“Why, don’t you look fresh,” a grandmotherly robot in a rocking chair told me, while reminding me to hydrate throughout the day. The cute, unsettling robot was the beginning of our CES journey and a Google Disney-esque ride through the Google smart home. The doors opened, a story was told and we bought into it. No app downloads, little to no screen time, family bliss. It wasn’t about the tech, but the output of the tech and the promise of information ready at your fingertips. And this seamless access perfection, promising to improve our lives, represented the entire experience we were about to have at CES…
Trick question: When you assemble a team for a product development project, who needs to be at the table? If you’ve worked in the product world for any length of time, you immediately recognize this as a charged and complicated question.
Let’s be honest. As product developers, we’d rather be in our labs, plugging away at our latest project and actually, you know, creating. But even the most creative brains need to power-down and seek inspiration from other creative brains once in a while. It keeps us fresh…
And who doesn’t love seeing some amazing new design someone else has come up with? If only so that we can say, “Why didn’t I think of that?!?”
But sadly, the time of a product developer, designer, or manager is precious and limited, often with little time to search out spots for fresh ideas. So we’ll help you out!
Here are the top 10 items on our team’s collective online reading list (plus 1 shocking bonus item).
CES is a whirlwind. With nearly 4000 exhibits spread throughout Las Vegas, it is humanly impossible to visit and dedicate time to each and every booth. Fortunately, we found the most interesting bits. M3 team members Heather Benoit and Christy Sepulveda break it down for you…
Our hometown is the kind of place that everyone seems to love. But for us innovation and technology junkies, Austin is particularly wonderful. Full of youth, brains, local love, and breakthrough ideas, it’s the kind of place that seems to buzz with constant energy and excitement.
Especially this time of year.
If you’ve been paying any kind of attention to the news over the past few months, you will almost certainly have heard about Nest, a new kind of thermostat from former Apple veteran Tony Fadell and his team.
In my 15-year career working as a researcher, designer, and strategist, my focus has been on helping business leaders break new ground. I have worked with the full spectrum of technology-based companies, ranging from Silicon Valley to Wall Street, and while I have been part of some true breakthroughs, I have also witnessed my fair share of failed innovation.
The odds of a major league baseball game ending with a "walk-off" are about 1 in 11. So why is it that most development schedules expect a game ending home run to succeed?
Gaps of understanding between companies and potential customers provide rich opportunities for discovery that can provide the basis for competitive advantage.
Crafting product development strategies that result in truly innovative products requires a non-traditional approach. Rather than simply generating a list of features and requirements, a more creative and iterative design process—one optimized for identifying real human needs and addressing them with meaningful experiences—is a critical foundation for the invention of meaningful products.