Bootstrapping Brilliance - Putting Vision to Practice

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Meet Alan and Larry at the New Media Consortium (NMC)
Hear their story of Bootstrapping Innovation the Doug Engelbart Way

"Bootstrapping Innovation provides a structure for empowering people to solve complex problems together leveraging the untapped potential of people, knowledge, and tools to help us make smarter choices, achieve more brilliant outcomes, and increase innovation capacity and overall effectiveness."
Ronni Marshak, Senior Consultant/Analyst, Patricia Seybold Group [Source 2010]


"While Demming provided the improvement approach for the industrial age, Doug provided the innovation approach for the knowledge age."
Curt Carlson, Founder & CEO, Practice of Innovation, and author of Innovation: The Five Disciplines [Source 2008]

Overview 1

Bootstrapping Brilliance™ is a practical strategy for increasing the Collective IQ of any organization, network or society, while also expanding its capacity for innovation and continuous transformation. Also known as Bootstrapping Innovation™, this strategy is designed to help the organization jump the curve more rapidly from the current path of doing business and transforming itself, to a future more brilliant path. For Lean Startup practitioners, this strategy dovetails beautifully to bring added leverage and acceleration.

Five organizing principles offer unique insight, alignment and leverage to increasingly expand and accelerate results:

  1. Engage key stakeholders in networked improvement communities
  2. Leverage collective smarts through a shared dynamic knowledge ecosystem
  3. Focus beyond products and services on capability, augmented with human-tool innovations
  4. Accelerate co-evolution through pilot experiments and 'expeditions'
  5. Walk your talk to bootstrap results in your product cycles, and in your internal transformation efforts

Bootstrapping Brilliance is a distillation of Doug Engelbart's strategic vision put to practice. It is essentially the same strategic approach he applied in his own research team for a powerful multiplier effect with breakthrough results, and documented in his Bootstrap "Paradigm Map" presentations.

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   The Basics

You can apply these tools alone, or as an extension to your Lean Startup practice. We highly recommend the latter, as Lean lays a great foundation for Bootstrapping Brilliance, and offers a large, inclusive, experience-rich community with easy to use tools and lots of case examples. Here are links to the basics of both practices.

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Getting Started 3

    Your Bootstrapping Innovation toolkit

Further Inquiry 4

    For more background