How Startups Can Keep Product Development Lean


by Steve Owens, Founder and CTO of Finish Line Product Development Services. In this article we explore the unique challenges of a lean start-up and how Outsourced Product Development (OPD) can be used to overcome them. Reducing product turn time.

10 Strategies To Cover New Product Development Costs

Startup Professionals Musings

The “valley of death” is a common term in the startup world, referring to the difficulty of covering the negative cash flow in the early stages of a startup, before their new product or service is bringing in revenue from real customers. development costs new venture research valley of death

Demystifying consumer hardware product development


While there is a great deal of excitement generated by new consumer products – smart glasses, activity trackers, smart watches, arm bands and companies that make them – jawbone, google, square, leap motion, etc, entrepreneurs and investors still are shy of venturing into the space.

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.

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. When you’re managing product development for large, complex organizations, employee engagement can be a major challenge.

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. But it’s not easy to implement this kind of approach, and product groups using fast iteration will need different structures and practices than those working in long-release cycles.

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. Engineers, who build the products and test their integrity, can sometimes be skeptical of the motives and value that business people bring to the table.

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. Because the world is full of “Great product; didn’t sell.” And this is true even for companies where the product actually costs a lot of money.

Launching Tech Ventures: Yogi Product Development

Launching Tech Ventures

Thursday, May 5, 2011 Yogi Product Development by Justin Hakuta For my final project I worked on developing a prototype for an online yoga community I’m launching. Here are some lessons I learned along the way: Developing a prototype See the future, act in the present.

Establishing a Good Product Relationship with a Remote Engineering Team

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: Stef Orzech (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Alex Berman]. We had just hired a new VP of Product who was radically (and rapidly) changing our product development process, and our engineers – based remotely, in Argentina – were struggling to keep up.

‘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.

Lean Logic Extends To All Functions, Not Just Product Development

Launching Tech Ventures

Sunday, March 6, 2011 Lean Logic Extends To All Functions, Not Just Product Development by Private Our class discussion around Foursquare highlighted a strange paradox that I’ve been trying to articulate for a while now. Isn't a 'Minimal Viable Product' Kinda Lame?

Recruiting Startup Engineers | Femgineer

HOME About the Femgineer Speaking Engagements Reading List Recruiting Startup Engineers With the startup market taking off, there is always a clamor to find good engineers, developers, and designers. Engineers love to build, solve tough problems, and make progress.

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. Likely cause #1: after the ship was designed and construction was under way, the King overruled the engineers and added much heavier cannons on the upper armament deck. Tags: Business Leadership Technology engineers QA Stockholm Sweden Vasa Royal Warship

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. The post No, I Can’t Give You A Roadmap For Our New Product (Yet) appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager.

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. It’s also for founders who want to think about how engineering and the rest of the business team can realign around a shared set of goals.

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. Likewise, a Twitter Platform Engineer is traveling to Brooklyn for the week, and watching what Etsy does well and poorly, all while helping out (and, of course, deploying on her first day ).

6 Steps To Fund Your New Idea


Instead of trying to cut corners, I created a business plan with help from the entrepreneurial group Futurpreneur and secured $45,000 in loans the Business Development Bank of Canada. by Chris Prendergast, inventor of Jamstack.

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. This engineering manager is a smart guy, and very experienced.

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.

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. But where are we going with this if we find the hypothesis to … Continue reading No, I Can’t Give You A Roadmap For Our New Product (Yet).

5 Ways Startups Can Reduce Development Costs & Shorten Time To Market


Two conditions that do matter to your startup’s out-year viability are the cost and length of its product development cycle. Startup founders counting the days until break-even or actively seeking outside capital must focus on streamlining their development cycles.

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How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO

Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Ian Langworth started his career as an O’Reilly author and software engineer at Google.

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Customer Development Manifesto: The Path of Warriors and Winners.

Steve Blank

This post describes a solution – the Customer Development Model. In future posts I’ll describe how Eric Ries and the Lean Startup concept provide the equivalent model for product development activities inside the building and neatly integrates customer and agile development.

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.

“Good, fast, cheap” – all 3?

Startup Musings

This is great as long as we are doing armchair product development. GOOD : For any new product or service, intensive customer development will tell us the absolute minimum set of features/functionality we need to provide.

"In building a product, I’ve always thought that “consider doing some things that don’t scale” is."

Mark Birch

“In building a product, I’ve always thought that “consider doing some things that don’t scale” is pretty good advice: manually add content, go visit your early users in person, review all the contributions by hand, etc. Figuring out how to eliminate the unscalable parts as you grow is much easier than trying to design the scalable solution from scratch.” - “ Does Stripe have product managers or do engineers manage the products themselves? ”

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. Industry Experts execution iterating product development startups Steve Jobs tactics venture capital

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. In addition to presenting the IMVU case, we tried for the first time to do an overview of a software engineering methodology that integrates practices from agile software development with Steves method of Customer Development.

“What if consumers aren’t looking for a.

Mark Birch

It may not turn companies into lean, mean startup machines of innovation, but it may help with two major pitfalls that plague most new product initiatives. . The first is the lack of custom input early on in the product development cycle.

How To AMP Your Engineers: Ideas For Energizing Your Best


At HubSpot, our small internet marketing software company , a major factor in our plans for world domination is our engineering team. We want our developers, designers, product managers, and QA engineers to all be as empowered as possible, so they can produce their best work.

The Customer Development Manifesto: Reasons for the Revolution.

Steve Blank

This post describes how the traditional product development model distorts startup sales, marketing and business development. In the next few posts that follow, I’ll describe how thinking of a solution to this model’s failures led to the Customer Development Model – that offers a new way to approach startup sales and marketing activities. The meaning of alpha test , beta test, and first customer ship are pretty obvious to most engineers.

Should You Build Out Features Or Create A New Product?


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.

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 basic tenet of this philosophy is that the product team must be equipped with a thorough understanding of the end user’s needs, wants, expectations and limitations in order to create an excellent product solution to solve the user’s problems.

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

Peter Levine

As revenue began to roll into Red Hat, a race began among startups to develop an open source offering for each proprietary software counterpart and then wrap a Red Hat-style service offering around it. Product roadmaps and requirements are often left to a distributed group of developers.

Stage-Gate and software don't mix

Startup Musings

Startup Musings Life in the Boston high-tech startup landscape Blog About Elaine Chen « On deadlines Startup learnings » Stage-Gate and software don’t mix Published June 25, 2010 Engineering , Product Development , Small business , startup Leave a Comment Tags: Stage-Gate , Agile , Waterfall , Process I recently read this interesting article from Nielsen Wire on new product development for consumer packaged goods (CPG).

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. Here is proof that an idea alone isn’t enough to make a successful product or business. Customer research Engineering Product Development Product Management startup connected car infotainment

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. Good team communications practice begats good project execution, which will increase the probability that your product will do what you want it to do in the marketplace.

[Review] Customer Sense


While marketers go gaga over social technologies and their impact on digital commerce, it is often our physical perceptions of a product which influence buying decisions. Through various hues, shapes, packaging designs and colours, companies can shape how their products are perceived.

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. Where applicable, develop ROI analysis for target customers (this will be used by product marketing to convince prospective customers to adopt the product or service).