Design discussion with, 3fE, and Irish Design 2015

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I spoke about design with John Collery (, Colin Harmon (3fE), and Laura Magahy (Irish Design 2015) in Dublin recently. Here are the highlights. As I wrote last year in The Irish Times, a happy customer is an extraordinary thing. So extraordinary that this first moment of happiness with a service can be a prelude to a long-term, perhaps even …

Design Sprint with Johnny Ryan at The Irish Times for the AIB Startup Academy

Design sprint with startups at The Irish Times for AIB Startup Academy

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See full story at from 2 February 2015 Week two of the AIB Start-up Academy: An introduction to ‘design thinking’ Entrepreneurs to learn quick, inexpensive experiments to tweak or change a product This week, the 11 AIB Start-up Academy finalists will gather for the programme’s second module. The Academy lecturers will introduce the start-ups to “design thinking”. The instructors …

Business Model Canvas

Redesigning your business model

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Decision makers in business are challenged by complexity. This makes it hard to innovate and test out opportunities for future growth. Mastering simplicity is key to innovation. In 2004, Alexander Osterwalder wrote in his doctoral thesis that “all parts of a business have to be optimised and that details in a business model make the difference. Yet, few approaches and …


Applying design thinking with students inside the Wayra startup incubator

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I brought innovation students from UCD into the startup incubator Wayra in 2014, and wrote the following piece on the experience in The Irish Times on 4 July 2014. See full story here . Applying design thinking to start-ups Students from the Innovation Academy at UCD brought design thinking to client start-ups at the Wayra incubator, with interesting results Johnny …

Strategies for the music industry – I’m featured in India’s ‘Business & Economy’

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The current edition of Business & Economy (apparently “India’s most influential business and economy magazine”) features a piece on “Global music industry: is this the end or a new beginning? A musical paradox”. The upshot is that declining sales of albums and slowing digital downloads mean that it must embrace innovative business models or go under, and I’m quoted offering …

Making better presentations

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In 2003, I delivered my worst presentation ever at the podium of the Royal Irish Academy. I stood and read an irrelevant academic paper, to a disinterested audience, and had planned my delivery so poorly that it was necessary to skip paragraphs at random to keep within time. Since then I’ve looked at how Hardt, Lessig, Kawaneski, and Zittrain present …