Simplify Product Development with Dan Ward & Public Spend Forum

Teams that value speed, thrift, and simplicity tend to outperform teams that don't. But why? In this free learning path from Public Spend Forum featuring Dan Ward, we'll introduce you to the way of fast, inexpensive, restrained and elegant (FIRE) methods that ignite innovation and help teams deliver value by embracing constraints and maximizing creativity. Through carefully sequenced videos and readings, you'll come to understand the core values of FIRE and appreciate how heuristics can improve decision-making and team communication.

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    The Journey of a Thousand Miles...

    ...begins with one step. In this path, we will take that first step and several more as we ponder a central point: 

    Teams that value speed, thrift, and simplicity tend to outperform teams that don't. But why?

    In this free learning path, I'll introduce you to the way of FIRE: fast, inexpensive, restrained and elegant innovation, and demonstrate how it helps teams deliver value by embracing constraints and maximizing creativity.

    Through carefully sequenced videos and readings, you'll come to understand the core values of FIRE and appreciate how heuristics can improve decision-making and team communication.

    You'll learn the basics straight from the purveyor himself, Dan Ward, who served for more than 20 years as an acquisition officer in the United States Air Force leading high-speed, low-cost technology development programs. 

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    Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained & Elegant

    What is FIRE, and why is it so useful for product development? In this introductory video, Dan provides an overview of Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained and Elegant methods to ignite innovation with a story about how a supercomputer built of out old video games became the fastest in DoD at a fraction of the cost.

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    The Real Secret

    What if I told you the truly impossible is best accomplished with the very little? You'd probably ask for evidence, and I wouldn't begrudge the incredulity. So here are three stories demonstrating how top-flight products were produced within extraordinarily tight constraints.

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    Heuristics for the Win

    FIRE isn't about the things we choose to do, its about the things we choose NOT to do. But taking things off the table is harder than putting them on, especially in product development. In this article, Dan shares several heuristics that can help you make simplicity a reality in your project environment.

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    In Chaos We Trust

    Heuristics are helpful guideposts along the roadmap of product development, but some decisions won't get made without strong data to back them up. Fortunately for the emerging FIRE enthusiast, there's plenty of research validating the principles Dan is promoting. One such body of research is The Standish Group's Chaos Report. In this video, Dan gives you facts and figures to support a business case for simplicity.

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    Now Keep Walking

    I hope you've enjoyed this introduction to FIRE, and appreciate the positive impact that simplicity can have on the product development cycle especially in the public sector. I encourage you to continue your journey by visiting Dan's website (www.thedanward.com) and by signing up more free learning offered through Public Spend Forum's Open Global Community, below.

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    The Tao of FIRE, Part 2 + Webinar

    Are you interested in continuing along the path to FIRE enlightenment? Please take a moment to answer a few short questions and you'll be on your way.

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