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Productive conversations with Lean Coffee

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Presented at Cleveland Lean Startup Circle. A brief how-to on Lean Coffee to set the stage for facilitating a Lean Coffee session. Lean Coffee is a format for meetings and always generates great dialog for those who participate. It’s really quite simple - there’s no agenda and everyone contributes topics they would like to discuss. We each vote on the topics that sound the most interesting and those with the most votes we bring into a light-weight Kanban board and start talking.

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Productive conversations with Lean Coffee

  1. 1. Nicole Capuana 01/14/2014 Productive Conversations with Lean Coffee Creative Commons License - Photo by jenny downing on Flickr
  2. 2. Welcome - we meet the 2nd Tuesday of every month February 2/11 Startup Weekend & Startup Bus - why you should go! March 3/11 Learn & Practice the Design Studio Method April 4/8 Looking for some UX love? May 5/13 Intro to frameworks & designing with grids June 6/10 Marketing and growth hacking for your startup when you don’t have much money July 7/8 What to do when you realize you need to pivot? meetup.com/Cleveland-Lean-Startup-Circle/
  3. 3. What is Lean Coffee? A simple and democratic way to discuss topics and have conversations that people want to talk about. It’s structured but agenda-less Started in 2009 – Seattle Jim Benson & Jeremy Lightsmith Today – all over http://leancoffee.org/ Creative Commons License - Photo by roger.karlsson on Flickr
  4. 4. How does it work? • Set up Kanban https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1LslhSW5hWoj-qMf8Vh7JrfIKC0HUPhYjLBoacha8lAA/edit?pli=1 • Generate topics • Review & Vote (2 votes a person) • Tally & Talk
  5. 5. What do you need? • Post-its • Markers • Timer
  6. 6. 8 minutes then vote Thumb up - keep talking Sideways - neutral Thumb down – move on to next topic
  7. 7. Unconference • Principles of Open Space • Whoever comes are the right people • Whatever happens is the only things that could have • Whenever it starts is the right time • Whenever it's over it's over • The law of 2 feet - if you are neither learning or contributing it is your responsibility to respectfully use your own 2 feet to find some place you are learning or contributing
  8. 8. It’s that easy Creative Commons License - Photo by benjaminasmith on Flickr

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