Age of Product’s Food for Thought on October 25th, 2015 on: Holacracy w/ Tony Hsieh of Zappos, customer value driven product design, what is “success” w/ Jerry Colonna & Brad Feld, slaves of the feed, how Bigcommerce started, 2015 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey, Software Eats Healthcare and how Expensify doubled its customer base.
Building a valuable, useable and feasible product does not happen overnight. These are my four core learnings from focusing on customer value, looking back at the projects I have been pursuing over the years.
Lessons Learned #1: Customers Don’t Know What They Want. And You Cannot Just Ask Them.
It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.
Age of Product’s Food for Thought on October 18th, 2015 on MVP best practices, agile failure patters in organizations, the rule of notifications, success and being yourself, the Failure of Everest, bubble talks and what it takes to build an entrepreneurial ecosystems:
Why Agile is Simple and Complex at the Same Time
Who wouldn’t agree that the four core principles of the Agile Manifesto —
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
— aren’t derived from applying common sense to a serious problem?
That the application of those principles might be suited to fix numerous organizational dysfunctions and reduce an error-prone and complex social setting to maybe just a complicated one?
Age of Product’s Food for Thought on October 11th, 2015 on the end of the Unicorn, bubble in Silicon Valley, how to build great teams (by building a great culture), and lessons learned from building a hardware startup: