Two-pizza teams: Werner Vogels on Amazon’s secrets for innovation at TNW Europe Conference

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Speaking at TNW Europe Conference in Amsterdam today, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels shared a few of the company’s strategies to ensure sustained innovation in its product development processes. Vogels explained that employees are encouraged to break down problems and challenges so they can be tackled by ‘two-pizza teams’, or groups small enough to feed with only a couple of pies. Pitching a new Amazon product? Vogel says you’ll want to skip the slide deck and write out a proposal in complete sentences. All new products start off as six-page descriptions that stakeholders read in silence for a half-hour, before diving…

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