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UnLearning to Lead Part II: How to Get the Best Out of Everyone

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A successful leader makes sure their teammates are capable in their position and clear on their mission. The post UnLearning to Lead Part II: How to Get the Best Out of Everyone appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Retrospective teams

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What Metrics Should Innovation Programs Measure?

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If you want your innovation program to be successful, you have to articulate clear objectives in advance, and then align them with your metrics. The post What Metrics Should Innovation Programs Measure? appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions

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Interviewing strangers is a science as much as an art. Learning how questions actually work can give you fresh insight into the customer discovery process. The post How Asking Works: A Crash Course in Customer Discovery Questions appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools

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Don’t get buried in the tools and platforms -- know how your resources, time frames, risks, and options work together to create a viable innovation portfolio map. The post Managing Innovation Portfolios – Principles Before Tools appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Metrics & Innovation Accounting Startup Tool

Lean Tools: How TenTune Harnessed the Power of the Pencil

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A case study on how two entrepreneurs went from idea to MVP without writing a single line of code. The post Lean Tools: How TenTune Harnessed the Power of the Pencil appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

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Fear and the Sandbox, Part 1

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Fear of failure is perfectly natural, but if we let it define our business decisions, we can't truly call ourselves innovators. What we need is a safe place to fail. The post Fear and the Sandbox, Part 1 appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

The Majesty of Elmo

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The Kromatic team has found a delightful and innovative way to make meetings more efficient. The post The Majesty of Elmo appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup Miscellaneous Teamwork & Leadership Continuous Improvement Productivity Startup Tool teams

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How a Focus on Storytelling Can Make Your Interviews Awesome

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A list of questions and answers will only get you so far in a discovery interview. To truly understand your customer, you have to listen to their stories. The post How a Focus on Storytelling Can Make Your Interviews Awesome appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup Customer Segmentation & Personas Generative Market Research Interview user experience

In Defense of Experiment Velocity

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As corporate innovation gets more trendy, businesses are keen to put clear KPIs in place to measure the effectiveness of innovation teams and hold them accountable for making progress. There is a rush to replace traditional KPIs with more actionable metrics such as experiment velocity. The post In Defense of Experiment Velocity appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Teamwork & Leadership Experiment Design & Template Metrics & Innovation Accounting

UnLearning to Lead

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If we want our company to achieve greatness, we have to empower our team members to be leaders in their own areas. That means focusing on the clarity of our mission and the capabilities of our teammates. The post UnLearning to Lead appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Miscellaneous Teamwork & Leadership Entrepreneur Innovation Mentor Retrospective Strategy teams

Learning as We Go with the Power of Retrospectives

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How to use retrospectives so your entire team can get the most out of your experiments. The post Learning as We Go with the Power of Retrospectives appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Productivity Retrospective

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S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T.

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Yet another Experiment Template? Use this SIMPLE template to overcome the hardest part of running experiments.getting started. The post S.I.M.P.L.E. before S.M.A.R.T. appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup User Experience & Research Experiment Design & Template Generative Market Research lean startup

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Why Meritocracy Doesn’t Work

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The anti-diversity manifesto written by a mystery Googler has put a spotlight on diversity efforts in the tech industry. Anti-diversity proponents say that meritocracy justifies the lack of diversity in tech. But the real question is: Does meritocracy work?

Customer Discovery Part 2: How a Focus On Storytelling Can Solve OUR Pain Points

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Interviewers have pain points too. Here’s how a focus on the elements of storytelling can make your discovery process rewarding and pain-free. The post Customer Discovery Part 2: How a Focus On Storytelling Can Solve OUR Pain Points appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup Generative Market Research Interview lean startup

Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy

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Whether the companies are private or public, shareholders are demanding a vision for the future. How will these old, inflexible companies survive in industries facing. The post Strategy of Innovation vs. Innovation Strategy appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Lean Startup Innovation Innovation Accounting Metrics Strategy

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Reverse Mentoring: What Millennials Can Teach Executives and Senior Managers

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Reverse mentoring involves the pairing of employees from different generations who can offer unique experiences and perspectives to their partner. The post Reverse Mentoring: What Millennials Can Teach Executives and Senior Managers appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Corporate Startup Teamwork & Leadership Innovation Mentor

Our New Lean Experiment Template (and Why You Shouldn’t Use It)

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Every company is different and requires a unique business model. Our Lean Experiment template can give you something solid to build yours on. The post Our New Lean Experiment Template (and Why You Shouldn’t Use It) appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

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Diversity is an Innovation Metric

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Diversity is a hot topic, but what is not often discussed is the fact that diverse teams are more innovative. Read more about why diversity is an innovation metric. The post Diversity is an Innovation Metric appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

Guest Post: Market Opportunity Navigator by Sharon Tal-Itzkovitch

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Identifying your target market is crucial to product success. Use this method and guide to set a promising strategic focus. The post Guest Post: Market Opportunity Navigator by Sharon Tal-Itzkovitch appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Business Model Canvas Customer Development Lean Startup Generative Market Research Generative Product Research prioritization Strategy

One Lean Startup Experiment Per Week

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The faster we can go around the Build-Measure-Learn loop, the faster we validate our business model. So how fast is fast enough? Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship lean-enterprise

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Iteration = Time to Learn, Not Time to Build

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Burn rates are meaningless in isolation. Iteration time is a critical aspect of starting a new business and we've noted a few misconceptions. The post Iteration = Time to Learn, Not Time to Build appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

The ROI of Innovation

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As product managers, we are often asked a single question when we propose a new product: What’s the Return on Investment? There has to be a Return on Investment (ROI) or we can’t get funding for the project.

32 Steps for Corporate Innovation…you won’t believe what happens next!

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The ultimate one-size-fits-all guide to corporate innovation. The post 32 Steps for Corporate Innovation…you won’t believe what happens next! appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Innovation Ecosystem Lean Startup Innovation lean startup

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What type of lean startup experiment should I run?

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When I was studying marketing I had an arms length list of research techniques like conjoint analysis, surveys, and focus groups. After I read Four Steps to the Epiphany, there was only one: Get out of the building and talk to customers!

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Guest Post: Want to move Corporate Innovation into Hyperdrive? Avoid These Three Pitfalls

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Guest Blogger Valerie Vacante writes, "Avoid these three common pitfalls when pursuing corporate innovation.". The post Guest Post: Want to move Corporate Innovation into Hyperdrive? Avoid These Three Pitfalls appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

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21st Century Education

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The ability to answer pre-formulated questions doesn’t help us as entrepreneurs. When building a new business model, there is no test or quiz to cram for. Human Resources

The Four Parts of a Minimal Viable Product

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Isn''t an MVP just a bare bones product? If people sign up for our MVP, that means we''ve got Product/Market Fit, right? Nope. A real MVP has four critical parts. Lean Startups Minimum Viable Product Product/Market Fit product/market fit storyboarding

Lean Enterprise & Innovation Ecosystems

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Lean Startup + Enterprise = Lean Enterprise. Comparing an enterprise to a startup is like comparing an ocean to a dolphin. They simply don’t equate. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups innovation ecosystem lean ecosystem lean enterprise

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The Complete Team

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The complete team is able to complete the Build-Measure-Learn loop including all Four Parts of the Minimum Viable Product. Including Channel & Relationship!

Putting User Insights Into Context

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(This is a guest post by Michael Bamberger. He is the co-founder of Alpha UX, a real-time user insights platform for enterprise product teams. I reached out to chat about his approach for generating user insights for new products. You can find him on Twitter or Linkedin.)

Lean Startup in the Enterprise Anti-Pattern: The Lean Waterfall

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More enterprise scale companies are drinking the lean Kool Aid and starting to implement Lean Startup. In doing so, they are failing at the most basic level.

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False Positives and Product / Market Fit

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Lean Startup is hard. All we want is to build something people want. Which one of these tests will actually tell us if we have the fabled Product / Market Fit? Business Model Lean Startups customer development survey product/market fit startup marketing pyramid survey.io

Comprehension vs. Commitment

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I hate premature surrender. That’s what happens when the signal from the market is NO, but you don’t truly grasp why. Landing Page vs. Comprehension Test. Experiment Design comprehension test landing page test Lean Startups smoke test

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B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach

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Have you thought about using Lean Startup to improve your sales process? The founder of Shipitwise reveals how he used lean principles to improve B2B sales. The post B2B Sales: A Lean Startup Approach appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Customer Development Lean Startup B2B Evaluative Market Experiment Startup Tool

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In Defense of the Hi.P.P.O

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Hi.P.P.O is the Highest Paid Person's Opinion. A time honored way of making decisions which goes back centuries. 3 reasons to listen to the Hi.P.P.O. Experiment Design Human Resources Managing Entrepreneurship Product Management Hi.P.P.O Lean Startups teamwork

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Adopting the Lean Hype Cycle

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if you''re adopting lean, you need to understand this flow: Inspiration, Application, Practice. It has another, more famous name, the hype cycle. Human Resources Lean Startups adopting lean startup hype cycle

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Customers and Causality

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When looking for product/market fit, we start with the customer. That''s the "market" part of product/market fit. Everything starts and ends with the customer. Customer Development Lean Startups Product/Market Fit customer segmentation product/market fit

Concierge vs. Wizard of Oz Test

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There are two lean startup methods that are often confused with one another. As a result, they're often misused: Wizard of Oz and Concierge The post Concierge vs. Wizard of Oz Test appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup User Experience & Research Evaluative Product Experiment Experiment Design & Template Generative Product Research Minimum Viable Product Product Management

Work Life Balance Tip: Go for Flow Instead

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Forget work life balance, it's a bad concept. Work is a subset of life. It isn’t separate. Here's a work life balance tip: Forget balance and go for flow. The post Work Life Balance Tip: Go for Flow Instead appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Miscellaneous Productivity

Demo Day Fundraising and The Lean Startup

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Lean Startup takes our biggest business risk and reduces it. If our biggest risk is that our demo day fundraising pitch will fail, we can test that. The post Demo Day Fundraising and The Lean Startup appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Accelerators & Incubators Lean Startup Fundraising

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Corporate Lean Anti-Patterns: 5 minute video

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Unlike startups, large companies have many moving parts to manage when attempting to lean new ways for creating customer value.

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Case Study: Lean Experiments with Radical Candor

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The best-selling book Radical Candor suggests fostering better team relationships by conducting regular 1-on-1 meetings with direct reports. We decided to run lean experiments on this tactic to see how it would work for the Kromatic team. This case study tells you everything you need to know about how we set up and ran this small-scale human resources experiment. The post Case Study: Lean Experiments with Radical Candor appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com.

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Lean Startup Interns Needed!

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Learning how to coach startups, Learn how accelerators work and how to improve them, Interview thought leaders, Research and write case studies. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups interns internship

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