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Yes you can earn free PDUs on various PM topics with quality supports and courses! Isn’t that wonderful?

Enjoy the 1 month free offer from LinkedIn Learning

As part of their week of learning, finishing today the 30th of October, LinkedIn is offering a 1 month free trail of LinkedIn Learning, previously called Lynda.com.

Among lots of other courses in the most interesting areas (I let you check all the topics and available courses, amazing!), you can have access to lectures about Project Management…

What is great about LinkedIn Learning? They are a registered learning provider at PMI.org!! Meaning that watching videos will make you earn PDUs!

There are so much courses and Lerarning Path (a wonderful collection of courses making you a master of a specific topic) that I couldn’t choose some to present to you. How ever, the research on the single ¬ę¬†Project Management¬†¬Ľ topic gives more than 735 results (courses, learning paths, videos…). Not all are eligible but whow what a choice!!!

Learning paths are all exciting!

Become an Agile Project Manager

Become a Project Manager

Become a Project Coordinator

Become a Project Scheduler

Managing Change

 

It seems that 151 courses are eligible to the PMI!!

So let’s go and start now to enjoy your 1 month free membership (don’t forget to resign if you don’t want to pay for this before the 30th of November)

 

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Want to learn Design Thinking? Be a master for free!

Good opportunities to learn Design Thinking for free

Yes you can become a master of Design Thinking among lots of other things for free. But you have to hurry!!

Enjoy the 1 month free offer from LinkedIn Learning

As part of their week of learning, finishing today the 30th of October, LinkedIn is offering a 1 month free trail of LinkedIn Learning, previously called Lynda.com.

Among lots of other courses in the most interesting areas, you can have access to lectures about Design Thinking, making you a master of the topic, for free!

I have selected for you the most interesting courses:

4 courses to be a master of Design Thinking.

 

Hurry up to enjoy this wonderful opportunity to learn more about this wonderful innovation approach.

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Open Innovation Framework: Innovation Map

Open Innovation is one of the most efficient ways to accelerate Innovation, whoever you are, SMEs or large Corporate.

In a new serie of articles called OpenInnovation Framework we will present you all good pratices, tools and strategic analysis processes that we have used with good results. We organized our OpenInnovation framework around the first tool we will present you today.
Our framework is splitted among 4 areas that are keys for OpenInnovation:image2

  • CULTURE. How to set a culture of OpenInnovation in your organisation, how to validate the first steps…
  • LEGAL. According to our experience, LEGAL aspects are one of the two dangerous areas for OpenInnovation. Fears and Mistrust are living here. Let’s see how to overpass this step.
  • PURSHASING. The second most dangerous area where lots of openinnovation intiatives are killed by… purshasing processes. Let’s discover a way to establish a new Purshasing process allowing speedy and agile contract.
  • PARTNERSHIP. As a result of all 3 previous areas, partenerships, win-win agreements are the aim of your OpenInnovation initiative.

Results of working on that 4 areas is a strong, complete and efficient Innovation Map, leading to successful Open Innovation Projects delivering new products and services for the wealth of partners.

INNOVATION MAP

Innovation Map is a simple tool that allows you to have the complete representation of your Innovation connections and network. It makes it easy to spot weaknesses areas to work on.

The framework proposed here should be adapted to your own company / project / start-up. Areas of collaborations should be tuned to hat is the most important for you and your strategy regarding OpenInnovation (yes, by the way, you should have one).

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Feel free to tune the sectors according to your own interests and situations. However try to be exhaustive as this map aims to show not only areas where you are strong but also your weaknesses.

Thanks for reading!

VR CardBoard Project: Part 2, Using the cardboard – Entry level

hero-homeI have now used my cardboard for a little with the ¬ę¬†standard¬†¬Ľ apps. And I have to say right now:

Google Cardboard is no Joke, no joke at all !!

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Edit from my 1st post

You can find my first article ¬ę¬†How to build your own cardobard¬†¬Ľ here.

Above is my first attempt to build a cardboard. From that 1st prototype, I have built a second one with two major enhancements:

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  • I have used a Glue Gun from the beginning helping to mount it much more easily and with a much better quality. The second one is just awesome.
  • I have used a round shaped knife to mark all folds before folding, making shape much more accurate.

But the most impressive addition I have made in this V2 is the actionable button. 20161009_231014With it, you have an operational VR headset on the nose. So happy about that! Unfortunately, directions from Google were unclear so to do it I have just glued Kitchen aluminum folio, from the little pyramid shaped cone to the upper face button of the cardboard. Cheap and easy.

Entry level use of the cardboard: available apps

I have downloaded and tested the following apps:

  • Google Cardboard
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    Very exciting to see Google Earth on VR. Among lots of different apps this one is fully demonstrating the possibilities of our cardboard. I have been also really impressed by the VR visit of Versailles.
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    The most promising one: it allows you to shoot your surrounding and show it within the VR of the cardboard. This is a very interesting way to quickly investigate the possible usages of the cardboard. I have myself shoot several places I love in my home city of Lyon, FR.
  • Cardboard Design Lab
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    This is no Lab. This app is a demonstration of the principles that should drive you when designing an app for VR. Interesting on many points for a new comer like me.

Since I am keen to test everything when I try to figure out what I can do with a tool, I have also tested VR video games (not convinced) and from the Google VR Website incl. Expedition.

But among all and I think one of the most obvious but still impressive use-case is to be a virtual visitor of whatever worth the case. My 2 favorite apps are PARIS VR and NY VR . Check them out as they worth it. You will discover what are the 2 most impressive cities in the World, from your chair.

First feedback

What a bunch of possibilities!! Imagine that for less than 2 euros you can provide to many a VR experience: a revolutionary step when looking at the price of VR system around!
And thanks to the provided apps, one can easily set a efficient first experience. Google cardboard is no joke regarding UX and VR experience. I have been really impressed by the 3D feeling incl. the 3D space sound.

With the Cardboard Design Lab you have access to resources to go further with the VR UX. Moreover if you master UNITY, you can go deeper than I did and develop real application and experience with interactive 3D VR apps.

From a personal point of view I was really impressed by the UI of the cardboard. My 5 years old boy loved flying over the mountains and the sees. Available Apps allow you to fully explore the possibilities offered by this tool. Even if sometimes the graphics remind me a bit about old fashioned video game, it is still impressive for a 2‚ā¨ system.

I will come back to you later with more feedback on how I used the Google Cardboard VR viewer, professionally and why not, personally. But it will take time as we have to develop usages and apps…

If you have yourself a cardboard please share your experience with us.

Thanks for reading!

 

Book review: Change by design

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As September started, I am back to work. Lots of things to do as business doesn’t stop when you are on holidays…

However I still could find some time at night to read the Bible of Design Thinking written by the Design Thinking guru Tim Brown, Change by Design.

I should have read it long before and certainly before to work with designers and deploy design thinking within my company. But well, I did it.

Change by Design is the book which defines the Design Thinking approach and how to use/deploy it in your project.

Review

What I loved

  • Very interesting book regarding the birth and the theory of Design Thinking,
  • Understanding what’s behing the Design Thinking approach is here made easier to understand and appropriate the concepts
  • Good advices and examples help to understand how to deploy Design Thinking

What I less enjoyed

  • Those like me who were expecting a pragmatic and experimental book on Design Thinking might be disappointed. [If you know a good practical book on DT, let me know]

Conclusion

Change by Design, is defintely a good book about Design Thinking…history and theory. Funny to see how things changed on 7 years (book issued in 2009) esp. with some outdated example

Thanks for reading!

GoogleCardboardProject: Part 1, how to build your own cardboard

hero-homeI have started another DIY project to build a Google VR CardBoard and use it in a way I will present you later. You can follow all the project with #GoogleCardboardProject

My goals are:

  1. Build a VR Google Cardboard by myself,
  2. Test all the available apps that uses this viewer to see the possibilities,
  3. Develop a new application for my special use I will discuss later (meaning learning how to develop this app, using Google CardBoard SDK and ev. Unity)

I will share with you all the different steps and lessons learned of this project in a serie of blog’s posts called VR CardBoard Project.
The first post, you are reading it now, is about building the VR cardboard by itself.

If you want to play it easy, you can buy one for less than 20‚ā¨ on the Google VR website (I even so one at 3‚ā¨ on Amazon), but franckly, that’s no fun!

Building the cardboard

I am building the Google CardBoard V2.1 of 07/20/2015

First steps

First collect the files @ Google CardBoard website HERE.

So let first start with the Bill of Material:

  • Google VR Cardboard files
  • Printed cardboard body
  • Glue stick and glue gun if you may have one
  • Scissor / Box cutter / X-Acto knife
  • E-flute corrugated board or whatever cardboard you may have
  • Lenses
  • Ruler
  • Scratch, rubber band

Build it!

Print the drawing at the 1:1 scale on paper. I preferred to use the dxf files as printing the files at the correct scale is much easier, independently of the paper size of your printer. So take care with the PDF, which is 1:4 scaled with a strange (for an European guy) paper size.

20160830_183507The first thing we’ll need to do is to glue the drawings onto your cardboard.¬† I used the multi-purpose glue (no a good choice as it may cause problems later. Be sure you glue it correctly and generously to avoid separation later in the process).
Google prefers you to use E-flute corrugated cardboard because it’s thin but any thin and relatively stiff cardboard should work. I have personally used an IKEA furniture cardboard which worked perfectly. If you want to do it the Pro way, take care to the direction of Corrugation (frankly I didn’t). Read the Google material which is really complete (at least at the first glance) when dealing with building the VR headset the Pro way.

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Glued drawings on the IKEA cardboard

Then use the scissors, box cutter or X-acto knife (I recommend Box cutter and X-acto knife to avoid bending the corrugation of the cardboard. Take care as those tools can be armful) to follow the templates lines and cut your Google CardBoard. You can use the ruler for straight lines.20160831_120851-web 20160831_121404-web 20160831_131544-web

Now you are ready to build your Google cardboard.

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You should use the Google instructions (in the folder you downloaded at first) to fold your cardboard sheets and build your Google Cardboard. Use the ruler to ensure an easy and quality folding. Don’t forget to include your lenses (if your lenses have on flat side, put this one in front of your eyes, if your lenses are double convex put it any senses).

Got issues to fold it correctly? I did too. Unfortunately Google didn’t get access to DIY instructions as they were aiming at manufacturers. I found 2 interesting videos on the net to explain you how to fold correctly your cardboard!

Take care, the first steps are what Google calls the ¬ę¬†hammer¬†¬Ľ: a litlle pyramid which will be a button for your viewer (very important to ¬ę¬†click¬†¬Ľ when encessary). You need to put a conductive tape from the outer part of the pyramid to the little hole facing upward on the top of your cardboard. Again, Google instructions are really unclear for that point.

Use the velcro¬†(Google Offical) or glue (I have tried this one as shown on the second video, it eases the process a lot) to maintain the Google CardBoard during the folding and building process. Unfortunately the provided material doesn’t clearly show where to put the velcro but according to some V2 I saw on the web the ¬ę¬†holes¬†¬Ľ on the sides and on the top of the cardboard could be the place to put velcro¬† and not actual holes. (Let a comment if you have more info about it). I have put velcro only on the top to maintain the ¬ę¬†phone holder¬†¬Ľ closed.20160916_203835Prepare your rubber band as it will help to maintain your smartphone into the Google Cardboard.

We are at this step done.

Let’s download the apps you want on your smartphone to enjoy your viewer.

I still have 2 issues I hope to solve later. My phone is a Samsung galaxy S7 (not edge) and when I put it into the cardboard, interactions between the cardboard and the screen or buttons are changing the set-up… Not funny.

In the next post I will share with you my first discoveries about what you can do, first hand, with this tool.

Please share with me your lessons learned or feedback regarding this article.

Thanks for reading!