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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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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A busy eighteen months for Souter Consulting #1: Dynamo North East

September 7, 2015

Welcome back Although this blog has been asleep for a while, I’ve been flat-out super busy. I’m catching up by way of a few posts about: Dynamo North East Lean Startup workshops I’ve run Lean Innovation It’s been a busy eighteen months! Dynamo North East – – backstory & defining the North East IT economy […]






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Next LNE Event – The Legend of the MVP

February 28, 2014

The MVP (Minimum Viable Product) has taken on almost mythical status in recent times but just what is an MVP, when should you use an MVP and what are the benefits? Join us at our next event on Monday 10th March when we’ll be discussing MVPs in more detail, hearing from both local and international […]






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Workshop: Lean Startup in an Established Business

February 28, 2014

Introduction As previous posts have recounted (here and here), I am increasingly interested in how existing businesses can apply Lean Startup principles to boost innovation and growth (more of my Lean Startup-related posts here). I had been kindly given an opportunity to learn more about this by Mark Adamson, a business consultant based in North […]






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