The business model is how we make money by delivering value to our customer. The business plan is our road-map for successful operations; it is a living document that may change depending on market conditions. In this post, we introduce several of the most popularized templates for business model generation and plans utilized by businesses today.
The Life Plan by Startup Nation
Plan your life, then plan your business.
A life plan is the first step to creating your ideal life. By reviewing your current status, what you love, your skills, track-record, and your ideal work style, you are able to develop your personal manifesto. A life plan adds clarity to your life priorities and provides actionable steps to move forward.
The One-Page Business Plan
The Fastest, Easiest Way to Write a Business Plan
A fresh, simple approach to business planning that creates focus, accountability, and results.
The One Page Business Plan Company is an international consulting firm specializing in planning and performance management systems based upon innovative and proven One Page Business Plan methodology.
The Business Model Canvas by Alexander Osterwalder
The original Business Model Generation canvas
Business Model Generation is a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow’s enterprises. If your organization needs to adapt to harsh new realities, but you don’t yet have a strategy that will get you out in front of your competitors, you need the book Business Model Generation.
Value Proposition Canvas by Business Model Foundry AG (Business Model Generation and Strategyzer)
Achieve product market fit for each Value Proposition and corresponding Customer Segment
The Value Proposition Canvas works with the Business Model Canvas–specifically the Value Proposition and Customer Segment blocks. This visual tool helps you design, test, and build your value proposition (where your product/service meets your customers’ desires) in detail.
Lean Canvas by Ash Maurya
Lean Canvas for product development
The faster, more effective way to communicate your business model with internal and external stakeholder. Lean Canvas uses a 1-page business model that documents your hypothesis and takes less than 20 minutes to create. It lets you create a business model that will be read by more people, easily updated, and lets you focus on building your business.
Product Canvas by Roman Pichler
Create a product with a great user experience and the right features
The GO product roadmap is an agile, goal-oriented product planning tool. Goals such as user acquisition, activation or retention play a central role. This shifts the conversation from debating features to agreeing on strategic objectives, making smart investment decisions, and aligning the stakeholders. The GO product roadmap is designed for creating products with Lean Startup or Scrum. Use it to establish product goals, carry out release planning, and coordinate the development and launch of different products.
The (Original) Product Canvas for Agile Product Management
The Product Canvas helps you create a product with a great user experience and the right features. It combines Agile and UX by complementing user stories with personas, storyboards, scenarios, design sketches and other UX artefacts. The canvas replaces a traditional product backlog. It’s designed for Lean Startup, Lean UX, Business Model Generation, and Scrum.
Personal Business Model Canvas by Tim Clark
Business Model You canvas for reinventing your career
Business Model You is a book that teaches readers how to draw “personal business models,” which reveal new ways their skills can be adapted to the changing needs of the marketplace to reveal new, more satisfying, career and life possibilities.
*Template redesign by MethodKit.com
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis
Business Model SWOT Analysis
A SWOT analysis is a structured planning method used to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats involved in a product of business venture. A SWOT analysis can be carried out for a product, place, industry or person. It involves specifying the objective of the business venture or project and identifying the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieve that objective.
Empathy Map by XPLANE
The really simple customer profiler
The Empathy Map is a tool developed by XPLANE that helps sketch your customer segment profile and understand his or her environment, behaviors, concerns and aspirations. The Empathy Map template can create Personas as well as be used as a communication tool within your team.
Recently, XPLANE released their DNA of Change poster which offers design principles for organizational transformation.
Business Model Fiddle
Goldsmith Technology Commercialization Model
The Goldsmith Technology Commercialization Model shows the technical, marketing and business stages of the technology commercialization process.
GrowthWheel® by David Madié
SBA Business Plan Tool
This living document generally projects 3–5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues. Create an account with SBA to log-in and update your plan anytime. Information is secure and can be exported as a PDF file.
SBA Export Business Planner
The Export Business Planner is a free, customizable tool for small business owners who are exploring exporting. Using the planner, you can work through the critical processes of export readiness and planning via a ready-made, easily accessible document that can be updated and referenced time and again as your export business grows.