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The Right Questions to Ask Before You Build Software


People building new software products tend to have a lot of similar questions. To get useful answers, Ellen Sturm Niz spoke to  Lauren Gilchrist, product manager at Pivotal Labs, a leading software development consultancy. This is a story that originally appeared on The How and we’re republishing it as part of our partnership with The How. Ellen […]

Supportive Coding Communities Spark Innovation


Engineers eager to build both virtual and physical products are using Node.js — a platform built on Chrome’s JavaScript runtime for easily building fast, scalable network applications. Intuit hosted NodeDay Dec. 5 and invited 14 representatives from companies like Technical Machine, Netflix, PayPal, NodeSource, Meteor, Joyent and Intuit to speak to more than 250 developers and engineers across the […]

The Power of Prototyping


“A prototype is an early, testable version of an idea that comes in many forms and identities,” Interaction Designer Jason Silver said. “They answer questions, validate assumptions and visualize ideas.” The concept of creating prototypes quickly and cheaply is shared by a great deal of successful innovators around the world. To better understand prototyping tools, […]

Create a Culture of Innovation at Any Level


To find out what works to shake up a big, entrenched culture, Lisa Regan spoke to Brant Cooper, the co-founder of Moves the Needle and author of The Lean Entrepreneur. This is a story that originally appeared on The How and we’re republishing it as part of our partnership with The How. Established companies are established. Which […]

The Evolution of Innovation

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Learning from analogous businesses — typically from leaders from other industries who are attempting to solve, or have already solved, similar problems — can be the most effective way to generate valuable insights. “This approach will not only inspire teams, but lead to specific ways of improving a product or a business,” said TurboTax Personal Pro […]

How to Change Your Coworkers’ Minds

Laura Klein

Understanding a customer’s pain and delight is a priority for businesses large and small. We like how user experience expert Laura Klein explains how she successfully helped her coworkers understand the value of user experience research and design. This is a story that originally appeared on The How and we’re republishing it as part of our partnership with […]

Charity Match: Great Giving and the Power of Experimentation


The collaboration of three diverse sectors — nonprofit, industry and government — resulted in the new prototype “Charity Match,” which aims at recommending the most relevant charities to Mint users, given their past spending habits and budgeting behaviors. The idea was a collaboration by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Intentional Futures. Intuit invited the Gates […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Hackathons


I have participated in, won, mentored, and organized at many levels hackathons, internal idea jams, Startup Weekends, and other events in the same spirit of idea/business creation. I’ve learned a lot, and sometime the not so easy way. So without further ado, here is a quick list of things to consider when building and pitching […]

High School Students Get Inspired at Incubation Week


​Ten teams were asked to create Minimal Viable Products (MVPs) that could potentially solve a problem plaguing society at Intuit’s Incubation Week in Mountain View. With the guidance of Incubation staff, team Viva La Sleep created a web app to help students spend more time on work assignments and less time aimlessly browsing the Internet. Viva […]

How We Launched A Product In A Day


This article originally appeared on Medium. A lot of companies ask their employees to innovate but not a lot create an environment that enables and encourages such innovation. Then there’s Intuit. As a relatively new member of the Intuit community, I was unaware of the entrepreneurial atmosphere the company cultivated. Incubation Week? You mean I can go […]

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