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Lean Storyboarding: Successfully Facilitate Lean Improvement and Innovation Projects

(WARNING: This is a concept paper on the emerging paradigm of Lean Storyboarding. Some readers may find this article unusually long. But …)

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“The Lean Startup isn’t just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business; it’s about what we can learn from those businesses to improve virtually everything we do. I imagine Lean Startup principles applied to government programs, to health care, and to solving the world’s greatest…

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Posted by Rod on March 16, 2015 at 2:00pm

Business DNA Clock for Investors, Lean Startups, and Product Innovators

Why I’m No Longer Using Steve Blank’s Thermometer for the “Investment Readiness Level”

On November 25, 2013, Steve Blank wrote in his blog an article, "It’s Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level." I really loved the article especially as it focuses on evidence-based entrepreneurship. Among the many…

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Posted by Rod on February 20, 2015 at 1:00pm

Nested Truth Question (NTQ) for DE-RISKING ANY PLAN: What "X" has to be true for "Y" to be true?

If you've read Lafley and Martin's "Playing to Win" book, you may realize that the Nested Truth Question (NTQ) is the most important question that should be examined for any plan, proposal, strategy, or hypothesis. As indicated in the above title, the format of the NTQ is: What "X" has to be true for "Y" to be true? In Lafley and Martin's book, the NTQ is presented as "What would have to be true?"

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Posted by Rod on February 5, 2015 at 10:09am

BUSINESS DNA PLAYBOOK: 1-Page Visual Summary of the "Business Theory of Everything"

It is estimated that there are over 10,000 books that are published each year. No doubt, there are myriad ideas, theories, and tools in business. However, these business ideas, theories, and tools are fragmented and do not "speak" a common languageSpecialists from different domains struggle to collaborate or speak a common language for business improvement and innovation projects. Consequently, people in business spend a lot of time and money to understand and…

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Posted by Rod on January 30, 2015 at 1:51pm

How to Systematically Generate a Billion Dollar Idea for a Startup

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This morning I was glad to read, on LinkedIn, Steve Blank's article about the quickest way to create a billion-dollar company. Blank is among my…

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Posted by Rod on September 22, 2014 at 8:34am

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    Lean Storyboarding: Successfully Facilitate Lean Improvement and Innovation Projects

    (WARNING: This is a concept paper on the emerging paradigm of Lean Storyboarding. Some readers may find this article unusually long. But …)***“The Lean Startup isn’t just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business; it’s about what we can learn from those businesses to improve virtually everything we do. I imagine Lean Startup principles applied to government programs, to health care, and to solving the world’s greatest problems. It’s ultimately an answer to the question How…See More
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    Lean Storyboarding: Successfully Facilitate Lean Improvement and Innovation Projects

    (WARNING: This is a concept paper on the emerging paradigm of Lean Storyboarding. Some readers may find this article unusually long. But …)***“The Lean Startup isn’t just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business; it’s about what we can learn from those businesses to improve virtually everything we do. I imagine Lean Startup principles applied to government programs, to health care, and to solving the world’s greatest problems. It’s ultimately an answer to the question How…See More
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    Business DNA Clock for Investors, Lean Startups, and Product Innovators

    Why I’m No Longer Using Steve Blank’s Thermometer for the “Investment Readiness Level”On November 25, 2013, Steve Blank wrote in his blog an article, "It’s Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level." I really loved the article especially as it focuses on evidence-based entrepreneurship. Among the many gems in that posting was the presentation of…See More
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    Nested Truth Question (NTQ) for DE-RISKING ANY PLAN: What "X" has to be true for "Y" to be true?

    If you've read Lafley and Martin's "Playing to Win" book, you may realize that the Nested Truth Question (NTQ) is the most important question that should be examined for any plan, proposal, strategy, or hypothesis. As indicated in the above title, the format of the NTQ is: What "X" has to be true for "Y" to be true? In Lafley and Martin's book, the NTQ is presented as "What would have to be true?"The Business DNA Pyramid below illustrates multiple business tools and frameworks, to which the NTQ…See More
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    BUSINESS DNA PLAYBOOK: 1-Page Visual Summary of the "Business Theory of Everything"

    It is estimated that there are over 10,000 books that are published each year. No doubt, there are myriad ideas, theories, and tools in business. However, these business ideas, theories, and tools are fragmented and do not "speak" a common language. Specialists from different domains struggle to collaborate or speak a common language for business improvement and innovation projects. Consequently, people in business spend a lot of time and money to understand and apply existing as well as new…See More
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    How to Systematically Generate a Billion Dollar Idea for a Startup

    Image Source: http://401kcalculator.orgThis morning I was glad to read, on LinkedIn, Steve Blank's article about the quickest way to create a billion-dollar company. Blank is among my favorite business writers and his articles contain lots of insights and wisdom especially as they relate to startups.…See More
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    Why Steve Blank’s CUSTOMER DEVELOPMENT STACK is Good But Not Great: Towards the Ideal Business Model Innovation Toolkit

    Steve Blank is widely recognized as the Father of the Lean Startup Movement which focuses on applying a scientific experimental approach to projects that are launched under conditions of great uncertainty. The current focus of the Lean Startup movement is the development of business startups. For systematically discovering and validating a scalable business model, Steve Blanks uses a toolkit which he calls the “Customer Development Stack.” The approach of the Customer Development Stack is being…See More
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    Why the BALANCED SCORECARD is Good but Not Great: The BUSINESS MODEL STRATEGY MAP

    Developed by Robert Kaplan and David Norton in the 1990s, the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is the most widely used tool for managing the performance of a business. The BSC is used by the majority of companies in the Fortune 1000 as well as by many small and medium-scale businesses. The BSC focuses on managing a chain or “stream” of performance metrics rather than the output or traditional singular financial metric of profit.In the presentation below - …See More
    Jan 24, 2014
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    A Business Model Canvas-KILLER? Would the Business Model Canvas Evolve to Disrupt and Cannibalize Itself? Or, Would the Tool be Unchanged?

    The Business Model Canvas can be considered as a graphic organizer (high level TreeMap) that shows 9 tessellated elements, tiles, or “building blocks” of an archetypal business model. Since the 2009 publication of Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur’s “Business Model Generation” book, use and popularity of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) have…See More
    Jan 21, 2014
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    3 Visual Tools for Lean Startup Habit Designers: Rapidly Understand, Document, and Design Addictive Customer Experiences (ACEs)

    It is estimated that more than 80% of innovation and change management projects fail. Why?My hypothesis is that the large majority of innovation and change management projects fail because such projects fail to change the habits of targeted customers. In other words, targeted customers exhibit “Habit Inertia (HI)” and tacitly refuse to use innovative products, services, or proposals.As the percentage of failing projects is still high, innovation and change management projects need a paradigm…See More
    Jan 15, 2014
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    The Business Model Jigsaw Game: Mastering the Game of Business Model Disruption

    A few days ago, I posted a presentation: “Why the Business Model Canvas is Good But Not Great.” In my view, the traditional Business Model Canvas (BMC) can be made “greater” by converting it to a Business Model Jigsaw Game which is a visual gaming platform for presenting business model tools as well as problem solving, planning, and innovation methodologies.The presentation below contains some ideas that focus on the main components of a Business Model Canvas (BMC) Jigsaw Game: a BMC Jigsaw…See More
    Jan 12, 2014
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    The Business Model Jigsaw Game: Mastering the Game of Business Model Disruption

    A few days ago, I posted a presentation: “Why the Business Model Canvas is Good But Not Great.” In my view, the traditional Business Model Canvas (BMC) can be made “greater” by converting it to a Business Model Jigsaw Game which is a visual gaming platform for presenting business model tools as well as problem solving, planning, and innovation methodologies.The presentation below contains some ideas that focus on the main components of a Business Model Canvas (BMC) Jigsaw Game: a BMC Jigsaw…See More
    Jan 12, 2014
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    Steve Blank’s Petal Diagram vs. Rod King’s Trade-off Map: Visual Tools for Brand Positioning, Market Segmentation, and Competitive Analysis

    ***About a week ago, the startup world got ablaze from reading Steve Blank’s blog post, “A New Way to Look at Competitors.” In the blog post, Blank notes that the traditional Competitive Graph – which focuses on differentiating offerings of “Our Company” vs. “Our Competitors” - is “inappropriate for startups or existing companies creating new markets.” Blank goes on to offer a Petal Diagram which places a given company (startup) in the core of a flower while segments of competitors are place in…See More
    Nov 17, 2013
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    The Red Ocean Disruption (ROD) Storyboard for Design Thinking, Customer Development, and Lean Startup Projects

    As you read this posting, the final nails are being put in the coffin of the traditional business plan. Entrepreneurs and startups are abandoning the traditional business plan in droves. Entrepreneurs and startups are no longer writing up voluminous and rigid business plans when they have a vision that they want to translate into reality. I suspect that in a few years, the traditional business plan would be an artifact in a museum that would be built today’s entrepreneurs and startups.The…See More
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