Every Company Wants to be More Innovative
We’d all like to invent a breakthrough product like Post-it® Notes or the Apple® iPhone®. Many companies have created “innovation teams” and embarked on training programs to teach creativity and innovative thinking.
Organizations everywhere are becoming increasingly aware that skills gaps are lowering their chances of finding and keeping capable employees. Educators and employers have different perceptions of college graduates entering the field: 72 percent of educational institutions believe recent graduates are ready for work, but only 42 percent of employers agree. So, many organizations believe there’s a problem when it comes to hiring employees with the necessary skills. But what may be less clear is that failing to address skills gaps through training can also make it harder to retain worthy employees, who may be frustrated at not being able to grow and develop their skill set.
I had an opportunity to attend a LEAN UX (User Experience) workshop taught by Jeff Gothelf from Neo last week.
Jeff did a great job delivering the materials. The workshop was fun and informative. If you get a chance to attend one of these, I would highly recommend it. If you cannot, then reading Jeff’s book would be worthwhile, LEAN UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience.
While there are many parallels that can be drawn from RMC’s Agile Practice and workshops, there are insights from Jeff’s workshop that are interesting from a product design and product marketing perspective that are worth exploring.
Just got back into the office after having spent a week in Budapest with our Distributor Partners from all over the world. It was great renewing our friendships and learning from one another about worldwide training trends and opportunities. We had many training sessions and discussions regarding best practices and future directions for our industry. All the way around it was extremely productive. We’re now in over 60 countries and have been meeting yearly for the last 4 years in a different city. I am amazed at how cohesive the network has become. We deliver identical RMC training of all types and formats all over our worldwide network, which our customers have come to know and count on. Thanks to everyone for another great meeting! Ken