• Vishal Prasad
    Vishal Prasad
    schedule 1 year ago
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    20 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Consider an agile utopia executing a lean build-measure-feedback loop for software development. How would you feel if your biggest strength of receiving early feedback from your end-users turns out to be your Achilles heel? Recently I faced this dilemma where my end-users unfortunately were a group of introvert individuals. This led to Monger project’s MVP almost declared as a failure since it did not fulfill the end-user’s requirements. 

    Many a times, projects transform their delivery mechanism from traditional models to agile with a myth that agile is a recipe for success. In reality many projects fail since agile is not well understood by the teams. A few times (like in this case) the agile process falters not due to incorrect implementation but due to incorrect participants responsible to execute a part of the process.

    Experience with me what happens when your end-users falter your feedback loop just because of the nature of individuals. If you’ve ever been a part of a group (or may be in the future) where your end-users are introverts, learn from this experience report how we overcame this problem on the Monger project by strengthening our anemic reviews. At the same time, if you as a participant have been there and done that, I would love to hear about it.

  • Liked Rajeev Banduni
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    Protect your company from failed product launch using Lean Methods

    Rajeev Banduni
    Rajeev Banduni
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    With the start-up scenario growing and becoming pervasive in India, entrepreneurs are bubbling with new ideas, believing their idea to be the next billion-dollar one. Today, it feels as though everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. This is very heartening for a young country like India where, by 2020, 64% of our population will be of working age, highlighting the urgency for future employment creation.

    The biggest challenge facing global start-ups is the high rate of failure. According to Harvard Business Review, over 80% of global start-ups fail in the first 18 months, and in India this figure is close to an alarming 90%. It appears that when signs of trouble arise, many founders struggle to "save" the business, largely due to poor decision-making by the leader, and a lack of guidance from a skilled expert. The same is also the case with new product launches in bigger corporates, though its gets buried into their giant service revenue wins.

    How can such mistakes be avoided? Can there be any method to this prevent this madness? Are there any ways to make the business "failure proof", if such a thing exists at all? 

    In this talk, Rajeev will be talking about typical mistakes that most of the startups commit and how it can be avoided by using Lean Startup concepts and tools. Such mistakes range from the flaws in Assumptions, Execution methodology to premature scaling and will propose ways to avoid these mistakes. 

  • Liked Amy Jo Kim
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    Getting2Alpha: Build your MVP faster and smarter with Game Thinking

    Amy Jo Kim
    Amy Jo Kim
    schedule 1 year ago
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    480 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Do you have a hot idea and a burning desire to build it? Do you want to unlock the secrets of Game Thinking, and turn your product vision into a simple, engaging, high-learning MVP (minimum viable product)? 

    In this fast-paced design workshop, you will learn how to use Game Thinking to build a product that people love - and come back to, again and again. Get ready to:

    • Find out who your Early Customers REALLY are --> and work with them to set yourself up for mass-market success
    • Apply insights, techniques and advice from breakthrough games to create a deeply-engaging product experience
    • Turbo-charge your product design and development with expert instruction and time-saving tools
    • Make real progress on your product design and strategy during this lively day-long session

    If you're a product owner, leader, manager, designer, researcher, or builder, this workshop is for you. You'll learn actionable techniques that you can use right away to accelerate your progress -- and you'll discover why simple gamification usually fails, and what to use INSTEAD for creating a truly engaging experience.

  • Liked Arvi Krishnaswamy
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    Why Lean Startup Is Hard In Practice

    Arvi Krishnaswamy
    Arvi Krishnaswamy
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    Over the last couple of years, I’ve blogged about my lean startup experiments (a popular post that made page one of HN). I’ve spoken at conferences about applying lean to building mobile apps. And, I was a mentor at Lean Startup Machine. Along the way, I’ve applied lean at my last startup across ideas incubated using an internal Y-Combinator incubation format. I’ve collaborated with other entrepreneurs as a part of a DHC lean peer group (who reviewed this post). And right now, I’m running lean experiments at Intuit, a large software company. I’ve come to the conclusion that while lean startup has been a terrific step forward in how we think about what to build next, there’s still many significant challenges involved in practice. This session is based on a popular blog post I'd made and is an attempt to surface some of the issues so that we can talk about them as a community, and we can learn from each other.

  • Naresh Jain
    Naresh Jain
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Tutorial
    Intermediate

    A successful startup/product company needs to master the art of validating early product ideas quickly and effectively. Whether you are building a product, service or a new feature, the two most important questions to find out early are:

    • are we solving the right problem?
    • if yes, how do we pitch the idea to the target customer to generate a favourable action?

    During this session, we'll focus on various safe-fail experimentation techniques used by Lean Startups for quickly identifying and validating the customer's value hypothesis, without having to build the real product. You will leave this session equipped with various MVP design techniques, that will allow you to rapidly discover a viable product/service that delights your customers, without spending a lot of time and effort.

    Traditionally, entrepreneurs believed that the only way to test their product/service hypothesis was to build the best-in-class product/service in that category, launch it, and then pray. Most often, products/services fail, not because they cannot be built or delivered. But because, they lack the market-fitment and customer appeal.

    To avoid these risks, these days startups are focusing on building a "Minimum Viable Product" (MVP), a product that includes just enough core features to allow useful feedback from early adopters. This reduces the time to market and allows the company to build subsequent customer-driven versions of the product. Hence mitigating the likelihood of wasting time on features that nobody wants. MVPs are typically deployed to a subset of customers, such as early adopters that are more forgiving, more likely to give valuable feedback.

    However the problem with MVPs is that companies still spend too much time building stuff and very little time learning. Don't forget the purpose of MVP is validated learning NOT building. This session will give you ideas on how to quickly formulate and test your value and growth hypothesis in a scientific framework using extremely cheap MVP techniques collectively referred to as MVP Design Hacks.

  • Liked Nitin Ramrakhyani
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    In God we trust; All others must bring Data: Lean Analytics 101

    Nitin Ramrakhyani
    Nitin Ramrakhyani
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Tutorial
    Beginner

    You can't manage what you can't measure. - W. Edwards Deming

    Most startups or organizations live by the above quote and start measuring loads of metrics and digging through pile of data to get meaningful insights. So much so that you waste the most precious resource i.e. "time" in implementing tons of tracking and data analysis and all it gives is a false feeling that things are in control and you know what you are building. More than tracking metrics or measuring output, the more important part is "What to measure" and "When to measure".

    While Lean Startup concepts help you structure your progress & identify the riskiest parts of your business and then learn/ adapt to it,  Lean Analytics is used to measure that progress, helping you to ask the most important questions and get clear answers quickly.

    In this presentation, we would look at a few ways to figure out what "must" be measured and "how", depending upon your business model and stage of growth.

  • Vishal Khandelwal
    Vishal Khandelwal
    schedule 1 year ago
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    Experience Report
    Beginner
    Seth Godin describes a tribe as – "…group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea." For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate. And this is what a modern day business needs to survive and prosper in the long run – a growing tribe around a shared interest.
     
    In his session, Vishal Khandelwal, the founder and chief tribesman of SafalNiveshak.com, will share his experience in building his tribe of 20,000+ readers across 135 countries in a span of just four years, even while he maintained a lean, clean, structure-less, and profitable model.
     
    SafalNiveshak.com is a website dedicated to helping small investors become smart, independent, and successful in their stock market investing. Vishal has 13+ years of experience as a stock market analyst and investor, and 4+ years as an investing coach. Safal Niveshak, which Vishal started in 2011, is now a community of 20,000+ dedicated readers, and was recently ranked among the best value investing blogs worldwide. Over the past four years, Vishal has trained over 2,000 individual investors in the art of investing sensibly, through his Workshops and online courses.
  • Liked Dr. Vishal Rao
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    Intentions in Innovations

    Dr. Vishal Rao
    Dr. Vishal Rao
    schedule 1 year ago
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    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    Science would be incomplete if it were to only remain a hope for future; but unable to serve the present & remain inaccessible to the needy. Thus intentions in inventions is the key driving force that forms the basis and foundation of scientific breakthroughs.

    In this talk I'll share my journey and insights of how we've designed a Rs. 50 device to give cancer patients their lost voice.

  • Liked Raj Indugula
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    Lean Startup Tools for Agile Product Teams

    Raj Indugula
    Raj Indugula
    schedule 1 year ago
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    Talk
    Beginner

    One of the risks agile organizations face is an over-reliance on a single omni-present and omni-potent Product Owner.  This critical reliance on a fallible Product Owner often results in a lack of clear direction on how and when to "pivot", with IT falling back on their bias, which is to build more and more features.

    In this session, we will explore how lessons and ideas from the Lean Startup movement can be effectively combined with Agile delivery in a 5-step process to drive the right business outcomes. 

    • Holistic Discovery: Assessing key customers, problems & markets
    • Risk-Driven Product Backlog: Challenging & testing your assumptions
    • Exploratory Sprints: Quick, cheap ways to validate your approach
    • Data-Driven Sprint Review: Using data to drive decisions
    • Validating Product Increment: Analyzing & evolving your production system

    Tools and techniques gleaned from the Lean Startup movement will be leveraged to support each of the activities outlined.

  • Liked Zainab Bawa
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    Building a startup around conversations and communities

    Zainab Bawa
    Zainab Bawa
    schedule 1 year ago
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    Intermediate

    Five years ago, Kiran Jonnalagadda and I started to build HasGeek with the belief that there is need for conversations and communities around more and more focussed technology topics. We were clear that we wanted build technology communities and drill focus in every conference we'd launch under the HasGeek banner.

    We were also determined to build the conferences and business in line with the following principles:

    1. Content is always independent of sales. In other words, sponsors are not entitled to speak by virtue sponsoring at the conference.
    2. Individuals are invited to propose a talk. No one is "invited" to "speak" (neither is proposing a guarantee to speak). All proposers have to go through rigorous scrutiny in order to make it on the stage.
    3. Speakers have to speak about open source technology and ensure there is a concrete takeaway for the audience in terms of insight or practice.
    4. Finally, participants are the primary customers. Sponsors are secondary. Consequently, participants' privacy is key for the conference's goodwill. Their data will not be shared without their permission.

    Five years down and we have been agile and slow in various aspects of organizing conferences and building our business.

    In this talk, we will share what it takes to build a startup in an agile and expedient manner around assets such as goodwill, trust and networks. Goodwill, trust and networks are critical for any startup's success. The key takeaway for the audience is to identify their strategies and practices for building these assets and build a business or community or both in an agile manner. 

  • Liked Kavin Bharti Mittal
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    100M Users. Moving to Agile at Hike

    Kavin Bharti Mittal
    Kavin Bharti Mittal
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Executive

    Hike is a new kind of a messaging app that is changing the way people connect with one another and simplifying the way they interact with content and services on mobile. At 100 million users exchanging 40 billion messages/month (Jan’16), and growing each day, Hike is working at a scale that no other Indian internet company today is. The key to Hike’s hyper growth has been its ability to continuously re-organize itself and build a self-learning culture, something they continue to evolve and better everyday. Driving autonomy, alignment to Hike’s mission, imbibing the internal culture and values, were all fundamental to this continuous change. Hear Kavin Bharti Mittal, Founder and CEO, Hike Messenger share his story on how he is building a self-learning organization and the role Agile plays in it.

  • Liked Manoj Gupta
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    Applying Theory of Constraints to find your Growth Model

    Manoj Gupta
    Manoj Gupta
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Intermediate

    While we often keep hearing about startups that lap up glorious rounds of funding and then resort to massive discounting to show hockey-stick growth for their VCs, rarely do we hear about startup founders who not just believe in their idea, but never give up even when the going gets tougher, keep their heads down in building a profitable business from day one without luring customers with offers and create a niche market for their products globally, sitting out of India.


    Craftsvilla.com, an online marketplace for Indian ehnic wear and goods, is one such startup that has created a name from itself in a very niche, ethnic goods market, competing against the best of the e-commerce players in the segment. Craftsvilla is known for it’s frugal but creative marketing campaigns to drive traffic and scaling rapidly at growth rate of 6x YoY, becoming the 6th largest ecommerce player in India and plan to reach a GMV of $500 Million in next 12 months. They recently acquired a shipping service provider, Sendd, for $4.5 Million.
  • Liked Smita Mishra
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    Fail Fast Pivot Faster

    Smita Mishra
    Smita Mishra
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Case Study
    Advanced

    There are so many stories in the market of both successful pivoting and failure cases. Some see Pivoting as the backfire of shallow design and result of not having thought through before launch. However, most see Pivoting as a powerful tool used by wise developers and product owners to retain their acquired customers.

    Whatever may be the reason - its not news that businesses evolve, change and PIVOT. As Alan Spoon says -

    “Pivoting” is a familiar word in the startup world.  When your first business model isn’t working (and this happens more often than not), the CEO and team pivot to plan B.  These are deep breath moments! But pivoting doesn’t necessarily mean desperation.  It can be a tool to discover additional growth--growth you might otherwise have overlooked. Businesses can grow beyond their initial dreams by re-imagining their assets and talents, thinking more broadly about the customer problems they solve, and accessing growth capital to seize the new high ground.

    Keeping this understanding of Pivoting in the background, we at PoolWallet are proud to share our story of launch, growth, not so good growth, how we found our key bottlenecks (Any guesses how many users we interviewed?) and what were our conclusions and how much we decided to pivot. How we validated our thoughts on Pivoting (ever tried talking to an investor?). Basically trying to share with you our launch, less than good response, re-launch, validations we took seriously, feedbacks we kept aside and results of the same. All of this with minimum budget spend.

  • Liked Timothy Fitz
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    Good Hypothesis Testing is Surprising

    Timothy Fitz
    Timothy Fitz
    schedule 1 year ago
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    Beginner

     Hypothesis testing is core to the build-measure-learn cycle, but it's so easy to get wrong. 

  • Liked Amy Jo Kim
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    Getting2Alpha: Turbo-charge your product with Game Thinking

    Amy Jo Kim
    Amy Jo Kim
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Keynote
    Intermediate

    Do you want to harness the deeper power of games – the power to drive long-term engagement? Are you ready to look beyond the silver bullets & Skinner boxes – and learn to think like a game designer? In this talk, you’ll learn the foundations of Game Thinking - brought to life with front-line stories from eBay, Ultima Online, The Sims, Rock Band, Covet Fashion, Happify, Lumosity and Slack. You’ll come away with a smarter approach to innovative product design - and practical, actionable design tips you can use right away to turbo-charge your path towards product/market fit. 

  • Liked Tathagat Varma
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    Creating awesome value proposition using Value Proposiiton Canvas

    Tathagat Varma
    Tathagat Varma
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Most new products and startups fail. The don't fail because the idea is fundamentally bad, or their talent isn't good enough, or they don't have enough funds or resources, but because of essentially prematurely scaling - i.e., without validating the hypothesis adequately, building a cost structure that is not sustainable over long run.

    Customer Development model is the systematic way to discover and validate customers and build a company. Applying the principles of Lean Startups, one can go about validating the business model canvas before running out of money. However, when it comes to value proposition design, there is often a serious misalignment between what customers really want and how we create value for them.

    In this workshop, we will learn how to use Value Proposition Canvas to sketch out and understand those relations better, and make more intelligent hypotheses, that hopefully lead to more successful products and services.

  • Liked Ganga Kumar
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    That and all is vokay. Impact yakay?

    Ganga Kumar
    Ganga Kumar
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    As we iterate away agile-ly, how we do what we do towards delivering "impact" changes too.

    In this session, I will try and touch upon that - and how it changes in different scenarios - especially when it comes to startups. I plan to illustrate this using various examples from my experience of having worked with a breadth of startups.

     

  • Liked Manish Bhatia
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    Balancing Scale vs. Real Value Creation

    Manish Bhatia
    Manish Bhatia
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    FOMO leads to premature scaling and has been identified as the number one reason for startups to self-destruct and fail.  Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) pushes startups to get ahead of themselves and over spend on customer acquisition strategies or over build the product.

    In this presentation, Manish Bhatia will cover different stages of a Lean Startup like

    1. Discovery,
    2. Validation,
    3. Efficiency and
    4. Scale.

    He plans to relate these back to how to build, measure and learn from Minimal Viable Products (MVP) and over index of customer feedback to guide you further or pivot completely.

  • Liked Jez Humble
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    Principles of Lean Product Managment

    Jez Humble
    Jez Humble
    schedule 1 year ago
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    Intermediate

    Traditionally, project management is the paradigm used to build digital products. In this talk, we'll start by examining why traditional project management is wholly unsuitable for product development. Jez will then present the principles used to build digital products successfully in the modern lean/agile paradigm. In this session you will find out how to apply impact mapping and hypothesis-driven development to take an experimental approach to product development. We will also explore how practices such as continuous delivery and A/B testing are used to create fast feedback loops to make data-based investment decisions.

  • Liked Pratik Patel
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    7 Tips for a Successful Startup Weekend

    Pratik Patel
    Pratik Patel
    schedule 1 year ago
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    45 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    You're tired of your boring job and ready to enter a hackathon to do something special with you elite coding skills. Perhaps you even have a great idea, or you're ready to join a startup. Hackathons are a great way to jump-start your journey into the world of startups. Come to this session and learn 7 tips for making your hackathon experience fun and successful. The presenter has participated in (and won) several hackathons and his current company launched from a Startup Weekend.

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