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. Best practices for customer interviews

    Sharing and discussing best approaching for customer interviews.

    There is a known set of bad things to do like asking leading questions that could be useful to share and keep in mind along with another set of examples of good questions.

    Furthermore there are also some good tips on how to conduct interviews (note taking, limit talking, splitting between problem and solution interviews) that could be useful to explore.

    42 votes
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      1 comment  ·  San Francisco 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Lean Product Marketing

      Tools, tactics, strategies and examples of how to get your idea, product and self out there using lean content marketing techniques in order to:

      1. build a brand
      2. gain a following
      3. nurture a community
      4. create a marketing funnel
      5. test concepts
      6. get quality feedback
      7. activate evangelists
      8. collect product stories

      What is lean content?
      writing less but saying more, using curation, fast feedback loops and tools to provide on-demand messaging across platforms

      29 votes
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        1 comment  ·  San Francisco 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Building MVP for enterprise clients

        It seems enterprise customers have higher requirement and standards for software. If we startups screw up once, we probably are not going to get to the door again.

        When building enterprise product for customers, how lean MVPs can be? How to cheat important security and stability issue when serving enterprise customers?

        33 votes
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        • 10 Product Management Hacks for Times when you’re strapped for Resources

          You might be a startup or a product team inside of a larger organization. Everything is super urgent and needs to be finished by yesterday. You are strapped for resources and desperately try to make ends meet. Anxiety kicks in. Motivation turns into pessimism & cynism. Things get worse.

          Here are a few lessons learned on what you can do in situations when you find yourself hopelessly strapped for resources & fighting against all odds.

          29 votes
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          • Getting robots or hardware into cust dev quickly

            Hardware isn't as hard anymore but what are the best practices for getting a prototype into customer development quickly? Are there some forms of hardware or robotics that suit lean methodologies and others that still need a big upfront investment of technical development? I'm bringing real robotics companies together to share their experiences and ask you for advice. How lean can robotics go?

            25 votes
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            • Minimizing Your MVP

              Most initial products are probably bigger than they need to be- paring it down is hard, especially for the creative, energetic types that build new products and companies.

              The idea with this session would be to talk through stories and outcomes, including the following:
              * What were the truly pivotal assumptions?
              * What could have been the MVP?
              * What was the MVP?
              * How did the experimentation go?
              * And then?

              23 votes
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              • Experiment Mapping Workshop

                If you want to find a way to break the "experimenting to see what happens cycle", then this is for you.

                In this interactive workshop, we'll identify risky assumptions, create testable hypotheses and map experiments to greatest learning, shortest time box.

                23 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  San Francisco 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Personas as a tool for customer development at any stage

                  No matter at what stage you are customer development is something you must be doing and you cannot do that if you don't have a clear persona in mind and the job they are trying to accomplish.

                  We could have a session on how to devise a Persona sketch and use some of the techniques and cavases to discuss pain/gains and how Persona development can vastly help even with developing a single new feature in an established product

                  27 votes
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                  • Lean and Technical Debt

                    When we launch fast and iterate, we tend to build up technical debt.

                    When is the right time to pay off technical debt? How do we know when we're digging ourselves into a hole?

                    How do we avoid the knee jerk reaction of "time to refactor" whenever we start looking at a colleagues code?

                    19 votes
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                    • Overcome Resistance to Adopting Lean in Your Organization

                      You like lean. I like lean. We all like lean. Actually, we don't all like lean...
                      How can we influence the people blocking our adoption of lean? There are tested, proven approaches from a discipline called 'change management' that apply to any situation where changing behavior is the goal. Let's review what you - as a scrum master, line manager, coach, etc., can do to help drive adoption of lean.

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                      • Lean startup methodologies for non tech companies

                        There is a common misconception that Lean Startup is only for tech/internet based companies.

                        Dispelling that could be a useful conversation to bring back the focus on learning and the methodologies rather than getting caught in the specific of internet technologies and things like landing pages or facebook/google ads.

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                        • Applying Lean Startup to the Sales Process

                          Applying the Lean Startup methodologies used to identify and achieve Product-Market fit, to create experiments and metrics in the sales process to move from Customer Validation to Customer Creation & Company Building.

                          This is particularly important for companies with an enterprise/business-to-business sales process, where the sales cycle can last several months, or even a year or more. Without generating feedback loops and clear metrics, even companies achieving Product-Market fit risk failing because of gaps in their sales process.

                          22 votes
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                          • Storyboarding as Customer Discovery Tool

                            I've recently had a lot of success with storyboard, both for my own ventures and for clients. I'd like to do a session where everyone creates a storyboard to describe their focal hypotheses about the customer. And then do show and tell, possibly iterate.

                            I have a few paper templates that (optionally) simplifying the drawing and sketching, which makes it easier to get started.

                            17 votes
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                            • Breaking Silos twoards a Lean Enterprise

                              Larger organizations typically try to implement lean piecemeal, with different silos all trying to rapidly iterate. However, as each silo relies on inputs and outputs from other teams, it quickly becomes apparent that piecemeal lean is waterfall in disguise.

                              What are some of the ways that corporations can break out of silos? What works? What doesn't?

                              This will be a roundtable discussion from practitioners in larger corporations implementing lean on a tactical level.

                              18 votes
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                              • Is Parallel Exploration a Way to Break the Pivot or Persevere Dilemma?

                                In "Don't Let The Minimum Win Over the Viable" at http://blogs.hbr.org/2012/05/dont-let-the-minimum-win-over/ David Aycan suggested a parallel exploration model as a contrast to pivot or persevere, advising entrepreneurs to "prototype multiple MVPs in tandem." This session would explore the risk and benefits of parallel exploration vs. sequential refinement and pivoting around a single product concept.

                                14 votes
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                                • How to win your first customers with "cold call" emails

                                  We've been very surprised how emails to execs at large corporations have generated business for our SaaS company.

                                  We've learned some tips and tricks along the way that really help with the success of these emails, and are happy to share.

                                  14 votes
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                                  • Lean Prioritization

                                    In this hands-on, interactive session, you will a simple but effective method for to build consensus among stakeholders and produce a clear, prioritized product backlog. This is a team-based exercise and can be used with both co-located and remote teams.

                                    You may come alone and join a team to prioritize a “dummy” backlog or bring your stakeholders to receive training and practice for your product.

                                    13 votes
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                                    • Mobile App vs. Responsive Web App?

                                      I'd like to have a session to discuss experiences on how to weight this question:
                                      'I have an idea I want to get out there and test. I need to provide an adequate experience and I need to get it in front of people. Should I build app's for iOS and/or Android; or should I do a responsive web app for starters?' What are the put's and take's of each course of action?

                                      9 votes
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                                      • What contexts matter?

                                        As Lean Startup is finding itself used in a lot of different places - web startups, corporate innvovation, lifestyle businesses, hardware, pharma - we're running up against teaching issues.

                                        Novices like to be taught concrete steps, and eventually grow beyond that to understand when each tool or technique is appropriate. But given the context can be so different, it's tough to simplify and the risk in trying is that even simple steps are applied in the wrong context.

                                        I'd like love it we got together to share and document different contexts, looking at exception cases where commonly-held Lean Startup beliefs…

                                        12 votes
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                                        • How to create a strategic partnership with more advanced / well-known startups?

                                          When you are a startup with a MVP or a product with some traction, a lot of potential, but few paying customers, how to get the attention of a successful startup to build a strategic partnership?

                                          - How to identify a successful startup that could be interested?
                                          - Why would this startup be interested and what could be the deal / win-win?
                                          - Who to call? What is the decision process? Average time before getting a decision? Should we approach several startups in the same field at the same time?
                                          - Is it true that APIs and platforms can be…

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