Where Innovation and Execution Meet
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Where Innovation and Execution Meet
There's never a shortage of breakthrough ideas, there is always a shortage of resources to execute against them. I've curated these articles because they offer some perspective on how to actually institutionalize a discovery-driven approach to planning.
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How Anchor Publishers Are Pushing Boston's Ed-Tech Ecosystem

How Anchor Publishers Are Pushing Boston's Ed-Tech Ecosystem | Where Innovation and Execution Meet | Scoop.it
The education technology industry has seen a 212 percent increase in venture capital over the last five years, and is on track to hit record-breaking heights in 2014. The growth comes at a time...
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Amusing to me that the big guys' ability to compete is called to question when the sum total of their product dev budget exceeds VC investment in edtech.
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Investments Decline As Education Technology Grows Up | TechCrunch

Investments Decline As Education Technology Grows Up  | TechCrunch | Where Innovation and Execution Meet | Scoop.it
School may be out for summer, but the nation's education-focused technology startups are still hitting the books, drumming up new business and new investments..
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As with many popular news sources now covering Edtech, this article focuses on the forest at the expense of the trees.  Innovation is happening at the tree-level.  Frothy valuations are happening at the forest level.

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Just-in-time strategy for a turbulent world | McKinsey & Company

Just-in-time strategy for a turbulent world | McKinsey & Company | Where Innovation and Execution Meet | Scoop.it
Uncertainty and rising levels of risk make it impossible for companies to determine the future. But a portfolio-of-initiatives approach to strategy can help ensure that companies take full advantage of their best opportunities without taking unnecessary risks. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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From an entrepreneur friend of mine:  "The idea of running a portfolio of experiments is awesome.  The ability to do so - daunting.  However, we all need to attend to this general idea and approach.  

Awesome concept - just can't seem to figure it out as an entrepreneur.  Scarce resources seem to mandate my making strategic bets rather than running a portfolio of calculated experiments!"

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Discovery Based Planning in Business Building

Discovery Based Planning in Business Building | Where Innovation and Execution Meet | Scoop.it
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The six disciplines resonate with my experience - especially since the most precious resource in human capacity to execute on new ideas.  In particular, "framing", "specification of deliverables", "assumption testing" seem to be key disciplines to ensure the Best Idea Wins!

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12 things product managers should do in their first 30 days at a new company

12 things product managers should do in their first 30 days at a new company | Where Innovation and Execution Meet | Scoop.it
This article was originally published at The Next Web. Congratulations, a product has found its product manager. Perhaps you’re joining a small startup, or maybe you have a new project in a big company. How…
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The best product managers are filters for the needs of the market - technical acumen is helpful but this list doesn't give getting to know your customer and user base the priority it deserves.

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The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. (SSIR)

The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. (SSIR) | Where Innovation and Execution Meet | Scoop.it
In today’s fast-changing world, why freeze your strategic thinking in a five-year plan?
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Once we accept Dwight D. Eisenhower’s sage advice that “Plans are useless, but planning is everything,”  - so true!


Really like the thinking here on execution by the whole to ensure success with experiments.

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The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation (SSIR)

The Re-Emerging Art of Funding Innovation (SSIR) | Where Innovation and Execution Meet | Scoop.it
A growing number of foundations are reintroducing risk-taking into their processes and portfolios as one way to create breakthrough change.
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While this takes the perspective of funders, as a social entrepreneur, one needs to think through resource allocation to ensure adequate learning from experimentation.

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