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IMVU is referred to as the first "Lean Startup", and was the proving ground for applying Build-Measure-Learn (the Scientific Method) to rapidly iterate and continuously improve its product development ...

IMVU is referred to as the first "Lean Startup", and was the proving ground for applying Build-Measure-Learn (the Scientific Method) to rapidly iterate and continuously improve its product development process, resulting in a valuable strategic advantage and highly productive, happy, and motivated teams.

This lecture focuses on IMVU's continuous improvement to product development process through experimentation. Success factors are reviewed, including a culture that values and supports experimentation and learning, Agile and XP engineering practices (which support iterative development), and strong product vision and user experience design. Recent product development process experiments will be shared.

Takeaway: Attendees will learn how IMVU continuously improves product development using the Scientific Method, Agile, XP, and Scrum supported by strong user experience design. Strategies to support experimental learning (retrospectives, postmortems, and 5 Whys) will be reviewed along with practical examples.

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SF Lean Startup Circle: The New Science of Product Development SF Lean Startup Circle: The New Science of Product Development Presentation Transcript

  • The scienceof productdevelopment James Birchler (@JamesBirchler) VP Engineering Management, IMVU San Francisco Lean Startup Circle, October 26, 2011
  • Questions & comments? @jamesbirchler
  • Thescientific method is based on
  • experimentation
  • $ IMVU Revenue GrowthQtr Q106 Q206 Q306 Q406 Q107 Q207 Q307 Q407 Q108 Q208 Q308 Q408 Q109 Q209 Q309 Q409
  • $ IMVU Revenue GrowthQtr Q106 Q206 Q306 Q406 Q107 Q207 Q307 Q407 Q108 Q208 Q308 Q408 Q109 Q209 Q309 Q409
  • @copernicus
  • @copernicus#inquisition
  • @copernicus
  • @Giordano_Bruno
  • @Galileo
  • @Jamesbirchler
  • ExperimentationIS GOOD
  • RIGHT?
  • Ask Question Got Do Research Hypothesis Science? TestAnalyze Data ConclusionReport Results
  • Question Results Research ScientificConclusion Method Hypothesis Analyze Data Test
  • Question Results Research Scientific #leanstartupConclusion Method Hypothesis Analyze Data Test
  • Question Results Research Quack. Scientific #leanstartupConclusion Method Hypothesis Analyze Data Test An Alleged “duck”
  • Ask Question Do Research Hypothesis TestAnalyze Data ConclusionReport Results Looks a lot like the scientific method (it is!)…
  • culture ofExperimentation
  • Okay, I’ll run an Okay, I’ll run an Okay, I’ll run an experiment! Okay, I’ll run experiment! Okay, I’ll run an experiment! experiment experiment! Okay, I’ll run an experiment!Let’s keep this Okay, I’ll run an simple! Okay, I’ll run an experiment! Prove your idea experiment! is the best!
  • Keep itsimple
  • if( setup_experiment(...) == "control" ) { // do it the old way} else {// do it the new way Simple To code}
  • SimpleTo manage
  • SimpleTo share
  • embracefailure
  • Freedom toExperiment
  • What could possibly go wrong?
  • simple toScrew up
  • What Not to do
  • Start with use cases X X
  • – Laura Klein, Principal, Users Know
  • ProductDevelopment
  • Measure
  • 5whys
  • 5whys Root Cause: Fix this!
  • ProcessExperiments
  • Dogma
  • Handling Interrupts…
  • Measuring value to customers…
  • Keep your team Together… • • •
  • Technical Project Reviews… • • • •
  • Self Selecting Teams… • •
  • Scrum 2.0: Continuous Planning
  • Have a “Fixer”
  • Small Team + No rules=Big Win
  • Recap…
  • credits Thanks