For Startups, Software Team Extension Solves Product Development Challenges

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If you need highly-skilled developers for your next software project, discover key benefits of leveraging a software team extension. Grow Technology outsourcing product development recommended software development software team extension technology

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. The primary focus of the management team is external – what does a customer think about this product/service? The idea is to develop a product, see how it fails, and then pivot based on this new learning.

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Realistic Strategies For Funding Product Development

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists are looking for startups with real products and a proven business model, ready to scale. Yet I still get too many business plans that clearly are looking for money to do research and development (R&D) on a new and unproven technology. This early stage is often called basic research , well before any specific commercially viable products might be envisioned. Commercial product prototypes. Expanding the product line.

5 Simple Ways (And Tools) To Improve Product Development

YFS Magazine

As with product development of any kind, process design is often the most difficult (yet most valuable) part of your project. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing product development software development

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. The problem is that professional investors (angels and venture capitalists) want a proven business model before they invest, ready to scale, rather than the more risky research and development efforts.

[Interview] Robert Morton, Toronto Business Leader and Former Home Capital Executive On New Product Development


New product development is an essential part of the entrepreneurial landscape. For companies of all sizes, from big corporations to small businesses, new product development is crucial. New products help companies continue to grow, thrive and generate revenue. Toronto executive Robert Morton , principal at RLM Consulting, is experienced in the area of new product development. Why would a company want to introduce a new product?

Product Development Improvements That Are Shaping The World

The Startup Magazine

Product development involves the creation or modification of a product, satisfying a market niche or newly defined customer. Now more than ever, plastics are very useful in product design because there are a lot of benefits of using plastic. You can create optimum plastic product designs by choosing the materials, tooling, and processes. Product designers can incorporate organic shapes, consolidate part designs, and emboss text into a cast.

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 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: [.]

Bringing Marketing and Product Development Together

Duct Tape Marketing

Bringing Marketing and Product Development Together written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. On this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I visit with author and product and marketing executive Jill Soley. Soley has been developing, launching, and nurturing products for nearly 20 years; she’s currently the Chief Product Officer at the agile project management software firm Obo. Order your copy of Beyond Product.

For the sake of productivity, developers need to learn to say “no”

The Next Web

Whoever coined the mantra ‘The customer is always right’ has never tried to undertake development tasks for clients with grandiose ideas, but zero technical background. Nowadays, every company might be a software company, but not everyone knows how to effectively manage software development projects. But give them the option, and they will sure as hell try.

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. Facing many moving parts to a project, engineers and product team leads have no choice but to focus on what’s in front of them in terms of their specific tasks and immediate deadlines.

How To Streamline Your Product Development Process

Street Smart Product Manager

By Emily Hunter Many businesses are sustained and driven by product development. From small businesses to multinational corporations, the creation of new products is vital to market survival, especially in a world where trends, likes, and dislikes appear to change on an almost daily basis. Because of the swiftly changing market, many businesses have looked … Continue reading How To Streamline Your Product Development Process.

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.

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.

Transcript of Bringing Marketing and Product Development Together

Duct Tape Marketing

Transcript of Bringing Marketing and Product Development Together written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. She is a Silicon Valley based strategic product and marketing executive, happens to be the Chief Product Officer at a project management tool called Obo. And, today we’re going to talk about a book that she’s a co-author on called Beyond Product: How Exceptional Founders Embrace Marketing to Create and Capture Value for Their Business.

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?),

The Importance Of Concept Design To The Product Development Process Of Businesses

Magellan Solutions

Before we delve into the importance of concept design to the product design and development process of businesses, it is imperative that we define it first. ” According to Geoff Hedges, the founder of the CAD-focused blog, concept design is “a specific phase of the design process, within the product development process.” Hedges calls concept design as the initial big picture of your product.

Top 5 Product Development Faux Pas in Startups

Austin Startup

This part of the planning process is not about your idea or product, it’s about solving a problem AND satisfying a customer’s need. and “Why they would buy your product?” The biggest thing to remember here is that your customers do not exist to buy your products, you exist for them. A common mistake for startups is over planning and trying to get your product to be perfect and scalable as soon as it launches, except this can be risky and expensive.

Facebook and product development


In addition, there are many factors that go into the release of a new product that includes fixing bugs, soliciting customer feedback, responding to competition, and adding new features that will maintain a company’s technological lead in the market. Deitch said Facebook’s feedback from users comes in the form of emails to its customer-service email address, which the company’s product-development team reviews weekly.

How My 5 Question Survey Saved Me Time And Resources In Product Development by Yaro Starak

The Great Money-Making Idea Since I was satisfied with the level of traffic I was getting, and with the amount of value I was able to share with the world, it was time to take it to the next level – releasing a paid product. I had many ideas about different products I could release and eventually narrowed it down to what I thought was the best idea – I could take all of my free YouTube videos and create a DVD package.

Are Your Customers Part of Your Product Development Team?

Small Business Force

Most companies develop products that they either "think" their customers or market need or they let their ego believe that they "know" what their customers want because they, themselves, would use their product. Few entrepreneurs or small business owners involve their customers in the product development process. Yet, if you think about it, customer and/or market input is critical to a product's success. Bring customers into the development process.

Socialware Bolsters Leadership Team With New Vice President of Product Development

Austin Startup

Social media compliance and marketing experts Socialware today announced Matt Roberts has joined the company''s leadership team as Vice President of Product Development, reporting to CEO Ken Naumann. Enterprise socialware

Why You Should Be Doing Product Discovery


Like most entrepreneurs, you’ve probably mapped out the business plan, dreamed up the layout and you’re already snapping up domains and emailing developers with your plan. Before rushing to build your concept to push out to consumers, it’s important to first undertake product discovery. Product discovery is the purpose of identifying the smallest amount of software needed to determine market value. Notably, this occurs prior to building the Minimum Viable Product , or ‘MVP’.

This Is How Founders Achieve Product-Market Fit

YFS Magazine

To get a better grasp on the practical application of product-market fit, let's take a look at how founders achieved it rather quickly for their startups. Plan product development product market fit starting a business

The Pros Of Developing New Products For Your Business


As a business owner, you need to innovate your products and services to become incessantly appealing to your customers. While it might not be easy to start conceptualizing a new product, there are plenty of benefits to doing so. So, how can new products add new value to consumers?

The Fallacy Of Move Fast And Break Things


by Dawn Parzych, Developer Advocate for LaunchDarkly. Ever since Mark Zuckerberg uttered the phrase “move fast and break things,” it has become the motto of many development teams. Test code in production without exposing it to all users.

5 Tips For Developing Your First Tech Product


Even the biggest overnight successes in the industry didn’t just wake up with a successful startup on their hands — they had to develop a product first. No matter the sector you’re in, your first product will likely be the bread and butter of your startup for the foreseeable future. Young entrepreneurs often get ahead of themselves when it comes to business, gliding through the development process and only focusing on the future — a dangerous attitude to have.

How To Create A Software In 7 Simple Steps


If you’re looking to develop some software, you may not know how to create a software project that will be successful. Maybe it all comes down to hiring the best developers? Read on, and you’ll learn the basics of developing a successful software project. When creating a software program, you first need to decide what you want from your product. When creating a plan for your software development project, you need to consider several things.

3 Reasons It’s Smart To Prototype Your Product


Named after the French word for “model,” Maquette uses VR to allow product developers to create prototypes in three dimensions instead of relying on two-dimensional representations. Here’s a closer look at three reasons prototyping your product is the smart way to go.

When I built products the stupid way

Street Smart Product Manager

The post When I built products the stupid way appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. New Product Development Product Development Product Management agile innovation leanIn 2007, ProductRepair (name changed), a market leader in its industry, was facing some serious threats: A rapidly maturing business. New “digitally native” entrants with greatly enhanced data collection abilities.

Lean & Startup Patterns – Interview with Sam McAfee

Grasshopper Herder

Q: What are the differences between Agile Software Development and Lean Software Development? A: At the highest level, the difference between Agile and Lean software development is mainly […]. Lean Startup Teamwork & Leadership lean manufacturing lean product development lean startup(Sam McAfee is the Chief Technology Officer of POPVOX and author of Startup Patterns. I reached out to chat about his approach on Lean, startups and teamwork.

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4 Practical Ways To Improve Your Online Courses And Training

YFS Magazine

Grow Marketing & Sales employee training online courses online learning online training product developmentOnline education comes with many benefits, but one of the greatest objections to e-courses and employee training is "but what about the practical training?".

Do You Have A Problem Worth Solving?

Street Smart Product Manager

In order to pursue any product idea — a new product, or a new feature for an existing product — you must make sure it’s a problem worth solving. appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Business Cases Lean Startup New Product Development Product Development Product Management business case market sizing market validation validated learning

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

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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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How To Find The Right Manufacturer For Your Product Idea

YFS Magazine

Operations Plan manufacturing product design product development supply chainFinding the right manufacturing partner is one of the most important decisions a startup can make. Here are four tips to help you get started.

The Most Important Thing You Need For Your Product To Succeed

Street Smart Product Manager

Have you ever felt like there is no clear direction for your product? That your product can do a lot of things, but it’s hard to articulate exactly what it does in just a few short sentences? Maybe your product is trying […]. The post The Most Important Thing You Need For Your Product To Succeed appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Entrepreneur New Product Development Product Development Product Management Product Roadmap product vision

5 Tips For Turning Your Inventions Into Marketable Products 


Spend hundreds of hours developing your gizmo to make sure it works perfectly? Many people don’t thoroughly investigate the challenges of bringing the product to market before devoting endless hours to an invention that has no market appeal.

3 Ways To Create Passive Income For Your Business

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Finance Grow affiliate marketing cash flow money p2p lending passive income product developmentWhen your primary business interest has a bad month, passive income very well may save your company from financial ruin.

How To Get More From Your Development Team


Your development team is critical to the success of a business, especially if you’re selling a digital product. If you’re ready to be a better leader, and get more from your development team, keep these three simple ideas in mind. Learning is critical for your development team.

Startya Helps You Build Your Idea For A 30% Stake In Your Company


Perhaps you’re an aspiring technology entrepreneur with a great idea of a product you believe would take off, but due to the lack of technical knowledge or funds have no way to turn your business idea into reality. With funds you could maybe even consider outsourcing the development. Development agency Startya is a team of designers, developers and entrepreneurs with experience in building products for startups.

Is Product-Market Fit The Only Thing That Matters?

YFS Magazine

When we talk about product-market fit, it's not just this ever elusive mix of favorable market conditions and the right audience. Plan customer validation market demand market research product development product market fit starting a business

The most important thing you need for your product to succeed

Street Smart Product Manager

Have you ever felt like there is no clear direction for your product? That your product can do a lot of things, but it’s hard to articulate exactly what it does in just a few short sentences? Maybe your product is trying […]. The post The most important thing you need for your product to succeed appeared first on Street Smart Product Manager. Entrepreneur New Product Development Product Development Product Management Product Roadmap product vision