How to Build the Perfect Team

In a recent New York Times article, What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team: New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter, Charles Duhigg shares that five years ago, Google — one of the most public proselytizers of how studying workers can transform productivity — … Read more

Do You Have the Right User Experience Strategy and are You Spending Your UX Dollars Wisely?

Forrester Research, research has shown that 70% of projects fail due to lack of user experience and every dollar invested in UX brings 100 dollars in return. So how do you ensure that your organization doesn’t fail at user experience and are spending your dollars wisely? Are you familiar with Balanced Scorecard? Balanced Scorecard is … Read more

People over Process and Tools

The first line of the Agile Manifesto is “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.” My interpretation – and my experience – of this, is that no matter how great your process and tools, it is people and their interactions that is the success of any organization. In his book, What the CEO Wants You … Read more

How Many People Are On Your Core Product Team?

For the last four years, Actuation Consulting, has been conducting market research on what makes  product teams successful. I had the privilege of helping with the most recent study and they found that: Companies with less than $50 M in annualized revenues have between one to nine core team members. (42% of organizations have between … Read more

Brand Driven Behavioral Change

As organizations are beginning to realize that for long-term growth, you need long-term customers (advocates) and to have customer advocates, who sell your brand for you and loyally spend more and more dollars for your products and services, you must have people in your organization that are engaged, brand advocates. But how do you do … Read more

Customer-Centric Culture = Employee-Engaged Organization

I recently heard Joseph Jaffe, author of Z.E.R.O.: Zero Paid Media as the New Marketing Model, speak at a conference and discuss the combined forces of accelerated technology disruption, consumer changes, and innovation evolution affect on the marketing world today. Jaffe warned that if the advertising industry does not adapt, it will result in financial … Read more

Four Factors of Net Promoter Score for Success in the New Subscription Economy

Richard Owen, President and CEO of Satmetrix, had a lot to say at the Satmetrix’s 8th Annual Net Promoter Customer Experience Conference. At his keynote: Friends with Benefits or Enemies with Consequences: The promoter-driven economy and the next decade of innovation in customer experience, Richard explained that Satmetrix sees four important factors to the future … Read more

Jeanne Bliss’s Five Customer Experience Competencies

The first book I read on customer experience was Jeanne Bliss’s Chief Customer Officer. Like many of us, it changed my life. In Jeanne’s blog, Framing the 5 Customer Experience Competencies, she shares with us the five CX competencies. She states right up front that: “To make customer experience stick as part of your operation, … Read more