The Entrepreneurial Revolution is at hand

I believe that we will look back at this decade as the beginning of an economic revolution as important as the scientific revolution in the 16th century and the industrial revolution in the 18th century. We’re standing at the beginning of the entrepreneurial revolution.

via When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars « Steve Blank.

Read the whole thing. “Agile” product development is changing everything.  “Agile” software development adopted ideas from lean manufacturing and applied them to software. Now, the agile software ideas are being applied to non-software and non-tech business. The goal today is to deliver a product with just enough features, as rapidly as possible, and then update the product as time goes forward.

Perhaps some time I will write more about “agile” and what it all means.

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2 Responses to The Entrepreneurial Revolution is at hand

  1. Unemployed in and hates Spokane, WA says:

    Agile / SCRUM development methodology exists to keep the engineer in control of the development lifecycle. And truly few engineers, be it mechanical, software, hardware, or chemical engineer, know the first god damned thing about it while keeping that extemporaneous quality of the Agile method. Agile / SCRUM may seem a “new” and perhaps “better” way of managing development life cycle while delivering feature-poor and defective products that are “fixed” while deployed to the production environment (sold to the customer).

    Nothing like the daily morning stand up SCRUM meeting for fifteen minutes. A bunch of sleepy people at seven AM staring at a white board or presentation hoping to wake up with corporate kitchen coffee in hand.

    Funny in that most of the few remaining industrial design, manufacturing engineering companies in Spokanistan have never broached the whole matter of Six Sigma or including certified folks into the companies to improve development and better comply to ever more ISO certifications. TIL is a joke. These companies bandy about terms like “lean manufacturing” when they perform anything but.

    Perhaps it is another signal of the death of manufacturing in Spokane. The Spokane manufacturing legacy that really took hold somewhat before WWII continues to bleat out whimpers of a painful and useless death. Just like a stupid and useless town named Spokane. A Tennessee Williams tragedy not quite yet played out.

    Why, I’ll think I’ll become a manufacturing engineer in Spokane, either by degree (like from http://www.miami.muohio.edu/academics/majors-minors/majors/manufacturing-engineering.html) or experience. I’m sure to be able to afford settling down and raising a family in the area. Beh.

    Spokane, Scumkan, Junkan, Spookylou: The fetid dung-heap and Washington state embarrassment.

  2. InlandNW says:

    I have done more research into agile methods than I have let on. It works in some situations, with the right teams – it often doesn’t work as well as claimed.

    But there is merit in paying attention to eliminating wasteful activities from all types of processes. Software people found themselves spending months writing detailed specifications only to find the client changed their mind, or new information turned up – rendering all that work wasted.

    There are agile purists who think everything is done in little incremental steps and new features are added on a weekly or monthly basis. And it can work – in the right team, the right product and the right context. But that hardly means it works for everything and might not even work for most things. Including many software projects.

    Similarly, finance and marketing teams may invest large amounts of time creating fancy financial models – all based on assumptions that later get thrown out the window. They might have been better off working on the product issues rather than a big budget model based on badly sourced assumptions – all of which would soon mean their work was mostly a waste.

    In that context, applying agile ideas to seek out and eliminate waste can be a good thing. But it is not a panacea.

    I agree that companies talk about lean manufacturing when they have no idea what they are talking about. I’ve seen some around here that are pretty backwards and have lots of excuses why they can’t try something different.

    You are correct that Spokane’s manufacturing sector has been in decline for a long time, and with it, both good paying manufacturing jobs and good paying, high skilled mechanical, electrical and computer engineering – most of which have left the area. Just look at Craigslist or other online sites for the job market for such skills – and then compare the jobs listed to jobs listed elsewhere.

    Have you considered moving somewhere else? After what I dug up in creating this web site, moving is a possibility on my mind.

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