Agile Start-up Business Planning and Lean Implementation Management on Democratic Innovation and Creativity

  • Evangelos MarkopoulosEmail author
  • Onur Umar
  • Hannu Vanharanta
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1026)


Startups are the entities developed by innovative minds aiming to change the world and disrupt the industry. However, those minds are often trapped in what they want to do and on what they have to do. Planning a business based on disruptive visions can contradict the logic that all business must be fast profitable and sustainable. One way to resolve this challenge is by democratizing the business planning process for the knowledge elicitation and commitment confirmation. This paper provides to start-ups, young entrepreneurs and ambitious innovators a practical methodological framework for democratic and agile business plan development, supported with templates and metrics for collective thinking and lean management. Under the applied philosophy for management and leadership concepts and driven by the Delphic maxis of miden-aga, metron-ariston and know-thyself, the framework balances first the nurturing of brilliant minds and then the management and leadership of their brilliant ideas, insights and innovations.


Business plan Company democracy Agile Lean Management Applied philosophy Entrepreneurship Startup Methodology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Evangelos Markopoulos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Onur Umar
    • 1
  • Hannu Vanharanta
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.HULT International Business SchoolLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Technology and InnovationsUniversity of VaasaVaasaFinland
  3. 3.Faculty of Engineering ManagementPoznan University of TechnologyPoznanPoland

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