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Business Plan or Just Do It – This Innovator’s Choice Is A False Narrative

Innovation is hard work. Creating great products that succeed on the market is a really difficult endeavor. You can ask any startup founder. But my experience so far has taught me that innovation in large successful companies is even harder work. Innovators working in these companies are often faced with a lack of urgency that […]

On Being Minimum and Viable: MVPs and Mundane Realism

The concept of the minimum viable product is now part of the popular lexicon within the lean startup movement. As with most terms that become over-used most people still misunderstand what an MVP really is. Since most people assume “lean” means cheap, they also assume the MVP means “crappy version of future product”. However, lean […]

A Lean Startup Definition of Innovation

In my previous post, I wrote about the false choices that innovators face. These choices seem to present teams with the option of using business plans to manage innovation or just doing it without a plan, and basing decisions on vision. Often customers are excluded from the process in both cases. And this ultimately leads to […]

Creating Wealth by Creating Value aka Why We Do Lean Innovation

  Over the last three years I have part of a great team working to bring lean innovation principles into Pearson, the world’s largest global education company with over 35 ooo employees. We have developed the Lean Product Lifecycle, which is Pearson’s framework for investment management and product development best practice. Last year, along with Adobe’s Kickbox, […]

Three Reasons Why Practice Doesn’t Trump Theory

​The Praxis Wheel. Art by Joshua Kahn Russell ​Over the last few years I have been traveling the world advising large companies on how to implement lean innovation methods within their companies. This work has led me to run innovation workshops, design innovation frameworks, work with management team on strategy and coach product teams in great […]

Large Companies Are Not Startups…

Nor should they strive to be. In fact, most startups want to become successful companies. It might be cool to be a founder, but very few people want to live in that trough of misery forever. The Lean Startup movement has been great for startup ecosystems. It has resulted in some of the best thinking […]

“Experimentation” as a Metaphor for Innovation – Does It Work? 

In Running Lean, which is a great book that I use in my own work, Ash Maurya defines an experiment as one full circle through the build-measure-learn loop. This is scientifically not correct. I think a successful circle through the build-measure-learn loop is better conceptualised as validated learning.  This is because you can go through the build-measure-learn […]

Why Lean Startup is NOT a Pseudoscience…

Various critiques of the Lean Startup method have been published in various outlets over the past few months. What is interesting is that most of the criticism actually results either from not understanding the approach or from examples of startups that are implementing Lean Startup the wrong way.  If you don’t personally understand how the […]

The Lean UX Anti-Pattern: Cross-Functional Silos

This post is a brief follow-on to a great post by Tristan Kromer in which he describes what he calls the Lean Waterfall. In the lean waterfall, large organizations still maintain their silos (e.g. design, engineering and marketing). Within each silo, they practice agile and lean. However, between the silos there are still handoffs and […]