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Experiences in the Submarine Service and Tackling Big Issues Using Startup Weekend Events

| Podcast with Colart Miles Follow 0 Followers by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on Jun 26, 2017 |

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This is the Engineering Culture Podcast, from the people behind InfoQ.com and the QCon conferences.

In this podcast recorded in London Shane Hastie, InfoQ Lead Editor for Culture & Methods, spoke to Colart Miles about leading towards innovative cultures and running startup weekends.

Key Takeaways

  • It’s not about rank or status – it’s about the value you bring to the team environment
  • Identifying a process for bringing an idea from inception to market and sharing that with others through Startup Weekends
  • Startup Weekend events in 160 countries, over 500000 people have participated around the world
  • The need to build resilience into the problem-solving community to tackle the big issues facing humanity
  • The value of “flearnings” – small experiments where the cost of failure is low and learning happens rapidly
  • The cost of failure goes up if you try to avoid it, it goes down if you lean in to it
  • 0:30 Introductions
  • 1:00 The unique culture in the submarine service compared to other parts of the military
  • 1:55 It’s not about rank – it’s about the value you bring to the team environment
  • 2:35 Building excellence into the culture
  • 3:00 Experiences in a wide range of different organisational cultures and curiosity about the drivers of difference
  • 3:35 Guiding innovation in organisations
  • 5:05 Experience with startups – tried, failed, iterated
  • 5:30 Startup Weekend background
  • 6:20 Identifying a process for bringing an idea from inception to market and sharing that with others
  • 6:40 Startup Weekend events in 160 countries, over 500000 people have participated around the world
  • 7:10 Volunteer run events for sharing ideas and experiences
  • 7:25 Tackling the big issues facing humanity through innovation
  • 7:55 Building resilience in the problem-solving community
  • 8:15 The structure and flow of a startup weekend
  • 9:25 Passionate practitioners providing guidance and advice to potential entrepreneurs
  • 9:55 The value of having a wide range of skills and mentors in the room during the Startup Weekend event
  • 11:20 Learn by doing in a high-pressure environment
  • 11:50 Using the Lean Canvas to explore an idea
  • 12:20 Kanban Boards
  • 12:35 Simple judging criteria
  • 12:50 Bringing innovation thinking into large organisations
  • 13:20 The importance of recognising a pressing need for change
  • 14:00 For innovation to take hold organisations need to have the capacity to learn – slack in the system
  • 14:10 Being able to distinguish between the Exploit and Explore activities in an organisation
  • 15:10 Learn by doing – see the models in action
  • 15:20 The need to see the organisation from outside rather than viewing the world from inside
  • 15:45 The value of empowering and protecting a small coalition of misfits who want to see change
  • 16:15 Giving permission and encouraging learning moves culture
  • 16:30 Quoting John Hagel: The shift from scaled efficiency to scaled learning
  • 16:40 Everyone in an organisation should be constantly sensing and learning
  • 17:05 Removing the stigma around failure – celebrate learning rather than avoiding failure
  • 17:25 The value of “flearnings” – small experiments where the cost of failure is low and learning happens rapidly
  • 18:20 Advice for technologists, 3 ideas:
  • 18:40 1) Use the Lean Canvas to frame up big changes or decisions
  • 19:30 2) Adopt an experiment mindset
  • 20:05 Solve problems in chunks, not steps
  • 20:35 3) Change how you frame and view failure
  • 21:25 The cost of failure goes up if you try to avoid it, it goes down if you lean in to it

Mentioned:

  1. South African Navy Submarine Service
  2. Startup Weekend
  3. Lean Canvas
  4. Kanban Board
  5. John Hagel
  6. @Colart
  7. Velox Innovation

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