I recently stumbled over an old video.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

— Samuel Beckett

 

Only to realize that Discovery Driven Planning, a 30 plus some years old technique, has not made it to the corporate portfolio of techniques. We are so much in using this with our clients that we barely think of approaching innovations, new business carve outs or start-ups in any other way. Admittedly it requires great discipline and probably always an outside moderator to bring the team on track, but it works. Beside the reverse income statement that gives a different perspective, the milestone map organized around the assumption that turns into facts is a very powerful tool. Keep on learning. But make sure you don't end up in the Flop Files.