• 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 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.

  • 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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    45 mins
    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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    45 mins
    Talk
    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 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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    45 mins
    Talk
    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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