11 - 13 May 2016

thestudio, Manchester, UK

The Innovation Confusion

Markus Andrezak 

Session type: Tutorial
Session duration: 60 minutes

About this Tutorial

Innovation is a big word with many meanings. Everyone wants it, no one exactly seems to know what it is and how to get it. Is 20% time the way to go? What about open spaces and hackathons? Yes! And then: No.

What about the conflicts between agile, vision and strategy, big bang, radical innovation and incremental improvements? Everything seems to be right and then wrong.

This session gives an overview of the issues with doing new things and provides a thought model that will help you to embrace doing new things in your environment.

About the Speaker

Markus Andrezak has been working for companies like AOL, eBay, mobile.de and other high revenue, high traffic internet products since 1997.

Since the early days, he followed XP, agile, scrum and kanban.

He co-invented Portfolio Kanban, an abstraction of kanban for managing on a company level, and was been nominated for the Brickell Key Award as a result.

In the last decade he has focused on the product side, especially innovation and exploration - the finding of new products.

He founded his own product consultancy - ├╝berproduct - some years ago. He is an international speaker, and collaborates with some of the best people in product, scrum and kanban.


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