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]

My path from game design to product innovation

Today, a colleague of mine - who knows me from my work in gaming - asked me how I went from in-demand game designer to product innovation coach. I wanted to share with you the story of my evolution. I've been working at the intersection of social games, apps & … [Read more]

Re-building my Mailing List – Sign Up Now


Sadly, my mailing list got overrun w/spam - so I need to re-build it.  I sent out an email earlier today (Tue Feb 3) to a few addresses I've pre-verified. If you didn't get that email, you're no longer on my list :-( To stay up-to-date w/my writings & events, … [Read more]

Webinar Thu 2/5 on Early Product R&D

Please join me this Thursday 2/5 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET for a 45-min Webinar plus Q&A about the habits and practices behind breakthrough innovation. It'll be an expanded and updated version of this talk: If you're interested in the topic you can SIGN UP HERE for … [Read more]

5 Key Shifts for Breakthrough Innovation

Here's a 15-minute video about the core concepts and development practices that lead to successful innovations.  If you're interested in learning best practices and smart shortcuts for successful innovation, check it out - especially the testimonials - then get in touch … [Read more]

Customer Discovery with Game Design Smarts

During the past decade, I've helped numerous startups, game studios and product teams do customer discovery faster and smarter.  I've learned how to use a potent combination of connected Sprints, smart shortcuts and design templates to super-charge a teams's ability to … [Read more]

Themes for 2015: #HappyHabits & #MVPDesignHacks

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Happy New Year! My blog was down recently due to malware attacks - thanks for your patience with our re-boot. For me, 2015 is the year of Customer Discovery with Game Design Smarts. I'll be posting semi-regular summaries of what I'm reading, seeing, & sharing - … [Read more]

Top 5 Tips for Designing Collaboration

This afternoon, I gave the closing keynote at the CMX Summit West. It was a fantastic and receptive crowd. Here are my slides on designing for collaboration. If you want to join the Co-op Revolution, signup for the mailing list. … [Read more]

5 Speed Bumps on the road to innovation


When you’re in the early stages of creating an innovative product, success comes from running many small, high-learning experiments. When these experiments slow down or stall out, it’s often due to well-meaning people who don’t understand the nature of early product … [Read more]