Lean Under Pressure

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Glen Ford discusses how Zeebox applies and refines Lean: methods, experiments, discovery and feature teams, cultural challenges, innovation, etc. Filmed at qconlondon.com.

Glen Ford is the Chief Architect of Zeebox, a UK based startup aiming to bring the best of web and TV together. With nearly 20 years of experience he has worked in various industries including Defence, Telecommunications, Gaming and Media. Most recently at Unibet and BBC R&D he has a passion for problem solving, delivering under pressure and building great teams.

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Lean Under Pressure

  1. 1. InfoQ.com: News & Community Site • 750,000 unique visitors/month • Published in 4 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese) • Post content from our QCon conferences • News 15-20 / week • Articles 3-4 / week • Presentations (videos) 12-15 / week • Interviews 2-3 / week • Books 1 / month Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! http://www.infoq.com/presentations /zeebox-lean
  2. 2. Presented at QCon London www.qconlondon.com Purpose of QCon - to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation Strategy - practitioner-driven conference designed for YOU: influencers of change and innovation in your teams - speakers and topics driving the evolution and innovation - connecting and catalyzing the influencers and innovators Highlights - attended by more than 12,000 delegates since 2007 - held in 9 cities worldwide
  3. 3. Lean  Under  Pressure  
  4. 4. lean  |lēn|                              (extract)   Adjec/ve   •  efficient  and  with  no  waste  
  5. 5. pressure  |ˈpreSHər|                    (extract)   Noun   •  the  use  of  persuasion,  influence,  or   in/mida/on  to  make  someone  do  something  
  6. 6. A+emp.ng  to  be  efficient  and  with  no   waste  in  the  presence  of  persuasion,   influence  and  in.mida.on.   A+emp.ng  to  be  efficient  and  with  no   waste  
  7. 7. Lean  in  so?ware  terms   •  Eliminate  Waste   •  Amplify  Learning   •  Decide  as  late  as  possible   •  Deliver  as  fast  as  possible   •  Empower  the  team   •  Build  integrity  in   •  See  the  whole                                                                                (Wikipedia)                      
  8. 8. Tensions  within  Lean  
  9. 9. Eliminate Waste Amplify Learning Decide as late as possible Deliver as fast as possible Empower the team Build integrity in See the whole
  10. 10. Tensions  within  a  Startup  
  11. 11. What  you  think  you  need…  
  12. 12. vs  what  you  can  get  away  with  
  13. 13. Tension  or  Pressure?  
  14. 14. A  story…   Note,  names/faces  may  have  been  changed   Events  maybe  somewhat  simplified  from  reality  
  15. 15. Two  Founders    
  16. 16. One  idea  
  17. 17. Form  a  small  group   Set  about  proving  that  idea  
  18. 18. Prototype  done!   Show  it  to  the  people  with  money.  
  19. 19. Investment!  
  20. 20. Bigger  problem  requires  more  hands   Hiring  brings  its  own  challenges  
  21. 21. Deliver  as  quickly  as  possible   Divide  and  conquer  
  22. 22. Inconsistencies  creep  in  
  23. 23. Slim  down  
  24. 24. The  unaTainable  goal  
  25. 25. Failure  
  26. 26. Demoralised  
  27. 27. More  grass  roots  
  28. 28. More  learning  
  29. 29. Cross  func/onal  teams  
  30. 30. Urgency,  not  panic  
  31. 31. Talking  more  meaningfully  
  32. 32. Pressure  on  the  Tensions  
  33. 33. About  us:   zeebox  
  34. 34. second  screen  
  35. 35. social  network  
  36. 36. Nearly  3  years  old   London,  New  York  and  Sydney   Around  120  staff  worldwide   Over  5  million  downloads   Deals  with  some  of  the  biggest   broadcasters  in  our  markets  
  37. 37. Things  that  helped  us  
  38. 38. Product  teams   Bringing  diversity  together   People  will  surprise  you  
  39. 39. Itera/ng  through  learning   Not  incremen/ng  through  habit  
  40. 40. You  build  it,  you  run  it   Encourages  delivering  small   improvements  
  41. 41. Understanding  opera/onal  costs   And  being  open  with  them  
  42. 42. User  tes/ng   Both  exis/ng  features  and  prototypes  
  43. 43. Visible  with  tests  and  their  results   and  take  guidance  on  where     to  go  next  
  44. 44. Garden  architecture   Grow  organically   Accept  the  need  to  prune  and  shape  
  45. 45. The  real  challenges  
  46. 46. predictability  
  47. 47. vs  a  chaordic  system  
  48. 48. management  
  49. 49. versus  leadership  
  50. 50. Theory?  
  51. 51. Don’t  be  disheartened.   Learn  and  adapt.   Enjoy  the  journey,  as  it  never  ends.  
  52. 52.   Thank  you.     Glen  Ford   Chief  Architect   zeebox     @glen_ford  
  53. 53. Watch the video with slide synchronization on InfoQ.com! http://www.infoq.com/presentations/zeebox- lean

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