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

Grasshopper Herder

More enterprise scale companies are drinking the lean Kool Aid and starting to implement Lean Startup. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Management Managing Entrepreneurship agile agile marketing lean enterprise lean startup in the enterprise leanux waterfall

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Lean Enterprise & Innovation Ecosystems

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup + Enterprise = Lean Enterprise. Comparing an enterprise to a startup is like comparing an ocean to a dolphin. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups innovation ecosystem lean ecosystem lean enterprise

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Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup

Steve Blank

We just finished our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley’s engineering school where many of the teams embedded machine learning technology into their products. Machine Learning Meets Lean – Berkeley Lean LaunchPad Class. Filed under: Lean LaunchPad , Teaching.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

And on wednesday night I spoke to the NYC Lean Startup Meetup with the help of Giff who interviewed me. Eric and his fellow lean advocate Steve Blank have both written at length about the methodologies associated with the lean startup approach. But the most interesting part of the discussion on wednesday night for me was when Giff asked me about a comment I had made that "you need more than a lean methodology, you need a lean culture."

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Lean Startup and Lean Analytics in the Enterprise

Instigator Blog

It’s clear that Lean Startup is shifting from startups to the enterprise. There’s still a lot to learn amongst early stage entrepreneurs, and a lot of discussion that’s needed around implementing Lean Startup, but attention has definitely shifted to applying the framework in large organizations. Alistair and I have been looking at how Lean Startup and Lean Analytics are working in the enterprise.

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Lean Market Research for Startups

VC Cafe

Most startups will fail in their first two years of operation and only one percent of the startups that pitch to VCs will end up receiving funding. [[ This is a content summary only.

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The Rudder Fallacy – Adopting Lean Startup

Grasshopper Herder

In a lean startup, team velocity proceeds measurable product progress. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship adopting lean startup agile velocity metrics Before there is velocity, no measurable progress can be seen on any metrics dashboard.

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What type of lean startup experiment should I run?

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startups Product/Market Fit Customer Development experiment design survey When I was studying marketing I had an arms length list of research techniques like conjoint analysis, surveys, and focus groups.

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Lean Startup In Japanese Companies

Steve Blank

Implementing the Lean Startup in any company is hard. Now compound that level of effort with trying to put a Lean Startup culture in place in Japan. And weak leadership leads to a reluctance to change and the inability to mandate Lean as an innovation process. They list four actionable steps for implementing Lean in Japanese corporations. All the culture and incentives are designed for execution.

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Free Reprints of “Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything”

Steve Blank

The Harvard Business Review is offering free reprints of the May 2013 cover article, “ Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything “ Available here.

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How Startups Can Keep Product Development Lean


The lean start-up movement has been based on a single insight – which the purpose of a start-up is to discover a business model that works. In this article we explore the unique challenges of a lean start-up and how Outsourced Product Development (OPD) can be used to overcome them.

Product/Market Fit and Lean Analytics

Instigator Blog

I’d say for many early stage startups, product/market fit is thought of as that point in time when you’ve finally built a product that people use and it’s time to […]. Lean Startup In the last couple weeks I’ve read a few great blog posts about product/market fit and the confusion that exists around what it really means.

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Machine Learning Meets the Lean Startup

Steve Blank

We just finished our Lean LaunchPad class at UC Berkeley’s engineering school where many of the teams embedded machine learning technology into their products. Machine Learning Meets Lean – Berkeley Lean LaunchPad Class. Filed under: Lean LaunchPad , Teaching.

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Eric Ries Companies Lean Startup Way London

Business of Software Blog

The Startup Way. He will be talking about his new book, The Startup Way, #StartupWay and empowering the entrepreneurs in your organisation. We’re grateful to these awesome companies for supporting The Startup Way with Eric Ries. Join us for the Startup Way.

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The Lean LaunchPad Online

Steve Blank

You may have read my previous posts about the Lean LaunchPad class taught at Stanford , Berkeley, Columbia , Caltech and for the National Science Foundation. Ten years ago I started thinking about why startups are different from existing companies. He called it the “Lean Startup.”.

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Lean & Startup Patterns – Interview with Sam McAfee

Grasshopper Herder

(Sam McAfee is the Chief Technology Officer of POPVOX and author of Startup Patterns. I reached out to chat about his approach on Lean, startups and teamwork. Q: What are the differences between Agile Software Development and Lean Software Development? A: At the highest level, the difference between Agile and Lean software development is mainly […]. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership lean manufacturing lean product development lean startup

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Lean Startup Versus Raising Capital

Instigator Blog

Lean Startup is about experimentation and learning. Over the last few years as Lean Startup has grown in popularity, many startups went to raise money with the mantra, “We’re lean!” Lean was (and is) a breath of fresh air for startups and investors, shining light on the harsh realities of building companies. Lean Startup got watered down and pivot got bastardized. That’s where Lean comes in.

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Lessons Learned Launching a Lean Startup Accelerator

Instigator Blog

Year One Labs is a Lean Startup accelerator. I believe it’s one of the first of its kind, with a very heavy focus on customer development and a rigorous Lean Startup process. Since our launch we’ve co-created and invested in 5 startups (which was our target number).

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Lean in Larger Organizations – Interview with Jay Badenhope

Grasshopper Herder

I reached out to him to chat about his approach to implementing lean startup in large- and mid-size companies. You can find him on Twitter or LinkedIn) Q: What is the difference between running lean in a very large vs. […]. Lean Enterprise Managing Entrepreneurship Product Management Strategy lean startup in Lean Startups lean-enterprise

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Living Lean

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup is not easy. Now I''m a Lean Startup." Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship Minimum Viable Product MVP It sounds easy when you hear Eric talk. "I''ll I''ll put up a launchrock page! Sorry. it doesn''t work like that.

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Corporate Lean Anti-Patterns: 5 minute video

Grasshopper Herder

Unlike startups, large companies have many moving parts to manage when attempting to lean new ways for creating customer value. Managing Entrepreneurship adopting lean startup anti-patterns lean-enterprise waterfall

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Demo Day Fundraising and The Lean Startup

Grasshopper Herder

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

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Templates Suck, Here’s Our Lean Startup Template

Grasshopper Herder

Every few weeks, someone asks me if there’s a template that they should use to define their lean startup experiments…and I say no. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship experiment design metrics templates I’m not a big fan of templates in the broad sense of a one size fits all template to define experiments regardless of the context. I am a huge fan of having […].

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Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

—– Lean Innovation Management. In the last five years “ Lean Startup ” methodologies have enabled entrepreneurs to efficiently build a startup by searching for product/market fit rather than blindly trying to execute. Corporate Innovation needs Lean tools.

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The History of Lean Planning

Up and Running

Lean Planning is a concept that we introduced back in 2012 as an evolution in business planning. We proposed Lean Planning as the next step in business planning. But, where did Lean Planning come from? Here’s a quick history of how we developed Lean Planning.

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Office of Naval Research (ONR) Goes Lean

Steve Blank

Now they are starting to use the Lean Innovation process (see here and here ) to turn ideas into solutions. Test if the Lean Innovation process actually accelerates technology adoption and an innovation ecosystem. Lean Innovation is a Process.

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Digging Deeper into Lean Business Model Canvases

Instigator Blog

I’m a big fan of Ash Maurya’s Lean Canvas. I was also very impressed with Steve Blank’s new initiative Lean Launch Lab , which combines a canvas business model tool and a blogging tool for startups to use and share information regularly with investors.

10 Lean Startup Machine Tips and Tricks

Grasshopper Herder

I was at Lean Startup Machine in New York last weekend and I was so impressed by a post by Cindy Alvarez that Trevor distributed, 10 Things I’ve Learned, that I decided to blatantly copy her and create my own top ten list. Lean Startups and Customer Development

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The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

We tend to associate the government with words like bureaucracy rather than lean innovation. Department of Defense by adopting Lean Methodology inside their agency. The NGA has adopted Lean Innovation methods to make this happen.

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Guest Post: Pitching to Investors: A Lean Startup Perspective

Grasshopper Herder

(Andy Cars, founder of Seedcap and Lean Ventures, helps startups with strategy, business development, lean startup and fundraising, and large companies create and execute on their innovation strategies. If he’s not busy helping startups and enterprises, you can probably find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.) Lean Startup investors pitching

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Top 10 Benefits Of Lean


Lean is a methodology that can be applied to all disciplines of knowledge work to increase business efficiency, agility, and visibility. Due to its roots in manufacturing, Lean is often equated with the elimination of waste, but this view of Lean misses the mark on realizing its true value.

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Taxonomy of the Lean Startup Anti-Pivot

Grasshopper Herder

Customer Development Entrepreneurship Investment Lean startup Pitching anti-patterns lean startup pivot pivotSometimes pivoting describes how entrepreneurs adapt to customer feedback. Sometimes it's an annoying buzzword, grating to the ears.

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Lean Startup vs. Visionary Entrepreneur

Grasshopper Herder

There is an ongoing misconception that creating a company under a lean startup approach is incompatible with a big entrepreneurial vision. Customer Development Entrepreneurship Lean startup startup vision

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Lean Analytics

Startup Lessons Learned

Lean Analytics is the latest addition to the Lean Series. That's because one of the most precious resources a startup has is focus, and spreading your attention across dozens of metrics gets in the way of learning. You can order Lean Analytics today

How to Structure Good Hypotheses for Your Lean Startup

Instigator Blog

Crafting good hypotheses for your startup is hard. Here’s an example of a hypothesis I might have for NextMontreal (which is primarily a content site on startup news for Montreal): “I believe that U.S.-based based investors will read NextMontreal on a regular basis because they have a growing interest in the Montreal startup ecosystem.&#. based investors have a growing interest in the Montreal startup ecosystem.&#. Tweet.

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Lean Startup Machine Boulder

Feld Thoughts

I judged Lean Startup Machine Boulder yesterday afternoon. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into and usually protect my weekends pretty aggressively from stuff like this so I can spend time with Amy and recover / catch up from the week but for some reason Trevor Owens (Lean Startup Machine CEO) and Ray Wu convinced me to come out and play. I’m a huge Eric Ries / Lean Startup fan and believe that the methodology can be quickly taught.

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Analysis Paralysis (and Blaming Lean Startup)

Instigator Blog

Lately, I’m getting more and more feedback from entrepreneurs that Lean Startup is holding them back. I’m seeing this in action as well; startups that are “stuck” in a permanent mode of analysis with little to no action. Entrepreneurs blame the Lean Startup process. For starters, I’ve written about the pace of Lean Startup before, because at certain stages it does feel slow. Startups are too crazy for that.

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The Challenging Pace of Lean Startup

Instigator Blog

Some people think of startups as sprints. Some think of startups as marathons. Most successful startups take a long time; the truth about “overnight success&# is that it’s never really accomplished overnight (or even over a few nights.) We’re seeing a lot of early exits, which can be great for the entrepreneurs and early investors, but even these startups take a long time. The pace of a startup is incredibly hard. Tweet.

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Lean Startup and Big Vision Are Not Diametrically Opposed

Instigator Blog

Recently, I presented Lean Canvas and an extended Problem-Solution Canvas (that we created at Year One Labs) to FounderFuel’s second startup cohort. I’m always concerned when presenting anything related to Lean Startup that I sound like a religious zealot. During my session at FounderFuel, John Stokes from Real Ventures asked me where in the Lean Startup process does vision fit in? Unfortunately, too many startups are founded without one.

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The Ultimate Guide to Running a Lean Startup

Grasshopper Herder

Don''t read posts with titles like "The Ultimate Guide to Running a Lean Startup.". Lean Startups Do not click this link or read this post. Build Measure Learn is a process, not a bumper sticker.

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