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January 2015
A Lean Startup Secret Weapon
Theraspec's Hart Shafer on using Innovation Games with Lean Startup.

Everyone has heard of Lean Startup--and with good reason. The method's focus on running experiments with real customers to reduce risk and raise returns has helped many startups and larger businesses find success. But most of what's written on the subject focuses on experiment with functional products. How do you get to that functional product -- barring simply getting lucky? 


In this talk from the 3rd Innovation Games® Summit, Theraspec's Hart Shafer details how Innovation Games are the answer to that question. By using Innovation Games as part of Lean Startup's customer discovery and validation process, Hart reveals how you can lower experimental costs and provide customer insight at all development stages. It's not all theory either -- he shares tips, techniques and examples of using Innovation Games as part of Lean Startup. 

In This Issue
Hello, World! Innovation Games® Online 4.3 is Live! 
Awesome profile pages, easier time-zone selection, game-visible certification belts (and more!)

The holiday season is usually pretty quiet, but the IGO dev team has been hard at work. Only two weeks into 2015, and Innovation Games® Online suddenly has a slew of cool new features (and more in the works!). 


Profiles & Time Zones 

The redesigned profile pages aren't just easy on the eyes. Now adding your location (city and state) adds not only a map to your profile but auto-finds your timezone. Overkill? We don't think so. With team members scattered over the globe using IGO to stay connected, collaborate and prioritize together, profile pages with mapped location and time zones can be a lifesaver.

Other changes? More (optional) options for information (languages spoken, industry expertise, etc.), and you control what's displayed publicly.

Avatars & Belts 

Have you ever been playing an online Innovation Game and wondered about the experience of those playing with you? Now when you play a virtual market game (Speed Boat, Prune the Product Tree, Empathy Map etc.), you will see photos and belts for your fellow players, information pulled from their profile pages. This makes it very easy to see who you are playing with and their credentials as well. 

Stay Tuned! 

Our goal is to keep improving Innovation Games® Online to make sure you have a great game experience, whether your team is in the same room or distributed around the world. We'd love to hear what you think! Contact us at And remember, more great features are on the way!

Webinar: Sky Betting & Gaming 
Rajinder Kissy talks about using IG for New Product Dev & more
Webinar: January 28 at 9AM Pacific

Join us on January 28 at 9 AM Pacific for an hour long webinar with Agile Business Analyst Rajinder Kissy. Kissy will discuss how Sky Betting & Gaming is using Innovation Games for product development, prioritizing product features and understanding user problems. Can't make it? Sign up and receive access to the webinar recording. 
Space is limited. 

Webinar: February 26 at 9 AM Pacific
Webinar: Understanding Why Customer Advisory Boards Are Business Imperatives 
Speakers: Ignite Advisory Group's Gavin Nathan & Conteneo's Luke Hohmann

Our webinar series continues on February 26 at 9:00 AM Pacific with an hour long discussion on the importance of customer advisory boards with Ignite Advisory Group's Gavin Nathan and Conteneo Founder and CEO Luke Hohmann. Both Luke and Gavine have extensive experience designing and managing customer advisory boards for leading organizations. They will discuss how advisory councils help you: 
  • Guide the direction of your product roadmap. 
  • Steer your business into viable new markets and customer segments. 
  • Refine your corporate brand to differentiate from the competition and better resonate with customers. 
  • Collect valuable feedback to critical corporate plans and initiatives. 
  • And much more! 
Space is limited, so sign up today. (Can't make it?  Sign up and get the recording.) 

Upcoming Events & Certification Courses
Meet face-to-face or online with the Conteneo Community

Certified Innovation Games for Distributed Teams*Jurgen de Smet22 Jan 2015Kortrijk, Belgium
Certified Innovation Games for Customer Understanding*Cesario Ramos22-23 Jan 2015
Webinar: Sky Betting & Gaming talks about developing new product ideas using Innovation Games®Rajinder Kissy28 Jan 2015 | 9 AM Pacific Online
Certified Innovation Games for Customer Understanding*
Luke Hohmann17-18 Feb 2015 Mountain View, CA
Certified Innovation Games Online -- Visual Collaboration Games*
Luke Hohmann19 Feb 2015Online
Certified Innovation Games Online -- Buy a Feature Games*
Luke Hohmann
20 Feb 2015Online
Webinar: Why Customer Advisory Boards Are A Business ImperativeGavin Nathan & Luke Hohmann26 Feb 2015 | 9 AM PacificOnline
Certified Innovation Games for Customer Understanding*
Raphael Goumot16-17 March 2015Paris, France

*Certification courses. Completion designates participant as a Certified Collaboration Architect.

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