Super simple estimation

Advice
Today

Estimation should be easy, useful and quick for teams to do. This is a tried and tested technique we use on projects.

Clare Kirkland

The Artificial Intelligence retreat team.

2 weeks ago

The first day at the Artificial Intelligence Retreat was a day of divergence, brain dumping and download. The floor is now covered with index cards, and the workshop space walls are blossoming with prophecies, gradients, book lists and clusters of new vocabularies.

Ellen de Vries
Ellen de Vries

Leading Design: The Story So Far

News, featured

With just over a month to go until our second annual Leading Design conference, I’ve taken time to reflect on how the original idea for the event came about, and share a rundown of what you lucky Leading Design attendees can expect this time round…

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

An interview with Mike Monteiro

Opinion
27th September 2017

Our next Clearleft Presents event is packed with knowledge and insights that you can’t afford to not to know. Intrigued? Get the low-down from workshop leader and renowned raconteur, Mike Monteiro.

Rowena Price
Rowena Price

Business Transformation — We've been here before

Opinion, featured

Businesses in the UK and around the world are again finding themselves under heavy competition from American companies. How can they learn from the culture and practices of successful technology companies when it comes to business transformation?

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Design Ops — A New Discipline

Opinion
6th September 2017

Design Ops is a relatively new term, and one I only discovered six months ago. As soon as I heard it, I knew it would be of growing significance to us, our clients, and the wider design community.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Crafting a Vision that Sticks

Advice
4th September 2017

One thing we see time and again with corporate clients is the huge gulf between the leadership’s vision for the company, and what they are actually able to deliver. Fortunately this is something design, and especially design thinking, can help with.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Short term vs. Long term revenue

Opinion
30th August 2017

The rational economist would like to think that most of us would choose £100 next month over £90 today. Yet study after study has shown that humans crave instant gratification - is it any wonder that many companies prioritise quarterly revenue over longer term investments?

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Who’s in charge here? Leadership in non-hierarchical collaboration.

Advice
25th August 2017

Establishing leadership is effectively the same as asking the question “How are we going to make decisions and resolve any conflicts that may come up?”. Traditionally, this often means the buck stopping with one individual. But instead of thinking of one accountable person, can you benefit from putting various people ‘in charge’ of aspects of your collaboration?

Ellen de Vries
Ellen de Vries

Introducing Clearleft Presents

Announcement, featured

I’m excited to share details of a brand new series of workshops launching this summer - Clearleft Presents.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Now, Next, Future: Multi-Modal Product Management

Advice
24th August 2017

When large organisations attempt to transform themselves, they try to do it wholesale. This often leads to significant push-back, with the more risk-averse departments slowing or derailing the process entirely. Here’s how a multi-modal approach can help.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

The usability of deliverables

Advice
22nd August 2017

Ever felt like you were churning out paperwork like one of those monkeys at typewriters in the Simpsons? Here’s why the devil sometimes is the detail, and how simple walkthroughs are a useful but often underrated communication tool.

Ben Sauer
Ben Sauer

Design Sprints Done Right

Advice
17th August 2017

Design sprints are a lot of fun and can be a great way for teams to swarm around a particular design problem - but they can also be exhausting! Here are some tips to get the most out of your next design sprint.

Andy Budd
Andy Budd

Guest blogger Jake Knapp: How I got hooked on workshops

Opinion
7th August 2017

We asked Jake Knapp, bestselling author and leader of our upcoming Clearleft Presents Design Sprint workshop, to give us the lowdown on his ‘workshop work’. Who knew that workshops could be so addictive?

Jake Knapp