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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more]