innovation

JEDI - Microsoft Digital Transformation

JEDI - Microsoft Digital Transformation

"No one will stand in our way" - Kylo Ren. Even though the JEDI contract award is delayed until August, the federal government will ultimately benefit from the transition to cloud. For the second consecutive year, Hard Yards facilitated the Microsoft Digital Transformation Showcase.

Out of Chaos: Visioning as a Skill

Out of Chaos: Visioning as a Skill

Vision, when seen through the lens of rhetoric, is really a story. And a persuasive story isn’t “innovative,” as we understand the word today; in fact, it is one of the oldest arts out there. This post offers an exercise that I learned at Leadership Arlington and taught by Susan Piedmont-Palladino meant to tap into the deeper parts of our cognition to help with articulating a vision.

Shuhari - Mark gets his jiu-jitsu black belt!

Shuhari - Mark gets his jiu-jitsu black belt!

Mark gets his jiu-jitsu black belt!  Shuhari is a Japanese martial art concept, and describes the stages of learning to mastery. It is sometimes applied to other disciplines, such as Agile! 

Hacking the Human Element

Hacking the Human Element

Hard Yards had the opportunity to support MD5’s Hacking the Human Element event held in collaboration with USSOCOM at SOFWERX in Tampa, Florida.  In preparation for the event, the Hard Yards team conducted interviews with warfighters from several different special operations elements, civilian first responders with experience in flood, hurricane, and disease disaster relief, and technology experts and innovators using wearable technology to help operators in all sorts of interesting ways.

We then synthesized the insights gained from those interviews into a challenge brief presentation that was leveraged to kickoff the event.  You can see our presentation here