Intro I would like to introduce Newcastle’s brand new School of Tech – an initiative brought to you by the Sharpe family, more details below. In particular I’d like to introduce you to an open course I’m running this summer called “What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Would you have a Lean Startup?” […]






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The Search Manifesto

by Justin Souter on May 16, 2016

Wingsuit intro Moving on from anything one has committed to is always something of a leap into the unknown. If only it was as polished as Brandon Mikesell flying down the mountainside towards Chamonix…! This post is intended to guide readers about what I plan to do next. The name which sprang to mind is […]






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Spring pastures

April 5, 2016

Exit stage left – digitally March was my last month working at Dynamo North East, a social enterprise which Charlie Hoult and I have bootstrapped over the last two years; and which Charlie co-founded with Bob Paton. Whilst I’m sad to move on, I believe we’ve created good things together (also this post from the […]






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Lean Innovation cross-post: “Unfolding plans 164 – challenging assumptions”

January 11, 2016
This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Lean Innovation

Introduction This is the third of three cross-posts from Phil Jackman’s blog – about his experiences learning and applying Lean Startup / Lean Innovation lessons to Durham County Council’s ICT Department. Cross-post from Phil Jackman The Lean Start-up training is paying dividends already.  No, I haven’t invented some new product that is going to cure […]






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Lean Innovation cross-post: “Unfolding plans 151 – Employee engagement and culture”

January 8, 2016
This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Lean Innovation

Introduction This is the second of three cross-posts from Phil Jackman’s blog – about his experiences learning and applying Lean Startup / Lean Innovation lessons to Durham County Council’s ICT Department. Cross-post from Phil Jackman This week is flying by.  It’s day four of National customer Service Week already.  I’m still wearing my Institute of […]






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Lean Innovation cross-post: “Unfolding plans 130 – Lean start up”

January 7, 2016
This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Lean Innovation

Introduction This is the first of three cross-posts from Phil Jackman’s blog – about his experiences learning and applying Lean Startup / Lean Innovation lessons to Durham County Council’s ICT Department. Cross-post from Phil Jackman Lean start up sounded an interesting concept.  Justin, one of my colleagues at Dynamo was telling me about it.  In […]






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Lean Innovation at Durham County Council

January 6, 2016
This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Lean Innovation

Intro As per my previous posts – and part of a series – I am becoming increasingly interested in Lean Innovation. Phil Jackman, Head of ICT for County Durham – who I know through my work at Dynamo North East – asked me to deliver my two-part Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas workshops and set the context […]






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Business improvement from Lean Innovation

January 5, 2016
This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Lean Innovation

Introduction A recap post of my delivery relating to Lean Startup and Lean Innovation, and part of a series I’m posting on the latter. My recent work My first piece of delivery relating to Lean Startup was two years ago: “Workshop: Lean Startup in an Established Business”. From there, I have been giving workshops & assistance for […]






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Lean Startup Conference 2015 – great to be back in SF!

January 4, 2016
This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Lean Innovation

Lovin that SF vibe In November, I spent a week in California happily volunteering again at the Lean Startup conference in San Francisco [although going off message and running sometimes – sorry guys! ;$] A key theme this year – and building upon last year – is how Lean Startup methods are being applied to […]






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A busy eighteen months for Souter Consulting #2: Lean Startup

September 22, 2015

Intro I’ve been living the startup rollercoaster ride in my role running Dynamo North East. Fortunately, I’ve been able to draw upon my experience and learnings connected to the Lean Startup framework; check out Steve Blank’s summary as a great place to start. This post summarises what I’ve been up to in this realm over […]






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