Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

Steve Blank

Two methods, Design Thinking and Customer Development (the core of the Lean Startup) provide the tactical day-to-day process of how to turn ideas into products. . Customer Development versus Design Thinking.

Working with Developers


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.

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The Business Model Canvas Gets Even Better – Value Proposition Design

Steve Blank

It has three parts: a business model canvas to frame hypotheses, customer development to get out of the building to test those hypotheses and agile engineering to build minimum viable products. Tells you how to design new ventures with it. Product/Market fit now has its own book.

Why Your Business Needs A Web Design Style Guide

YFS Magazine

If you rely on your brand image and reputation, there is nothing more important than having a web design style guide in place to protect that image online. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing personal website web design web development

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. I thought they might be worth enumerating here: A Startup Is a Temporary Organization Designed to Search. Pair Customer Development with Agile Development.

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.

Document Your MVP for a Developer


He wanted to get input from me on what he's doing, and he wants to begin to ask developers what it would take to build his product. what format would you and the developer want that in? Conversations with a technical advisors or possible developers should be iterative.

7 Useful Web Design Tips For Entrepreneurs

YFS Magazine

Effective web design involves creating a practical and aesthetically pleasing site. Grow Marketing & Sales company website marketing web design web developmentHere are 7 useful tips to keep in mind.

Startup CTO or Developer


What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer. But often the result of a Founder hiring a developer or lead developer or even a VP engineering is a gap created between the founders and the developers.

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The Significance of SEO in Web Design

Duct Tape Marketing

The Significance of SEO in Web Design written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. SEO includes a variety of factors and plays a critical role in web design. Web design and SEO work together and more web designers are choosing to integrate SEO when designing websites.

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Design is Purpose Driven and Solves Problems

Instigator Blog

I’m not a designer. But as a product manager, it’s my job to understand how design (and UI/UX) can be applied to solving problems. (It’s You won’t always know why a certain application is built a certain way or a certain design was implemented.

Why A High Quality Mobile App Design Is Essential


Not all mobile app designers are created equal. Some app designers are difficult to work with or fail to deliver on their promises. This is not the case with companies like Magora , who understand why high quality business app design is essential.

Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development


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.

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Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup


I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. for a Lead Developer: How much will it cost to build what we need to build? How can I control costs but effectively get stuff developed? How can we phase development to balance cost, features, risk, etc? Given likely market changes, how will we design and build so that the systems can respond to marketplace changes? How will we find and interview developers?

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Personas for Customer Development

Grasshopper Herder

Personas are an amazing tool for doing customer development. Customer Development Entrepreneurship User Experience design lean user experience personas user experienceThey are the clearest form of hypothesis, test, and learn (a.k.a. build, measure, learn).

A Designer’s Perspective on Working with Product Managers

The Product Guy

A product manager just stopped by the desk of the designer on a lazy Thursday afternoon. The designer showed him something, and they started discussing a new feature’s design loudly. The designer just took a deep breath and hid his face behind his hands.

Design Staff ? Design without a design team

Design Staff

Design Staff. Design without a design team. Sean McBride / Web Developer, Adobe Typekit. In an ideal world, every company has a dedicated design team. Must they wait until they’re big enough to hire a full design team before they can practice good design?

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

He’s focused on that sector (not exclusively but predominantly) and therefore has an amazing network at large financial services firms to help you with business development. So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better. They’re the place focused on design.

6 Effective Website Design Strategies That Directly Impacts Your Business


Focus on design or choose the right technology. Deepak Chauhan loves to help his clients with his design strategies to attract, engage and convert. He is the CEO & Founder of VOCSO Web Studio , a website design & development agency based in Delhi/NCR, India.

10 Important Web Design Best Practices and Tips for Small Business Websites

crowdSPRING Blog

Today, we’ll cover web design best practices and tips. We’ll point you to great resources and examples and highlight recent changes in web design. Here are our top 10 tips to help you create an awesome website design in 2016: 1. Use a responsive design.

It’s Time To Design Human Experiences Versus Products

Startup Professionals Musings

Much has been written about product design, but designing the total experience from the front rarely happens yet. In a new book, “ X: The Experience When Business Meets Design ,” Brian Solis details how to design the whole experience, rather than just the product.

Baby Steps To Breakthrough In Regional Economic Development

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Development — Embracing the Challenge. Better Questions Means Better Answers for Regional Economic Development. Economic Development is important and challenging work. But it’s much more than an econ developer’s creativity.

Web Designers vs. Web Developers


Funny graphic by @shanesnow that captures the difference between web designers vs. web developers: Like the issue of Startup CTO or Developer , often startup founders who are less technical have this same question. Do I need a designer or a developer?

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User Experience Design Tactics for Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Marc Wendell, lead a conversation around “UX Design Tactics”. Ladislav focuses on user centric product development, especially on brand, usability and revenue product challenges.

Take your Professional Development to the Crowd

crowdSPRING Blog

At crowdSPRING, a community of over 190,000 creatives collaborates with businesses around the world to help them stand out with quality designs and copywriting on a daily basis. But can the crowd contribute to professional development? Designers.

On the (un?)importance of design

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

We recently underwent a Cinderella-like transformation: A total redesign of the WP Engine website from despicable steaming pile of hideousness to a designed, thematic — dare I say artistic? If our website design was repulsive — literally — the bounce rate should now diminish.

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Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: hunting the unicorn

Design Staff

Design Staff. Hiring a designer: hunting the unicorn. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. Finding the perfect designer to join your team is tough — there’s no way around it. I’ve struggled for months searching for the right designer.

Designing Products from Scratch: An Interview with UX Leader Josh Porter

View from Seed

Below, Josh talks about designing features from nothing and how to make important design choices during the pre-seed and seed-stage phases of startup growth. JP: So I love this question because it gets to a very important issue in product design and growth: user bias.

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Design Staff ? How designers and engineers can play nice (and.

Design Staff

Design Staff. How designers and engineers can play nice (and still run with scissors). As a designer at engineering-centric companies for the last 10 years or so, I spend a lot of time working with engineers. But there is a reason why teams need both design and engineering.

Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

Use Design to Elevate Your Content Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. As you plan your content marketing strategy, consider using design and visual storytelling to differentiate your content from the competition. Why design?

Combining big ideas and lean development practices

The Equity Kicker

Lots of Forward Partners portfolio companies have used lean development practices to great effect (many of them with our assistance) and all of them are pursuing big and ambitious projects (defined as targeting £100m-1bn+ exits).

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Software Development Estimates, Where Do I Start?

Diego Basch

For some reason many people discuss the problem of estimating software development timeframes without properly understanding the issue. Meta-question: does software development look like the first or the second kind? Most software developers would be like monks copying manuscripts.

Top 4 Crowdsourced Logo Design Sites for Small Businesses

Up and Running

Whether you are setting up shop or rebranding, designing your logo is just as important as getting things right on other aspects of your business. With today’s logo design crowdsourcing services, you still have lots of options for good small business logo design.

Designing a Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – A Qualcomm Case Study (part 1 of 2)

Steve Blank

He gave my innovation team free reign on designing a new employee innovation program. The design challenge. Our challenge was to design a program that could: Teach participants on how to turn their ideas into fundable experiments.

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.

Creating Startup Success – Customer Development + Business Model Design

Steve Blank

In previous posts I’ve talked about what the combination of Business Model Design, Customer Development and Agile Methodologies mean to startups and intrapreneurs in large companies; it’s the beginning of entrepreneurship as a science with its own rules and methodologies. Filed under: Business Model versus Business Plan , Customer Development. Tags: Business Model versus Business Plan Customer Development

Should Your Company Develop a Mobile App?

crowdSPRING Blog

And there are a deluge of experts out there who insist that the development of brand-centric mobile applications is the future of marketing. And given that the average mobile application costs an average of $150,000 to develop and that brands primarily use paid media to promote their apps, this very expensive endeavor may appear to have a questionable return. This knowledge will serve as the foundation for conversations about function and design moving forward, so start here.

Twitter Link Roundup #251 – Cool ideas about Small Business, Startups, and Design!

crowdSPRING Blog

We do like to talk about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Turning Qualitative User Data Into Actionable Design crowdspring.co/1AcHlUq.

Twitter Link Roundup #275 – Fascinating Stuff for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

crowdSPRING Blog

We just love sharing articles about fonts, logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Intriguing Graphic Design Books & Resources – Print Magazine crowdspring.co/1BdHpX9.

Turn Your Web Design Talent Into Freelance Success


By Dan Bochichio, co-founder of Bocain Designs. With so much demand and opportunity, now seems like a great time to tap into the market for quality freelance web designers, but what can you expect? Web design is an increasingly competitive profession.

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