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.

The Curse of Knowledge in Product Design

Instigator Blog

(Powered by LaunchBit ) You know your product best. You know what’s coming next in the product roadmap. Startups are often struck by the Curse of Knowledge, specifically when it comes to product design and development. It becomes so easy to design products based on our own expertise (in those very products) and ignore the fact that we’ve stopped designing with our customer top of mind.

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Kathy Sierra: Building the minimum Badass User, Business of Software. A masterclass in thinking about software product development.

Business of Software Blog

Not only some of the smartest advice anyone has given about how to approach software development, there is also a trick that is guaranteed to make you feel more confident, more powerful and more in control of what you do. Because we’re in the engagement economy, and it’s also the thank you economy, and it’s the experience economy, and the design economy, and how can you not have a Pinterest strategy? These are the people we’re designing for.

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 There are already a lot of great products and web sites out there. Btw, they’re all from Product Hunt.).

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.

Applying Product Management to Web Design in a Multiscreen Era

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ian Moulton, lead a conversation around “Multiscreen Web Design”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor. Better Products.

The Product Development Model « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

This product development diagram had become part of the DNA of Silicon Valley. Were startups failing because of product failures or was there some other failure mode? That’s in stark contrast to the traditional Product Development Model where it’s expected a customer is already there and waiting and it’s simply a matter of [.] Reply Best books for the lean product managers — Justin Gibbs , on April 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm Said: [.]

Design Staff ? Does your startup need a designer co?founder?

Design Staff

Design Staff. Does your startup need a designer co‑founder? Enrique Allen / Founding member, Designer Fund & 500 Startups. Characteristics of a great designer founder. Designer founders need to absorb the characteristics of great founders from other disciplines.

Applying Product Management to Web Design in a Multiscreen Era

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Ian Moulton, lead a conversation around “Multiscreen Web Design”. We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. About The Product Mentor. Better Products.

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. In the end, I believe they co-created our product with us.

Design Is Not An Option

Nick O'Neill

When speaking on a panel at the recent DC Week event, I made a statement that resonated with some people in the audience: design is no longer an option. If you think back to the 90s, web design was essentially a foreign concept. You need a talented designer.

Design Staff ? Shortening the build-measure-learn cycle with.

Design Staff

Design Staff. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. We just finished a round of product design work, so we knew what features we wanted to build. I use this method all the time and find that it speeds up product development tremendously.

Design Staff ? How to spot a design-friendly startup

Design Staff

Design Staff. How to spot a design-friendly startup. Braden Kowitz / Design Partner, Google Ventures. I work on design projects with startups all the time. Over the years, I’ve learned to spot teams that are easy or hard for designers to work with.

Twitter Link Roundup #235 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

crowdSPRING Blog

These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Designing Custom iOS App Interface Elements using Photoshop – crowdspring.co/X7LhFm.

Good enough never is (or is it?)

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the sayings I hear from talented managers in product development is, “good enough never is.&# And, most importantly, it helps team members develop the courage to stand up for these values in stressful situations. Minimum viable products are not a single hypothesis.

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Designing Your Products to Solve for "Jobs to Be Done"

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Amanda Ralph, lead a conversation around “Designing Your Products to Solve for Jobs to Be Done” (JTBD). We are always looking for more product mentors from all around the world. Better Products.

Twitter Link Roundup #130 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! How to Increase Trust for a Landing Page Design – [link]. Six Myths of Product Development – [link].

Twitter Link Roundup #229 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

crowdSPRING Blog

These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! The surprising secret of happier, more productive organizations: conflict – crowdspring.co/1qscUpx.

Features vs. Benefits: What Do B2B Customers Care About Most?

YFS Magazine

Market your product in a way that a B2B customer not only considers it the only logical choice, but also sticks to their decision in the future. Grow Marketing & Sales b2b marketing online marketing product design product development

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Four Lessons Innovators Can Learn From the ACA Failure

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Kathleen Sebelius is a politician, not a product designer. Sound application development principles are well known in the IT community. What are the more general innovation lessons we can learn to avoid our own ACA-like application development (product development) nightmares?

Does your startup need a designer co?founder?

Google Ventures

If you’re the stereotypical “technical” or “business” founder of a startup, partnering with a designer co-founder can give you an important advantage and help you achieve early success. Let’s talk about the characteristics of designer founders, scenarios where design is particularly important, and how to spot designer founders in the wild. Characteristics of a great designer founder. When a designer founder can be an especially important addition to your team.

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Empathic Design: Mapping Your Brain, Brand, and Data

ConversionXL

Apart from basic usability fixes, aligning your messaging and design with your users’ motivations is a good bet. Empathic design is one such technique, an underutilized facet of qualitative research. What is Empathic Design? Empathic Design in Action: How Is It Used?

4 Principles Apple's Chief Designer Lives By

Inc Startups

Jonathan Ive opens up about what makes Apple's design process work. It's not often that Apple head designer Jonathan Ive gives an interview. A product has to be genuinely better," Ive says. But a good product has integrity, in the sense that everything works together.

How to spot a design-friendly startup

Google Ventures

I work on design projects with startups all the time. Over the years, I’ve learned to spot teams that are easy or hard for designers to work with. I recently wrote an article to help founders hire designers. So this will be the flip side: What questions should designers ask before joining a startup? If you ask people to describe their product development process, they’ll often reply with something straight out of a textbook. Design

Abstract launches private alpha to redesign the design process

Version One Ventures

Josh was previously the principal designer at Twitter. Abstract is building a common infrastructure to support the modern design workflow. If you’re a digital designer, you’ve probably run into some or all of these challenges: Your assets are disorganized and scattered across several places. It helps with the “other half” of design work: managing changes/versions, documenting the work, and making sure everyone stays informed.

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The Leading Cause of Startup Death – Part 1: The Product.

Steve Blank

This series of posts is a brief explanation of how we’ve evolved from Product Development to Customer Development to the Lean Startup. The Product Development Diagram Emerging early in the twentieth century, this product-centric model described a process that evolved in manufacturing industries. At first glance, the diagram, which illustrates the process of getting a new product into the hands of waiting customers, appears helpful and benign.

Announcing the “Fundamentals of Designing a Great API” Workshop

Launch Any

I am pleased to announced that LaunchAny and Casey Software have teamed up to provide a new, onsite API workshop called the “Fundamentals of Designing a Great API.” ” This workshop is designed to help product and IT teams better understand the fundamentals of modern web APIs and great API design. From Modeling to Great API Design. Isn’t this just another set of technologies for our developers to learn?

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‘Support is never, ever as important as product development. Discuss’

Business of Software Blog

They make high quality stuff and they guarantee on if you go to their website and read their product guarantee. Even if people ask for the features we are not gonna build them and there’re odd even for against this but for me it always struck me as kind of an egotistical experience because you are not buying your product, other people are buying your product, other people are giving you money for the use of your product that you are building for them.

How To Design a Great API Training Program

Launch Any

Some focus on the technical details, while others explore the various aspects of great API design. However, most training programs spend most of their time focusing on the needs of the developer and leave out everyone else on the team. Teach API Modeling Along With API Design.

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Disrupting Proctor & Gamble

Scott Weiss

Proctor & Gamble, the $185 billion market-cap consumer products juggernaut, has a tried and true method for developing new products: extensive consumer research, including surveys and focus groups, product testing, name testing, ad/slogan/copy testing, iterate product design, line up manufacturing capacity and then, finally, concluding with in-store merchandising, final branding and ad buys for launch.

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Six Ways Retailers Can Perform Spring Cleaning

YoungUpstarts

Let’s examine a few of the ways retailers perform Spring Cleaning, preparing their brands and product lines for the coming weeks and months: 1. Adjust product offerings. In addition to the ads and sales, administrators should also review the products featured on their site.

3 Major Product Fails, And How To Avoid Their Mistakes

YoungUpstarts

Green ketchup, bottled water for pets, airport security “action figures”, yogurt shampoo – there have been some pretty epic product failures over the years. However the reality is that a significant majority of products don’t succeed. The design also created problems.

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Lessons Learned: The engineering manager's lament

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, October 20, 2008 The engineering managers lament I was inspired to write The product managers lament while meeting with a startup struggling to figure out what had gone wrong with their product development process. When a process is not working, theres usually somebody who feels the pain most acutely, and in that company it was the product manager. He has a good team, and theyve shipped a working product to many customers.

Design Your Business Like a Product

Inc Startups

Some companies have product design down to a science. New product development is often seen as the life-blood of any company, and rightly so. Interestingly, developing your business is not that much different than developing your product.

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.

Should You Build Out Features Or Create A New Product?

YoungUpstarts

The same rule applies to product and app development. Launching a new product can be costly, but adding features to a successful existing product can be even more costly if the additions take away from your product’s unique focus.

10 Steps To Creating Your First Product

YoungUpstarts

Let’s face it – your first product will most likely fail. Creating a successful product or service is about constantly prototyping, tweaking, refining, making mistakes, learning, and repeating. Design multiple versions. Refine your design.

“Stay away from just making what the market is asking for” – How SF Gear Company DSPTCH Thinks About Design

Hunter Walker

Practically speaking, the burning need was to begin hiring employees so that I could spend more of my day on product development, partnerships and driving sales. Given that our early products were all in the realm of photography, it was a natural attraction.

Reflections on CPSI 2013

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

However, the fresh point of view, well designed materials, the dialogue, and the different cultural perspectives of the participants had me gleaning fresh insights.

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Thoughts on scientific product development

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 22, 2008 Thoughts on scientific product development I enjoyed reading a post today from Laserlike (Mike Speiser), on Scientific product development. By embracing a scientific approach to product development, not only will your business have a much higher probability of success, but it will also be a more fun and creative place to work. By starting a new product off with as few features as possible (1?),