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May 8, 2021 in AgileBusiness, Innovation Observations

Disruption and Product Market Fit

Is there really that much difference between Disruption and Product Market Fit? Most start-ups talk about getting to product market fit, and go fast, go big. Most big businesses talk about being disrupted by smaller competitors or that the market is being disrupted by new technologies. Most of the time…
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June 10, 2020 in AgileBusiness, Innovation Observations

Optimisation vs Transformation

There's one metaphor that I've found to be particularly useful in my work with clients in helping to articulate the opportunity and challenge in making smart decisions around technology and transformation. Now, more than ever of-course, these kind of decisions are critical. If we look for examples of change within…
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February 10, 2019 in AgileBusiness, Innovation Observations

Changing Innovation Horizons

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank makes a good point about McKinsey's Three Horizons Model for innovation and how our approach to understanding how we apply it needs to change. The model famously seeks to define the different types of innovation that businesses need to focus on if they are to…
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Tools of the trade


Adobe Kickbox

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Adobe Kickbox delivers an actionable process for discovering new opportunities, validating customer engagement, and evaluating new business potential. It includes tools that help innovators define, refine, validate, and evolve their idea. Download here

Business Model Canvas

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Business Model Canvas provides a shared language for describing, visualizing, assessing and changing business models. Map Existing Business Models - Visualize and communicate a simple story of your business model. Or Design New Business Models. Use the canvas to explore new business models whether you are a start-up or an existing…

Business Design Playbook

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This guide is for anyone who wants to see an idea come to life in a short period of time and needs the tools to make it happen. It is designed for everyone and anyone to use — from creative change makers who want to bring new products or services…
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Audio snippets

Frank Mattes author of “Lean Scaleup” has worked with many established companies through the years and helped them to innovate. He’s worked with companies such as Philips, BP, Bosch and Telefonica. Here he discusses some of the issues and resolutions to scaling inside corporate organisations.

Pete Flint (General Partner at NFX) shares 7 key strategies he has identified to help Founders manage a hypercompetitive market and get ahead, including: Pricing, Profitable market segments, Competitors Using capital, Being uniquely better, Managing your psychology. Hypercompetitive markets are tricky to navigate, but understanding the dynamics and having the right approach can make a big difference in outcome.

We all need tools that can cross cross refer and inspire us to see gaps and opportunities. Here more specifically Phil Mckinney explains how he collects info from books, podcasts, websites, magazines, and emails with minimal manual steps so he is able to find information easily without remembering exact wording and lastly how these create a serendipity effect.

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Books worth reading


Be More Pirate

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Being more pirate is a shift in your mindset; a willingness to think differently, to challenge and be challenged, and to stop asking for permission to do what you know is right. Using these pioneering strategies as examples, and looking to modern-day pirates like Banksy, Elon Musk and Malala for…

The Innovators Dilemma

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The Innovator’s Dilemma a must-read for managers, CEOs, innovators, and entrepreneurs alike. The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything…

Testing Business Ideas

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Systematically testing business ideas can dramatically reduce the risk and increase the likelihood of success for any new venture or business project. A definitive field guide to business model testing, this book features practical tips for making major decisions that are not based on intuition and guesses. Testing Business Ideas shows leaders…
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