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High Performance x Innovation = Consistent Results

High Performance x Innovation = Consistent Results

Through the years, we’ve worked with innovation leaders whose primary challenge has been moving past the hit or miss mentality that is so common in our field. After all, when most of us think of innovation, words like “consistency” and “stability” don’t exactly spring...

3 Innovation Leadership Lessons From My Father

3 Innovation Leadership Lessons From My Father

As we enter adulthood, most of us come to realize, and hopefully appreciate, how much our parents’ values shaped our lives. While I might have spent my earlier years denying how much their influence has had to do with my personal success, in the past decade or so,...

Lose Control To Achieve Greatness In Your Design Sprint

Lose Control To Achieve Greatness In Your Design Sprint

Design sprints are compressed agile development cycles in which stakeholders identify problems, then brainstorm and build out prototype solutions in order to validate ideas before investing heavily into developing them. We use these to transform our business quickly and effectively and avoid investing money in ideas that might misidentify problems or the assumed solutions to those problems.

Low-Code Is Low Risk. Especially At Moments Like This.

Appian just won a $2 billion trade secrets claim against Pega. Should you be panicking? Since last week, I've been fielding calls from clients asking how concerned they should be about the court’s decision. My advice: Climb down off the ledge. But based on the...

Boost Your Energy With The Right Innovation Playlist

Boost Your Energy With The Right Innovation Playlist

You know the feeling. It’s the middle of the day. You’ve been on back-to-back virtual meetings for four hours straight. And now you need to pivot and get into the right frame of mind to prepare a deck to pitch a new idea or business case to your company’s leadership....

Don’t Let Collaboration Tools Derail Your Design Sprints

Don’t Let Collaboration Tools Derail Your Design Sprints

Today there are so many collaboration tools to choose from when leading design thinking sessions and design sprints. At last count, our list is up to 25 different design thinking collaboration tools, including the most popular tools such as Mural and Miro....

Build Your Game Plan For What’s Next In Tech

Build Your Game Plan For What’s Next In Tech

I love this time of year because of the optimism I see in so many leaders about the potential to unlock new innovation in the coming year. If you’re like me, you’re reading up on predictions and trends that will shape innovation and technology over the coming years....

Build Your Influence As An Innovation Leader

Build Your Influence As An Innovation Leader

Today, innovation leaders need to play many different roles in order to transition from brainstorming new ideas to bringing these new ideas into reality. Based on the feedback I hear from innovation leaders, the most challenging role they still have not mastered is...

RPA In The Workplace; How to Make It Work

RPA In The Workplace; How to Make It Work

This is guest post by Nia Christian, one of Digital FastForward’s intelligent automation experts. Nia leads robotic automation projects for different clients in banking, healthcare, and higher education. Here’s what you need to know What are the best practices for...

The Best Morning Routines for Innovation Leaders

The Best Morning Routines for Innovation Leaders

How can you get the most out of each day as an innovation leader? In my work as an innovation leadership coach, I like to remind my clients to build a consistent morning routine that will set them up for success throughout the day. Why do I think it is so important to...

5 Ways to Accelerate Post-Covid Innovation

5 Ways to Accelerate Post-Covid Innovation

Like many of you, I recently received my COVID shot and I’m excited to see things begin to open up! But before we get too excited, we should reflect on how the way we innovate has changed over the last 12 months. At the end of 2020, Digital FastForward partnered with...

Now is the Time to Find Your Innovation Rhythm

Now is the Time to Find Your Innovation Rhythm

Over the last twelve years, I’ve worked with hundreds of leaders to help them build innovation cultures and accelerate innovation across their organizations. One of my biggest takeaways from working with so many leaders is that the term “innovation” is so broad and...

Becoming a Design Thinker

Becoming a Design Thinker

How can you go from being a process thinker to a design thinker? This past weekend, I came across a blog post I wrote in 2014. The post was in response to a New York Times op-ed article, “Creativity vs. Quants”. The article took aim at the “quants” for believing that...