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Tagged in 'lean'

What I Learned About Lean by Teaching at the White House

In this post, one of our Lean experts, Janice Fraser, covers two of her most valuable insights from teaching senior managers at the White House. Heading into her workshop at the Lean Startup Conference next week, the insights provide some useful lessons in applying lean principles—acting on what we learned and changing behavior.

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Balanced Team Sunday Salon at Pivotal Labs

This Sunday Pivotal Labs hosted a Balanced Team Sunday Salon following the three-day LeanUX NYC conference. LeanUX was chock-full of amazing talks and workshops, and the ensuing sentiment was my brain hurts! The Balanced Team Sunday Salon was a chance …

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Success Metrics for Lean Startups and New Products

So, you’ve launched your MVP… congratulations! That’s a huge achievement, but don’t kid yourself – your v1 product is almost certainly not ready to scale into a real business. MVPs are, by definition, the minimal feature set you need to …

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Saying No to Features Part II: Ripping Things Out

The subject of today’s post is inspired by moving (which I’m doing tomorrow).  I’ve talked in the past about the theme of not putting features into your product unless they are absolutely critical.  An extension of that is to observe …

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The four goals every project should aspire to have

I did a presentation recently at NYU for their Summer Launchpad programme where I talked about prototyping and agile development. There was one slide I touched upon in the talk that I wanted to expand upon here, and the topic …

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Put the User in User Stories

I’ve often been in situations where people see user stories in Pivotal Tracker as just a punch list of to-dos, line items for snippets of code we can write that does one little thing in a product owner’s head. Even …

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A user metric is a terrible thing to waste

When it comes to user metrics, what should you log when you don’t know what to log?

Everything.

When you’re first getting an MVP site off the ground, you don’t know quite what you might want to track.  And might …

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See Your Work Product in Its Natural Habitat

I took a day off of work recently, and learned more about what I was working on than in several months of coding.

My current Pivotal client project is CaseCommons, using web technology to modernize child welfare and foster care …

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Surprisingly Simple Epic Wins

A surprising amount of simple can get an application over a number of speed bumps. We’re going to look up and down the whole application stack and use stories to show what simple things people have done to build a …

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Always be validating

Big companies with well established products and business practices often differ from smaller, younger, start-up companies with the cash flow available to prove business ideas. The startup companies will often have a “runway” or “burn-rate”, meaning they have a limited …

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