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.

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. Or, try product demos at community events such as festivals and fairs.

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Start making better product decisions: A framework to go with your Agile Process

The Product Guy

Lastly, to make the most out of this framework, it’s best if your organization has already implemented some variation of the Agile Methodology. Some example can include tradeshows, product summits, or client demos. Milestone 2 Client Demo (12/25/2017).

Classroom Learning: Ditch the Knowledge Dump, Mix it Up

Inc Startups

He said the modern learner doesn’t want to watch endless PowerPoints or sit through long demos and lectures. Masie agreed that the development models ADDIE and AGILE are for a specific kind of classroom — “a person at the front, lots of PowerPoint, teach it so they memorize it.”

The Product Guy: Astonishin’ in 2010!

The Product Guy

So, here it is, reblogged straight from Australia… #8 Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model. Another year of The Product Guy is now coming to a close… an awesomely astonishin’ 2010!

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

Steve Blank

Investors sitting through Incubator or Accelerator demo days have three metrics to judge fledgling startups – 1) great looking product demos, 2) compelling PowerPoint slides, and 3) a world-class team. Rather than a product demo – we believe in a “Learning Demo”.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2017 – Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

Our mantra to the students was that we wanted them to learn about “Deployment not Demos.” Our observation is that the DOD has more technology demos than they need, but often lack deep problem understanding. We just finished our second Hacking for Defense class at Stanford.

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Innovation – something both parties can agree on

Steve Blank

It’s curriculum is built on a framework of business model design, customer development and agile engineering – and its emphasis on evidence , Lessons Learned versus demos, makes it the worlds most advanced accelerator.

Innovation – something both parties can agree on

Steve Blank

It’s curriculum is built on a framework of business model design, customer development and agile engineering – and its emphasis on evidence , Lessons Learned versus demos, makes it the worlds most advanced accelerator.

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

Steve Blank

The best are agile and know how to pivot – make a substantive change to the business model while or before their market has shifted. Visionary CEOs don’t need someone else to demo the company’s key products for them. 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 best are agile and know how to pivot – make a substantive change to the business model while or before their market has shifted. Visionary CEOs don’t need someone else to demo the company’s key products for them. What happens to a company when a visionary CEO is gone?

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The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

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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The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

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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Looking for a new product management job?

The Product Guy

Senior Product Analyst @ Fareportal.com (CheapOair.com) (New York) Keywords: api, demo, design, e-commerce, mockups [link]. Business Development Manager – Loyalty Partnerships @ Fareportal.com (CheapOair.com) (New York) Keywords: agile, e-commerce, loyalty, product, roadmap [link]. If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.

Upgrade Your Product Management Career with these Opportunities

The Product Guy

Business Development Manager – Loyalty Partnerships @ Fareportal.com (New York) Keywords: agile, e-commerce, loyalty, product, roadmap [link]. Senior Product Analyst @ Fareportal.com (New York) Keywords: api, demo, design, e-commerce, mockups [link]. If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.

Looking for a new product management job?

The Product Guy

Senior Product Analyst @ Fareportal.com (CheapOair.com) (New York) Keywords: api, demo, design, e-commerce, mockups [link]. Business Development Manager – Loyalty Partnerships @ Fareportal.com (CheapOair.com) (New York) Keywords: agile, e-commerce, loyalty, product, roadmap [link]. If you are a great product person looking for a great product job, or vice versa, check out our job board.

How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right

Steve Blank

Approvals tended to be based on who had the best demo and/or slides or lobbied the hardest. The company has adopted Lean language and process: curation, prioritization, three horizons, I-Corps – business/ mission model canvas, customer development and agile engineering.

When Krave Jerky Showed up in Class with a $435,000 Check

Steve Blank

They ran 10 in-store demos, which got them talking to 100s of more customers. The team demonstrated awesome agility and resilience as they scrambled to get a new manufacturing partner while continuing to do customer discovery and validation – and run their company.

Hacking for Diplomacy @ Stanford –What We Learned With the State Department

Steve Blank

Lessons Learned – Not a Demo Day. Silicon Valley folks are familiar with Demo Days – presentations where the message is: “Here’s how smart we are right now.” Lean offers State speed and agility to deliver rapid solutions that are needed and wanted.

Hacking for Diplomacy @ Stanford –What We Learned With the State Department

Steve Blank

Lessons Learned – Not a Demo Day. Silicon Valley folks are familiar with Demo Days – presentations where the message is: “Here’s how smart we are right now.” Lean offers State speed and agility to deliver rapid solutions that are needed and wanted.

The Awesomeness of a Hackathon

Feld Thoughts

I’ve become a big advocate of true Agile development (partly because of my experience with Rally Software – the leader in Agile software development environments) and – more recently – the notion of trying to get to continuous deployment which has been popularized by Eric Ries. Demos and awards start at 5:30pm. Over the years, a number of companies I’ve been an investor in have had hackathons.

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Move fast: it’s your biggest competitive advantage

Version One Ventures

Last week I attended the NFX demo day. For me, it is one of the most fun demo days to attend as NFX, like Version One , focuses on network effect businesses, particularly marketplaces and social platforms. The bottom line is that speed and agility are the biggest advantages you have at the beginning.

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300 Teams in Two Years

Steve Blank

It’s curriculum is built on a framework of business model design, customer development and agile engineering – and its emphasis on evidence, Lessons Learned versus demos, makes it the worlds most advanced accelerator. This is the start of the third year teaching teams of scientists (professors and their graduate students) in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps). This month we’ve crossed ~ 300 teams in the first two years through the program.

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Driving Product Priorities with a Stakeholder Roadmap

The Product Guy

I first heard of “The Chicken and the Pig” analogy the very first time I went to an Agile seminar. In addition, we are doing our best to extend the sprint demo to the marketing team.

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.

Product Management Mentoring – Growing Globally

The Product Guy

We are very excited to announce The Product Mentor Session 4 has just launched! Since it’s very lean MVP kick-off 2 years ago, The Product Mentor has grown to 20+ countries and over 500 mentees in our backlog. Help us with our global backlog of mentees and… Sign up to be a Mentor today!

[ADV] SysAid – The Enterprise-Level Solution That Can Streamline Your Organization’s IT

YoungUpstarts

It has a 30-day free trial and also has several software demo options to try out the software before you make a purchase. This is one of the more robust and agile methods of active directory integration.

Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School

Steve Blank

The disadvantage is that its methodology was based on the old waterfall model of product development and not the agile and lean methods that startups use today. It taught lean theory ( business model design , customer development and agile engineering) and practice. During the Cold War with the Soviet Union, science and engineering at both Stanford and U.C. Berkeley were heavily funded to develop Cold War weapon systems.

Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

And they’ll do this using the business model / customer development / agile development solution stack. At the end of the class there will be a Demo Day when investors get to see the best this country’s researchers have to offer.

A modern tool for your startup: JotForm Cards

47 Hats

First you decide if you want to go with a traditional form layout or do it as a series of Cards (you can try out a demo of each, a nice touch).

Give Your Teams Swiss Army Knives

Both Sides of the Table

To some extent this can be good and agile. Demos – One of the things that most people are bad at and that are hard to standardize is the demo. I have written about how to do a demo before (even though this was in the context of a VC pitch much of it applies).

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In Product Management, soft skills lead to hard lessons

The Product Guy

Sure, I had spent the majority of my career as a UX Designer, and when I transitioned into a Product Manager role, I made sure to work tirelessly and develop “hard” PM skills like market analyzation, feature prioritization, a command of AGILE, etc.

The Lean LaunchPad – Teaching Entrepreneurship as a Management Science

Steve Blank

There are few courses which teach aspiring entrepreneurs the skills (business models, customer and agile development, design thinking, etc.) We’ll build the class around the business model / customer development / agile development solution stack.

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You can be much more productive. Here’s how.

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Trello – collaborative task list for Teams, works well with Agile/Lean methodologies. or calendly – scheduling made easy, great for sales people, demos or office hours. I wrote a post a few days ago about 2 productivity hacks that I’ve been using that have transformed my work life. I got a great response to that post with a number of people asking me what other tools I’ve found that help make my world more productive.

This Week in New York Tech - January 11th

This is going to be BIG.

Tuesday, January 12th 6:30PM Agile UX at the Economist (Waitlist only) The Economist online will share their experiences, successes and lessons learned around practicing user-centered design in an Agile development process. If you need to replicate yourself to attend any of these events, remember: Don't make a copy of a copy!

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 6: Channel Hypotheses

Steve Blank

All the teams were showing us what agile looked like, but this week several would remind us what focused and relentless really meant. They found that sales to this channel would require a demonstration, and that dealers would have to demo the robotic weeders to the customers.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 6

Steve Blank

Pivots are what allows startups to be agile, and to move with speed and urgency. In slide 5 the team had a first demo of their MVP auto tracking of drones. We just held our sixth week of the Hacking for Defense class.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford – Week 6

Steve Blank

Pivots are what allows startups to be agile, and to move with speed and urgency. In slide 5 the team had a first demo of their MVP auto tracking of drones. We just held our sixth week of the Hacking for Defense class.

Vendor Transparency and Future of Enterprise SaaS Sales

Mark Birch

They would convince you to have an in person meeting for a demo. Once a vendor was shortlisted, the process might entail more demos, more pilots of the software, lots of haggling and price negotiations, and eventually years later you picked a product.

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How to Kick-Off the Design of an MVP

Austin Startup

However, working in an agile environment means that you’re able to react quickly to feedback and therefore future plans are quite flexible and less detailed. Show it, demo it and test it with people ASAP.