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!

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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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The Red Queen Problem – Innovation in the DoD and Intelligence Community

Steve Blank

In addition to the proliferation of threats, most of the tools and technologies that were uniquely held by the DoD/IC or only within the reach of large nation states are now commercially available (Cyber, GPS, semiconductors, analytics, centrifuges, drones, genetic engineering, agile and lean methodologies, ubiquitous Internet, crypto and smartphones, etc.). Solution 4 : What we have been missing is an innovation pipeline focused on deployment not demos.

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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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.

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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.

Why Our Executive Team Does Daily Standup Meetings

OnlyOnce

Any product team (or other kind of team) who has Agile practices, does some kind of a Daily Standup (DSU) meeting in which each team member reviews progress against goals for a given period and highlights issues where he or she is blocked and needs help.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Fat startup: Learn the lessons of my failed Lean Startup

wordsting.com

Demo day came…and disaster. Though charmingly polite, our clients were humiliated by the demo and too irritated to “iterate” our minimum viable product with us. With dozens of guided demos garnishing good reviews our marketing mostly worked. Search. About. Services. Process.

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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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Case Study: Lean UX at work

Startup Lessons Learned

Originally a waterfall shop, we transitioned to Agile development about two years ago. Now entering our third year with Agile we’re continually trying to improve the efficiency, productivity and velocity of the various teams. Demos have become our design reviews.”

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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.

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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.

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.

Getting feedback from customers when security is an issue

Startup Lessons Learned

is really critical for us to become more open, more agile, and more innovative.” * Unlike many tech companies who can easily gather information about users who come to their websites, the company I mentioned earlier in this section had a journey that probably looked more like that of companies building hardware. He’d present a demo of the prototype and ask customers if it would be useful.

Looking for a new product management job?

The Product Guy

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Upgrade Your Product Management Career with these Opportunities

The Product Guy

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[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.

Is Your Business Plan a Roadmap or a Roadblock?

Inc Startups

Personally, I’d rather be sent a demo URL or a prototype than a 50-page business plan I don’t have time to read. They became a new, agile player in the information marketplace. That business plan you worked so hard on? It's downright dangerous.

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Real Unfair Advantages

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Some head straight to the booth to get a demo; for many I give a private demo of the product on sofas in the hallway. Even "cool, agile" companies like 37signals are trapped. This is Part 2 of the series: 5 lessons from 150 startup pitches.???

Good enough never is (or is it?)

Startup Lessons Learned

The team was demoing their AJAX-powered map solution, the first of its kind, to senior management at Google. Lean manufacturing , agile software development , and Theory of Constraints are all examples of this idea in action.

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From Zero to $5 Million Annually

Business of Software Blog

I looked around at the software development systems out there, and settled on OutSystem’s Agile Platform. The next few months flew by… in the second week or March the mobile app was ready, and before the end of March we had demo’ed a feature complete, branded version at the CrossFit Northeast Regionals at the Reebok HQ. In early June, Reebok got in touch with us and we did a demo at CrossFit One, a CrossFit gym that world class athletes go to.

Building Startup Sales Teams: Tips For Founders

OnStartups

Agile methodologies can work in sales as well. Refine your demo script, your. First off, just to be clear, I’ve never been a sales person. I’ve never even. played a sales person on TV. All the points below have been pulled from startup.