7 Strategies To Enhance Agility In The Face Of Change

Startup Professionals Musings

Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. Today’s customers are much more proactive in going online for the latest information, rather than simply reacting to the “push” messages that businesses traditionally use to drive commerce.

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7 Principles Of Business Agility To Dodge Disaster

Startup Professionals Musings

Business agility is defined as the ability to adapt rapidly and cost efficiently. Today’s customers are much more proactive in going online for the latest information, rather than simply reacting to the “push” messages that businesses traditionally use to drive commerce.

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Are Agile Innovation Methods Right for Your Team?

The Startup Magazine

Developing successful agile innovation methods can drive companies to great new heights. Then implementing agile innovation methods should be top on your list of to-dos. So, how do you determine if agile innovation methods are right for your company?

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Why Everyone Wants To Be Agile


If you keep up with the news on project management and business strategy, you’ve probably come across the buzzword “agile” more than a few times. But what does it mean to be agile and do agile as a business unit? But can agile really be used for anything, in any industry?

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Agile Everywhere


I’ve written a bunch on this blog and in Startup CEO , about Agile Development and the Lean Canvas and Lean Startups in general (see a really old post on Agile Development from 10 years ago when we first adopted it here , and one on Agile Marketing here ).

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Thoughts on agile management

The Equity Kicker

Steve Denning, one of the leading business thinkers pushing the business world to abandon the outdated idea of maximising shareholder value has published an interesting article on Forbes titled Why do managers hate agile? The good news for agile fans is that this battle is only going one way.

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To Survive the Rebound Will Require More Agility

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. Here are the key aspects of agility requiring focus: Eliminating bureaucracy. An agile company starts with agile leadership at the top.

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The Agile Board

Both Sides of the Table

Over time at my first startup our developers encouraged us to move to Agile development. We shortened our release schedules, set nearer term targets, held people accountable more through frequent communications and we listened more to customer input.

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Rally Software Acquires Agile iPhone Product

Feld Thoughts

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. If you are a Rally customer, this is a no-brainer app for you; if you aren’t a Rally customer but are an Agile development shop that also has a bunch of iPhone users, take a look at Rally’s products. Tags: My Investments acquisition agile iphone rally

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Are You Agile Enough for the New Business Economy?

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. These volatile markets are already creating unexpected opportunities and risks – you must be alert and agile enough to spot them and adapt quickly to survive and prosper. Here are the key aspects of agility requiring focus: Eliminating bureaucracy. Rotating good people to new roles keep both them and their new roles agile.

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Do You Have The Data Agility Your Business Needs?


Today’s competitive environment requires adaptive and scalable infrastructures able to solve today’s challenges and address tomorrow’s needs; after all, the speed with which you process and analyze data may be the difference between winning and losing the next customer. Agile Data Fabric.

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Business Agility will Prosper on the Rebound

Startup Professionals Musings

Smart entrepreneurs are making changes now, to be more agile in defining strategy, making organizational changes, and analyzing markets for change. But volatile markets do create unexpected opportunities – if you are alert and agile enough to spot them and adapt quickly.

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Should Your Startup Be an Agile Company

Women Entrepreneurs Can

These days, one of the decisions that startup owners make (or at least should think about making) is whether to be an agile company from the very start, to try to adopt it later or to do things the more traditional way. Agile 101. Most agile teams and companies do.

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Achieving Greater Agility Through Proper Business Intelligence


Business intelligence (BI) is the gateway for achieving greater agility. Agility in this sense means the flexibility to make more informed decisions based on a diverse array of data outlining consumer patterns and purchasing behavior. by Dan McCarthy, event manager for Venueseeker.

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Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

Each sale requires us to handhold the customer and takes way too long to close. Whether they’re using a formal process to search for a business model like Customer Development or just trial and error, startup founders are intuitively goal-seeking to optimize their business model.

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Agile Marketing: How to Implement Scrum for Digital Marketing


Agile marketing may not be a phrase you hear often, but it’s becoming increasingly popular and important. An Introduction to Scrum and Agile Development. The Product Owner is a key organizational figure in an agile environment. Scrum “Artifacts” for Agile Marketing.


Selecting An Agile Coach


Starting around 2004 and 2005 I began seeing an increasing number of teams moving to Agile, and of course the first thing they needed was training and often some coaching. I thought - incorrectly it turns out - that this would be a temporary issue, while the Agile community gained experience, especially with commercial product companies. Much of it is still IT (internal) or custom. So it''s no wonder that so many Agile trainers are bewildered by commercial product companies.

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Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development


Investors and early customers were becoming worried about the ability of the founder to deliver. Instead, what they had was a contract that promised Agile Software Development with Rapid Iterations and an incredibly vague list of features.

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Lessons Learned: Combining agile development with customer development

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, March 16, 2009 Combining agile development with customer development Today I read an excellent blog post that I just had to share. Jim Murphy is a long-time agile practitioner in startups. In most agile development systems, there is a notion of the "product backlog" a prioritized list of what software is most valuable to be developed next. But startups sometimes have trouble applying agile successfully.

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Even Branding Should Be Agile: An Interview With Base Creative’s Matthew Kinsman

Up and Running

Thirteen years later, Kinsman is a veteran of the industry and a thought leader advocating in Forbes for an agile approach. The agile strategy is all about brand flexibility. In any niche, quality visual representation can impress a potential customer.

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Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Filed under: Customer Development , ESL , Technology | Tagged: Steve Blank , Entrepreneurs , ESL « Convergent Technologies: War Story 1 – Selling with Sports Scores A Wilderness of Mirrors » 17 Responses Michael F. I think there is a choice, you can focus on climbing the corporate ladder or you can choose to get broad experience, in particular as many facets of customer facing experience, to prepare yourself for becoming an entrepreneur.

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Escaping the Design Trap in Agile Marketing

crowdSPRING Blog

The biggest trend in marketing in 2016 has been the idea of “agile marketing.” In a survey conducted by Workfront and Marketing Profs, roughly 30% of marketers are already using an agile methodology in their departments. Still, agile marketing can be intimidating, especially if you’re used to quarterly plans and static budgets. As Marketer Gizmo explains : When they hear the phrase “agile marketing,” most people think of the Scrum methodology.

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CEO of TaskTop’s Book Introduces Flow Framework to Address Why DevOps/Agile Not Enough


The inspiration for Tasktop came from the need to connect developers to what we call the software “value stream”, ie, all of the people, process and tools involved in delivering value to customers through software. . Most large organizations are aware that they need to undergo digital transforms, and are adopting new software delivery practices such as Agile and DevOps. Business and IT leaders have been inundated for years with stories of digital disruption and urgency to act.

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Managing Commitments in an Agile Team


The past several articles have discussed the nature of Continuous Discovery and Dual-Track Agile. In this article I'd like to discuss another dimension of working effectively in an Agile environment, which is how we manage commitments. In most Agile teams, when you mention commitments (like knowing what you're going to launch and when it will happen), you get reactions ranging from squirming to denial.

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Relate Your Technology Solution to Customer Values

Startup Professionals Musings

Young entrepreneurs often are so excited by new technology or their latest invention that they forget to translate it into a value proposition that their customers or potential investors can understand. Customer data integrity and security.

Lessons Learned: Stevey's Blog Rants: Good Agile, Bad Agile

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Thursday, November 6, 2008 Steveys Blog Rants: Good Agile, Bad Agile I thought Id share an interesting post from someone with a decidedly anti-agile point of view. Steveys Blog Rants: Good Agile, Bad Agile : "Google is an exceptionally disciplined company, from a software-engineering perspective. I think you can safely ignore the rantings about "bad agile" and the bad people who promote it. What is customer development?

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RIP PRDs. Long Live “Agile Conversations”

Street Smart Product Manager

Many of my free product help calls are about ways to pursue customer development and gather VOC, bootstrap new product efforts, and apply lean principles to product management activities. Long Live “Agile Conversations” appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. I recently had an email Q&A with a fellow PMer in which I shared what’s worked for me. So I decided to post my answers here — of course, your mileage […]. The post RIP PRDs.

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Nail the Customer Development Manifesto to the Wall

Steve Blank

When Bob Dorf and I wrote the Startup Owners Manual we listed a series of Customer Development principles. Pair Customer Development with Agile Development. No Business Plan Survives First Contact with Customers. Customer Development Customer Development Manifesto

6 Customer Success Secrets

Guy Nirpaz

In the 2nd annual customer success summit last month in San Francisco, I’ve introduced the Customer Success Manifesto. If you are familiar with the agile software development manifesto will see a similar presentation style (visuals are updated to 2014 though).

Kent Beck keynote, "To Agility, and Beyond"

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 4, 2010 Kent Beck keynote, "To Agility, and Beyond" Kent Beck will give the opening keynote at the Startup Lessons Learned conference on April 23. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

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How Your Startup Can Compete With the Tech Giants

The Startup Magazine

Due to a small work environment, there is very little paperwork involved in startups, especially in agile development. Adopt an Agile Work Environment. We’ve touched on the notion of operating in an agile work environment previously – but what does that mean?

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Customer Development for Web Startups

Steve Blank

Customer Development is a technique startups use to quickly iterate and test each part of their business model. How you execute Customer Development varies, depending on your type of business. Customer Development In Context.

How to Structure a Modern, Customer-Driven Product Team

View from Seed

” The point is to focus on the customer better. All of the products and services that we create are ultimately connected with the customer. And the only way to figure out what’s right is to constantly talk to and involve customers.

Tesla and Adobe: Why Continuous Deployment May Mean Continuous Customer Disappointment

Steve Blank

In the last few years Agile and “Continuous Deployment” has replaced Waterfall and transformed how companies big and small build products. Agile is a tremendous advance in reducing time, money and wasted product development effort – and in having products better match customer needs.

How to build an agile and scalable SaaS for long-term success

The Next Web

If you are considering developing a vertical SaaS, it is your responsibility to communicate the technology’s robust benefits in a way that’s accessible to your potential customers. Build the technology to suit your customer.

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Social, Agile, and Transformation: Strategic Agile Thinking: Balancing Value, Innovation and Research


Social, Agile, and Transformation. I cover several topics including agile software development, software startups, web 2.0, Strategic Agile Thinking: Balancing Value, Innovation and Research. 2) The agile "happy place". Social, Agile, Transformation Pages. Agile!

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One model for an agile marketing plan


Agile Marketing Blog. Agile marketing. Agile marketing news. Categorized | Agile marketing. One model for an agile marketing plan. Upon further reflection, this comes back to the agile vs. waterfall marketer question I raised a month ago. With that in mind, here is my ideal agile marketing plan. Clearly articulates target markets and customers. This post was written by: Frank Days - who has written 36 posts on Agile Marketing Blog.

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Startup Spotlight: Aequos on a Mission to Deliver the Future Network

The Startup Magazine

Aequos empowers you with the ability to keep your business as agile as possible with cloud technology, without sacrificing anything in network performance or security.

7 Ways To Survive The Retail Customer Shift To Online

Startup Professionals Musings

Measure your agility by putting metrics on change. Count the number of new projects, time and resources required to implement, and measure the return in revenue, customer satisfaction, or cost savings. Create a non-online memorable customer experience.

What do you need to become a scrum master?

The Startup Magazine

Scrum is the most popular subset of the Agile methodology and is used by seventy percent of software teams around the world for project management. It differs from other agile methodologies because of its specific concepts and practices. What is Scrum?