Over the years, as an entrepreneur, I’ve always been looking for tools, methods and frameworks to grow my company. I’ve always wanted to build my own company, since early childhood. For that, I did an MBA in Rotterdam. My expectation was to learn about building and growing companies. Although today, MBA’s focus more on entrepreneurship, in that period, it taught me only how to manage large firms. Most management theories talk about big companies. And somehow I’ve always had resistance to that, because what applies to large firms doesn’t necessarily help an entrepreneur with anything. I’ve also never had ‘aha’ moments where I thought of a theory I learned during my MBA, which I could instantly apply to my business. The only thing I always tell myself is that the stuff I learned helped shape my brain. Helped shape the way I think and organize.
The first few years of my entrepreneurial journey, I did what I thought I had to do: work hard, get stuff done, sell my services, grow my company. After a few years, I joined EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) and I got Pieter van Osch as my mentor. I realized I needed to invest more into my personal education. As entrepreneurs we often forget that, because we want to get stuff done.
The past 5 years, I’ve been using a couple of management frameworks that really helped me grow my company. I hope these frameworks are taught in my MBA nowadays… In our Ekipa academy, we’ve added a couple of courses to teach others how to apply these frameworks. I’ll go through them:
Initially, I was very skeptic about Scrum. When everyone starts talking about something, I always believe it’s a hype that will disappear soon. But once I got my scrum master certification, I was convinced. Scrum is a very practical, simple framework that helps teams get work done. It works very well in software teams, but it can also be used in other areas, for example in sales.
The business model canvas
Although I have not used this often in my business, it did help us shape our thinking at several points. The business model canvas was developed by Alexander Osterwalder. It helps strategic thinking, helps shape business models. We use this in our courses today to help software service firms re-shape their service model.
If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, I suggest you take a look at the following events:
Check out my interview with Pieter van Osch, the organizer of the scaling up summit:
Scrum Crash Course: this Friday, I’m doing a scrum crash course together with Arjan Franzen, in Amsterdam. We’re going to do this course soon again, either in Amsterdam or Brussels and we could also do it in-house.
Hugo Messer, the CEO of Ekipa is a Remote Team Expert. Hugo has been building and managing teams around the world for over 10 years. His passion is to empower people spread across cultures, geography and time zones to collaborate. Be it offshoring or nearshoring, he knows what it takes to make a global cooperation work. To know more about Hugo and his global team building programs visit www.hugomesser.com
Most people use agile and scrum interchangeably. It’s often not even clear what the difference is. So last week during our Jakarta scrum meetup, organized at Happy Fresh, we decided to find out. We did a group study on some different agile concepts (Kanban, Lean & Lean startup, XP, Scrum, Agile). The experiment was organized using multiple scrum teams and sprints. We h