Agile Everywhere, Part II

OnlyOnce

Over the years, I’ve written a lot about the Agile methodology on this blog. For those of you who are regular readers, you may remember a post I wrote about our Agile Everywhere initiative — where all Return Path teams were tasked with implementing agile practices.

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The Very Best Digital Metrics For 15 Different Companies!

Occam's Razor

There is no golden metric for everyone, we are all unique snowflakes! :). and tell you what are the best key performance indicators (metrics) for them. In the past I’ve shared a cluster of metrics that small, medium and large businesses can use as a springboard….

Why vanity metrics are dangerous

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Why vanity metrics are dangerous In a previous post, I defined two kinds of metrics: vanity metrics and actionable metrics. In that post, I took it for granted that vanity metrics are bad for you, and focused on techniques for creating and learning from actionable metrics. In this post, Id like to talk about the perils of vanity metrics. My personal favorite vanity metrics is "hits."

The Rudder Fallacy – Adopting Lean Startup

Grasshopper Herder

Before there is velocity, no measurable progress can be seen on any metrics dashboard. Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship adopting lean startup agile velocity metrics In a lean startup, team velocity proceeds measurable product progress.

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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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Your Web Metrics: Super Lame or Super Awesome?

Occam's Razor

Web Analysts are blessed with an immense amount of data, and an amazing amount of valuable, even sexy, metrics to understand business performance. Yet our heroic efforts to report the aforementioned sexy metrics lead to little business action. These metrics are super lame because.

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.

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[Sponsored] The Money Is In The Metrics: Data Driven Decisions Form The Right Strategy For Growth

YoungUpstarts

It’s also a time when you are most agile to work on ideas and implement strategies without the crippling setbacks caused by decision hierarchy and process. Others data Extraprise metrics

Beware of Vanity Metrics (for Harvard Business Review)

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, February 8, 2010 Beware of Vanity Metrics (for Harvard Business Review) The next article in my series on entrepreneurship for Harvard Business Review is live today. Once again, we revisit the topic of Actionable metrics and their nemesis: Vanity metrics. Any entrepreneur with a decent reality distortion field can find metrics that make it look like theyre being successful. But how do we know which metrics to look at?

Social, Agile, and Transformation: Strategic Agile Thinking: Balancing Value, Innovation and Research

ctotodevelopers.blogspot.com

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. Agile!

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The Money Is In The Metrics: Data Driven Decisions Form The Right Strategy For Growth

YoungUpstarts

It’s also a time when you are most agile to work on ideas and implement strategies without the crippling setbacks caused by decision hierarchy and process. Others data Extraprise metrics

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. Combining agile development with customer developm.

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Kill Useless Web Metrics: Apply The "Three Layers Of So What" Test

Occam's Razor

Like good little Reporting Squirrels we collect and stack metrics as if preparing for an imminent ice age. In this case its making right choices about the web metrics we knight and sent to the battle to come back with insights for our beloved corporation to monetize.

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Building a Company with Customer Data – Why Metrics Are Not Enough

Steve Blank

Web startups are at real disadvantage here as founders may confuse web metrics, A/B testing and on-line surveys as the entirety of first-hand knowledge – for most web business models they are not. Metrics tell you that something is happening. Of course you need to collect metrics, do A/B testing and run online surveys. Customer information dissemination is a cornerstone of Lean and agile companies.

Lessons Learned: The metrics and levers of engagement.

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, March 24, 2009 The metrics and levers of engagement, presentation on Engagement Loops for Facebook Developer Garage SF Ill be presenting a talk at the Facebook Developer Garage SF Wednesday evening. Combining agile development with customer developm.

Lean Marketing for Startups and Small Businesses: How to Make the Most Impact with the Least Investment

crowdSPRING Blog

The right metrics will let you know what’s working and what isn’t. This data (among other metrics) is what allows us to intelligently optimize our efforts. Marketing and branding agile marketing digital marketing lean marketing principles lean marketing process marketing

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You Are What You Measure, So Choose Your KPIs (Incentives) Wisely!

Occam's Razor

While there is a great deal of appreciation for the power of metrics/data, I've come to realize that Sr. Leaders don't quite appreciate the deep, and often corrosive, consequences of choosing metric x over metric y as a key performance indicator (KPI).

The Superbowl ad test

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 13, 2010 The Superbowl ad test I am a firm believer in the danger of vanity metrics , numbers that give the illusion of progress but often mask the true relationship between cause and effect. Vanity metrics are generally bigger.

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.

Cash Flow 101: The Basics

Up and Running

When cash flow is negative, businesses may struggle to pay their bills, might not be agile enough to respond to new opportunities, and can have a hard time figuring out how to cover expenses they haven’t budgeted for. Managing a Business cash flow finances metrics small business

How Marketing Velocity Can Help You Increase Sales and Revenue

crowdSPRING Blog

Keep in mind that marketing velocity and agility are two distinctly different concepts. Agility is about testing in small-batches, listening/measuring outcomes, tweaking and re-testing. Image Source: Edward Musiak. Marketing can be expensive and often, unpredictable.

Maybe not so much with the "optimization"

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

In the quest for optimization, A/B tests, metrics, and funnels, we're in danger of losing the fun and value of creative work. Now by all of the usual arguments for Lean, Agile, and minimimalism, I should have used boogers too: Boogers were already semi-standardized.

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Pivot, don't jump to a new vision

Startup Lessons Learned

Each has its own iterative process: customer development and agile development respectively. Leading up to a pivot, each cycle, despite our best efforts, the metrics werent good enough. Kent Beck keynote, "To Agility, and Beyond" Six streaming locations Interviews ► March (7) New conference website, speakers, agenda Two new scholarship programs for lean startups Speed up or slow down?

6 Keys To Making Timely Changes To Save Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Increase change agility. Change agility represents a startup’s ability to immediately and effectively engage everyone in pending changes and innovations. Relevant skills include continuous improvement of existing methods, processes and devices against a set of quality metrics.

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Repeat Founders and the Risk of a False Positive

View from Seed

These challenges put founders in a precarious position because they all contribute to a serious loss of agility. And I’d argue that agility is one of the most important attributes that one should be optimizing for at the earliest stages.

Advice On How To Make Your First Analytics Hire

View from Seed

Analytics is about designing, reporting, and leveraging operating metrics to aid strategic and functional decision-making. Finance is about reporting on historical performance and future planning through the lens of financial metrics.

Learning is better than optimization (the local maximum problem)

Startup Lessons Learned

At least, not in the traditional sense of trying to squeeze every tenth of a point out of a conversion metric or landing page. Even if it shows improvement in some micro metric, does that invalidate the overall design?

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. If you ever have the opportunity to remove a feature without impacting the customer experience or business metrics - do it.

Lessons Learned: Just-In-Time Scalability

Startup Lessons Learned

We wanted an agile approach that would allow us to build our software architecture as we needed it, without downtime, but also without large amounts of up-front cost. You can also download our presentation, " Just-In-Time Scalability: Agile Methods to Support Massive Growth." Labels: agile , continuous deployment 1 comments: timothyfitz said.

Lessons Learned: Throwing away working code

Startup Lessons Learned

This builds on a lot of great thinking that has come before, like the agile movements insistence that only the creation of working code counts as progress for a software development team. I used to think that investments in metrics were a form of waste. Customers dont care if you have good metrics, only if you have a good product. The only reason we learned the art of metrics-based decision making at IMVU was out of necessity.

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook - Untitled Article

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Gregg instructs ways to blend frameworks and use the best tools within frameworks such as Lean, Agile, CPS, or Design Thinking. The Innovation Intensive course outline: Approaches to innovation (Design Thinking, Lean, Agile, TRIZ, CPS, and blended systems). Cycle metrics.

Lessons Learned: The three drivers of growth for your business.

Startup Lessons Learned

Master of 500 Hats: Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp 2008, London) This presentation should be required reading for anyone creating a startup with an online service component. Daves done a great job of articulating the key metrics you want to look at in each of these five areas, and I wont bother repeating them here (go read the presentation already). He also has a discussion of how your choice of business model determines which of these metric areas you want to focus on.

10 Fundamental Web Analytics Truths: Embrace 'Em & Win Big

Occam's Razor

Because every tool uses its own sweet metrics definitions, cookie rules, session start and end rules and so much more. If you don't kill 25% of your metrics each year, you are doing something wrong. Metrics like: Multi channel value index.

An Interview with Author and Lean Startup Conference 2018 Speaker Giff Constable

Startup Lessons Learned

They tracked and openly shared their metrics. They talked to participants of the experiment, rather than relying solely on metrics to tell the story. One of the speakers at this year’s Lean Startup Conference , which kicks off on November 14th in Las Vegas, is Giff Constable.

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Smarticus — 10 things you could be doing to your code right now

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Smarticus — 10 things you could be doing to your code right now Smarticus — 10 things you could be doing to your code right now A great checklist of techniques and tools for making your development more agile, written from a Rail perspective. Startup Visa update ► February (5) Kiwi lean startup + Australia next Why diversity matters (the meritocracy business) Beware of Vanity Metrics (for Harvard Business Rev.

Lessons Learned: Test-Driven Development as andon cord

Startup Lessons Learned

In almost all Agile Development systems, thousands of automated tests are run against every change to the software. Kent Beck keynote, "To Agility, and Beyond" Six streaming locations Interviews ► March (7) New conference website, speakers, agenda Two new scholarship programs for lean startups Speed up or slow down?

How To Tune Business Strategy For Long-Term Success

Startup Professionals Musings

For a successful launch and scalable growth, they need to establish many checkpoints, with metrics to assess their progress and alignment with the vision. You may start with prototype products, but you need rock-solid processes for successful growth and agility.

Sales and marketing strategy – planning your journey to sales success

NZ Entrepreneur

Keep your sales metrics visible. This is where a good CRM system and sales metrics really come into play. Keep agile and pivot. We’re living in a changeable world, so you and your business will need to be agile enough to pivot as the 2019 landscape unfolds.

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Why Amazon Is the Undisputed E-Commerce Growth Leader

Startup Professionals Musings

Institute deep metrics measuring all aspects of the customer experience. Amazon is famous for their Two-Pizza.Teams (no bigger than two pizzas will feed), allowing an entrepreneurial mindset more autonomy, agility, and accountability.

Who Owns Web Analytics? A Framework For Critical Thinking.

Occam's Razor

Advanced Analytics Analytics Leadership Marketing Tips Web Analytics Web Insights Web MetricsIt is rare for me to work with a organization where the root cause for their faith based decision making (rather than data driven) was not the org structure. It is almost never tools. Not any more.