It’s An Agile World

Feld Thoughts

One of the emails reinforced the challenge of “traditional software development” vs. the new generation of “Agile software development.” ” I started experiencing, and understanding, agile in 2004 when I made an investment in Rally Software. At the time it was an idea in Ryan Martens brain; today it is a public company valued around $600 million , employing around 400 people, and pacing the world of agile software development.

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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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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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4 tips to make any team agile

The Next Web

The goal of agile programming is to provide early and continuous delivery of valuable software. But it’s not so easy to implement methodologies that can deliver on the agile promise, and the blame typically lands on people: they’re just not the tech elite.

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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Steve Denning, one of the leading business thinkers pushing the business world to abandon the outdated idea of maximising shareholder value has published an interesting article on Forbes titled Why do managers hate agile?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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Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development


They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. The teams involved didn't seem to be exhibiting many of the Symptoms of a Weak Development Team. Part of this is confusion on terminology around various Agile methodologies and terminology.

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Do You Have The Data Agility Your Business Needs?


If companies are to thrive in a data-driven economy, they can’t afford to be handcuffed to ‘old’ technologies; they need the flexibility and agility to move at a moment’s notice to the latest market innovations. How can your company meet the agility imperative? Agile Data Fabric.

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5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Improve Their Agility In The New Year


by Taffy Williams, author of “ Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed “ The New Year brings new events that may positively or negatively affect your business. Those that may potentially occur allow for strategy development prior to the event.

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The Future of Corporate Agility

Startup Lessons Learned

Mark Raheja, founding partner at August , a consultancy focused on organizational development, will be speaking as part of the enterprise learning track at Lean Startup Week about agility at scale. In thinking about the future of corporate agility and management, what modern practices are most vital to today’s leaders? Guest post by by Jennifer Maerz, contributing editor of Lean Startup Co.

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The Agile Board

Both Sides of the Table

A long time ago was a developer and we did everything as per the waterfall method. Over time at my first startup our developers encouraged us to move to Agile development. Nivi (from VentureHacks ) said it best: “Agile is about short feedback loops.

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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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Should Your Startup Be an Agile Company

Women Entrepreneurs Can

They are allowed to develop organically which, unfortunately, can have some negative consequences well into the future. Agile 101. Most people are already familiar with agile principles to some extent, but just in case let’s go over the basics. Most agile teams and companies do.

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Agile is a mindset, not just software development method

Start Up Blog

If you work for a big company, there’s a good chance your IT department is rapidly moving from a Waterfall Methodology to Agile for software development. And if you don’t believe me check out this incredible resource: Agile in a Nutshell.

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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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Why Startups are Agile and Opportunistic – Pivoting the Business Model

Steve Blank

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. Startups are the search to find order in chaos. Steve Blank.

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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. So it''s no wonder that so many Agile trainers are bewildered by commercial product companies.

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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. Scrum is a framework for developing and sustaining complex products.” The Development Team.


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. This type of rigorous, critical quality-control allows your brand to be agile.

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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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Working with Developers


There was a lot of passion in the room last week when I presented Working with Developers at the Stubbs Precellerator. I guess it should not be a surprise that Founders have lots of challenges working with developers. But my developers want to go into way too much detail.

6 Lifehacks That Will Help You Save On Mobile App Development


There are two main paths to follow in mobile app development: native and cross-platform. Code written for one OS cannot be reused for another, which makes the development and maintenance of native mobile apps expensive and time-sapping. Hire Junior Developers.

Agile Marketing, Part II


Agile Marketing, Part II. I wrote about this years ago when I was temporarily running Marketing and was noting a lot of the similarities between running contemporary Product Development and Marketing efforts. Nick Van Weerdenburg just put up a great post called Why Marketing is Becoming Like Software Development which you should read if you run or work in, or work closely with, a marketing department.

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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. So by popular demand, here’s a poster of the Customer Development Manifesto.

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


Technology platforms, development paradigms, and the vendor landscape have been shifting at a rate that very few organizations have been able to keep up with. 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. . Before Tasktop, I spent a decade building open source software development tools.

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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. Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA « Steve Blank (tags: startup) [.] Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA. Steve’s post at the end of June, Agile Opportunism – Entrepreneurial DNA, he shares his early career experiences.

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Timing Matters – A Sneak Peek Into The Mobile App Development Process


Mobile app development is not just about developing an app for either android or IOS. App development is a cumbersome process that involves a lot of micro-managed aspects to be catered to. The mobile app development process begins with the phase of ideation.

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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.

The Principles of Product Development Flow

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, July 13, 2009 The Principles of Product Development Flow If youve ever wondered why agile or lean development techniques work, The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G.

5 Things You Should Know Before Hiring A Development Shop


You’ve decided to hire a development shop to build an MVP , give your product a facelift, or build that mobile app you’ve been wanting to build for years. Development shops come in all sizes. Others outsourcing Stella Fayman web development

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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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. Kent is a significant figure in the field of software development.

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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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Selecting a Web Development Company


I''ve written before about finding Web Development Firms in Los Angeles. I just got an email asking about exactly this: I''m with a new company that needs some software built, but doesn''t need (or have the resources for) a large staff of software developers.

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Developing a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Steve Blank

The class was designed to teach educators (and the entrepreneurs that support them) the Lean LaunchPad approach (Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Engineering) for teaching entrepreneurship. Align and train mentors to embrace customer development.

5 Tips For Developing A Successful Market Intelligence Campaign


By addressing these questions first, you will be able to develop a more effective solution for your own future marketing initiatives. In fact, keeping a perspective that is wide enough to take in various resources and strategies is key to remaining competitive and agile.

Raising Money Using Customer Development

Steve Blank

This post describes how companies using the Customer Development model can increase their credibility, valuation and probability of getting a first round of funding by presenting their results in a “Lesson Learned&# venture pitch. Raising Money Using Customer Development « Steve Blank [.]

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.

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

The Next Web

Innovative technology helps us serve our world more effectively, and businesses have the potential to develop and deploy these solutions. We realized we had to move aggressively to develop native mobile apps to meet our users’ needs in any location.

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How Customer Development Failed Us

Steve Blank

Here’s his story of when Customer Development failed. We were lucky to learn about Customer Development early on in the life of our startup. More importantly, we’d witnessed Customer Development’s massive success at another local startup. We bought Steve’s book , started product development and began reaching out to customers ins search of our first earlyvangelists. So how did Customer Development fail us? Customer Development is like being Agile.

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

The Startup Magazine

The latest development is the shift to using SD-WAN (Software Dependent–Wide Area Networking). 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.

Seven Facilitation Fails

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

They may know frameworks, like Design Thinking or Agile, and a few tools, but very few have the extensive training and experience at hands-on facilitation required to make a difference.

Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

Feld Thoughts

I remember my friend Ryan Martens sitting down with me and Chris Wand around 2001 and walking us through his idea for changing the how he approached managing the software development process. Ryan had a vision for an integration web-based system to layer on top of all of this to help support and manage the software development process. In 2003 – while Agile was known – it was largely limited to ISVs and a few leading IT organizations. Get Agile with Rally Release 5.