7 Steps to a Customer-Driven Product Strategy

The process of coming up with a multi-year product strategy often frustrates action-minded product executives.   On one hand, this work is necessary to set long term goals and plot a path to success.  On the other hand, product planning sessions often consume a great deal of time and energy.  Worse, … Read More

Building Obama’s lean startup in America’s biggest bureaucracy

This post originally appeared on Techbeacon.com. What do you do when tasked with making the US government work like a lean startup? “Just start,” advises Hillary Hartley. Or, as we say in startup country: “JFDI.” Hartley is the cofounder and deputy executive director of 18F, a government organization that causes … Read More

Starting up innovation: How your company can empower intrapreneurs

This post first appeared on techbeacon.com. When you think of Michelin, you probably think of tires. In particular, the tires you’re about to replace on your car. The 126-year-old French company evokes images of reliable, durable rubber tires for all kinds of vehicles. “Pushing the envelope” or “cutting-edge innovation” probably … Read More

How a Big Company can Run Fast Like a Startup

This post first appeared on xconomy.com. What does the word “startup” mean to you? Many words can come to mind: new, exciting, experimental, small, lean, agile, fast. To me, “startup” mostly makes me think of “agile” and “fast.” In an early stage startup, everybody is focused on the same thing. … Read More