096: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization: Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty | with Jeff Dyer

Engaging Leader

Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem. Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem. We love to know your thoughts about this episode.

Overcoming the Barriers to Corporate Entrepreneurship

Strategy Driven

On reflection, though, I find that the evidence does not support competitive advantage as a path to longevity. Yet when businesses try to implement entrepreneurial initiatives, these initiatives often fail. The most significant hurdle by far is resistance to change from within.

Big Data In Your Shampoo?

Mills Scofield

This guest post by Amir Golan , VP of Business Development at Signals , shows how important it is to look for the small signals and patterns in big data that are easily lost. Fast forward to today. That is, the decision drives the data to be collected and the questions to be asked.

Five Coaching Tips to Help Business Process Management Leaders Succeed

Strategy Driven

But those leaders have had training and experience to succeed in a traditional organization with a C-suite at the top and siloed business units and functions under each executive. The Executive Sponsor and Process Owner bring different strengths to the BPI Project.

Focus - Concentrate on one thing at a time.

Your Voice of Encouragement

skip to main | skip to sidebar Friday, May 14, 2010 Focus - Concentrate on one thing at a time. When you have a lot to do, it’s tempting to multi-task. But you’ll actually get more done if you concentrate on one thing at a time.

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L3-TV: Effective project management means I don't shine if you don.

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

The Glowan Consulting Group L3 Blog Home About Glowan Subscribe to feed ‹ Baby Zen: The Importance of Mindful Presence in Leadership • The ROI of going for it on 4th down with 2 yards to go. Or where the next company Christmas party is going to be held. Leaders.

Using AI and Machine Learning for Agile Development and Portfolio Management - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CA TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business Review

But, what about the application of AI and ML to agile development, testing and even portfolio management? We’re all striving to deliver better products faster to meet customer needs in the marketplace and stay ahead of the competition. For nearly two decades, many companies have utilized the principles within the Agile Manifesto to deliver faster time-to-market than traditional, or linear development models. Click here to learn more.

The Mindset Your Company Needs to Grow Organically

Harvard Business Review

M&A is central to many companies’ growth strategies. It’s been easier to go from big to bigger through M&A than new to big through entrepreneurship. That failure is not due to a lack of trying. Companies dedicate vast amounts of time, money, and effort to organic growth. Once launched, the opportunity is micro-managed to ensure that everything goes according to plan. The second step is to test like an entrepreneur.

A New Way for Entrepreneurs to Think About IT

Harvard Business Review

Entrepreneurs have historically taken one of two approaches to IT. They typically hire third parties to help them with IT and never make it part of their core business. Theirs is a “bricolage” approach to digital. It has several key benefits: Speeds time-to-market.

How CEOs Can Make Smart Strategic Trade-Offs

Harvard Business Review

One of the challenges of being a CEO is that you rarely are asked to choose between a wrong or right answer. Strategy, after all, is about tradeoffs — choosing where to focus. When confronted with disruptive technologies, many companies fail to align digital strategies with their core strategies. “If you went to bed last night as an industrial company,” Immelt observed, “you are going to wake up this morning as a software and data analytics company.”

How to Tell Your Team That Organizational Change Is Coming

Harvard Business Review

From time to time, every leader has to deliver news that is hard for employees to hear. Even when businesses are doing well, organizational and structural change is to be expected , and acquisitions, reorganizations, or policy changes can affect people’s jobs in ways that create feelings of fear, anger, or sorrow. How am I going to get my work done?” Equip all levels of management to explain the context. pm images/Getty Images.

Bureaucracy Can Drain Your Company’s Energy. Agile Can Restore It.

Harvard Business Review

Its hierarchical authority, specialized division of labor, and standard operating procedures enabled companies to grow far larger than they had ever been. If so, what can you do to escape the iron cage? Instead, our discussions typically turn to another option.

How Chinese Companies Disrupt Through Business Model Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Experts continue to debate whether Chinese businesses are truly disruptive. The American textile and apparel industries, for example, will tell you that the evidence can be found in the blood on the floor — their blood, on what used to be their floor.

Continuous Development Will Change Organizations as Much as Agile Did

Harvard Business Review

In 2001, a new approach to technology development was created by a daring group of developers. Agile development laid the intellectual groundwork for the Lean movement in entrepreneurship, which further pushed business leaders to organize their business model and product development work around a series of experiments, testing critical hypothesis along the way. And, once again, business leaders would do well to pay close attention to the strategic implications.

NewTV Is the Antithesis of a Lean Startup. Can It Work?

Harvard Business Review

The plan is to create 10-minute programs; think YouTube meets Netflix. Will consumers want to watch short-form mobile entertainment? NewTV will depend on partners like telcos to distribute the content. After the crash, venture capital was scarce to nonexistent.

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The Key to Agile Success? Focus on Outcomes, not Metrics - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM CA TECHNOLOGIES

Harvard Business Review

To be truly competitive in the digital economy, you must be built to change. Companies across the globe are faced with new competitive threats, changing market dynamics, new technology disruption and evolving customer needs, and the pressure is on for companies to be able to sense and respond to those changes and deliver better products and services to customers, faster. Is faster delivery into the market having an impact on your bottom line?

To Innovate Like a Startup, Make Decisions Like VCs Do

Harvard Business Review

A lean startup approach, we are told, can empower big companies to innovate rapidly and effectively in the face of continual disruption, potentially even transforming enterprises into centers of continual new growth. Responding to this promise, many companies have started putting these ideas to use: A recent study of 170 organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue found that over 82% are currently using a lean startup approach in some aspect of their business.

How Corporate Values Get Hijacked and Misused

Harvard Business Review

What appears less common is their understanding of the destructive consequences of allowing that to happen. They reflexively grasp for the culture lever, assuming the act of crafting and publishing a set of values actually has the power to do something. People want their company’s values to be sacrosanct. The painful result of widespread misuse of company values, according to one major study , is that only 23% of U.S.

3 Ways Leaders Undermine Cohesion by Trying to Create It

Harvard Business Review

When companies want to address fragmented cultures, they do some of the oddest things. Like new home owners who simply paint over rotted siding, executives take dangerously superficial approaches to unifying organizations, ignoring how splintered theirs really are.

Morning Advantage: One Entrepreneur Who Will Not Be Rushed

Harvard Business Review

But Palmer Luckey, now 20, is taking his own sweet time to market — which he’s free to do since his funding comes strings-free from Kickstarter. It would be irresponsible for me to say when we'll have consumer products," he tells this enthusiast from Popular Mechanics , since the device still lacks sound — and who knows what else? How Humans Keep Time (Smithsonian

How to Prioritize Your Company’s Projects

Harvard Business Review

” Without one, it is almost impossible to prioritize effectively. Although we had been a market leader for many years, our new products had been launched several months later than the competition — in fact, our time to market had doubled over the previous three years. The bank was using a project management tool, but the lack of discipline in keeping it up to date made it largely fruitless. What was she meant to do?

The More Things Change, the More They Don't Stay the Same

Harvard Business Review

The main effect of higher productivity is to make labor more valuable; therefore it stands to reason that employers would — in the classic logic of "if you liked it that price, you'll love it at this one" — snap up more of it. it's a fallacy to suggest that there's a trade-off between unemployment and productivity." Yet, as obviously logical as that finding turns out to be, McKinsey was right to frame it as counterintuitive.

A Tool for Balancing Your Company’s Digital Investments

Harvard Business Review

This situation exists because, believe it or not, a lot of organizations lack any mechanisms to help them actively manage the evaluation, selection, monitoring, and adjustment of digital investments to achieve clearly defined business results while meeting clear risk and return expectations. In essence, digital investments should be planned and managed according to their current and future contribution to business performance.

Are You a Rebel or a Leader?

Harvard Business Review

We were in a meeting to review the roadmap for the company's new product. I wanted to accept the consensus as a sign that the company had rounded the corner on its 3-year slog to be more relevant in their market. To lead is to advocate for an idea.

IT on Steroids: The Benefits (and Risks) of Accelerating Technology

Harvard Business Review

In 2008, RIM tried to match the new competitor. However, the new handset, its software, and the available applications all failed to excite critics and customers. When it comes to innovation in industries with strategically narrow windows of opportunities, speed is everything.

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Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. To get the most from dispersed innovation, managers need a different playbook. Here are three ways to set up and manage global innovation for success: 1. Assign oversight and support responsibility to a senior manager. This hands-off approach works because on-site executives can rely on informal communication and feedback mechanisms to maintain oversight.

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. To get the most from dispersed innovation, managers need a different playbook. Here are three ways to set up and manage global innovation for success: 1. Assign oversight and support responsibility to a senior manager. This hands-off approach works because on-site executives can rely on informal communication and feedback mechanisms to maintain oversight.

The Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing

Harvard Business Review

The widespread deployment of low-cost sensors and their connection to the internet has generated a great deal of excitement (and hype) about the future of manufacturing. But to get beyond the hype, managers need to understand some underlying challenges and paradigm shifts.

How HR Can Become Agile (and Why It Needs To)

Harvard Business Review

While initially designed to improve the responsiveness of software development teams, more recently agile has become the default team-based operational model for companies big and small, across industries and sectors, with the promise of a substantial and sustained spike in team productivity and efficiency. The bulk of this agile canon will teach your individual teams to deliver higher-quality code, faster. A Quick Introduction to Agile Management.

Team Chemistry Is the New Holy Grail of Performance Analytics

Harvard Business Review

Makes teams better” is fast-becoming both an essential ingredient to getting hired and a mission-critical skill-set worth measuring. What combinatorial characteristics of high-performers empower everyone else to over-perform? But this was the first time attending the event where so many of the top-tier athletic luminaries—particularly coaches and managers—spoke so wistfully and ambitiously about the analytic alchemy that can turn teammates into champions.

It’s Time for Episode-Based Health Care Spending

Harvard Business Review

There is widespread agreement that if the United States is to achieve sustainable levels of health care spending, it must make greater use of payment mechanisms that reward physicians, hospitals, and health systems for the results achieved. REBP is designed to change that.

Lean Doesn’t Always Create the Best Products

Harvard Business Review

Not nearly enough attention has been paid to this question. As a practitioner of a design-led form of product development, and in my own research and writing about an empathetic approach to product design, I’m overtly critical of the Lean manifesto.

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The CEO's Frugal Innovation Agenda

Harvard Business Review

CEOs of large companies face a conundrum: they are confronted with a growing number of frugal consumers clamoring for affordable solutions, yet their existing corporate culture and incentive systems are designed to support a "bigger is better" business model — not to deliver more with less. As the Age of Austerity dawns, however, corporate leaders will have no choice: they will have to bite the bullet and infuse their organizations with a frugal mindset.

Feeling Stumped? Innovation Software Can Help

Harvard Business Review

Imagine a team at a ski company that's faced with a big problem: When skiers make sharp turns at high speeds, the edges of their skis lift from the snow, causing the skiers to sometimes lose control. The team needed to lessen the vibrations of its skis. In some violins, they discovered, there's a special layer — a metal grid — that helps to stabilize the instrument, and reduce unwanted vibrations. But for a long time they weren't easy to find.

Do You Have the IT For the Coming Digital Wave?

Harvard Business Review

With a tsunami of new digital technologies all converging simultaneously — social, mobile, cloud, analytics and embedded devices — there has been, once again, a cry for corporate IT to radically change to enable the digital transformation of businesses.

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What You Won’t Hear About Trade and Manufacturing on the Campaign Trail

Harvard Business Review

election year, presidential candidates in both parties have tied the loss of American manufacturing jobs to “unfair” trading practices and pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). For my part, I think opposition to TPP is misdirected. In this U.S.

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In Praise of Going it Alone

Harvard Business Review

A lot of business literature advocates teaming up wherever possible to open the doors to new ideas, draw on the unique strengths of others, and speed time to market. Look for example at Lytro , a company whose impact on photography might turn out to be on par with the digital camera. Advanced algorithms process these inputs to enable features such as 3D effects or focusing on different parts of the image after the photo has already been taken.

India Remakes Global Innovation

Harvard Business Review

In 2008, Dr Reddy's acquired Chirotech, Dow Chemical's R&D unit, for $32 million, and in April 2011 relocated it to a new 33,000 sq. Dr Reddy's plan is to leverage Chirotech's scientific capabilities to optimize drug development processes, thus lowering manufacturing costs and speeding time-to-market. In recent years, Indian firms such as Dr Reddy's have also started globalizing their R&D footprint by moving into Western markets.

How IBM, Intuit, and Rich Products Became More Customer-Centric

Harvard Business Review

This seems to be a key question on the minds of not just marketers, but company strategists these days. Yet wanting to be closer with customers, and knowing what actual, operational pathways to take in order to achieve this are two very different things.

The CEO's Frugal Innovation Agenda

Harvard Business Review

CEOs of large companies face a conundrum: they are confronted with a growing number of frugal consumers clamoring for affordable solutions, yet their existing corporate culture and incentive systems are designed to support a "bigger is better" business model — not to deliver more with less. As the Age of Austerity dawns, however, corporate leaders will have no choice: they will have to bite the bullet and infuse their organizations with a frugal mindset.

Building a Software Start-Up Inside GE

Harvard Business Review

Is your company ready to compete in a world of smart, connected products ? For some time now we’ve been living into a smarter world filled with Big Data and analytics, and a more connected one that’s been described as “ the internet of things.”

Welcome to the “Designed By Me” Era

Harvard Business Review

Since at least the early ’90s, we’ve been hearing that Mass Customization is going to change the consumer landscape, but by and large, we still buy manufactured goods the way we have since the middle of last century. Physical product customizers such as Nike iD and Moto Maker have earned strong customer followings, but they’re still closer to “designed for me” than the “designed by me” experience we’ve been promised. The tools to do this are already here.

What BMW’s Corporate VC Offers That Regular Investors Can’t

Harvard Business Review

Gimmy’s task was clear but highly demanding: to reimagine the way BMW innovates. At the time, BMW had no dedicated, company-spanning unit to leverage the creative power of startups. To fill the void and build such a new BMW startup unit, Gimmy partnered with an experienced innovation manager from BMW, Matthias Meyer. From 2012 to 2015, the number of global corporate venture capital deals almost doubled, and their investments quadrupled, to $29.1