Ninjas vs Wannabes


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?


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


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


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


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]