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The Principles of Product Development Flow

Startup Lessons Learned

Its quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy. Today, only 2 percent of product developers measure queues.

Eric Ries and Kent Beck Discuss Product Development

Startup Lessons Learned

On November 14 (that’s this Thursday) at 1p PT, Eric Ries will speak with Kent Beck, a creator of Agile software development, about facilitating the work of engineers and product teams. This Thursday’s webcast will get to the heart of how product groups work—and how they can work better. How do you get from A to B?

How to get more from your product development teams

The Next Web

This post is brought to you by Jama Software – reinventing product delivery by changing how products are conceived, built and launched.

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. So everyone starts out with this some variation of this: we want our product to be desirable. Enjoy! Transcript.

No, I Can’t Give You A Roadmap For Our New Product (Yet)

Street Smart Product Manager

A fellow product manager that’s working on a new product idea recently wrote to me: “Common feedback I receive from our our engineers and executives is they don’t have a good grasp of the product vision. They say, “OK, that’s great, we can build that.

Getting Engineers into the Lean Startup Cycle

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan On August 20, Eric will sit down with developer and Hut8Labs co-founder Dan Milstein for a webcast you can join to discuss “Getting Engineers Into the Lean Startup Cycle.” This conversation will be a great opportunity for engineers and engineering managers to learn more about implementing Lean Startup ideas.

The Engineer Exchange Program

Code as Craft

Co-authors: Marc Hedlund, SVP, Product Development at Etsy. Twitter and Etsy are working together on a new project to help our engineers learn from each others’ practices, with the idea of making both of our engineering teams better as a result. engineering people philosophy

Why There Will Never Be Another Red Hat: The Economics of Open Source

Peter Levine

The consequence of the model is minimal product differentiation resulting in limited pricing power and corresponding lack of revenue.

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.&# Ship it.&# So which is it?

Disrupting Proctor & Gamble

Scott Weiss

Their “big bang” approach shoots out a new product globally with the hopes of propelling it to over $1 billion in sales in the first few years. This process usually takes about 18 to 24 months and results in about a 50 percent success rate for new products. So why do thousands of people help Quirky make products? They get paid!

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Why CEOs Shouldn’t Mess with Engineers


Why CEOs Shouldn’t Mess with Engineers. The sad story of its sinking seems to have several potential causes, but one is noteworthy both in terms of engineering and leadership. The ship became top-heavy and much less stable as a result, and while the engineers tried to compensate with more ballast below, it wasn’t enough.

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.

‘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. All of that stuff is a customer experience and everything in between that all of the trees that branch out from under that are a part of your product and that’s the customer support experience. Transcript. I’m so excited.

“Me-too” products are fine

Business of Software Blog

Alex is a founder of Jitbit – a UK-based self-funded startup with a suite of customer support oriented products. ” “Don’t be a “me too” product!” “Don’t be a me-too product” This has become a mantra. “Me-too” products are just fine. “Innovate!”

Product Planning Series: Requirements

Startup Musings

This is the sixth post in my Product Planning Series. It conjures up the bad old days where folks spend months developing an MRD, PRD and a Functional Specification. For example, if you are developing a medical device that needs to go through the 5(10)k process, you really have very little choice. Write SOMETHING down. DON’T.

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. So what’s wrong the product development model?

Should You Build Out Features Or Create A New Product?


The same rule applies to product and app development. Do you want the product, or does your target market want the product?

From Zero to $5 Million Annually

Business of Software Blog

In this guest post Ameet shares with us his story of how he turned his first product based company to a wild success based on what he learned from Business of Software 2011. It seemed like I was the only person there without a product of their own. I really wanted to know what it was like to turn an idea into a product!

Lessons Learned: Customer Development Engineering

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, September 7, 2008 Customer Development Engineering Yesterday, I had the opportunity to guest lecture again in Steve Blank s entrepreneurship class at the Berkeley-Columbia executive MBA program. Unfortunately, positioning our product as an "IM add-on" was a complete mistake. Talk about waste.

What Now? Product Release

Peter Levine

of its product in Q2 of this year. However, after the new VP of Engineering looks into the schedule and deliverables, he informs you that the product will be delayed, possibly by six to nine months, due to stability and feature completeness. The Minimally Viable Product. Product Developmentfeature set.

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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. The goal of iterative development is to give us guard rails so we dont veer off to either extreme. Kill it. for H.

Customer Development Manifesto: The Path of Warriors and Winners.

Steve Blank

This post describes a solution – the Customer Development Model. But if you have a web based product the right answer may be 300-500.

No, I Can’t Give You A Roadmap For Our New Product (Yet)

Street Smart Product Manager

A fellow product manager that’s working on a new product idea recently wrote to me: “Common feedback I receive from our our engineers and executives is they don’t have a good grasp of the product vision. They say, “OK, that’s great, we can build that.

Managing The Product Development Lifecycle

UC Berkeley

As seasoned engineers and executives know, developing a technology product doesnt begin and end with the product team. Creating a website, app, hardware or software product involves an intensive effort on the part of multiple departments within an organization, with the project manager or team at the helm.

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 key lean startup concept. Yeah, weve got that.

Product Planning Series: From use cases to storyboards

Startup Musings

This is the fifth post in my Product Planning Series. My approach to product development revolves around user-centered design. The UX design team can then ideate on a solution to the problems the user is trying to solve and create storyboards to imagine how the solution may be implemented in the context of the product.

When an idea is 10+ years ahead of its time

Startup Musings

This is especially interesting to me because some 15 years ago, while I was with a product design consultancy, I was part of a team that worked on an “infotainment car” concept with a cutting edge automobile company that shall remain nameless. CES is happening this week. This seems to be an idea whose time has finally come.

Customer Centered Innovation – Tony Ulwick

Business of Software Blog

Anyone here running a business, starting a business, creating products? This is something we all share, we all want to create great products, and one of the first products I worked on was back in the 1980s, I worked for IBM for ten years, and I worked on a product called the PC Junior. Anyone familiar with that product?

Recruiting Startup Engineers | Femgineer

People constantly ask if I know people, where to find the so-called ’startup-engineers’, or even where the can find someone like me.

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

Occam's Razor

You pimp product specs (ugh!). When someone clicks on the product reviews tab, that is a micro-conversion. Yes, data is important.

Hello World!

Launching Tech Ventures

Do you wish you were back in school? ;) When does it make sense to launch early with a buggy product, and when is it important to perfect the product?

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Managing Many Voices Involved with Product Development

Launching Tech Ventures

By Aileen Wu Success product development requires not only blood, sweat and tears, but also a dialogue among colleagues from several different disciplines. Designers, who invent the look and feel of products, are sometimes fundamentally motivated to push the envelope of convention.

Launching Tech Ventures: Yogi Product Development

Launching Tech Ventures

Here are some lessons I learned along the way: Developing a prototype See the future, act in the present. My co-founder in the U.S.

Condé Nast to Open Austin Digital Innovation Center


The center will serve as the company’s outpost for its digital teams with a focus on engineering and product development for Condé Nast’s digital portfolio. Condé Nast, the publisher of Wired, Vanity Fair, GQ and The New Yorker, Monday announced plans to open a new digital innovation center in Austin with 50 employees.

“What if consumers aren’t looking for a.

Mark Birch

The first is the lack of custom input early on in the product development cycle. I think this is going to take off in many corporations.

How To Become Valuable To A Start Up (If You’re Not An Engineer)


Products are built, released, iterated upon based on customer feedback, and the cycle is repeated. Can you write great ad copy? Excellent!


Lean Logic Extends To All Functions, Not Just Product Development

Launching Tech Ventures

They launched with a buggy product, initially did not have too many features, collected consumer feedback on the product and constantly improved.

The Rhythm Method of Product Iteration


But one crucial one that you can implement might be called the “Rhythm Method”: imparting a well-known beat to your product and service upgrades. Obviously, a frantic reaction to someone else’s move will damage the way your biz dev, sales, product managers, engineers, PR people, and strategy teams interrelate. They’re relaxed.

Product Planning Series: Project Management

Startup Musings

This is the fourth post in my Product Planning Series. Any new product or service development program is a massively interdisciplinary exercise. On the customer research / persona development side: Product discovery research done – target persona(s) chosen and fleshed out. email campaign).

Tesla and Adobe: Why Continuous Deployment May Mean Continuous Customer Disappointment

Steve Blank

For the last 75 years products (both durable goods and software) were built via Waterfall development. —-. Tesla. Adobe. Often.