Showing posts with label Iteration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Iteration. Show all posts

Refine ... Iterate ... Pivot

Creating something new and better is seldom a smooth start to finish process. More often it's a start, test, iterate, refine, re-start, re-test, re-iterate, get frustrated and quit!!

It starts with an idea, it always does! 

The first question, "Who cares? Are there any customers for our idea?" If the answer is "Yes, we think so ...", then move on to the next stage of development: a] create a business model that will fit our target customers and our idea; and b] develop our product and/or service in steps that can be tested and refine (agile engineering, it's called). 

If our first customers are happy with the results, find more and more customers and build up our venture. If our first customers aren't all that thrilled, iterate either our business model or our product/service, or both!

[Thank you, Steve Blank.]

Live and learn (hopefully!) ...

Lute Olson was a very popular basketball coach at the University of Arizona.  He had many of his players move on to great careers in the NBA and other professional basketball leagues.  This quote is a good summary of his philosophy for sharing and teaching how to be a better player.  It works well for innovators and entrepreneurs, too ... let's do what we can as best as we can and learn and iterate and pivot as we go.  But, let's try hard to learn from what didn't go well, and not do the same thing again the next time around.