“Believe in what your users believe” lessons learned from creating 20 delightful startups in one year
Everything we do we believe in our startup founders and their new vision of the world. The way we show this belief is by joining them on the journey of challenging every assumption we know, making a difference for one individual person and always being focused on user, no matter the cost. Let me share with you my stories of how to build products by shifting the focus from scalable, technical solutions to addressing single user needs and challenges first. How to impact culture and inspire a distributed, rapidly growing company and how to collaborate and treat your customers and your colleagues like “you believe in what they believe”.
Everything we do starts with WHY and a single user need.
The session is for anyone who in their daily job needs a helping hand, a bit of inspiration and a useful set of practical experiments to challenge status quo, move the needle in their organisation and build delightful products that people really want. I also want to show they they are not alone in their failures and defeats. The lessons will apply to executives changing organisations, scrum masters coaching the teams and product owners wanting to build delightful products
For me this new talk is about constantly evolving set of ideas, thoughts and values that always puts the user first and allows our employees and founders to have the time of our life.
I had a great pleasure to speak at SUGSA 2017, the biggest Scrum Gathering in Africa, where i presented this talk and I want to share our story and challenge “we have always done it that way!” point of view.
My objective is to shift the way you think about your current situation, your team, your organisation and your customers by refocusing you on user needs and always starting with “WHY?”. I am going to show you how to apply design thinking, theory of constraints and cynefin framework to situations in your daily job and see how they could be improved. This talk is about sharing what worked in our context and what made all the difference to our products delivery.
Outline/Structure of the Case Study
Why should you start a new company/project ?
Why so many of new companies fail ?
What i thought we could do about it ?
Lessons learned from creating 20 startups that users love including:
- why you do what you do ?
- why we believe that everything starts with single user needs ?
- how we removed production database and what we learned from it ?
- why we do have organisation code of conduct ?
- how do we increase empathy towards our users needs ?
- code refactoring and retrospective as the tools for team improvement
- Design Thinking and Google sprints as tools to discover the unknown
- Theory of Constraints and why we draw clouds to resolve conflicts
- how does cynefin help us build better companies ?
- and more...
Summary and questions
- Shifting the focus of your products towards single user needs and how to do it practice learning from Airbnb and others examples
- Change the way you think about:
- why you do what you do
- how you do what you do
- and what you do
- Practical use of:
- Theory of constraints
- Design Thinking and Google Sprints
- Building great teams around great products
- Code review
- Code of conduct for your team and organisation
- What biggest mistakes we made and why you should do them as well
I believe that the benefits of our lessons apply to everyone who is struggling to build awesome products no matter if they work for huge corporation, offshore development agency or startup of 1. Executives, product owners, scrum masters and agile team me
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