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]

7 Gamification Myths, Debunked

I recently did a training workshop for Tesco, the UK-based grocery giant, on how to “think smart” about gamification. We kicked off the day by debunking some common gamification myths. This got a great response — so I wanted to share these ideas with you. Myth #1: … [Read more]

Announcing The Player’s Journey eBook


Exciting news! I'm in the final stages of pulling together 'The Player's Journey' ebook, which lays out a system for creating an engaging, evolving product. This is what I use with clients internally - and I'm THRILLED to package it up and share this powerful … [Read more]

Level-up Your Enthusiasts: Top 3 Elder Game Hacks


Recently I wrote about why an Elder Game can be a powerful way to drive long-term engagement Here are some concrete tips for creating your own. Imagine you're the director of a well-run, idealized summer camp that's secretly a role-playing game to empower learning … [Read more]

MVP Design Hacks: Volunteer Opportunities


Do you want to be part of MVP Design Hacks - but cost is an issue? Are you excited about helping teams build a faster, smarter MVP? Let's find a way to win together. If you can devote ~10-20 hours helping out with MVP Design Hacks in a meaningful way, we'll find a … [Read more]

Top 3 Mistakes Startups Make Building their MVP


As you may have heard,  I just launched MVP Design Hacks - a program I've been incubating and refining for awhile. I'm tremendously excited to share my road-tested MVP design process and resources with startups worldwide. I've used the MVP Design Hacks approach to … [Read more]