Posts Tagged "Steve Blank"

Organizational Debt

There’s common understanding of technical debt in software circles these days.  I think the concept applies to processes as well (queue the process debt posts I’ve written over the years). Steve Blank writes recently about Organizational Debt.  Possibly an outgrowth

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Build + Grow

Whenever we reach an inflection point at BP3 and need to evaluate the right next steps, I’m always grateful for the ability to read about all those who have come before us and their experiences.  It is upon their examples

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Steve Blank on Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

I saw this post more than a month ago but it took me a while to come back to it and read it.  Steve Blank has written the definitive works on Customer Development already, and with all the discussion of

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Lean Startup Meets Harvard Business Review

I’d have been more surprised if this happened a few years ago, but Lean Startup thinking has become so prevalent that even the conservative Harvard Business Review had to notice and address the topic eventually. Even better, they reached out

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#SXSW Day 2: Reconnecting with Inspiration

There are so many people who are jaded about the SXSW experience.  I can understand that. It is overwhelming in its size and scope as it spreads out in Austin’s Downtown area. And some people don’t like to be mixed

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Entrepreneurship for the Rest of Us: Mainstream

[Last of the statup-related posts for this week! How about a little “entrepreneurship for the rest of us”?!] Loved reading this guest post from Jerry Engel, on Steve Blank’s blog: While we’re excited by the results, we’ve realized that we’ve

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The Pessimistic View of Silicon Valley

(Ironic to be posting this on the heels of the ATC CEO Summit… ) Steve Blank occasionally gets down in the dumps about Silicon Valley, as in his latest: We can hope that as the Social Media wave runs its

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Steve Blank and the NSF's Innovation Corps

Steve Blank consistently writes one of the best blogs.  His installment (at least 2 parts) on the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps is no exception. Of course the knee-jerk reaction from most people is that government cannot help in such

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A New Process for Products?

Yesterday’s post on the Cosmonaut has me thinking about how new products are developed and released into the wild.  We focus so much on startups and processes in the software and virtual world, but Kickstarter has exposed a new process

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A Different Way of Looking at Smartphones

Steve Blank’s two-part series on the iPhone is definitely “a different perspective”: The concept of yearly “improvements”, whether styling or incremental technology improvements, every model year gave GM an unbeatable edge in the market. (Henry Ford hated the idea. He

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Scientific Method and Startups

It is just hard to see how this news, courtesy of Steve Blank, could possibly be bad news: Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) – the $6.8-billion U.S. government agency that supports research in all the non-medical fields of science

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Improving the Process for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank’s process for teaching entrepreneurship – The Lean Launchpad – is a bit like the process for teaching the startup process.  It is a fascinating evolution to observe as it develops; and the results are impressive. I recommend reading

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What BPM Can Learn from the Lean Startup

Since the beginning of the SXSW-interactive conference, I’ve posted a few times about the Lean Startup sessions and hinted that they might apply to BPM. Heading into the IBM Impact conference, this feels like the right time to talk about

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Steve Blank SXSWi: New Rules for the New Bubble

Steve Blank was the star speaker among an incredibly strong cast of speakers at the Lean Startup sessions at SXSW-interactive.  The room was packed, and SXSW volunteers were keeping more people out in the halls to obey fire codes.  There

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Steve Blank: Entrepreneurship is an Art not a Job

I just read one of Steve Blank’s posts and I just wanted to share my impressions here. Because the internal debate Steve seems to be sharing with us on his blog is not unlike the debate that goes on in

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SXSW 2011 day 2. The Lean Startup Phenomenon

The Lean Startup is a phenomenon.  Day 2 proved it.  Day 2 was not a typical SXSW experience. Instead of scrambling all over downtown Austin to get to sessions, I stayed in one place all day at the lovely AT&T

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Ash Maurya Reconciles Customer Development with Web Apps Business Realities

Interesting blog from Austin’s own Ash Maurya “The Fallacy of Customer Development“, which is really an essay to explain that if you’re developing a web application, rather than enterprise software, you need to apply a different approach to customer development

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Tough Economy but Perfect Storm for Startups

Steve Blank writes about the “enterpreneurial singularity“, a result of a combination of factors that make it easier than ever to start up a new company – combined with a set of factors that reduce the opportunity cost of doing

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Furthering the "Startup Process"

Steve Blank’s posts on the Business Model/Customer Development/Lean Startup stack have been really compelling reading, and I believe are zeroing in on what may be a repeatable process for startups.  It doesn’t mean the process always yields a successful startup

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"Strategy is not a To-Do List"

Steve Blank’s excellent blog includes this post: Strategy is Not a To Do List, It Drives a To Do List It took me awhile, but I began to realize that the strategic part of my job was two-fold. First, (in

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Startup Lessons Learned Conference

Every so often, a conversation builds to critical mass and demands an in-person meet-up.  Eric Ries pulled this show together, and I have to say there is some great video, and there were some great presentations to browse to get

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A Process for Teaching Entrepreneurship?

Steve Blank’s blog has a series of posts regarding the entrepreneurship courses he and his colleagues are teaching at Stanford and Berkeley.  The thing that jumped out at me is that it sure reads like there is a process for

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Make No Little Plans

Man. Steve Blank writes some great stuff.  Makes me wish I had gone to epiphany back in the 90’s!  He explains that if you’re going to go work for someone, make sure they have big plans, plans to grow the

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Its the People. And the Free Soda.

What a great post by Steve Blank, yet again, as he reveals a classic cautionary tale from start-up land (“The Elves Leave Middle Earth – Sodas Are No Longer Free”). It’s about the Sodas no longer being free.  Seriously.  Coke.

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Why Doesn't "Continuous Improvement" Philosophy Apply to #BPM Vendors?

I’m tired of waiting. I think I’ve been spoiled by the pace of Web 2.0 and I’m no longer patient for each major release of enterprise software. In a world where we can receive application updates to SaaS applications daily,

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Sometimes Leadership Means Executing the Plan

There are times when we must ditch the plan and we often talk about these moments when a good leader has changed course to effect a better outcome.  These tend to be fascinating decisions to study because we wonder, how

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Faith-based versus Fact-based

No, this isn’t a political posting! I just read Steve Blank’s blog on Faith-Based versus Fact-Based Decision Making, and it resonated really well with my experiences at prior startups.  As he points out, starting the company is an article of

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The Role of Corner Cases in BPM

In a previous article, the Six Barriers to BPM Adoption in the Enterprise, #4 was “The Bus Brake Effect”.  The short version is that anyone on the bus can pull the break and stop everyone’s progress.  For many organizations, that

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Three Processes for "Product" Development

Eric Ries’ presentation on “The Lean Startup: a Disciplined Approach to Imagining, Designing, and Building New Products” has three processes depicted for “product” development.  I put product in quotes because I think you can accurately substitute “service” or “process” and

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People, Staffing, and Steve Blank's SuperMac Series

I’ve been trolling on Twitter recently – meaning, I’ve started following a few people, just to see if anything interesting crops up.  I haven’t really felt the urge to post to twitter, but I thought I’d see what kind of

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