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The Back of The Napkin

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I ran across what looks like an interesting book.

The Back of The Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam (website, blog)

Kind of reminds me of those cool UPS commercials where the guy draws on the whiteboard

Question –

Can you draw….

– your organizational model

– your business model

– a product idea

– a solution to a problem

– your sales pitch

using a few pictures on the back of a napkin?

And if you can’t, could that mean that your organizational model, business model, product idea, solution, sales pitch is too complicated? Is there room for simplification? Are your employees, teammates, customers going to get it?

So I gave it a try…..on a virtual napkin (really just wanted a reason to try out Twiddla)

I took a few minutes to draw a map of the teams at my work that I interact with to get things done

What did I learn?

– I need a really big napkin

– Lots of handoffs (if you have lots of handoffs, they better be clean and well-defined)

– Lots of different groups that roll up to different managers


Written by Aaron

March 13, 2008 at 12:59 pm