from each person in the room. You need to avoid groupthink. You also need to create an even playing field, where ideas are judged on their merits and not because of who shares them.

And it all must happen in 60 minutes so you can get back to putting your plans into action.

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The power of the collective

By Alan Cho
on Mar 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM

As people who think for a living, knowledge workers understand the importance of a good idea. Yet, many teams don't have a process in place to facilitate those good ideas. In The Last Digital Holdout: Using Technology to Unleash Creativity and Enable Nimble Group Processes, Wainhouse Research (in partnership with Nureva) looked into how teams could use technology to collaborate more effectively and give shape to their group processes. The infographic below summarizes their findings.

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Collaboration tools for innovation-driven businesses [webinar]

By Tricia Whenham
on Mar 9, 2017 7:00:00 AM

According to a recent study, 94% of knowledge workers say collaboration software is important, yet 59% feel their current tools aren’t meeting their needs. It’s a concerning gap, but one that is beginning to be closed by innovative new technology products.

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Span system helps small business owners think big

By Lavonne Boutcher
on Feb 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM

There’s no denying the huge impact small business entrepreneurship has on the economy. According to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), as of 2015 there were close to 1.2 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), employing 10.5 million people – that’s 99% of Canada’s private sector workforce. In fact, SMEs account for more than half of all formal jobs worldwide, according to a report by the International Finance Corporation.

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3 ways to transform managers into agile leaders

By Lavonne Boutcher
on Feb 21, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Ready to make the move to agile but wondering how to fit your managers into this new way of working? You’re not alone. It’s the number one question enterprise agile coach Jason Cusack gets when he starts helping companies with the transition.

His short answer: Turn them into highly effective agile leaders. Here are three ways to get the transformation started:

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4 ways to get your best minds thinking like designers (even if they’re not)

By Lavonne Boutcher
on Feb 14, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The design process was once considered the sole domain of artistic types. Not anymore. It’s now being embraced by teams in virtually every kind of business and organization.

Design thinking is where design meets business strategy. It uses design principles to solve problems. And because it can be used by anyone, not just designers, it’s become a powerful tool for innovation. Businesses big and small are using it to fuel creativity and design products that solve real problems for their customers.

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How do you solve the meeting problem?

By Alan Cho
on Feb 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Strategy meetings. Status update meetings. Planning meetings. Kickoff meetings. Debrief meetings. Meetings to review previous meetings. Meetings to plan future meetings. Meetings to determine the purpose of a meeting.

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5 ways to boost your creativity with design thinking

By Lavonne Boutcher
on Jan 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Nothing worth doing comes easy. But we all want the effort to pay off. Even something as potentially game changing as design thinking has to be worth the time and energy required to pull it off. Design thinking is a proven set of principles to boost creativity, fuel collaboration and deliver better experiences to your customers. But it requires flexibility and openness to some culture change.

Ready to get started? Here are five tips to get the most from your design thinking implementation:

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