Replacing ‘iterate’ with ‘pivot’

In my capstone paper for graduation from UPenn, I advocated the following 4-stage implementation for internal collaborative software inside an organization:

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Implement
  • Iterate

I’ve simultaneously been thinking about the characteristics of what makes successful entrepreneurs so dynamic, and it seems to be a combination of everyone doing everything, strong vision, a constant need to innovate, but most important is the ability to rapidly pivot into new products, directions, markets, or services.  My stages within Iterate are:

  • Iterate
    • Review
    • Refine
    • Renew

This is essentially a return to Assessment/Planning/Implementation, but I don’t think that as worded it accurately captures the need to pivot.  The speed of technology, collaboration, and innovation requires one to get out of a shipping product mentality and towards being in perpetual beta, constantly trying out new features and optimizations.  So I think I either need to add pivot under iterate or replace iterate entirely with pivot.  APIP is a better acronym any, I guess.



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