Boy, how times have changed. It’s 7 AM Christmas morning, and no one is up at my house. In years past, we would have been rousted out of bed at 6 AM by our children who couldn’t wait to tear into their presents. Those days have been gone for a while, but I still miss them. Don’t get me wrong. I have embraced some of life’s changes. Shopping is actually easier thanks to Amazon’s Prime product and the wish list feature. No more traipsing through the mall trying to find the one perfect gift. You can pay less and have it delivered to you door in two days. What a deal.
My present to my work teammates was a copy of Eric Ries’s book, Lean Startup. One of my teammates pointed out that IHIE has been around for 10 years, and wasn’t a startup. The principles discussed in Lean Startup are applicable for those in leadership positions, whether they are buried in a large corporation or are starting your own business. Most of us would agree that Healthcare is a screwed up mess. As the federal government continues to force change, the role of existing companies and the products they offer will have to be adapted to support those changes. At some point, Healthcare companies will have to pivot in new directions or they will be replaced. In our case, I think lean principles apply as we continue to embrace Agile and Scrum thinking as a way to position our company, IHIE, for success.
If you haven’t read Lean Startup yet, go get it. It’s not real expensive, and you will learn something from it.
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