Are you an impatient social changemaker? Are you looking for different ways to test if your organization’s latest idea can plausibly have impact?

Then you might have heard of the Lean Startup , which advocates that the traditional approach of planning everything up front and then executing is high risk because it’s an all-or-nothing proposition. The Lean Startup offers a different methodology, which favors, according to one of its creators, Steve Blank, “experimentation over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition, and iterative design over tradition ‘big design up front’ development.”

When the team at Living Cities first read Eric Reis’ book The Lean Startup, we were intrigued, but also curious, what would it really take to apply this methodology in our own work of connecting low-income people to economic opportunity? So I took the plunge, applying the methodology in work I was developing about helping leaders in cities build the “right” cross-sector partnerships to achieve their goals.

Based on this experience, I’ve written My First Lean Startup Adventure: Using Build-Measure-Learn to Support Strong Cross-Sector Partnerships a 12 page case-let to share with others what I learned about applying the Lean Startup methodology.

Through it, you’ll learn:

  1. What does it take to apply Build-Measure-Learn? I goes step-by-step through all the activities, and estimates the time they took to complete.
  2. What resources can you use to apply Build-Measure-Learn? I share resources that were useful to me in creating my Lean Startup experiment, and examples of what I created.
  3. When is Build-Measure-Learn a waste of time?

Download My First Lean Startup Adventure: Using Build-Measure-Learn to Support Strong Cross-Sector Partnerships . Living Cities also invites you to share how you’re using the Lean Startup for social change. Leave a comment or join us on Twitter at @Living_Cities and/or @AKGold11 using hashtag #leanimpact.