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In 2011, Eric Ries revolutionized the way startups thought about their overall business strategies and growth plans in his book, The Lean Startup.
Eric encourages startups to cut down on their planning processes and instead, advises organizations to test their assumptions using the “Build, Measure, Learn” framework. Startups, Fortune 500 companies, and Government programs alike have successfully adopted Lean Startup methods to cut down on wasted efforts and operate more efficiently.
Social good organizations are increasingly using The Lean Startup as well. It’s no wonder: Lean is great for any organization that needs to operate in a capital-efficient way.
Here are 10 fantastic videos that will further demonstrate why lean methods are the way to go for socially driven organizations.Eric Ries: The Lean Startup: For a starter course on Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup, here is his brief presentation on the book, hosted by Google Google. It is a great way to learn about The Lean Startup if you haven’t had the time to read the book yet, although, we HIGHLY recommend that you do!Iqbal Quadir: How Mobile Phones Can Fight Poverty: Iqbal Quadir (founder of Gonofone and Grameenphone) tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi — and to become a champion of bottom-up development.Ashley Meyers: Lean Civic Engagement: In this video, Ashley Meyers discusses how Code for America was created, and its role bringing lean development to civic projects.Sasha Dichter: The Generosity Experiment: In this inspiring talk at the NextGen:Charity conference, Sasha Dichter of the Acumen Fund shares the results of his month-long “Generosity Experiment,” where he said “yes” to every request for help.Amy Lockwood: Selling Condoms in the Congo: HIV is a serious problem in the DR Congo, and aid agencies have flooded the country with free and cheap condoms. But few people are using them. Why? In this video, “Reformed marketer” Amy Lockwood (deputy director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health) practices the lean method of “getting outside the building” to talk with locals and gather insight on this issue in the Congo. As a result, she offers a surprising answer that upends a traditional model of philanthropy.Allen Proctor: A Vision for Successful Nonprofits: Allen J. Proctor, founder of Proctor’s Linking Mission to Money®, has nearly 30 years of experience evaluating the financial health of organizations, developing effective business strategies, and enhancing organizational effectiveness. In this video, Allen discusses what a successful nonprofit looks like and how to efficiently make money for socially driven missions.Bill Peterson: Lean Applied to Us: While this video doesn’t focus solely on social good organizations, Bill Peterson discusses how lean principles can be applied to our daily lives, unleashing our potential to be highly efficient and effective beings. Peterson has over 30 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul business. He has used continuous improvement tools, such as “lean management” and “six sigma,” to lead change in processes and organizational culture.Muhammed Fazeel: Startup Simplified: Student entrepreneur Muhammed Fazeel (Founder of Benecure Inc.) shares how to gain momentum to pursue a startup idea. The medical devices he has invented are based on his personal experience in the emergency room and classroom. He suggests tweaking existing ideas to generate improved concepts and sharing your vision with others for feedback. On Muhammed’s personal website is a great lean-related quote that really resonates with our team: “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones” – John CageHow Charities and Nonprofits Help Build Vibrant, Resilient and Welcoming Communities: Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, explores the root causes of community problems and how nonprofits focus on outcomes. This video discusses methods for how social good organizations (through collaboration within the social sector) can ensure that they are building the right solutions and developing programs that truly make an impact in their communities.Insight, Intuition and Inspiration: Design Driven Innovation in the Social Sector: Patrice Martin, co-leader and creative director of IDEO.org, shares experiences and learnings from IDEO.org’s first year as a startup. He shows how extreme constraints have led to both new solutions and new ways of working efficiently in the social sector.
Do you practice Lean methods in your organization? What are your favorite online videos that get your Lean Startup juices flowing? Share with us in the comments!Courtesy of YEC
Leah Neaderthal is the Co-Founder of Lean Impact, the community of social good organizations using Lean Startup methods in their organization. She is also the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Start Somewhere, which provides design and development services for social good organizations. If you want to learn more about how to adopt Lean Startup methods in your organization, join Lean Impact’s Lean for Social Good Summit in San Francisco on January 23rd. Follow Leah at @leahtn.Courtesy of YEC
The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.