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.


Lean Innovation Leadership in the Enterprise

Moves the Needle

But, it all starts with leadership. This “ask me anything” style interview tackles tough questions on the topic of innovation leadership and provides a unique perspective on why it’s important within an enterprise setting. Questions Answered: Why is Lean Innovation Leadership Important? From a leadership perspective, how can you implement Lean Startup on physical products? How can you use Lean Innovation in a B2B vs B2C company?

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Combining lean startup and agile with a design-led approach reduces business risk

Innovation Excellence

collaboration Creativity Design Governance Innovation Leadership Management Research Strategy #designthinking #riskmitigation agile flow leanFor most corporations, leading in quality means continually pursuing organizational excellence.

Agile 112

Lean & Startup Patterns – Interview with Sam McAfee

Grasshopper Herder

I reached out to chat about his approach on Lean, startups and teamwork. Q: What are the differences between Agile Software Development and Lean Software Development? A: At the highest level, the difference between Agile and Lean software development is mainly […]. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership lean manufacturing lean product development lean startup


This Army Colonel Is Helping Large Enterprises Innovate Like Lean Startups

Digital Tonto

The key is to focus on problems, not marry solutions Related posts: The Lean Startup Is Now Helping To Transform Government Funded Science Into Real Businesses. The Lean Startup Is Doing More Than. [[ This is a content summary only. All Posts Management Innovation Leadership Lean StartupVisit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].


What is Lean Innovation? Components and Examples

Moves the Needle

Lean Innovation Definition At Moves The Needle, we define lean innovation as “reducing waste in the discovery, creation, and delivering of new value to customers." We base Lean Innovation principles upon the 3 E’s of Lean Innovation : Empathy, Experiments and Evidence. And in practice, we combine three important ideas: design thinking, Lean Startup, and agile methodology. In this way, lean innovation and design thinking go hand in hand. Lean Innovation

Case Study: Lean Experiments with Radical Candor

Grasshopper Herder

We decided to run lean experiments on this tactic to see how it would work for the Kromatic team. The post Case Study: Lean Experiments with Radical Candor appeared first on Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Continuous Improvement Experiment Design & Template Hypothesis Driven Development lean startup teams

Going Lean, Again


Friedrich Arnold, Senior Project Manager at etventure, explains how manufacturers can embrace the Lean Startup methodology as the centerpiece of their Digital Transformation. The transformation to a Lean Production system has been a big success for the company.


Successful Innovators Apply Multiple Leadership Styles Simultaneously

Innovation 360 Group

Leadership styles are critical to innovation efforts, especially when working with uncertainty. In the recently published original research study , Cultivating Growth and Radical Innovation Success in the Fourth Industrial Revolution with Big Data Analytics , Dr. Soo Beng Khoh and Innovation360 CEO Magnus Penker set out to explore exactly how leadership styles are leveraged by successful innovators. Leadership styles used deliberately. Key characteristic of Leadership styles.

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.

LEAN 101

Why We’re Digging Deep at Lean Startup Conference 2018

Moves the Needle

Lean Startup Week - this year known as Lean Startup Conference - has traditionally been a staple in the innovation industry for bringing both startups and enterprise companies alike into the same sphere in order to discuss advancements in strategy, tactics, ideas, and social impact.

Lean Start-Up’s Newest Tool is a Game Changer for All Innovators

Innovation Excellence

Innovation LeadershipUse Innovation Accounting to Drive the Metrics that Matter Most for Your New Venture or Start-Up As the field of innovation management matures, many entrepreneurs and companies have built solid capabilities in design thinking, rapid prototyping, portfolio management, open innovation, and the list goes on. But a recent study of 1200 executives by PwC found that 54% of leaders struggle to.

Tools 84

Lean Innovation in the Social Impact Sector

Moves the Needle

We work with city employees, non-profit professionals and philanthropic foundation leadership to inspire this new way of thinking and to tear down the divide between the solutions they offer and the people they aim to serve. What is the role of Lean Innovation in social impact organizations? How did you get into the social impact and lean innovation space? What types of organizations or projects is Lean Innovation best suited for?


Office of Naval Research (ONR) Goes Lean

Steve Blank

Now they are starting to use the Lean Innovation process (see here and here ) to turn ideas into solutions. Test if the Lean Innovation process actually accelerates technology adoption and an innovation ecosystem. Lean Innovation is a Process.


Leadership Development: What Skills Should an Innovation Leader Possess?

Moves the Needle

Companies don’t grow to become large enterprises without systems and processes working at scale, backed by the executional prowess provided by strong leadership. Introduction to Leadership Development What is Leadership Development with regard to Lean Innovation? The phrase “leadership development” can mean different things to different people. Leadership DevelopmentA leader is someone who holds a high degree of influence within an organization.

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. Lean Innovation empathy work is a great way to understand the human side of acquisitions and again, this is from both sides of the table, acquirer and acquiree. But, it didn’t occur to those on the buying side of the deal to think “What can we do to entice people -- especially leadership -- to stay on for a while”. Lean Innovation


Modern leadership styles and innovation: The boss doesn’t always know best!


But not all businesses are run in this way and leadership comes in many different forms. The nature of modern leadership. The post Modern leadership styles and innovation: The boss doesn’t always know best! Blog bottom-up innovation corporate innovation leadership

Lean Startup In Japanese Companies

Steve Blank

Implementing the Lean Startup in any company is hard. Now compound that level of effort with trying to put a Lean Startup culture in place in Japan. According to Takashi Tsutsumi and Masato Iino, Japanese companies tend to be technology centric, obsess over quality and have weak leadership. And weak leadership leads to a reluctance to change and the inability to mandate Lean as an innovation process. All the culture and incentives are designed for execution.


Why and How to Model a Non-profit on the Lean Canvas


I often get asked if one can or should model a non-profit using a Lean Canvas. The lean canvas makes defining how we create value for the donor explicit. There are several variations of the lean and business model canvases now floating around for non-profits and social ventures.


How Used Lean Innovation to Make Their Mission a Reality

Moves the Needle

Lean Innovation Case Study: Bringing a New Product to Market Don’t have time to read the whole article? This is the story of how used Lean Innovation practices to make their mission a reality. Lean Startup in Action Their lean startup approach looked like this.


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.


What Metrics Should Innovation Programs Measure?

Grasshopper Herder

Corporate Startup Innovation Ecosystem Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Metrics Metrics & Innovation AccountingIf you want your innovation program to be successful, you have to articulate clear objectives in advance, and then align them with your metrics.

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

Moves the Needle

Co-Authored by Heather Hiscox and Amelia Klawon Get the full case study to save for your records or to show to your leadership team here: Download Case Study. This is the story of how SAY San Diego is using Lean Innovation to create real, powerful change in their community. The leadership team at SAY San Diego identified a number of internal problems affecting the way the organization functioned.


Celebrating Women’s Leadership in IP Management


As the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) says: “More than ever before, women are taking up leadership roles and making their voices heard in science, technology, business and the arts.”. By Alexandra Letts, General Counsel of Anaqua.

The Majesty of Elmo

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup Miscellaneous Teamwork & Leadership Continuous Improvement Productivity Startup Tool teamsThe Kromatic team has found a delightful and innovative way to make meetings more efficient. The post The Majesty of Elmo appeared first on

Get More Done

Braden Kelley

That is not the case here… Instead I would … Continue reading → Leadership LEAN Management Strategy approaches efficiency methodologies methods productivity success time management

LEAN 191

Learning as We Go with the Power of Retrospectives

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Productivity RetrospectiveHow to use retrospectives so your entire team can get the most out of your experiments. The post Learning as We Go with the Power of Retrospectives appeared first on

Guest Post: Want to move Corporate Innovation into Hyperdrive? Avoid These Three Pitfalls

Grasshopper Herder

Corporate Startup Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Change Management Entrepreneur Guest Post lean startup teamsGuest Blogger Valerie Vacante writes, "Avoid these three common pitfalls when pursuing corporate innovation.".


UnLearning to Lead Part II: How to Get the Best Out of Everyone

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Retrospective teamsA successful leader makes sure their teammates are capable in their position and clear on their mission. The post UnLearning to Lead Part II: How to Get the Best Out of Everyone appeared first on

Guest Post: Introducing The Customer Happiness Canvas

Grasshopper Herder

Customer Development Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership business model canvas lean startup Product Management user experienceThe Customer Happiness Canvas is a tool for teams to visualize strategies for getting and keeping customers.

Tools 58

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.

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.

Diversity is an Innovation Metric

Grasshopper Herder

Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership Continuous Improvement diversity ProductivityDiversity is a hot topic, but what is not often discussed is the fact that diverse teams are more innovative. Read more about why diversity is an innovation metric.


6 Things People Need to Hear About Kaizen Events


With more and more companies in almost every industry adopting the Lean management approach or at least taking a few pages from it, Kaizen events are more popular than ever. That’s wonderful because they can be a very useful tool for improving processes and teaching leadership.

Key Issues in Innovation Management – Revisited – Part 1

Tim Kastelle

Leadership through vision and influence, rather than command and control, is required. It requires a more deliberated approach, such as the lean startup process, design thinking or a combination thereof.

2 Popular Process Improvement Methodologies Explained


The ability to reliably produce quality outcomes with minimal waste is elusive but achievable with the right leadership and attention. Lean Six Sigma Continuous Improvement Software

Innovation Requires Improvisation

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Build Capability Innovation Leadership change Creativity Disruptive Innovation education Entrepreneurship Improvisation Innovation Management Innovation Mindset innovative thinking lean start-ups Start-ups“Innovation attitudes, not just aptitudes, matter.

Adopting Holacracy to Fuel Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Continue reading → Feature Of The Week consumers Followership Holacracy Leadership lean startup Manager-free Olivier Compagne Organizational Hierarchy Organizational Structure

Report 100

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Idea to Value

However, in every case, it is beneficial for a company to look inwards and see whether their people, processes and leadership are acting more as innovation enablers, or bottlenecks. bringing to light inefficiencies which leadership would not be aware of).

What is Leader Standard Work?


Leader standard work applies this same concept to the task of driving Lean thinking and behavior throughout the organization. Leadership LeanStandard work is the documented and current best way to do a particular task, procedure or process.

Tools 68

Innovation Lessons from the Troublesome Start of AIRBNB

Innovation Excellence

Feature Of The Week airbnb Disruptive Innovation incubator Innovation Leadership lean startup Management StartupWhat began as a simple idea to earn some extra income and help out travelers from out-of-town eventually took off globally.

Time-boxed organization sprints, with Fly The Nest

Rapid Innovation in digital time

They tell us more about this organization discipline, which can also rule for innovation … Continue reading → Digital & Internet Execution Innovation Rapid Innovation Unit Agile Cédric Mao Erwann Rosier Fly the Nest Leadership 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.


When Going in New Directions, It Helps to Have a Map

Innovation Excellence

Innovation Leadership Strategy Business Model Canvas business tools Lean Canvas play to win Roger Martin Strategic Planning tools visual toolsI developed the Play-to-Win Canvas, a large wall map, to help teams explore strategic possibilities.