Comments
Lean Startup Concept No Silver Bullet
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
pcalento011
50%
50%
pcalento011,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/28/2012 | 11:47:07 AM
re: Lean Startup Concept No Silver Bullet
Perspectives or management philosophies are like diets. While you can debate the merits of each, ultimately following through on one ultimately yields better results than doing nothing. Why? You're thinking about the process. To me, that's a silver bullet ... and that silver bullet "could" be the lean approach. --Paul Calento http://bit.ly/paul_calento
MyW0r1d
50%
50%
MyW0r1d,
User Rank: Strategist
6/25/2012 | 1:33:24 PM
re: Lean Startup Concept No Silver Bullet
Well I personally tend to follow the Sun Tzu, Bossidy and Charan philosophy that without execution they are all only also rans. I believe though that rather than coming and going, they represent an evolution. I was in the Tactical Air Command for instance when Gen Creech made TQM a household phrase throughout the command and MOB was fashionable. I see some of both in Six Sigma.

I haven't read the book, but your description sounds like so much of a rehash of many basic "lean" methodologies championed during the past 24 months perhaps focused to startups in order to sell a book. Innovative? At least 5 years old, but as long as rehashing someone else's ideas still sells... Some quick calculations, 33 minus 18-24 months to write the article and another 18-24 for research may put the author a couple of good years out of college. A sound experience base to identify the silver bullet of the moment? I used the word fashion earlier because I see these models comparable to the fashion industry, fads that come and go only to be rehashed and labeled innovative years later. Give me Sun Tzu, W.Edwards Deming, and these any day for companies with long term vision.
PatrickH
50%
50%
PatrickH,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/23/2012 | 4:44:47 PM
re: Lean Startup Concept No Silver Bullet
Oh my. I've been around long enough to remember that I forgot about them. Quality circles may have been the very first cure-all I personally encountered. Thanks for the jog.
rlewine194
50%
50%
rlewine194,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/22/2012 | 11:20:12 PM
re: Lean Startup Concept No Silver Bullet
How about Jugaad? Another silver bullet? "A Hindi slang word, jugaad (pronounced "joo-gaardh") translates to an improvisational style of innovation that's driven by scarce resources and attention to a customer's immediate needs, not their lifestyle wants.Gǥ Still waiting for the globalization on this one. And, don't forget Quality Circles, Patrick.

Richard Lewine
EricLundquist
50%
50%
EricLundquist,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/22/2012 | 7:53:18 PM
re: Lean Startup Concept No Silver Bullet
fat or lean? Sounds like a choice at a deli. Remember the Enron "asset-light" strategy? Don't hear much about that one anymore.


The Business of Going Digital
The Business of Going Digital
Digital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest - August 27, 2014
Who wins in cloud price wars? Short answer: not IT. Enterprises don't want bare-bones IaaS. Providers must focus on support, not undercutting rivals.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.