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BLUEPRINT A concept blueprint outlines and specifies each individual component of a concept in detail - in logical sequence across time and in context. It is typically a visual working document that is adapted throughout a design project as new insights are discovered. It provides a clear roadmap for delivery of a concept, outlines all critical areas to be defined, and reveals potential areas of overlap. BRAINSTORM A brainstorm is a creativity session where people generate as many ideas as possible. The tone of this session is open and accepting.
Lean Canvas If you're an early stage startup the last thing you want to have to do is write a 30 page business plan. Wouldn't it be great if you document your business model on one page, allowing you to focus on actually building your business? This great tool lets you adopt the principles of the business model canvas using a simple web interface. Create multiple canvases if you like, collaborate and share with others, and re-visit later. Adapted from the Business Model Toolbox , this is the brainchild of Ash Maurya, author of Running Lean and a successful blog . We use this on every project we work on and you should too.
Every start-up founder uses free or inexpensive online resources to get his or her company launched. Chadd Bennett of RetroRazor, a Seattle-based company that sells old-fashioned safety razors, provided us with a list of the tools he found to be the most helpful. First up, he recommends a CRM application. “Until recently, we used a Google spreadsheet to keep track of the retailers buying our razors," Bennett says. "But we just started using a program called Zoho CRM. I chose it because up to three people on each account can use it for free.