The Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas are "staple business tools" that are used the world over by entrepreneurs, startups, and established companies. But the question is: Should we burn the Business Model Canvas as well as the Lean Canvas?
Burning a business tool may be strange. And admittedly, "burning a business tool" is a gimmick to stir up controversy especially with practitioners and fans of a business tool. Alexander Osterwalder stirred up fans and ardent practitioners of the Business Plan when on November 26, 2012 he wrote an article in the online Wall Street Journal, "Burn Your Business Plan - Before it Burns You;" see http://blogs.wsj.com/accelerators/2012/11/26/burn-your-business-plan-before-it-burns-you/
I present the issue of burning the Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas because they have rather irreparable structural problems. And, in my view, the structural problems of the Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas are limiting creativity and innovation in business modeling tools. Many cannot escape the box of the Business Model Canvas or Lean Canvas.
In this document, I present a case on why the Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas should be burnt. An alternative tool of the Business Model Strip is introduced. Luckily the Business Model Strip is compatible with both the Business Model Canvas and Lean Canvas.