Here’s something I hear a lot:
“What’s the difference between game thinking & lean/agile methods?“
Lean /Agile methods are great, and most of my clients use them to ship products. But those methods don’t give you a complete solution for creating products that your customers want and need.
Let’s dive in…
The Lean/Agile approach is founded on two key ideas that work together.
And in Game Thinking we embrace — and extend — these ideas.
How an NFT-based online game from SouthEast Asia provides financial relief to players during a global pandemic
Have you heard about Axie Infinity & play-to-earn gaming? This fast-growing part of the gaming market emerged during the Pandemic as a worldwide phenomenon.
It’s the first NFT platform to exceed $1B in transactions. Merchants in the Philippines now accept Axie’s in-game currency to pay for food & sneakers. And a business that “rents out” in-game Axie NFTs raised $22 million in venture funding — including $6 million from Andreesen Horowitz.
If you’re anything like me, you follow your startup heroes on social media, and try to learn everything you can from their journey.
But sometimes… let’s face it, you get advice doesn’t make ANY sense for your situation. It might be outdated… out of context… or even downright harmful.
Let’s debunk 5 common startup myths that are often delivered as gospel — and look at what you should do instead.
Every investor is gonna want to see your TAM slide — the total addressable market your product can reach.
Envisioning a huge market is a great way to get…
Have you ever struggled to find the right market niche for your startup or product?
I have. Back in 2008, I was running a venture-funded gaming startup, and feeling torn between the fast-growing social gaming action on Facebook, and the slower-moving brain-games SAAS model emerging on the Web.
We had a foot in both worlds — and as a small startup, we could’t do both well.
Eventually we sold our company to a larger, more mature startup who’d focused on & dominated the Web SAAS model.
Lesson learned 🤯
Now, we help teams & leaders define and tackle their hot-core…
Have you ever played Rock Band? You know… that rhythm-action party game that turned your social gatherings into musical jam sessions…
Well, that musical magic didn’t happen by accident. The team behind that massive hit spent months testing and refining an early prototype with a small group of expert players who were (guess what)… NOT our target market!
I want to tell you. …
We’ve all had to develop and tweak our coping strategies this past year. Not surprisingly, apps that help us de-stress have surged in popularity.
During the pandemic, the meditation app Calm won over millions (including me) with its simple design, soothing celebrity voices, and super-pleasurable daily meditation habit.
If you want to build retention with a less-is-more UX strategy & smart habit-stacking — this app is worth a deeper look.
Recently, a design leader in our Digital Health coaching group shared a powerful story about leadership – one that’s extra-relevant this week.
Shortly after the January 6th insurrection, everyone at her startup gathered for a company-wide meeting that’d been previously scheduled. And…
to her surprise, the CEO failed to address what had just happened. He didn’t acknowledge or mention the traumatizing situation that was distressing and distracting her team.
And as a natural result of this sequence of events, many employees wondered… why?
Was he oblivious? Complicit? Or something worse?
That created a vacuum.
By not taking a stance on…
Happy New Year! As we head into 2021, I want to share a personal story that I hope sparks some community-building inspiration for you.
If this past year has taught us anything, it’s how much we all depend on our communities — and what happens when those connections get disrupted.
This year, we’ve had to rethink and rebuild our social connections, & move them online. We zoomed with our colleagues — with our families…. our friends… even with farm animals.