Dos and Don’ts of Lean Startup – Top Takeaways from the Lean Startup Conference 2014

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Dos and Don’ts of Lean Startup – Top Takeaways from the Lean Startup Conference 2014

With close to 2,000 entrepreneurs, the Startup Conference is one of the largest conferences in Silicon Valley for starting your startup, learning how to pitch VCs, find co-founders, launch your product to the press and more. I attended this year’s conference and share with you the main take-aways. Main Takeaway- Continuous Experimentation Well Beyond The …

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Descaling Organizations for Scaling Agile – Part 1

In the Agile 2014 conference we heard many speakers echo the same signal – “Lets descale the organization instead of scaling agile”. There’s an increasing realization that instituting new models like scrum of scrums to force fit agile processes to corporate hierarchies isn’t going to work. Models are rigid and linear whereas human systems are …

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Descaling Organizations for Scaling Agile – Part 2

Squads, Tribes, Chapters and Guilds The company Spotify offers a fascinating model to grow without losing the benefits of being small. Spotify has kept an agile mindset despite having scaled to over 30 teams across 3 cities. This model has gained a lot of popularity in the agile community. The nomenclature “squads, tribes, chapters and …

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User Research and Validating Hypothesis – Top Takeaways From The Lean Startup Conference 2013

Which Hypotheses to Test? The Lean Startup practitioners list all the assumptions in their business model. There was a debate in the conference about which assumptions to validate first. One set of speakers felt the “Leap of faith” assumption should be validated first. But not all product ideas are as ground-breaking as “Sony Walkman” which …

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Lean Startup Conference 2013 Takeaway 1 – Experiments Improve Learning

In the recently concluded Lean Startup 2013 Conference it was evident that enterprises of all sizes including Governments are now interested in delivering value to their customers by developing new and innovative products. Jack Welch says that Shareholder Value is a result and not the primary constituent of value delivered by a company. Customers, employees and products are the primary …

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Lean Startup Conference 2013 Takeaway 2 – Organizational Culture

Organizational Culture “The Lean Startup” or “Experimental Entrepreneurship” are strategies adopted by small teams innovating in conditions of extreme uncertainty. However these strategies will succeed only if we have the right organizational culture. Culture is a set of assumptions about values of an organization as perceived by its employees, vendors and customers. Getting it right …

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Lean Startup Conference 2013 Takeaway 3 – The Portfolio Approach

The Portfolio Approach  Intuit applies a portfolio approach to the management of products. A product lifecycle is an S shaped curve as shown in the diagram. Four stages of product lifecycle are depicted by the S shaped curve- explore, exploit, sustain, retire/replace. Intuit’s portfolio consists of three horizons. Horizon 1 is current flagship and core …

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Lean Startup Conference 2013 Takeaway 4 – Principles Behind the Best Practices

Principles Behind the Best Practices Lean thinking is historically known to have evolved in Toyota. “The Lean Startup” has its roots in these basic principles. Donald Reinertsen who often highlights the lean principles that go beyond practices followed in Toyota presented seven big ideas of lean startup. Converting proxy metrics to economic lifecycle profits helps decision. “The …

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