Lean and Agile

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 21 Jul 2017

Over the last 15 years, Agile development has transformed the way software is specified, briefed, designed, built and deployed. You've heard the term (possibly from us), but what is it really? How is it different? Why is it good? And when is it bad?

Recently, a related method called Lean Startup has been revolutionising entrepreneurship and innovation. How does ...


Lean Startup: Why Minimum Viable Product Matters

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 19 Oct 2017

Minimum Viable Product is a term that is often used in business and marketing but it is not usually clearly defined because it's not that easy to "get". When you understand how powerful the idea is, you'll understand why minimum viable product matters.

One of the most important lean startup techniques is called the minimum viable product. Its ...


Organising A Museum Website – Sitemap Best Practice

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 7 Dec 2017

A museum website contains a vast amount of detailed information, from previews of collections and exhibits, to visitor guides, research, and donor lists. Content must be structured in a logical fashion so that users can find what they need without a clunky or overwhelming site design. Important information has to be accessible and not hidden in the recesses of the ...


Pioneers, Settlers, Town Planners – How Innovation Works

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 21 Aug 2018

Researcher Simon Wardley derived the Pioneer, Settler, Town Planner (PST) concept from Robert Cringely's Accidental Empires as an organisational model for how to support repeated, long-term innovation. It transforms traditional organizational structures into cell-based organizational structures.

What is the Pioneer, Settler, Town Planner Concept?

With roots that tie into the methods of Chinese War General Sun Tzu and U ...


Pioneers, Settlers, Town Planners

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 4 Apr 2017

In her cracking Museums and the Web 2017 paper, Lucie Paterson lays out ACMI's success in using a product management approach to guide the build of their new website.

Drawing on the recent successes of the Experience & Digital Team at ACMI, this paper will explain how the team is using product management methods to strategically transform the organization ...


See you after the jump…

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 22 Dec 2017

It's only when working with colleagues and clients from the other hemisphere that you realise how much of a singularity this next week or two is in Australia.

Sure, lots of places celebrate Xmas in a more or less civic way along with the other seasonal holidays. But in many places, it's a day or two off work ...


Should you be worried about CloudBleed?

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 1 Mar 2017

You might have noticed a security bug called "CloudBleed" on news services or social media over the weekend. What exactly is it? Does it affect you or your website visitors? What do you do about it?

What happened?

The issue concerns a service called CloudFlare which provides a "content distribution" service to many websites. This gives them better performance, reliability ...


Small museum? Want more from your website?

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 21 Jun 2017

Do you work for a museum or gallery that employs fewer than about 25 people? Are you feeling a little cramped with your website software? Maybe it doesn't support the kind of things you need to tell people? Or it makes you do a lot of work? Or it doesn't connect to important things like your collection? We ...


Wealthfront: A Successful Lean Startup

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 2 Nov 2017

Founded in 2009, Wealthfront is a lean startup that lets regular investors have access to highly skilled investment managers. The company currently manages over 200 million US dollars in investments. Additionally, the business successfully meets all the complex regulations required to operate in this domain.

According to this case study, the company has achieved great success using lean startup techniques ...


What is a Good CRM for a Non-Profit?

Written by Dr Timothy Mansfield
Published on 12 Oct 2017

It seems like every second client I talk to at the moment is sick of their current CRM (customer relationship management) software and looking for a new one. Many of the folks we talk to run non-profit organisations, which makes it a little trickier to track down the right choice of CRM.

Coincidentally, we've been blogging about CRMs for ...


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