Tag Archives: creativity

Innovation Needs Talent And Discipline

July 23, 2013


talent without discipline is like an octopus on rollerskates

“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr After reading my post on how not to implement Agile, a friend asked me to write a post about discipline and discuss whether it […]

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How To Foster Team Creativity

June 3, 2012

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Over the last couple of months, we have had quite a few conversations about how to create an innovative, creative environment for our team and in our company. It all started when the Creative Director for our project circulated a 2008 Harvard Business Review article on How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity.  This article has circulated […]

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Visual Project Planning With The Scrum-ban-plan Board

March 11, 2012


Visual Project Board Example

When you start to plan a project where do you start?  Do you open MS Project and start entering tasks?  Do you start building a backlog and apply your favorite Agile planning techniques?  As I mentioned in my Best Scrum-ban-plan Board post, I have been using that board a lot for high level project planning […]

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Video games make kids smarter?

December 4, 2011


The topic of gamification has really been trending in the management and leadership world over the past two weeks.  Since I haven’t started my new job yet (that will be tomorrow!), I thought I would explore the topic a little more.  I work in a leadership function in the video game industry, am married to […]

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Improvising By Design: One Woman’s Adventure In Video Games

March 26, 2011


I just got back from Guadalajara, Mexico where I gave a presentation at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, the 2nd largest campus of the largest technical university in Mexico.  The reception from the faculty, students and local industry was wonderful.  Much to my surprise, the auditorium was packed!  Interactive presentations are a […]

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Good Ideas Don’t Come From Lone Heroes

March 6, 2011


I work in an industry that requires a lot of people with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds to work together to come up with a fun, creative product.  I also work in an industry that suffers from the lone hero syndrome.  You know – the lone hero will come up with an amazing […]

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