Replay: Introduction To Strategyzer Tools

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Strategyzer co-founder Alan Smith walks you through our suite of tools along with best practice use cases and real company examples. If you've just joined Strategyzer or are in the early stages of working with our tools, this webinar will help you get started.  We're also extending a special offer to replay audiences (details at bottom of this blog post). 

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How To Systematically Reduce The Risk & Uncertainty Of New Ideas

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As an innovator & entrepreneur your #1 task is to reduce the risk and uncertainty of new business ideas before you invest big and scale. In this post we outline one of the several big ideas we’ve developed in a project on innovation metrics with three large multinational companies and an SME.

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Why Teams Are Terrified To Pitch Their Ideas The "Right Way"

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In many organizations leadership is used to judging ideas, and teams are used to making their (unproven) ideas look picture perfect. That is the worst possible context to pitch new business ideas. The right way? Present the ideas in their rawest form possible, only supported by the evidence proving they might work.

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Ideas Don’t Matter In Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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The big myth in innovation is that if you find  the “best idea”, then everything else is an execution problem. A good idea is really just the beginning of a search challenge: the search for a value proposition that customers want embedded in a profitable and scalable business model.

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Can (Lean) Innovation Ever Conquer The Board Room?

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I’m just back from the fabulous Lean Startup Week in San Francisco. I enjoyed being part of it, re-connecting with friends and innovators, and watching the movement grow year-after-year. Yet, I think that the Lean Startup, and innovation in general, is at an impasse despite the enthusiasm, progress, and great mood. I believe innovation has NOT conquered the boardroom yet.

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“Failure” Saves Your Company Money & Encourages The Pursuit Of Bold Ideas

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Companies traditionally see failure as a waste of money. This is the right perspective when you’re building a new factory or managing established processes. However, quick and cheap failure helps you identify which ideas NOT to pursue when it comes to creating new growth engines. This type of “productive failure” that leads to learning and insights helps you avoid investing millions of dollars in ideas that customers don’t want, won’t make enough money, or are impossible to execute.

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Time Is Worth More Than Money

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You can't expect innovation teams to bring back perfect and completely validated business ideas without giving them the required time to do the work. In this post, we align expectations for time against the effort your team can place on validating new business ideas.

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Corporate Innovators Need Access To Customers

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What’s the one thing companies have that startups don’t? Customers. Access to customers is indispensable to learn if new  business ideas have the potential to become solid growth engines. So why is it so difficult for corporate innovation teams to connect with a company’s existing customers?

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Replay: Business Model Design For 21st Century Companies

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Greg Bernarda, co-author of Value Proposition Design, explains how three of today's great companies are thinking about business model and value proposition design to create new value for the business, and new value for its customers.

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Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

Added on by Alexander Osterwalder.

Innovators have to constantly think about the entire picture when conducting new business experiments. In my experience, corporate innovation teams tend to get lost in the details of testing activities. It’s important to never forget that testing is a means to an end. Learning is NOT the goal. Ultimately, it’s only about making progress towards a value proposition that customers want and a profitable business model that can scale.

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CEO Test: Are You Serious About Innovation Or Just Playing Theatre?

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It’s not enough for CEOs to initiate innovation and strategy activities inside the company. The CEO has to participate in the process, with enough face time and involvement, or else it’s just innovation theatre. Here’s how that can change.

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How Customers Adopt Products

Added on by Alexander Osterwalder.

This is a tool called the Forces Diagram that helps you understand why customers may switch or may not switch to a new value proposition or solution. We found the concept and tool to be very valuable as it goes well with our Strategyzer toolset. It really helps understand the adoption or potential adoption of new value propositions.

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Replay: 11 Corporate Habits That Kill Your Company's Innovation Engine

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Our popular post from last year is now a StratChat webinar. Catch the replay of Alex Osterwalder's exclusive webinar session, and learn about the killer company habits that wreak havoc on your innovation engine. We're also giving viewers a special offer to our Mastering Business Models & Mastering Value Proposition online courses to stop these bad habits in their tracks. 

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Business Model Portfolio Part 3: The Business Portfolio Map

Added on by Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur.

In the final instalment of our trilogy, Yves Pigneur and I show you the full spectrum of our prototype Business Portfolio Map. The aim: help organizations understand if their business is prepared for the future or risks disruption.

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Business Model Portfolio Part 2: Manage New Business Initiatives

Added on by Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur.

This is part 2 of our trilogy to help companies visualize and manage their business model portfolio. In this part, Yves Pigneur and I show how you can best represent an organization’s portfolio of new business (model) initiatives to create new growth engines.

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Business Model Portfolio Part 1: Manage The Existing Business

Added on by Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur.

In this three part trilogy, Yves Pigneur and I walk through our new prototype concept for helping companies visualize and manage their business model portfolio. Why? Businesses need a way to measure and assess if the existing portfolio is healthy; if their business is prone to disruption; and ultimately, to help companies make better investment decisions.

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Why Fortune 500s Don’t Invest In Growth

Added on by Alexander Osterwalder.

This blog post visualizes an idea that I heard from Roger Martin at the Drucker Forum in Vienna last year. Traditional shareholders expect predictable growth without risk. Growth requires a venture capital type investment philosophy. Let me explain.

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Mastering Value Propositions

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Alex Osterwalder explains how the Value Proposition Canvas is transforming the way companies create value for customers. We're also giving away a limited time discount on our new Mastering Value Propositions online course to get you started. 

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