: New: Book Report: Lean Impact

This book advises do-gooders (workers at NGOs, charities, and the like) how to apply Lean Startup principles to their good works. I.e., don't try to come up with a perfect plan at the beginning; instead, quickly come up with a good-enough plan, try it out and thus quickly find issues so that you can come up with a better plan; lather, rinse, repeat. Since no plan survives contact with the enem aid recipient, it makes sense to have an adaptable plan. This will make tech nerds nod and say "This sounds pretty straightforward; how'd she wring a whole book out of this topic?" But BUT but it turns out that traditional do-gooder funding totally expects you to have a perfect plan at the beginning. An organization handing out grants doesn't like to hear that you're doing something sloppy and then "figuring out what to do next." So how can your organization tweak plans to make sure you're actually, you know, helping people without alienating funders? You might mix totally-planned works with ad-libbed; find amenable funders; sell stuff cheaply instead of giving it away. I'm hoping more grant-givers will read this book and get inspired to fund some looser plans.

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