XPLANE xBlog visual thinking http://xblog.xplane.com XPLANE http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss en-us Sat, 05 Sep 2015 03:10:29 -0700 email@addresshere.com Sat, 05 Sep 2015 03:10:29 -0700 Want to Make a Process Improvement Plan Stick? Focus on the People. http://xblog.xplane.com/want-to-make-a-process-improvement-plan-stick-focus-on-the-people/ Originally posted on the Operational Excellence Society website. So many process improvement plans are dead on arrival. It’s almost like online dating; companies spend millions developing the perfect picture and profile, and yet when the plan meets the actual process, both sides are disappointed. What happens? People happen. Processes don’t change by themselves; the people at every step in the process need to change.... Game Design, Unreserved Creativity, and the End of the Sun: An Interview with Ryan Spangler http://xblog.xplane.com/game-design-unreserved-creativity-and-the-end-of-the-sun--an-interview-with-ryan-spangler/ The sun is dying, and the various inhabitants of the planets in this solar system are launching one last effort to save everything. How will you strategically harness enough energy to successfully save your people before the sun explodes?   This is the premise of Sol: Last Days of a Star, an intense, immersive board game created by Elephant Laboratories brother-duo Ryan and Sean Spangler. Last month, a few of our XPLANErs joined forces... How Abandoning Learning and Training Improved Learning Outcomes http://xblog.xplane.com/how-abandoning-learning-and-training-improved-learning-outcomes/ A few years ago we made the decision to stop emphasizing the learning and training part of XPLANE’s offering. We looked around and found our competitors in this slice of our business had become e-learning production houses churning out rinse-and-repeat instructional designs on a dime. Even worse, we felt like the learning projects we were part of weren’t making enough of a difference for our clients. Our client sponsors may have been... We're Hiring in Detroit and Boston! http://xblog.xplane.com/were-hiring-in-detroit-and-boston/ Do you believe design has the power to transform the way organizations solve challenges? Are you a problem-solver and sensemaker with a keen eye for design? Would you like to work along side other high-performance problem-solvers to tackle leading-edge business and communication design challenges? If so, XPLANE is the place for you. We are currently on the hunt for the best of the best on the East Coast.  Interested?... Visual Thinking School: Slowing It Down in a Fast-Paced World http://xblog.xplane.com/visual-thinking-school--slowing-it-down-in-a-fast-paced-world/ We’re living in an ultra-connected and increasingly fast-paced world that is demanding more and more speed in everything we do, everyday, in a constant quest towards ever-growing productivity. With these ideas in mind, we thought this month’s Visual Thinking School was the perfect playground to run a fun experiment that combined both a deep sensorial journey with the clarity that visual thinking provides. We prompted our... Captain's Lunch, Engage! http://xblog.xplane.com/captains-lunch-engage/ Captain’s Blog, star date -307557.1   On Thursday, June 11, Spaces Herengracht asked XPLANE to kick-off and host their first “Captain’s Lunch” in Amsterdam. Spaces is a company that offers dynamic working areas for mobile workers, established companies, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. They organise the “Captain’s Lunch” for all their members to create and grow relationships.   In... What is XPLANE’s Process? Glad You Asked! http://xblog.xplane.com/what-is-xplanes-process-glad-you-asked/ At XPLANE, we use a tried-and-true, five-step process with our clients for our standard deliverables. By standard deliverables, I mean our famous XPLANATiONS (generally an 11” x 17” or A3 print map), presentation decks (usually in PowerPoint or Keynote), or transitional “Did-You-Know”-style animations. For larger, bespoke projects (e.g. board games, learning modules, large format programs with multiple deliverables, etc.)... You Can’t Get People on the Same Page if You Can’t Get Them in the Same Room http://xblog.xplane.com/you-cant-get-people-on-the-same-page-if-you-cant-get-them-in-the-same-room/ In today’s complex, global organizations, it seems impossible to get people in one place at the same time. And yet, given the pace and demands of business today, leaving big decisions to an email thread or a 70-page presentation deck seems nuts.   What are the chances that everyone on a conference call clearly understands a new process or a marketing initiative because they're fully engaged in it rather than checking their email... Investing in Innovation: One Day, Every Month http://xblog.xplane.com/investing-in-innovation--one-day-every-month/ xDay is one full working day per month we set aside from client and company work to focus on individual and organizational innovation that will help us better serve our clients.   This Friday hits our half-year mark with our xDay experiment. June 26 will be our sixth xDay that we’ve dedicated to innovation, learning something new, and improving the way we work. Through all the hours, we've walked... Interview with Dan Biesma, New Vice President of Account Services - Europe http://xblog.xplane.com/interview-with-dan-biesma-new-vice-president-of-account-services---europe/ Provide a brief overview of your background and experience: I studied business economics (Msc.) at Erasmus University Rotterdam with a major in marketing management. I am an entrepreneurial self-starter with over 17 years of experience in consulting, marketing, communications, and business development with companies like Yellow Pages, Sara Lee/Duyvis, Beiersdorf, FCTB, and Kennedy Communications Global. My areas of expertise include...