Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

SoCal CTO

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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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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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

OnlyOnce

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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Agile success generates great feelings

Taffy Williams

The process can be arduous and create lots of stress, but it is an essential part of developing a business. Try to keep the emotions in balance with your ability to Think Agile. More on the agile concepts may be found in soon to be released book: Think Agile.

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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Steve Denning, one of the leading business thinkers pushing the business world to abandon the outdated idea of maximising shareholder value has published an interesting article on Forbes titled Why do managers hate agile?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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Focus is important but so is agile thinking

Taffy Williams

Entrepreneurs must learn to balance two skills and know when to use them; a) Focus and, b) Agile Thinking. The ability to be more agile in one’s thinking comes from practice. When the situation dictates, agile thinking should take the lead over focus.

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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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Agile entrepreneurs know anything is possible

Taffy Williams

It is easy to develop a negative attitude or receive advice from negative people. T affy Williams is the author of: Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed and the Startup Blog. YES YOU CAN!

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Working with Developers

SoCal CTO

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.

Small Business Agility and The Power of &

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Most importantly, however, we work to keep our businesses agile. AT&T's " Power of & " campaign knows business agility best. Everyone has their own definition of business agility , but " Power of & " frames it as a way in which businesses can "do it all."

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2 Considerations for agile succession planning

Taffy Williams

Suppose you lost your lead person for product development and all the corporate knowledge for this function was with a single person. T affy Williams is the author of: Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed and the Startup Blog.

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

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Agile Teams improve chances of success

Taffy Williams

Taffy Williams is the author of: Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed and the Startup Blog. development entrepreneur leadership management trainingFollow me and I will help you grow! Entrepreneurs go through extremes rarely experienced by the normal work force.

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

YoungUpstarts

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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Agile Marketing: How to Implement Scrum for Digital Marketing

ConversionXL

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.

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The Deal with Agile

The Product Guy

Not only is this the biggest new product launch for the company in 5 years, but it represents our first effort in transitioning from waterfall to agile development process. Pre-agile: Clients only got involved once the product or feature "went live."

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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.

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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Business Development vs. Product Management

The Product Guy

In a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Chris Butler, lead a conversation around “Business Development vs. Product Management”. Ladislav focuses on user centric product development, especially on brand, usability and revenue product challenges.

Introducing Agile to Product Teams

The Product Guy

In our most recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ari Tiktin, lead a conversation around “Introducing Agile to Product Teams”. But my strength is in innovation, the Lean approach to product development and the managing ups and downs of early stage products.

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Selecting An Agile Coach

SVPG

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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GBP | Dirk Paessler | How to Grow & Stay Agile. Part 1: Top 6 Business Decisions

Business of Software Blog

How to Grow and Stay Agile – Top 6 Business Decisions. I want to share with you some of the better business and software development decisions we have made in the past 15 years. This process helps us develop a team of experts who fit into our culture.

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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.

Startup Blog Insights with Taffy Williams - How to Make Ideas Into a Viable Business

Taffy Williams

Reference Article: 3 Factors turn a great idea into a valuable business Taffy Williams is the author of: Think Agile: How Smart Entrepreneurs Adapt in Order to Succeed. Agile business development entrepreneur Startup Think Agile

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” The post RIP PRDs. Long Live “Agile Conversations” appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager.

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.

4 Ways to stay on top of your game

Taffy Williams

Agile Thinking ” is a skill that can be developed and sharpened. In Agile thinking helps entrepreneurs achieve success , a few actions are listed that help one become more agile in their thinking. Agile thinking can increase your success as an entrepreneur.

MVP Is Not The Smallest Collection Of Features You Can Deliver

Street Smart Product Manager

Agile Customer Development Lean Startup New Product Development Product Development Product Management Startups customer development early adopters earlyvangelists lean startup minimum viable product MVP product strategy startup product validated learning As product people in the non-startup world familiarize themselves with Lean Startup concepts, there’s a lot of discussion and confusion about what is and isn’t an MVP.

Why Everyone in Your Company Should Think More Like a Developer

Inc Startups

How to incorporate agile development into their workflow

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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.

Create Your Business Case Using Customer Development

Street Smart Product Manager

A few weeks ago, I spoke at the Modev MVP Conference and the Lean+Agile DC Conference about using a bootstrapped Customer Development approach to pursuing a new product idea in an existing company.

When I built products the stupid way

Street Smart Product Manager

New Product Development Product Development Product Management agile innovation leanIn 2007, ProductRepair (name changed), a market leader in its industry, was facing some serious threats: A rapidly maturing business. New “digitally native” entrants with greatly enhanced data collection abilities. A 100% call center based customer service model, with an escalating cost per interaction. Service partners with increasingly divergent strategies.

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.

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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5 Things Business Leaders Can Learn from Today’s Developers

Inc Startups

Regardless of your industry, you can learn a few things from Agile Software Development

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MVP Is Not The Smallest Collection Of Features You Can Deliver

Street Smart Product Manager

Agile Customer Development Lean Startup New Product Development Product Development Product Management Startups customer development early adopters earlyvangelists lean startup minimum viable product MVP product strategy startup product validated learning As product people in the non-startup world familiarize themselves with Lean Startup concepts, there’s a lot of discussion and confusion about what is and isn’t an MVP.

Radical Agility – The Core Of Zalando Tech

ArcticStartup

Exactly one year ago, global Zalando Tech organisation was reorganized according to the principles of Radical Agility. Since then, applying Radical Agility has become the hallmark of everything we do. In short, Radical Agility is built upon three pillars: purpose, autonomy and mastery.

The Specification is Dead; Long Live the Specification

Instigator Blog

Seems like eons ago… Then we were introduced to agile development, which encouraged us to throw away big specifications and go with user stories, or to eliminate documentation entirely and just start coding, building things iteratively. I’m greatly simplifying the evolution of software development into a couple paragraphs, but you know the drill — specifications went from being necessities to being outlawed.

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4 Ways entrepreneurs optimize time

Taffy Williams

Agile thinking is similar to playing chess! Thinking agile is a bit like playing chess. It takes advanced planning and consideration of potential responses to win in addition to agile reactions since the enemy never reacts as expected.