The Lean Linchpin: Middle Managers


What an apt description of the role of middle managers in a Lean environment. When we talk about the Lean business management approach or just continuous improvement in general, we often say that it involves everyone from the CEO to front line workers.


Customer, Culture, and Learning: Takeaways from the Lean Startup Conference

Moves the Needle

Anyone who has ever attended Lean Startup Conference (previously known as Lean Startup Week) in the past knows that this annual event regularly features invigorating speakers that divulge the newest insights and innovations in modern management for a wide array of industries and company types.

Innovation and Organizational Culture

Tim Kastelle

Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. Adaptability and innovation culture. Adaptive cultures are those that encourage: Risk-taking.

Lean Startup: Why Every Corporate Innovation Team Should Consider It


While Lean Startup methodology is employed most often by high-growth startups, the iterative “build-measure-learn" process that makes it so popular among tech entrepreneurs also makes it a great framework for corporate innovation teams to test concepts.

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6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

It’s your culture. People have been talking about organizational culture for years. discussions haven’t explicitly linked culture directly to innovation and business. This book does exactly that, revealing how your innovation culture can become. Yes, such a culture.

Lean in Healthcare – Interview with Mark Graban

Grasshopper Herder

Far too many health systems have a limited view of Lean as just an improvement methodology. Lean success comes from adopting Lean as a culture. Managing Entrepreneurship healthcare lean healthcare

Innovation and Organizational Culture

Integrative Innovation

Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. Adaptability and innovation culture. Adaptive cultures are those that encourage: Risk-taking.

Using Lean Innovation in the Product Development and Commercialization Process

Moves the Needle

Lean Innovation doesn’t begin and end with product development. The most mature organizations deploy integrated lean innovation practices across the product lifecycle. Lean Innovation and Commercialization When applying Lean Innovation techniques to the commercialization process, companies identify areas of uncertainty around any aspects of product launch and commercialization. What cultural characteristics effect marketing channels? Lean Innovation

Digitalization and future trends in lean


Last week we held an event to share best practices in the fields of digitalisation lean for large organizations. Knorr-Bremse built their processes based on Toyota lean. According to the German culture: plan, act, change.


Using Lean Innovation to Transform the Way the City of Hayward Solves Problems

Moves the Needle

Before and After Lean Innovation: Overview The City of Hayward, California wanted to break away from inefficient and ineffective processes for researching and launching programs, and remove organizational bottlenecks that stood in the way of serving citizens.

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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Turn Your Culture Into. a Culture of Innovation 2 // 19Spigit: 11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Existing Culture Into a Culture of Innovation 1 2 94% of senior executives in a research study by McKinsey said. people and corporate culture are. A company’s culture and the.

Webinar | How One Community Hospital is Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement


He is a Lean Six Sigma black belt and is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Master’s Degree in Business Operational Excellence. He also reflected on the leadership behaviors necessary to achieve cultural change. Lean Healthcare Webinars

The Role of Lean Innovation in Mergers and Acquisitions

Moves the Needle

You can use Lean Innovation techniques -- Empathy, Experiments, and Evidence to ensure the driving force is sustained through the integration. In this article, we will discuss some M&A successes and failures in order to be better prepared to handle clashing cultures, fan the flames of innovation, and come out as a unified, growing organization on the other side. Lean Innovation’s empathy work helps avoid this outcome by understanding what’s necessary to keep both parties happy.


Building an Innovative Company Culture


Building an Innovative Company Culture. The reason: before you can disrupt an industry, you need to disrupt your own company culture first. Let our team of non-conformists help you build your innovative company culture. Some watch-outs as you try to change your company culture.

Lean Startup In Japanese Companies

Steve Blank

Implementing the Lean Startup in any company is hard. All the culture and incentives are designed for execution. 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.


How SAY San Diego is Using Lean Innovation to Create Real Change

Moves the Needle

So much more can be accomplished when organizations embrace the unknown, shift their perspective to focus on their different customers, learn from valuable insights gained via empathy and experimentation, and ignite the innovative spirit within their culture. This is the story of how SAY San Diego is using Lean Innovation to create real, powerful change in their community.


Eric Ries interview: 4 Seeds for planting lean startup in the enterprise

Moves the Needle

Perhaps the most common question we hear is, “How do you get started doing Lean Startup in the enterprise?” We always get a kick discussing enterprise lean startup challenges with The Lean Startup author Eric Ries, so welcomed the opportunity to do so during his recent Kickstarter campaign.


Leading with Lean Agile Principles: What the 2019 NBA Finals Can Teach Businesses About ‘Winning on the Rebound’


This is where Lean Agile principles come into play. Keeping the Ball in Your Court: Understanding Lean Agile Principles. While being Lean means making the best use of what you have, being Agile means being able to adapt rapidly and flexibly to sudden changes.

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15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

Suggested reading: 14 – Building a Culture of Innovation. What it is: Rather than a specific theory or methodology, this is a business impetus to make sure that the corporate culture actually encourages innovative behaviour, instead of stifling it.

Advancing the Practice of Lean in the Digital Age: the Spigit and eVSM partnership

Planview Spigit

Your organization embraces a culture of quality. At some point the lean practice came to make sense to you. You began your lean journey. Today, you find yourself with practical understanding of the value of the lean approach, along with its limitations.


Idea Diversity: Key to Building a Culture of Innovation

Planview Spigit

In her Huffington Post article , Tiffani Bova, Contributor Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce, touches on an important point made by Lisa Bodell, an award-winning author and CEO of Futurethink, that has a big impact on building a culture of innovation: idea diversity. Idea diversity is a topic that isn’t talked about enough when it comes to what contributes to building a culture of innovation. Culture

Hacking a Corporate Culture to Support Innovation | Collective Campus

Collective Campus

In my most recent podcast interview with Steve Blank, credited with developing the customer development methodology which birthed the lean startup, we touched on the topic of how the corporate culture inhibits innovation


Learn Start-Up and Digital Skills: Are They Enough?


Organization & Culture adaptability digital hiring innovation lean skills start-up talentIf you’re like a lot of people, your company is trying to drive innovation internally, with a workforce that wasn't really hired for that.

Key Issues in Innovation Management – Revisited – Part 1

Tim Kastelle

Culture of experimentation (and speed). It requires a more deliberated approach, such as the lean startup process, design thinking or a combination thereof. Tip: Tim Kastelle has posted a worthwhile series on how to implement lean startup for innovation initiatives.

Why Building a Culture of Innovation is your Competitive Advantage


Building a culture of innovation. Because when you really look to understand innovation, when you seek to build a culture of innovation at the heart of your organisation then innovation becomes your differentiator.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley

It’s an opportunity to improve innovation culture that few are taking up. Forbes says innovation training is one of the 12 factors a company needs, to establish a more inventive culture. You won’t improve operations without an innovative mindset and culture.

Scaling Up Startups in Corporate Settings

Innovation Excellence

In recent years, an increasing intensity in collaboration between incumbent companies and startups has been observed. Meanwhile, close to 80% of corporations and startups have already been or are collaborating.

What it Takes to Achieve Operational Excellence


In order to be achieved, it must be clearly understood, injected into the culture, and supported with a methodology to guide decisions. Operational Excellence Lean Strategy Deployment Improvement Culture

Seven Innovation Fundamentals for Leaders

Gregg Fraley

Invest in Frameworks, But First, Establish a Culture Where Innovation Thrives. For results, leaders need to foster innovation fundamentals and integrate them into organizational culture. It’s about the cultural basics underlying them, and all innovation. Culture is key.

Key Innovation Issues for the Near Future – Part 1

Innovation Excellence

The challenge for companies will be to find their positions in upcoming platform ecosystems. Not every company has the capability and influence to act as an orchestrating platform builder. But even participating in other firms’ ecosystems can be highly attractive.

Don’t Blame Technology for Your Failure

Innovation Excellence

culture Innovation Leadership agile Cédric Mao Erwann Rosier Fly the Nest Lean start-up lean startup scale Start-upCédric Mao and Erwann Rozier founded Fly The Nest, to help startups grow, scale, and leave the nest, while keeping a consistent and cohesive team functioning. They tell us more about this organization discipline, which can also rule for innovation teams in established companies. 1) Nicolas Bry: What problem is addressing Fly the Nest? You’re.

Nine Questions CEO’s Should Ask About Innovation

Gregg Fraley

Does your culture support innovation? Is your culture supporting innovation? It’s a cliché, but you have to get the culture right. There are several ways to thoroughly assess if you have an innovative culture, but let’s keep it simple here.

“It’s Our Job to Ask Questions”: Building a Culture of Inquiry

Innovation Archetecture

I began running workshops around “building a culture of inquiry.” I began to introduce as part of the workshops an exercise by which participants could asses the health of their organization’s culture of inquiry. After the publication of Great Question!

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

Culture of experimentation (and speed). It requires a more deliberated approach, such as the lean startup process, design thinking or a combination thereof. Tip: Tim Kastelle has posted a worthwile series on how to implement lean startup for innovation initiatives.

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How to Effectively Support an Innovative Culture Without Compromising Business Goals

Planview Spigit

This was the mantra of Facebook in its early days, as is the case with most startups that subscribe to the iterative product development method popularized by the Lean Startup. Editor’s note: this is a guest post by Steve Glaveski. Move fast and break things.”.