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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...

Design Thinking + Low Code = Innovation Nirvana

Design Thinking + Low Code = Innovation Nirvana

Achieving Innovation Nirvana Most of you, I imagine, are familiar with the term “low-code”. This technology came onto the scene about six years ago, when I was working at Forrester. My former colleague John Rymer and I were researching platforms that allowed...

Do Robots Deserve Empathy?

Do Robots Deserve Empathy?

This is special-guest blog 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. Should we have empathy for robots? Do they even...

It’s Time To Level Up Your Thought Leadership Game

It’s Time To Level Up Your Thought Leadership Game

Thought Leadership: The Key To Innovation Success Have you ever started a new job and wondered, “What the heck have I gotten myself into?” That’s what I was asking myself when I started working as a newly-minted industry analyst at Forrester Research. By the end of my...

Build Your Destination Postcard For Innovation Success

Build Your Destination Postcard For Innovation Success

Innovation requires clarity. As an innovation leader, you should always be seeking it. Recently at our Innovation eXcelerator Coaching Program, I worked with innovation leaders to build their innovation playbooks for 2021. As I reviewed each leader’s playbook, I...

Innovation Productivity Hacks

Innovation Productivity Hacks

Recently, one of the innovation leaders going through our Innovation eXcelerator Coaching Program asked me “How do you get it all done? How do you find time to focus on innovation and creativity when you have all this other stuff going on?” As an innovation leader,...

Blueprint vs. Blue-Sky Innovation

Blueprint vs. Blue-Sky Innovation

If you’re an innovation leader, I recommend assessing your team or even your personal life to see if you’re taking a blueprint or a blue-sky approach. Today I wanted to share something with you I've been thinking about for a while. This concept started taking shape in...

Digital FastForward Releases Groundbreaking Study on the Future of Work in the COVID-19 Era

Digital FastForward Releases Groundbreaking Study on the Future of Work in the COVID-19 Era

“COVID-19 has completely reshaped the landscape for knowledge work,” said Clay Richardson, Co-Founder and Chief Excelerator at Digital FastForward, an innovation and technology consultancy firm focused on design thinking. “Customers and employees now demand that companies operate with social distancing and remote work at the center of their business models.  This new reality is forcing leaders to reimagine mission-critical processes across their entire business.” 

Leading Innovation In Uncertain Times

Leading Innovation In Uncertain Times

Recently, I launched a research project to look at how decision makers are redesigning customer and employee processes as they adjust to the new realities of social distancing and remote work. As I spoke with decisions makers, I learned that teams are struggling to...