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. 'Just Enough' Continuous Design For MVPs

    In a world where product development calls for continuous design output, while still being creative, stating focused on the product vision is challenging.

    I will share my experiences - the challenges and wins - through stories played out.

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      1 comment  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Lean Marketing for Lean Startups

      An interactive discussion on techniques that can be used by lean startups for effective 'lean marketing'. Is there a process can be used to reduce waste on marketing activities that don't work?

      78 votes
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        6 comments  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Customer Discovery Practical

        As someone who is embarking upon the customer discovery process for the first time, I would find it extremely valuable to get feedback from others on techniques to increase engagement of the first customer group, and the factors that could you to pivot from your set of business assumptions into a changing your product and business model.

        49 votes
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          3 comments  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Pivoting - how to take the next best step (from Leancamp London 1)

          Knowing when and how to pivot is perhaps one of the most critical skills of a lean startup. Let's discuss how people take on this challenge and the lessons they have learned.

          46 votes
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            0 comments  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Introduction to Lean Startup

            Early in the day, let's connect the people who are new to Lean Startup with some experienced practitioners, to help people get a friendly introduction and make the most of Leancamp.

            45 votes
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              2 comments  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • New business ideas forum

              How about a forum to evaluate and appraise new business ideas?

              If you have many ideas for a new business, how do you pick the best one?

              If you have no ideas for a new business (but would like to start a business) how do you generate a list of potential businesses?

              Also, this could be a good way to team up with people who have ideas and are looking for partners.

              33 votes
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                0 comments  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Design Toolkit for Businesses

                Design can help organisations understand their customers and develop products or services around them. Unfortunately, in this economic context, not many companies can afford it and this often led to poorly designed services or business failures. So how can we make design become more affordable and help business people start thinking like designers?

                To answer this question I’m developing a Design Toolkit for Businesses that aims at creating a bridge between business and design experts. I have also designed a new model of collaboration between clients and designers, that will allow clients to take over some of the activities that…

                23 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • The right attitude for Lean and Agile

                  Confidence in Agile usually comes only with experience, but that's a problem for people applying it for the first time, or for people who work with non-Agile thinkers. (That's pretty much all of us!)

                  For example, Agile mantras like "It's not a problem until it's a problem" are tough to accept for people who haven't seen it work. They need to be convinced everything will be OK. A lot of first-time entrepreneurs don't want to launch until they have "all their ducks in a row" rather than launching a minimal product that tests their core assumption, gets them noticed by…

                  21 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Fail Public

                    What are the best examples of how people have tested ideas that didn't work, failed in public, and felt good about it? How did they communicate that 'this is a test', in a way that didn't piss customers off? And how do you train people to feel that repeatedly falling on their faces is good for them and their projects?

                    9 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Customer development and continuous deployment as marketing advantages

                      The session to discuss why and how leanstartup principles can be used as marketing advantages whether it's your 1-to-1 or wider communication.

                      11 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 12 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Discovering Desire

                          Traditional focus groups take a product or idea and gauge people's responses to it. One of the inspiring things about lean methods is building innovative products around desires and needs people didn't know they had. What are the skills, methods and technologies for listening out for those desires without predetermined outcomes or leading questions?

                          14 votes
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                          • Not Software

                            Who has applied lean practices in areas other than software/web startups? It seems obvious that there are applications in loads of different contexts, what are people's experiences? And which industries/sectors could benefit from lean the most?

                            10 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Artisanal Software & NeoVictorian Computing

                              Software makers woke up one day to find ourselves living in the software factory. The work is repetitive and tightly constrained by specs and management. The floor is hard, it gets cold at night, and they say the factory is going to close and move somewhere else.

                              Lean methods are, in part, a response to the software factory. Small teams, fast starts, relentless simplicity, and real business models that gain traction and revenue in a hurry.

                              What can we achieve, though, over the long haul? Can lean methodologies be reconciled with care, commitment, and complexity? Can they make ambitious software…

                              14 votes
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                              • Fat End Down

                                What are the antipatterns to lean? If I'm retrofitting lean practices onto my project, what obvious gotchas should I look out for? It would be useful to hear people's frustrations with applying lean practices, identify the most common problems, and sketch out a map of how to avoid them.

                                8 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Tinderbox: knowledge representation on the fly

                                  Tinderbox is a Macintosh tool for making, analyzing, and sharing notes.

                                  Tinderbox provides flexible ways to avoid premature commitment, giving users opportunities to discover implicit relationships. The just-concluded Tinderbox Weekend explored a range of applications, from assessing judicial evidence to writing a musical and keeping track of your younger sister's social life.

                                  Tinderbox plays well with others; its files are XML and it offers flexible template-based HTML/XML export.

                                  We'll explore some Tinderbox documents and, more importantly, look at ways to use Tinderbox to build and test Web apps, facilitate design discussion, and share volatile information on the Web and iPad.

                                  10 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  London 1  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Structuring partnerships and investments

                                    Traditionally, partnership and investment agreements are based on tenure, roles and investment events, which are, at-best, rough proxies for risk. Considering the phases of Customer Development, could this be changed to better align with the level of risk and the common goal of finding market traction? ie Could vesting schedules and acceleration events also be based on finding product market fit (PMF)? Could this also create a model for founders to plan their hand-off to post-PMF managers, and get suitably awarded?

                                    8 votes
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                                    • An intro to Wealth Dynamics for entrepreneurs

                                      Wealth Dynamics is a personality profiling system and philosophy of entrepreneurship invented by UK serial entrepreneur Roger Hamilton.

                                      It will show you what work each person in your startup should be doing (and what they shouldn't be doing) in order to get the fastest results with the least effort.

                                      7 votes
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