Leancamp - Session Ideas

Entrepreneurs, designers, managers, developers, innovators – how can they help you? Leancamp is all about learning from people from other disciplines and different perspectives. It’s a rare opportunity to raise your current challenges and ideas, so that others can help you through them and contribute their knowledge.

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  1. "Flower of service" approach to value capturing & adding features based on the customer/user interviews

    Nowadays most start-ups focus on selling features rather than benefits and find out that is bad for business when it's too late. I consider this topic to be of extreme importance especially for Internet start-ups.

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      4 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Leadership for Startups

      Something (lean) startups might not look at in the first place is, how to grow the organization, when the idea turns out to be successful. Sometimes though, talking to investors, respective concepts have to be presented already early. So the question is, how can we grow a startup into a powerful organization, not loosing the initial spirit and not turning it into a bureaucratic vehicle. In this session people will share their approaches, ideas and possible resources for a kind of "Startup Leadership".

      14 votes
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        2 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Real-life example: Customer Development with Design Thinking & Lean Methods

        As I finished my study in design thinking and service management, I applied some learned methods to our p2p-Carsharing-Startup autonetzer.de. I want to share my experiences and some principles including metrics applied to autonetzer.de and how we transformed business running more lean. I fokus on customers as I'm also in charge of marketing and customer service.

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          1 comment  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Transform established companies with Lean Start-up Methods

          Lean is not only for start-ups. How can big companies embrace lean methods to improve and transform?

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            0 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Evolutionary managment pivot OR why does lean effect the management?

            How do you get a sense of lean thinking to a typical manager? Or even better: How do you transform him into a true lean-thinker? As an entrepreneur you build your company from scratch as well as the organization bahind it and therefore you can build it lean from the very beginning. But maybe you will face “typical” managers, i.e. when talking to investors that have a more traditional mindset. And even worse you'll have to convince them to trust an organisational model that is just the opposite of their's... Thinking of existing companies you have to face the challenge…

            9 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Your first 1,000 customers - Thoughts on Traction

              Working with over 100 start-ups and working in 2 start-ups (first one acquired) has thought me a good bit about traction. That is, getting your early users onboard, happy, and engaged and hopefully get them spreading the word for you.

              8 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Premature Scaling - or: Why we do what we do

                I am considering doing a talk about some of the myths of startups.

                Felt velocity vs real velocity
                Impacts of Launches
                The phases of startups.
                Parallelising of work.
                Being Metrics Driven.
                Co-Founders
                The European way vs the american way
                The worth of money.

                Basically a bunch of stuff i want first time entrepreneurs to know. Stuff i learned the hard way.

                8 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Lean and productive

                  At first, Lean Startup seems simple and easy. But when you use it, you'll get overwhelmed by all the things you and your team have to do. What about we have a session looking at how to stay productive?

                  7 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Co-founder buy-in - problems when only some founders are into Lean

                    What do you do when you want to go Lean, Agile, Design-driven, whatever, and your co-founder isn't so keen? Anybody up for sharing their experiences in a round-table discussion?

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Do we consider product quality?

                      Building the product in right quality - "building quality in" is essential, avoiding big disappointments at the end: failing features, lost transactions, breaking integrations, non-scaling platforms. Apart from continuous delivery, how much effort do you invest into building "clean code" right from the beginning? To which extent do you keep an eye on product quality or quality of service? Which practices do you apply within your product development?

                      5 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • How to get going

                        I have an idea, and now I want to go forward with it. What is my first step? How to setup a landing page? What's a low fidelity MVP? Whom to interview? How do I interview and record the data? etc.

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                          0 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Metrics Lessons Learned (Looking for a partner for that talk)

                          Hey

                          i would love to do a talk on metrics in Berlin

                          I am thinking about using my previous metrics talk as base:
                          http://www.slideshare.net/andreasklinger/metrics-lesson-learned-leancamp-barcelona

                          But i would love to partner up for this talk.

                          It's more about sharing of lessons learned.

                          If you are interested in adding to the talk please let me know
                          Also happy to completely pass the talk over and just add a bit.

                          best wishes
                          Andreas

                          4 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Lean Startup for Hardware ideas

                            Suppose you've got a hardware idea? For software, Lean Startup seems so easy. But how can you follow Lean Startup principles for hardware ideas?

                            4 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Running the Spirit

                              Kicking of an idea usually starts in a highly motivated environment. But when the going gets tough, we tend to focus on the mechanics of our process, trying to meet the target by working even harder. In such situations things like continuous improvement and creative environments tend to taking a back seat.

                              What are the tools & techniques we can apply to avoid this trap? What works well? Maybe a chance even trying some things out or generating some new tools?

                              3 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Grow a Lean & Agile Organizational Structure

                                Part of the challenge to design a "human institution to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty" is shaping it's organizational structure. The structure is a critical success factor that limits the organizations output:

                                "organizations which design systems ... are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations" (Conway's Law)

                                While the organization can turn out to be an impediment for changing direction, it may also be an asset of its own that outlives pivots.

                                So how may we grow the organizational structure of a startup, so that it:

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                                3 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Batching work

                                  I'd like to host a roundtable discussion on how we batch work. My feeling is that when it comes to Pomodoros, iterations, flow and batch sizing, knowing when each is appropriate would be useful. I'd love to hear how different people have done this. Who's up for joining me?

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                                  • How to lead change

                                    If successful, the startup has to scale - or to pivot, if the product hypothesis proves wrong. Both, success and failure, require a difficult to lead change that affects the whole company. After a brief introduction to a conceptual framework of change I would like to share stories and insights while playing a card game.

                                    2 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Berlin 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Why it’s hard to ‘get out of the building’?; introducing “#MINDSHIFT, personas playing the lean games to innovate!"

                                      The purpose of a startup is to find a scalable business model (Steve Blank). The purpose to innovate is to create new added value Connecting the dots of lean methods from an interesting discovery by a short intro and discussion.
                                      Look at http://www.slideshare.net/fritsoukes/short-version-of-mindshift

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