We developed our Lean Innovation practice with Ann Mei Chang, author of ‘Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good’ and Steve Nagai-Ma, one of our sector’s most experienced lean impact practitioners.

Lean Impact is based on three principles:

  1. Think Big – set audacious goals and build an engine for growth that will move the needle relative to the size of the problem
  2. Start Small – build the agility to run fast experiments and drive feedback loops that will accelerate your pace of learning and reduce waste of time and money
  3. Relentlessly Seek Impact, Value, and Scale – identify and track the metrics that matter to increase impact and scale

It equipped us with the actual methodologies, practices and mindsets we need to be able to innovate more quickly and adjust our work to achieve greater impact.

Lisa Countryman, JVS CEO

What we do

We guide individual teams to unlock impact at scale through Deep Lean Innovation Support, build internal Lean Innovation Functions, and facilitate team or portfolio-wide Lean Innovation Trainings.

Deep Lean Innovation Support

We support organizations to iteratively develop solutions and models capable of sustainable impact at scale. We helped Dream Corps, a US-based social justice organisation develop a national program that cultivates future leaders and entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, creating a pipeline of diverse talent to shift the culture of the US tech sector.

Lean Innovation Functions

We build internal innovation capabilities that embed testing and learning across organizations. We partnered with Planned Parenthood Federation of America to collaboratively design their National Office’s Innovation and Learning Capability including hiring and training internal Innovation Leads, developing custom  methodologies and tools to quickly test new ideas with constituents, and incubating new ways to provide equitable reproductive services in a post Roe vs Wade country.

Lean Innovation Training

We partner with funders to offer team or portfolio-wide Lean Innovation trainings. We partnered with Schmidt Futures Foundation to offer training for all grantees, including tools to build a financially viable scale model, define critical metrics for scale, design lean experiments to improve upon their solutions quickly based on feedback from constituents and key stakeholders.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU GET OUT OF LEAN?

  • Practice co-creating and testing with constituents 
  • Real-world experimentation data that helps validate your scaling strategy, model and solutions 
  • Improvement on your models’ key metrics for scale – including financial sustainability, constituent impact, and stakeholder value

WHO IS LEAN FOR?

  • Teams developing a model or solution to create sustainable impact at the scale of societal problems 
  • Teams that want to inform their strategies for impact at scale based on real-world, constituent-centred data 
  • Any team focused on embedding the practices and culture of innovation

 

Interested in Lean Innovation Support?

WATCH THE WEBINAR TO LEARN MORE

Lean Impact: Adapting and innovating in times of extreme uncertainty

Ann Mei Chang, author of the book Lean Impact, client, JVS, and Spring Impact discuss how to move beyond flashy new ideas and develop a lean practice to achieve a greater impact with fewer resources.

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