Why Continuous Deployment?

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, June 15, 2009 Why Continuous Deployment? Of all the tactics I have advocated as part of the lean startup , none has provoked as many extreme reactions as continuous deployment , a process that allows companies to release software in minutes instead of days, weeks, or months. My previous startup, IMVU , has used this process to deploy new code as often as an average of fifty times a day.

Continuous deployment with downloads

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, February 16, 2009 Continuous deployment with downloads One of my goals in writing posts about topics like continuous deployment is the hope that people will take those ideas and apply them to new situations - and then share what they learn with the rest of us. So I was excited to read a recent post about applying the concept of continuous deployment to that thickest-of-all-clients, the MMOG.

Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases non-events

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, January 18, 2010 Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases non-events The following is a case study of one entrepreneurs transition from a traditional development cycle to continuous deployment.

Continuous deployment for mission-critical applications

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, December 28, 2009 Continuous deployment for mission-critical applications Having evangelized the concept of continuous deployment for the past few years, Ive come into contact with almost every conceivable question, objection, or concern that people have about it. Or, phrased more hopefully, "I see how you can use continuous deployment to run an online consumer service, but how can it be used for B2B software?"

Lessons Learned: Continuous deployment and continuous learning

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Continuous deployment and continuous learning At long last, some of the actual implementers of the advanced systems we built at IMVU for rapid deployment and rapid response are starting to write about it.

Lessons Learned: Combining agile development with customer development

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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. 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. The breakthrough idea of agile is that software should be built iteratively, with the pieces that customers value most created first.

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Pivot, don't jump to a new vision

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Each has its own iterative process: customer development and agile development respectively. The hardest part of entrepreneurship is to develop the judgment to know when its time to change direction and when its time to stay the course. Some startups avoid getting customer feedback for precisely this reason: they are afraid that if early reactions are negative, theyll be "forced" to abandon their vision. IMVU had a roughly two-month-long development cycle.

Founder personalities and the “first-class man” theory of management

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, July 9, 2010 Founder personalities and the “first-class man&# theory of management At any given time, something like four percent of the US population is engaged in some form of new-company-creation. Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases n.

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

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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. The most common need is becoming more customer-centric. They need to incorporate customer feedback into the product development and business planning process.

Support the Startup Founders Visa with a tweet

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Saturday, September 19, 2009 Support the Startup Founders Visa with a tweet Its been an exhilarating first day here in Washington DC for the Geeks on a Plane tour. We can remedy it by creating a special visa for startup founders. Letting just 10,000 startup founders into the country each year could have a visible effect on the economy. Lets use 2gov.org to raise awareness of the Startup Founders Visa movement in congress.

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Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons: Giving Developers.

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Development and Business Lessons By Michael Woloszynowicz By Michael Woloszynowicz Monday, May 9, 2011 Giving Developers Feedback As a product manager, founder, CEO, developer, etc., Rapid iteration through continuous deployment is the beauty of writing web applications.

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

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500 Hats , January 10, 2010 Developing new startup ideas - Chris Dixon , March 14, 2010 Batch Processing Millions and Millions of Images - Code as Craft , July 9, 2010 jQuery Plugin: Give Your Characters a NobleCount - The Product Guy , March 23, 2010 How do the sample Series Seed financing documents differ from typical Series A financing documents? Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc.

Announcing our investment in Dataloop

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Our other category of investment is ‘idea stage’, often with solo-founders.). We got to know David Gildeh, the CEO and one of three co-founders, around this time last year. We were encouraged by their progress so we dived in deep to develop our understanding of the market.

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Lessons Learned: Getting started with split-testing

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, December 7, 2008 Getting started with split-testing One of the startup founders I work with asked me a smart question recently, and I thought Id share it. My favorite is to rearrange the steps of your registration process for new customers. If youre a founder or top-level executive, have the courage to be wrong in a very public way. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

It’s new, hot and matters: the Lean Startup Methodology

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For years, startups and their founders have built their products, then searched for their markets and prayed for the best. The Lean Startup approach puts front and center finding the intersection between the founder’s interests, deep domain knowledge and passion and the market.

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Four myths about the Lean Startup

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That process involves rapid hypothesis testing, validated learning about customers , and a disciplined approach to product development. Truth: The Lean Startup methodology applies to all companies that face uncertainty about what customers will want.

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A large batch of videos, slides, and audio

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Or watch my full #leanstartup presentation at Seedcamp in London: And two bonus videos that are well worth watching (weally): Timothy Fitz, who worked for me at IMVU, giving an in-depth presentation on the details of the continuous deployment system that we built there.

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Sneak preview, Grockit

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► August (2) SXSW Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium ► July (4) Case Study: kaChing, Anatomy of a Pivot Some IPO speculation Founder personalities and the “first-class man&# th. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

Interviews

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► August (2) SXSW Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium ► July (4) Case Study: kaChing, Anatomy of a Pivot Some IPO speculation Founder personalities and the “first-class man&# th. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

Lo, my 57692 subscribers, who are you?

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I did it originally as a demonstration of the advantages of having a pathetically small number of customers , but I found the actual info so incredibly helpful, I have done it several times since. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

A new field guide for entrepreneurs of all stripes

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TLDR: Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits , authors of The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development are back with a new book called The Lean Entrepreneur. It took the idea of Customer Development and made it accessible to a whole new audience.

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Kent Beck keynote, "To Agility, and Beyond"

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Kent is a significant figure in the field of software development. Kent is a significant figure in the field of software development. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

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Six streaming locations

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Well continue to post links to new events to the conference website as we get them confirmed. Well continue to post links to new events to the conference website as we get them confirmed. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

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Videos galore

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The first is my talk on engagement loops and the levers of engagement from the Kontagent/Facebook Developer Garage. Customer Development at Startup2Startup Thanks for watching! The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

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Lessons Learned: The lean startup at UC Berkeley Haas School of.

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I liked the flattering Venture Hacks commentary so much Ill just quote it: Many founders believe that early stage startups are endeavors of execution. The customer is known, the product is known, and all we have to do is act. Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases n.

The lean startup @ Web 2.0 Expo (and a call for help)

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The Lean Startup is a practical approach for creating and managing a new breed of company that excels in low-cost experimentation, rapid iteration, and true customer insight. It uses principles of agile software development, open source and web 2.0,

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Fear is the mind-killer

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I spent some time with his company before the conference and discussed ways to get started with continuous deployment , including my experience introducing it at IMVU. He summarized that conversation well, so rather than re-tread that material, Ill quote it here: One thing that I was surprised to learn was that IMVU started out with continuous deployment. Understanding these three factors makes it clear as to why continuous deployment was a starting point for IMVU.

The Lean Startup Intensive is tomorrow at Web 2.0 Expo

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► August (2) SXSW Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium ► July (4) Case Study: kaChing, Anatomy of a Pivot Some IPO speculation Founder personalities and the “first-class man&# th. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

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Lessons Learned: Just-In-Time Scalability

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After all, the worst kind of waste in software development is code to support a use case that never materializes. Scalable systems are no exception - if your assumptions about how many customers youll have, or how they will behave are just a little bit wrong, you can wind up with a massive amount of wasted code. Labels: agile , continuous deployment 1 comments: timothyfitz said. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

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Join the lean startup discussion at Facebook on Thursday

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► August (2) SXSW Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium ► July (4) Case Study: kaChing, Anatomy of a Pivot Some IPO speculation Founder personalities and the “first-class man&# th. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup? Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases n. Towards a new entrepreneurship ▼ 2009 (88) ► December (4) Continuous deployment for mission-critical applica.

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

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Mr. Riess Lean Startup philosophy aims to help new companies make speedier decisions by taking a more disciplined approach to testing products and ideas and using the resulting customer feedback. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

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Lean Startup fbFund wrap-up

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The same has been true of an unfortunate number of startups, they manage to generate a lot of hype, raise a lot of money, and sometimes make some of their investors, employees, or founders rich. bigs : @ericries says Stealth dev is a (undesirable, failure-presaging) customer-free zone.

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The Five Whys for Startups (for Harvard Business Review)

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Wednesday, June 2, 2010 The Five Whys for Startups (for Harvard Business Review) I continue my series for Harvard Business Review with the Lean Startup technique called Five Whys. Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases n.

Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium

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It requires separating the product launch from the marketing launch (see Dont Launch ) as well as other staple Lean Startup tactics: minimum viable product, split-testing, customer development and the pivot. Early this year, SlideShare launched custom channels.

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Video update on the Startup Visa Act

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Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Thursday, April 29, 2010 Video update on the Startup Visa Act The Startup Visa Act continues to gain momentum on Capitol Hill, thanks to grassroots support of all of you. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup?

Speed up or slow down? (for Harvard Business Review)

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This is the first post that moves into making specific process recommendations for product development. Defective prototype code was as often thrown out (because customers didnt want it) as it was fixed (when customers did). Labels: product development Speed up or slow down?

Andrew Chen: Growing renewable audiences

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► August (2) SXSW Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium ► July (4) Case Study: kaChing, Anatomy of a Pivot Some IPO speculation Founder personalities and the “first-class man&# th. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup? Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases n. Towards a new entrepreneurship ► 2009 (88) ► December (4) Continuous deployment for mission-critical applica.

Lessons Learned: The lean startup

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But by taking advantage of open source, agile software, and iterative development, lean startups can operate with much less waste. I am heavily indebted to earlier theorists, and highly recommend the books Lean Thinking and Lean Software Development. The application of agile development methodologies which dramatically reduce waste and unlock creativity in product development. Labels: customer development , lean startup 8comments: Amy said.

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The Lean Startup Bundle

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Its a strange thing, to be asked by a potential customer if they can give you copious amounts of money, and then to have to refuse. It is the ultimate product development get-started guide to Lean Startup. It is the ultimate product development get-started guide to Lean Startup.

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Testing the new Disqus comment system

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► August (2) SXSW Case Study: SlideShare goes freemium ► July (4) Case Study: kaChing, Anatomy of a Pivot Some IPO speculation Founder personalities and the “first-class man&# th. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup? Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases n. Towards a new entrepreneurship ▼ 2009 (88) ► December (4) Continuous deployment for mission-critical applica.