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Why Enterprises Need to Think Like Startups

The past 3 years, I have used the word ‘Agile’ so often that it sometimes makes me want to stop using the word. Everyone talks about Agility; most don’t really know what we speak about. Everyone wants to become Agile; most don’t know why and how. Consultants preach Agile Agile Agile; most hold different notions and confuse people (I am…

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Reflections On Being An Entrepreneur And Leader

Around 2009, I joined the Entrepreneurs Organization in the Netherlands. I joined their Accelerator program which helps entrepreneurs get to 1 million US$ turnover in 3 years. The main reason I joined was to get my company ‘unstuck’. I had set up Bridge in 2005 and initially thought it would take me a couple of years to grow the company…

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A Perfect Marriage: Lean Startup & Scrum

One of the big elephants in every development room: developers refrain from speaking to customers. Most development teams see their work as 'developing code'. They don't see their work as 'developing great software that users truly need'. I'm a big fan of lean startup. I'm also a big fan of scrum. I think lean startup is a fantastic addition to…

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Indonesia Scrum Experiment: Lean Startup Lessons

Last week, I did my first ever training in Indonesia. I’ll give a little background as to why and how I came to this. I went to a workshop last year in Amsterdam at the school of life. The facilitator had one idea that triggered the actions I took next. He said that if you want to find out what…

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