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Agile Leaders Think Like Entrepreneurs

I found a half written blog post that I never published.  Honestly, I did not know if I wrote it myself or if I was intending to quote someone.  Because I don’t like to take credit for other people’s work, I began a search.  After about 10 minutes, I found it.  Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis wrote the quote below, back in May of 2010. Rather than keep it hidden in the lost-and-found of my blog, I thought it was worth publishing.

Step 1: Find a need, trend and/or pain point…
Step 2: Discuss possible solutions and products to address #1.
Step 3: Prototype the solution in step two and share…
Step 4: Discuss the possibility of scaling the prototype with the smartest folks in that vertical.
Step 5: Find a team to manage the growth of this product and give it the support of a couple of partners…
Step 6: Debate, iterate, engage, recruit, inspire, pivot and communicate…

My Scrum TeamThough I trimmed a few words for brevity, what I like about these 6 steps is you can take them out of context and the formula still works.  Jason was writing about how to be an angel investor & business creator.  I am writing about how to be a Product Owner or Agile Team Lead.

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About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of Enterprise Engagements at LeadingAgile. I'm super focused on results. But I also take the hand waving out of organizational transformations. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

4 Responses to “Agile Leaders Think Like Entrepreneurs”

  1. February 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    awesome. i wrote a post just like this that will be published soon… look out!

    • Anonymous
      February 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Will be watching the feed!

  2. February 2, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Just passing step 3, starting step 4 Thursday. It’s interesting to look at a new product as an entrepreneurial adventure. Have you ever read “How Stella saved the farm”? Written in parable form it pushes the ideas in the 6 steps you mention here, but with Alpacas, cows and horses. 🙂

    • Anonymous
      February 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      I have not read “How Stella saved the farm”. But, I love allegories. I’ll add it to my wish list. I wish they had an Audible version!

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