Ninjas vs Wannabes

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I've just finished up the Spring 2015 Session of Getting2Alpha . We've now run 18 teams through this innovative online design program. Our teams came from Israel, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, Great Britain - as well as the metro USA (NYC, SF, LA). All the teams … [Read more]

Resources on Co-op Design & Innovation Habits

Here's a recent talk I did on Co-op Game Design at Hilversum - outside of Amsterdam. I loved the energy and enthusiasm of the young, eager-to-learn students and game designers I met there. VIDEO SLIDES And here's myTNW Europe keynote on the 7 Habits of … [Read more]

What is Applied Game Design?

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Have you ever wondered why game designers hate the word Gamification? This well-intentioned term has become synonymous with the practice of using game mechanics to manipulate behavior - and then claiming the results have "the addictive power of games." Experienced … [Read more]

Innovation is a team sport

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I'm currently working with 4 distributed product teams - each striving to create something that's both innovative & compelling. As I work with them over many weeks, I can see the effects of team dynamics on the quality and speed of their output. When a team is … [Read more]

Innovation, Collaboration & the joys of travel

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I just returned from Amsterdam, where I met with dozens of students, entrepreneurs, startup execs, game designers, and other assorted people. What a delight! I gave some talks, coached a few teams, taught a masterclass, and along the way enjoyed many delicious and … [Read more]

3 Lessons Learned running MVP Design Hacks

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If you've been  following me for awhile, you know that I'm always searching for shortcuts, best practices and design techniques to help startup teams accelerate their early product design. In Fall 2014, I piloted an online, team-based coaching program called MVP Design … [Read more]

The 7 Habits of Breakthrough Innovators

How do breakthrough innovators actually approach their work? What are the common habits that lead to breakthrough innovation? Here's my list of 7 key habits that set the stage for success. Think like a scientist - run lots of small, high-learning … [Read more]