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A Sample DDP for an entrepreneurial business

While looking for something else, I ran across this post which provides an outline for an entrepreneurial business using the discovery driven planning framework.  I know many of you are always keen to find additional examples and applications, so I thought I'd provide a link.  read more »

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Questions to help you place projects on our Opportunity Portfolio

I had a most enjoyable day yesterday teaching in the Punch Sulzberger program, a joint venture between our Journalism and Business Schools at Columbia.  The program seeks to help news journalists figure out what the future holds for them, and it is always a highlight of my year. One of the tools we use in the course is our Opportunity Portfolio, featured in Discovery Driven Growth.  I am often asked... read more »

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BareBones NPV calculator file in Excel 2003 format

Many of you have expressed an interest in using the “BareBones” NPV calculator that we describe in the book.  We’re in the process of getting this tool loaded on the Discovery Driven Growth web site, but in the meantime, you can download the file from here by clicking on the filename below.  This is the version that sets up a spreadsheet which you can simulate by using Crystal Ball software. ... read more »

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Consumer Leverage Ratio - A tool to measure the ticking credit time bomb lurking for your customers

My co-author, Ian MacMillan and one of his colleagues, William Jarvis have just weighed in on a topic near and dear to my heart—the deadly situations companies create when they lend more and more to over-extended consumers (see post on why the smartest behavioral economists in the world work for credit card companies).  In an article forthcoming in the Harvard Business Review, they show how devastating accumulations of such debt... read more »

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Software Tools that Support Discovery Driven Growth

Many of you have inquired about software tools that can support your efforts at thriving under uncertain conditions.  MacMillan and I have partnered with Alan Abrahams of Virginia Tech to create and distribute some supporting tools, which are available at the Cameron Associates web site for a nominal fee.  These include some tools for developing discovery driven plans, mapping opportunities, and so on.  Check them out! read more »

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Discovery Driven Growth - Biobarrier spreadsheet

Attached is one version of the “BioBarrier” spreadsheet that many of you have been asking for.  DDP_BIOBARRIER.xls read more »

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Discovery Driven Planning - BareBones NPV calculator tools

Hello there.  Many of you have expressed an interest in the “BareBones” NPV calculator that we use in Discovery Driven Growth.  We’re just getting up on that web site now, but those of you who would like a copy right away can download it here:  BareBones_2_0.xls. This tool was developed by Adrian Becker.  Let me know how you make out! Rita read more »

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