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Agile ideology in startups

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Early data can be too random due to poor selection of data sources and small sample sizes, as in the case of a startup’s first customers. In agile development, for example, Jeff Sutherland, one of the creators of Scrum, calls this practice of the methodology “Scrum But&# as in, “we do Scrum but in our case we don’t do A and B and we’ve started doing C.&# I am not a fan of ideologies.

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.

The Lean LaunchPad Goes to Middle School

Steve Blank

By Tuesday morning, students fleshed out what they believed to be their value proposition and customer segments. Scrum boards went up detailing everything they needed to accomplish by Friday afternoon. Scrum boards are a huge success for kid teams.

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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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Lessons Learned: Built to learn

Startup Lessons Learned

Rather than use boring section headers, I thought Id just quote from actual customers, in their own words. Thats the essence of so many of the lean startup techniques Ive evangelized: customer development , the Ideas/Code/Data feedback loop , and the adaptation of agile development to the startup experience. Creating a company-wide feedback loop that incorporates both customer development and agile development is a challenge.

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Embrace technical debt

Startup Lessons Learned

Like a financial debt, the technical debt incurs interest payments, which come in the form of the extra effort that we have to do in future development because of the quick and dirty design choice. Startups especially can benefit by using technical debt to experiment, invest in process, and increase their product development leverage. The biggest source of waste in new product development is building something that nobody wants.

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Talk to me about…! What do BoS attendees want you to talk to them about?

Business of Software Blog

Data and visualization for the non-developer. Scrum Software. developer happiness. developer happiness. Agile Development. Branding, Customer Acquisition & Finding balance as a working mom. developer happiness. Scrum Software. Scrum Software. Scaling personal customer support. Interacting with your customers via Mobile. Customer Succes, Retention and Engagement. Lean software development, PaaS.

The Four Laws of Software Economics | Rich Mironov | BoS Talk, Transcript and AMA

Business of Software Blog

“Your Development Team Will Never, Ever, be Big Enough” Rich is a seasoned Product Guy. There will never be, there has never been on the planet and there will never be on the planet a software company that has as many developers as it needs. Anybody at their company that has enough developers? Now, part of this is that it’s hard to hire good developers. You know that there’s a 400-person year developer schedule that’s about to come out, right?

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The Lean LaunchPad Goes to Middle School

Steve Blank

By Tuesday morning, students fleshed out what they believed to be their value proposition and customer segments. Scrum boards went up detailing everything they needed to accomplish by Friday afternoon. Scrum boards are a huge success for kid teams.

Developing Strong Product Owners

SVPG

Your company needs the strongest product team possible, and if you don’t develop your team and provide growth opportunities, there are other companies that will. ” This note discusses the technique that I use and advocate for providing a framework for ongoing skills assessment and development. I have always called this a development plan, but for some companies that term is used for when you have a problem employee that must improve.

The four kinds of work, and how to get them done: part three

Startup Lessons Learned

Having early customers means balancing the needs of your existing customers with the desire to find new ones. When youve mastered that, consider adding operations, customer service, marketing, product management, business development - the idea is that when the team needs to get approval or support from another department, they already have an "insider" who can make it happen. Scrum recommends 30 days; I have worked in one or two-week cycles up to about three months.

This I Believe

SVPG

The surprising thing is that the accomplishments I feel proudest of today are not the actual products I helped create, but rather, the many people across our industry I have helped to hire and develop. While I am currently a passionate advocate of methodologies like Agile, Lean, Design Thinking, Customer Development and more, I try very hard not to get too attached to, or to be too closely associated with, any particular school of thought or technique.

You don't need as many tools as you think

Startup Lessons Learned

Heres something I can relate to: We used assembla for subversion, scrums, milestones, wikis, and for general organizational purposes. We had all the tools in place but we didn’t actually practice agile development. Scrum reports would come in once a month, nobody was actually responsible for anything. The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development ► June (3) What is a startup? How to listen to customers, and not just the loud.

Should You Co-Found Your Company With a Software Development Shop (2 of 2)?

David Teten

Should you co-found your company with a software development shop? I’ve talked with a number of software development shops who are eager to get into the business of cofounding companies, i.e., getting product revenue and equity instead of just consulting revenue.

Lessons Learned: ScienceDaily: Corporate culture is most important.

Startup Lessons Learned

Innovation appears to be a function of the degree to which a company fosters a supportive internal structure headed by product champions and bolstered by incentives and the extent to which that organization is able to change quickly" The concept of a strong product champion is a recurring theme in successful product development organizations, large and small. At IMVU , we called this person a Producer (revealing our games background); in Scrum , they are called the Product Owner.

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Because then you’d miss out on: Whether it’s better experience to build a complete, tiny startup or to do more in-depth customer development for a meatier problem. If someone wants to become an entrepreneur, is it more important to keep looking for a really good media idea that you can do a month’s worth of customer development on or is it better to think of literally what complete start up can I make in a week?