Lean & Startup Patterns – Interview with Sam McAfee

Grasshopper Herder

I reached out to chat about his approach on Lean, startups and teamwork. Q: What are the differences between Agile Software Development and Lean Software Development? A: At the highest level, the difference between Agile and Lean software development is mainly […]. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership lean manufacturing lean product development lean startup

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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.

Is the Lean Startup Dead?

Steve Blank

Reading the NY Times article “ Jeffrey Katzenberg Raises $1 Billion for Short-Form Video Venture, ” I realized it was time for a new startup heuristic: the amount of customer discovery and product-market fit you need to find is inversely proportional to the amount and availability of risk capital. It’s the antithesis of the Lean Startup. First Movers” didn’t understand customer problems or the product features that solved those problems (what we now call product-market fit).

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[Interview] Michael K. Levine, Author Of “People Over Process: Leadership for Agility”

YoungUpstarts

Though agile is all about process and that’s where much of our attention has gone, it’s time we shifted out focus on people and interactions. In his new book “ People Over Process: Leadership for Agility “, technology expert Michael K.

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Eric Ries and Kent Beck Discuss Product Development

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. We’ve made some cool additions to our pre-conference webcast lineup , including two conversations with founding figures for methods that underlie Lean Startup. On November 14 (that’s this Thursday) at 1p PT, Eric Ries will speak with Kent Beck, a creator of Agile software development, about facilitating the work of engineers and product teams.

Lessons Learned: Product development leverage

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 26, 2009 Product development leverage Leverage has once again become a dirty word in the world of finance, and rightly so. But I want to talk about a different kind of leverage, the kind that you can get in product development. Its a force that allows startups to build products at parity with much larger companies - cheaper and much faster. Its a key lean startup concept. Trying to learn more about lean startups?

[Review] The Lean Startup

YoungUpstarts

Creators of new products in environments of extreme uncertainty, startups face enormous risks. Through rapid experimentation, short product development cycles, and rigorous measurements of the right metrics, they can ascertain what customers really want.

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The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

We tend to associate the government with words like bureaucracy rather than lean innovation. Department of Defense by adopting Lean Methodology inside their agency. The NGA has adopted Lean Innovation methods to make this happen.

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The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Goes Lean

Steve Blank

We tend to associate the government with words like bureaucracy rather than lean innovation. Department of Defense by adopting Lean Methodology inside their agency. The NGA has adopted Lean Innovation methods to make this happen.

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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.

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Lean Startups aren't Cheap Startups

Steve Blank

For those of you who have been following the discussion, a Lean Startup is Eric Ries ’s description of the intersection of Customer Development , Agile Development and if available, open platforms and open source. This is the most important phase in customer development.

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Four myths about the Lean Startup

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 18, 2010 Four myths about the Lean Startup Myth: Lean means cheap. Lean startups try to spend as little money as possible. Truth: The Lean Startup method is not about cost, it is about speed.

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The Lean Startup Bundle

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, October 5, 2010 The Lean Startup Bundle People often ask me if they can buy "Lean Startup in a box" from me. People want to get started with Lean Startup but arent exactly how. The Lean Startup Intensive is tomorrow at Web 2.0.

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The Lean Entrepreneur is here

Startup Lessons Learned

Last May, I shared the news that long-time Lean Startup advocates Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits were working on a new book called The Lean Entrepreneur featuring illustrations by FAKEGRIMLOCK. LitMotors approach to using Lean Startup to create a new vehicle category.

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Lean Startup at Scale

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. As Lean Startup methods have been used now for a number of years, we’ve become increasingly interested in how companies use them to sustain growth. One good example is the way in which we''ve adjusted the length of different phases of our agile sprints. We don''t follow a set agile methodology, but rather follow a more home-grown, minimal version of various approaches.

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What is Lean about the Lean Startup?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Wednesday, December 16, 2009 What is Lean about the Lean Startup? The first step in a lean transformation is learning to tell the difference between value-added activities and waste. That foundational idea, so clearly articulated in books like Lean Thinking, is what originally led me to start using the term lean startup. I was giving my first-ever webcast on the lean startup. This value is evident in Lean Startups.

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Lessons Learned: Lean startups vs lean companies

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Lean startups vs lean companies Venture Hacks has a great article today on lean startups. But I do think it is a misconception of what lean startups are all about. Lean startups operate by a different standard.

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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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The Lean Startup Book is here

Startup Lessons Learned

The Lean Startup Book is done. If you've been waiting for a comprehensive account of the Lean Startup and how it can help you achieve dramatically better business results, this is it. What really constitutes product/market fit? lean startupI am no longer writing a book.

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

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Amazing lean startup resources

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Amazing lean startup resources A year ago, there was no lean startup movement. I continue to believe that the explosion of interest in the lean startup has very little to do with me. Beyond my own efforts on this blog ( and more ), there is now an amazing variety of resources for lean startup practitioners. If you are attempting to apply lean startup ideas in your own business - you are not alone.

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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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The Lean Startup at Agile Vancouver April 21st

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Wednesday, March 25, 2009 The Lean Startup at Agile Vancouver April 21st A surprising number of respondents in the latest Lessons Learned survey hail from one of the flourishing startup hubs in Canada. In keeping with my recent theme of blogging about upcoming events, Im happy to announce that Ill be speaking at Agile Vancouver on April 21. This workshop brings together leading thinkers from Lean Production and Lean software.

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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: The lean startup

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 8, 2008 The lean startup Ive been thinking for some time about a term that could encapsulate trends that are changing the startup landscape. After some trial and error, Ive settled on the Lean Startup. I like the term because of two connotations: Lean in the sense of low-burn. But by taking advantage of open source, agile software, and iterative development, lean startups can operate with much less waste.

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MVP Is Not The Smallest Collection Of Features You Can Deliver

Street Smart Product Manager

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. The post MVP Is Not The Smallest Collection Of Features You Can Deliver appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Worse, many execs and CEOs have latched on to the term without really understanding what truly constitutes an MVP — in effect, they use it as a buzzword, and as […].

Two new scholarship programs for lean startups

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, March 28, 2010 Two new scholarship programs for lean startups Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, Im pleased to be able to announce two scholarship programs for upcoming lean startup events. Expo, including the Lean Startup Intensive on May 3.

MVP Is Not The Smallest Collection Of Features You Can Deliver

Street Smart Product Manager

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. The post MVP Is Not The Smallest Collection Of Features You Can Deliver appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Worse, many execs and CEOs have latched on to the term without really understanding what truly constitutes an MVP — in effect, they use it as a buzzword, and as […].

When I built products the stupid way

Street Smart Product Manager

The post When I built products the stupid way appeared first on 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.

Lessons Learned: Lean hiring tips

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, January 19, 2009 Lean hiring tips In preparing for the strategy series panel this week, I have been doing some thinking about costs. Fundamentally, lean startups do more with less, because they systematically find and eliminate waste that slows down value creation. In fact, unless you are adding capacity to a bottleneck in your development process, you probably should not be hiring at all. The Lean Startup Intensive is tomorrow at Web 2.0.

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Key Questions for Bringing Lean Startup to Established Companies

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. On October 8 at 10a PT, we’ll be talking about bringing Lean Startup methods to established companies, precisely the kinds of businesses that are most resistant to experimentation, even as they desperately need it. LSC: What do you see as the most common reasons that large companies give for why they don''t apply Lean Startup? So I’ll see internal development groups trying to apply Lean Startup methods.

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Kiwi lean startup + Australia next

Startup Lessons Learned

If anyone is interested, the Wellington Lean Startup Meetup is a good place to start. Im particularly looking forward to inaugurating the Sydney Lean Startup meetup. You can hear me attempt to explain the ideas behind the lean startup to the general public in MP3 or Ogg.

Philosophy Helps Start-Ups Move Faster (WSJ on the Lean Startup)

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Thursday, May 20, 2010 Philosophy Helps Start-Ups Move Faster (WSJ on the Lean Startup) The Wall Street Journal covers the Lean Startup movement in todays paper. who has organized three Lean Startup meetings for Beltway entrepreneurs since October 2009.

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The Lean Startup Intensive is tomorrow at Web 2.0 Expo

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, May 2, 2010 The Lean Startup Intensive is tomorrow at Web 2.0 Expo Im extremely excited that tomorrow is the Lean Startup Intensive at Web 2.0 Labels: events The Lean Startup Intensive is tomorrow at Web 2.0

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Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

Steve Blank

I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.”. Waterfall Development. It often took companies three tries to get products right.

Lean Enterprise Institute webinar, April 28

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, April 26, 2010 Lean Enterprise Institute webinar, April 28 I can barely write, as Im still recovering from the amazing but overwhelming Startup Lessons Learned conference last Friday (great summary here ). Want to learn more about lean startups?

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The Customer Development Manifesto: Reasons for the Revolution.

Steve Blank

After 20 years of working in startups, I decided to take a step back and look at the product development model I had been following and see why it usually failed to provide useful guidance in activities outside the building – sales, marketing and business development. Every startup has some methodology for product development, launch and life-cycle management. Yet at the end of the day even with all these processes 9 out of 10 of new products are failures.

Empower Operational Employees to Innovate

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Companies are investing in innovation training, mostly learning frameworks like Lean, Agile, or Design Thinking. Nearly all that training is for dedicated innovation teams , or employees who are focused on new product development.

Lean Startup fbFund slides and video

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, July 6, 2009 Lean Startup fbFund slides and video As a follow-up to my previous post on my talk for fbFund at Facebook , there was enough interest in watching video of the talk that I have finally uploaded it using Apples MobileMe.

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Introducing the Lean Startup Cohort subscription program

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Saturday, August 8, 2009 Introducing the Lean Startup Cohort subscription program Over the past few months, I have been engaged in another customer discovery exercise with passionate early adopters of the lean startup methodology. This idea is the brainchild of several venture-backed startups that participated in the lean startup workshops. So if youre a lean startup earlyvangelist, read on. 3,000 / month doesn't sound very, um, lean.

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Lessons Learned: When NOT to listen to your users; when NOT to.

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, October 6, 2008 When NOT to listen to your users; when NOT to rely on split-tests There are three legs to the lean startup concept: agile product development , low-cost (fast to market) platforms , and rapid-iteration customer development. They need to incorporate customer feedback into the product development and business planning process. The Lean Startup Intensive is tomorrow at Web 2.0.

Lean Startup Workshop scholarship program

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, June 12, 2009 Lean Startup Workshop scholarship program I havent had much time to write lately, and so havent been able to share much about the Lean Startup Workshop series I have been producing with OReilly in their Master Class division. These were serious entrepreneurs who have the vision to see how the lean startup concept can help them increase their odds of success. The Lean Startup Intensive is tomorrow at Web 2.0.

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Lean Startup webcast post-game

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, May 1, 2009 Lean Startup webcast post-game Wow, what an incredible turnout for webcast this morning, right on the heels of a phenomenal crowd at startup2startup last night. Its been a great twelve hours for the lean startup! Heres the working definition Ive started using: A startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty. Lean is not about cheap, its about speed.

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