People often use tools as a substitute for the underlying skills that you need to be good at something. This is a mistake. To innovate, we have to invest in learning the core innovation skills.
According to Tom Peters, whoever tries the most stuff wins. Time to start experimenting.
Wile E. Coyote is actually a pretty good model for innovators. Not because he’s a genius, but because he perseveres.
Theaster Gates is an artist, and these days he is revitalising neighbourhoods through an artistic process. His great work provides many innovation lessons.
There is randomness and uncertainty in innovation. But this doesn’t mean that it can’t be managed.
One of the goals of lean startup is to find your early adopters – here are some practical ideas for doing that.
If we wait for something to be perfect before we launch it, we’ll never launch.
Let’s stop performing the gestures we’re taught to perform that make us seem innovative. Instead, let’s act. Innovation, not Innovation Theatre!
The best way to think of a Minimum Viable Product is as an object for learning. Here’s an example of a great one, along with resources to help you build your own.
Every time we build a business model for a new idea, it is based on many different assumptions. To increase our chances of success, we need to test these assumptions systematically.
If you’re doing a lean startup, you need to do two things. Identify the potential users in your market that are currently experiencing the most pain, and start with them. Once you’ve identified this first niche, then you can plan your expansion route.
Most new ventures fail because they don’t have enough customers. Unfortunately, entrepreneurs often fail to address this problem, and focus more on getting the product right first. This is a mistake. Lean Startup tools can help you avoid this mistake.