Prototyping with lean startup methods and open source tech

Open sourcing the lean startup method

Innovation plays a critical role in the survival of an organization. Now more than ever, businesses are forced to adapt rapidly, relying upon technology to improve their competitive advantage and to drive progress. In the new industrial revolution, innovation must take a 360-degree approach to developing solutions at the intersection of business, hardware, software, and data.

The principle of the lean startup methodology is to improve efficiency by having a clear understanding of what your customers want, how much they’re willing to pay for it, and how you will deliver value. An established enterprise is optimized for its core business and has procedures in place for servicing its customers. However, in times of uncertainty or rapid transition, traditional business procedures often fail to innovate effectively.

A study conducted by Harris Interactive found that 47% of Fortune 1000 executives reported that their company had no team, process, or system for vetting new ideas, and only one in three reported that they had a team specifically dedicated to brainstorming new ideas. Over 75% of companies use open source software in their environments, yet only 42% can effectively inventory open source components, and only 55% have no formal policy in place for open source use.

Kishau Rogers details how organizations can create a framework for rapid innovation in their enterprises using the lean startup methodology and open source technology. Kishau proposes a framework for launching enterprise-wide innovation centers that use open source technology in all aspects of business innovation, from rapid prototype development and open collaboration to customer discovery, while following a roadmap for commercial product development.

Topics include:

  • Developing and maintaining your toolbox of open source components, which supports accelerated innovation and rapid prototyping
  • Creating an environment of ongoing and continuous enterprise innovation by following the tenets of the lean startup methodology (as opposed to product-based innovation)
  • Developing and following a defined roadmap from the innovation center to commercial and/or production environments—this includes procedures for open source inventory management, security, and ongoing support
  • Increasing competitive advantage by incorporating open source components that already provide interfaces that integrate with everything from HVAC units to intraoral health devices
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Kishau Rogers

Kishau Rogers is an award-winning technology entrepreneur specializing in wrangling complexity using computer science, systems thinking, creativity, and common sense. She is the Founder & CEO of Time Study, Inc., a high-growth startup offering solutions for using machine learning, advanced natural language processing, and data science to automatically tell a story of how enterprise employees spend their time and its impact on the areas that matter. As the Founder and CEO of Time Study, Kishau is one of the first Black women in Virginia to raise millions in venture capital to scale her tech startup. She is also the owner of Websmith Studio and the editor of the bigThinking project, a resource for promoting the principles of systems thinking.

Kishau’s work is featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, and Black Enterprise. In addition, she is a recipient of many awards, including the VCU Distinguished Alumni (in Computer Science), NAWBO Wells Fargo STEM award, the Lyn McDermid Community Impact Award, and the MBL Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

In her commitment to using technology as a tool for social good, she also serves as an advisor to organizations and initiatives like AI for Afrika, Think Of Us, WAAW Foundation, Level Up Ventures, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Computer Science, the first U.S. White House Hackathon for Foster Care and SheHacks Africa, a software engineering intensive providing training to women & girls across Africa.

She holds a Computer Science degree and has over twenty-five years of experience in the technology industry and more than 15 years of entrepreneurial leadership.


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