Business Strategy for Software Executives
October 20, 2008
Killing Ideas That Waste Resources
In a down market, companies can slow their progress by developing too many ideas. “Murder Boarding” uses a 5-step process to recognize what matters and kill what distracts.
By Nilofer Merchant, Rubicon Consulting
Idea generation is important. It stimulates innovation and drives growth. But for a more direct path to success, businesses need to know how to effectively handle any and all initiatives that come their way.
It’s critical to learn how to distinguish the good ideas from the bad ones, and, perhaps more important, kill those ideas that don't make sense for the organization.
We've developed a method that can facilitate this process. The following 5 steps provide an approach that ensures that each new idea is thoroughly scrutinized. The steps also provide the tools to eradicate ideas that just don't make sense – the kind of ideas companies often find multiplying like rabbits during a down market. Ultimately, it's a strategic, problem-solving process with the potential to save every business a lot of time -- and money. Some might call it a trip to an intellectual playground. We call it "Murder Boarding". Here’s how it works.
How LinkShare Realized a 47x Exit Value
In a conversation with Javier Rojas of Kennet Partners, Heidi Messer, co-founder, president and COO of LinkShare, explains how the firm went from a $17 million investment to a $472 million acquisition. Hear her tips on efficient use of capital in this post to the SandHill.com Blog, Return Leaders.
Will the Credit Crunch Accelerate the Cloud Punch?
Billy Marshall of rPath looks closer at how the financial crisis may force enterprises to take another look at the benefits of cloud computing. Read why in this post to the SandHill.com Blog on Cloud Computing.
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DON’T MISS: Creating Organizational Transformations
If organizational transformations are to succeed, change can’t be thought of as a single, standardized process. Read the results of this new McKinsey Global Survey in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.
News Update: The Silver Lining
A future in the cloud looks likely; plus Symantec gets collaborative and Gartner predicts four disruptors. Read these stories and more software news of the week in the latest SandHill.com Software News Summary.
Poll: Idea Overload?
Does your company suffer from too many ideas?
Last week, readers gave us their opinion on whether SaaS vendors will benefit from the economic downturn.
More at SandHill.com:
Red Hat CEO: Vista marks the end of “planned software.”
VC investment down 7 percent in the third quarter.
Novell acquires Managed Objects Solutions.
Skip Vaccarello named president and CEO of Applied Weather Technology.
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