I finally took a deep dive into ‘Lean Startup’, a practice founded by Eric Ries that blends customer development, design thinking, agile engineering, and lean manufacturing into an all-purpose entrepreneurial strategy that can be practiced by any team in any organization large or small, private or public, new or established. It’s for modern companies looking to create better products and services for their customer, and/or transform their way of doing business, faster, better and more cost-effectively. Practitioners brainstorm using the tear-away Business Model Canvas, check in constantly with customers, experiment with Minimum Viable Product solutions, and iterate like crazy while incorporating feedback and learnings throughout.
The Lean Startup practice dovetails beautifully into Bootstrapping Brilliance, a strategy originally pioneered by Doug Engelbart and further distilled in recent years. Bootstrapping Brilliance adds five strategic accelerators for enhanced leverage, alignment, and vision.
Lean Startup Basics
What is Lean Startup
Lean Startup playlist – my top pick video shorts for learning the basics
The Lean Startup – official website with links to resources
And More – it’s an open source movement, an international community
Case Studies Playlist – quick run thru of key examples
Case Studies – on main website
– print and use your post-its to fill in
– do it online
Business Model Canvas Tutorial
– simple step by step instructions
Try mapping your current project(s) onto the Canvas, use it to brainstorm ideas for a new or improved product or service.
Educators, Non-Profits, Government Innovators – see tips for mapping a mission-driven initiative.
Startup Lessons Learned – Blogposts by Eric Ries and guests
Lean Startup Community – Join meetups, forum, wiki, …
Take Lean to the next level with Bootstrapping Brilliance.
See also the complementary Galbraith Star Model.
Calls to Action
Eric Ries – A call to action to the Lean community
Doug Engelbart – A call to action Augmenting Society’s IQs
- Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything, by Steve Blank for Harvard Business Review
Chart your organization’s initiatives using this Pioneers-Migrators-Settlers chart. Doug Engelbart used a similar “Frontier Map”.