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Lean Startup Conference 2013: Can Lean Startup Advocates and Grizzled Veterans Work Together?
 

Lean Startup Conference 2013: Can Lean Startup Advocates and Grizzled Veterans Work Together?

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Presented by Neelan Choksi, Tasktop President & COO, and Nicole Bryan, Tasktop VP of Product Management at Lean Startup Conference 2013 ...

Presented by Neelan Choksi, Tasktop President & COO, and Nicole Bryan, Tasktop VP of Product Management at Lean Startup Conference 2013
Hiring “grizzled veterans” brings strength and experience to a startup, but it can also create a chasm between team members, especially if the veterans are not familiar with Lean Startup principles. This talk concentrates on the importance of putting in a foundation to allow collaboration and then provides strategies of how to adapt and collaborate with new employees who have a completely different paradigm when joining a lean startup. Choksi and Bryan share their collective experience and take attendees on their journey of adapting with various team members, the conflicts they faced and the steps they used to help themselves and the companies they worked for come together and succeed.

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    Lean Startup Conference 2013: Can Lean Startup Advocates and Grizzled Veterans Work Together? Lean Startup Conference 2013: Can Lean Startup Advocates and Grizzled Veterans Work Together? Presentation Transcript

    • Neelan Choksi (@neelan) Nicole Bryan (@nicolebryan)
    • (Subtext) Or will the perceived cultural differences prevent you from seeing the real problems that you need to solve?
    • Our Business is Integrations
    • Successful Open Source $200 Developers, Dev Managers Wants latest and greatest Enterprise Software $120,000 VP of Apps, PMO, VP of QA, EA Expect quality and stability
    • Grizzled Veterans
    • http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5060/5476830329_2045a879c9_b.jpg
    • Cultural Differences didn’t match symptoms
    • Pace of experimentation ground to a halt Lot more work keeping customers happy Support costs are increasing Feels like we are drowning in technical debt
    • Before After Defects Defects User Stories User Stories Technical Debt
    • Crippling (Technical) Debt: the bane of experimentation http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5056/5543615466_62cca1c391_b.jpg
    • Pace Thoroughness Quality
    • Pace Thoroughness Quality
    • Pace Thoroughness Quality
    • (And don’t forget this is also to satisfy your current and future customer base)
    • Pace Thoroughness Quality
    • So ... Can lean startup advocates and grizzled veterans work together? Yes ... If .... http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5060/5476830329_2045a879c9_b.jpg
    • http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5060/5476830329_2045a879c9_b.jpg
    • Put Foundation in Place
    • Pace Thoroughness Quality
    • neelan.choksi@tasktop.com nicole.bryan@tasktop.com tasktop.com