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Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

Feld Thoughts

I can’t remember if Ryan used the word Agile at that time, but I remember scribbles on a white board that listed out all the different software that Ryan had used at BEA to manage his dev team and how maddening it was to try to integrate information in Word, Excel, Project, a dev workbench, a set of testing tools, and the support / QA system. In 2003 – while Agile was known – it was largely limited to ISVs and a few leading IT organizations. Get Agile with Rally Release 5.

Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

It can be more complex if you find the your target customer or users need to change or the feature set is wrong or you need to “repackage” a monolithic product into a family of products or you chose the wrong sales channel or your customer acquisition programs were ineffective.

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SEOmoz Acquires Followerwonk – A Perfect Small Acquisition

Feld Thoughts

The acquisition closed about six weeks ago and the Followerwonk product has been fully integrated into SEOmoz. I think it’s incredibly powerful to accelerate the growth of a company via targeted acquisitions. Another recent example from my world just to see what I mean is Rally Software’s acquisition of Agile Advantage. And I learned the basis of everything I know about acquisitions from Len Fassler and Jerry Poch, who acquired my first company.

Building It Is Not Enough: 5 Practical Tips On User Acquisition

OnStartups

Stories about the growth of "hot" startups such as Facebook, Instagram, AirBNB, and others have created a belief that if you build the right product, customer acquisition will be easy. Finding scalable acquisition channels is a time consuming and strategic effort.

Rally Software Acquires Agile iPhone Product

Feld Thoughts

I love when companies I’m an investor in use acquisitions to build out their product line. Rally has re-released the product (previous a $15 download) as a free product called Rally for the iPhone that tightly integrates with the Rally SaaS-based Agile software lifecycle environment. Tags: My Investments acquisition agile iphone rally

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

Putting lean principles into NGA’s acquisition practices. As part of the Department of Defense, the NGA acquires technology and information systems through the traditional DOD’s acquisition system – which has been described as the antitheses of rapid customer discovery and agile practices.

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Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

Steve Blank

Best practices in software development started to move to agile development in the early 2000’s. With Agile you could end up satisfying every feature a customer asked for and still go out of business.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

First was to teach students to develop the mindset, reflexes, agility and resilience an entrepreneur needs to make decisions at speed and with urgency in a chaotic and uncertain world. Note: If you’re viewing this post on the website WordPress autoplays all the videos simultaneously.

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The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

Putting lean principles into NGA’s acquisition practices. As part of the Department of Defense, the NGA acquires technology and information systems through the traditional DOD’s acquisition system – which has been described as the antitheses of rapid customer discovery and agile practices.

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Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate, and what they can do about it

Steve Blank

Capital is returned to these investors through liquidity events (originally public offerings, but today mostly acquisitions). Their size lets them adopt flatter and more agile organizational structures while providing incentives that reward risk-taking and collaboration.

New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

Tech IPOs were a receding memory, and mergers and acquisitions became the only path to liquidity for startups. Customer Development , Agile Engineering and the Lean methodology enforced a process of incremental and iterative development. Carpe Diem.

Rally Acquires AgileZen

Feld Thoughts

If you are an Agile software development shop, or follow ALM, Rally just added Kanban to the mix. This is the second acquisition Rally has made – the other was 6th Sense Analytics which they acquired at the beginning of 2009. But I love targeted acquisitions that build out specific capabilities on an established company’s roadmap or add key people to the team. Tags: My Investments acquisition agile agilezen kanban rally

Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class

Steve Blank

Fourth , would the same Lean Startup methodology (business model design, customer development and agile engineering) used in the Lean LaunchPad and NSF I-Corps class work here? The REF had permission to shortcut the detailed 100+ page requirements documents used by the defense acquisition process and could use existing government equipment or buy or commercial-off-the-shelf technologies purchased with a government credit card or its own budget.

Hacking for Defense & Hacking for Diplomacy – Educator/Sponsor Class

Steve Blank

Fourth , would the same Lean Startup methodology (business model design, customer development and agile engineering) used in the Lean LaunchPad and NSF I-Corps class work here? The REF had permission to shortcut the detailed 100+ page requirements documents used by the defense acquisition process and could use existing government equipment or buy or commercial-off-the-shelf technologies purchased with a government credit card or its own budget.

Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

The launch of the Xbox and Kinect, and the acquisitions of Skype and Yammer happened on his shift. The best are agile and know how to pivot – make a substantive change to the business model while or before their market has shifted. What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone?

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Why Tim Cook is Steve Ballmer and Why He Still Has His Job at Apple

Steve Blank

The launch of the Xbox and Kinect, and the acquisitions of Skype and Yammer happened on his shift. The best are agile and know how to pivot – make a substantive change to the business model while or before their market has shifted. What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone?

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How Kevin O’Connor, and FindTheBest Got Lean

Steve Blank

Thousands, then millions of new customers were coming to the site through SEO, just like we’d guessed with our customer acquisition hypothesis. Staying Agile. Lean Start-up Connection: Agile Development.

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Why Companies are Not Startups

Steve Blank

These groups are adapting or adopting the practices of startups and accelerators – disruption and innovation rather than direct competition, customer development versus more product features, agility and speed versus lowest cost.

Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

And when we do make bets, they’re small bets on incremental products or acquisitions that simply add to the bottom line.”. More agile competitors are starting to eat into our business. The strategy and structure for 21st corporate innovation will come from emulating the speed, urgency, agility and low-cost, rapid experimentation of startups. I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets.

Buy a machine or buy the parts (creating vs. acquiring)

Eric Friedman

In the world of web startups, you can hire individuals and try to make the team hum, or you can buy an agile group that you know can perform. Acquisitions Eric Friedman TechnologyLast week I read a great post by Bryce Roberts of OATV called A Perfect Storm for Acqihires.

10 Leadership Elements That Maximize Business Value

Startup Professionals Musings

The key elements of leadership in a company, both individual and organizational, are less tangible, but very critical in setting a market value for investment, acquisition, or going public.

Building Your MVP as a Non-Technical Founder

SoCal CTO

I did a presentation this week at Coloft that looked at how Non-Technical Founders can go about getting their MVP built. It had a passionate group of 50 people attending. I promised to do this post as a follow-up to the session to provide additional links and information.

The Cloud Computing Battle

Early Stage Adventures

Millions of dollars are at stake in this complex IT market, with traditional IT looking to gain control over their environments, which can sometimes be at odds with the need for speed and agility (cloud’s great benefits) demanded from LOB and developers.

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The Mission Model Canvas – An Adapted Business Model Canvas for Mission-Driven Organizations

Steve Blank

As a formal method, the Lean Startup consists of three parts: The Business Model Canvas – to frame hypotheses, Customer Development – to test those hypotheses in front of customers, and Agile Engineering – to build Minimum Viable Products to maximize learning.

The End of Hyperscale Envy

Lightspeed Venture Partners

We had seen Lightspeed portfolio company Nicira disrupt networking layers 2-3 with an architecture that consisted of highly distributed scale out software elements coupled with centralized control, culminating in an acquisition by VMWare for $1.25B in the summer of 2012.

How The Marine Corps Builds an Innovation Culture

Steve Blank

To achieve this mission, we established a framework that leveraged Marine Corps tenacity, agility, and adaptability to create a persistent culture of innovation. Jennifer Edgin is the Chief Technology Officer of the Intelligence Division at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps.

Building Great Founding Teams

Steve Blank

Its goal is to take the original idea and search for a repeatable and scalable business model - first by finding product/market fit, then by testing all the parts of the business model (pricing, channel, acquisition/activation, partners, costs, etc.).

Why Real Learning is Outside the Building, Not Demo Day

Steve Blank

While our teams have mentors, socialize a lot and give great demos, the goal of our class final presentations is “ Lessons Learned ” – about product/market fit, pricing, acquisition/activation costs, pricing, partners, etc.

Many Startup Cultures Cannot Match The Market Pace

Startup Professionals Musings

The challenge during this phase is to stay innovative and agile. This is the end game for an industry, and many companies, characterized by mergers and acquisitions to a few dominant players.

How to Choose Digital Marketing Channels for Long Term Growth

ConversionXL

Paid Acquisition. You’re undoubtedly familiar with paid acquisition, as it’s the digital equivalent of traditional advertising. Here are some resources to learn more about paid acquisition: Customer Acquisition Master Course (includes SEO).

Hacking a Corporate Culture: Stories, Heroes and Rituals in Startups and Companies

Steve Blank

Innovation in an existing company is not just the sum of great technology, key acquisitions, or smart people. The result of an innovation culture is a large company with a unified purpose that can move with speed, agility and passion. I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies.

How The Marine Corps Builds an Innovation Culture

Steve Blank

To achieve this mission, we established a framework that leveraged Marine Corps tenacity, agility, and adaptability to create a persistent culture of innovation. Jennifer Edgin is the Chief Technology Officer of the Intelligence Division at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps.

5 Under Used Strategies to Make Your Customers Feel Valued

Duct Tape Marketing

Take time to check for news on their triumphs — like a new fundraise, executive hire, or acquisition — and send them a quick note acknowledging the success. 5 Under Used Strategies to Make Your Customers Feel Valued written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing.

From 160 Hours to 10: A Tale of Agile Business Practices

Software By Rob

Agile Development, meet Agile Business. But the number one question you need to think about when going after this Agile Business approach: At what point is it worth spending the time to truly automate this?

It’s Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank

Teams use the Lean Startup toolkit: the Business Model Canvas + Customer Development process + Agile Engineering.

Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Steve Blank

Doing so meant they would have to take risks for IP acquisition and customer/market risks outside their experience or comfort zone. I earnestly believe that large corporations should emulate Lean Startups (Business model design, Customer Development and Agile Engineering.)

Finding Blue Oceans #prodmgmt

The Product Guy

He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies. Dominic was also a key player in helping ADP transition from a waterfall SDLC to agile in less than 2 years time.

User Experience Design Tactics for Product Managers

The Product Guy

He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies. Dominic was also a key player in helping ADP transition from a waterfall SDLC to agile in less than 2 years time.

Product Management at Startups vs. Enterprises

The Product Guy

He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies. Dominic was also a key player in helping ADP transition from a waterfall SDLC to agile in less than 2 years time.

Senior Product Manager and Your Next Career Steps

The Product Guy

He is passionate about Lean and Agile Product management, innovative business models and business and product strategies. Dominic was also a key player in helping ADP transition from a waterfall SDLC to agile in less than 2 years time.