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The Lean Prototyping Playbook w/ Kristian Bouw (Startups Central)

Learn how to build and validate your startup idea.

This event is for entrepreneurs of all stages in need of the skill set to turn ideas from your head into tangible products you can experiment with and iterate on to perfect your product.

We are in VA, this time around @ TeqCorner, event partner - a great hybrid co-working/ office space, starting fro $225.

TeqCorner has ample free parking and just blocks away from the new McLean Metro Station on the Silver Line.

In this meetup, you’ll learn:

• The life cycle of a lean application prior to development (wireframes --> mockups --> prototypes)

• How to turn your ideas into tangible products within a weekend

• The free tools available to equip yourself to get the job done

Join us for this one time event covering everything you need to go from idea to product in less than a weekend.

Kristian Bouw is the co-founder of NotionTheory, a lean startup agency helping startups build and validate their product ideas.

He also leads two community driven efforts through Lean Startup Office Hours and UX Office Hours which helps solve business, product, and design problems for startups.

The Lean Prototyping Playbook w/ Kristian Bouw (Startups Central)

  1. 1. THE LEAN PROTOTYPING PLAYBOOK Presented By: Kristian Bouw
  2. 2. former co-founder of a failed startup Built product without validating assumptions Could have saved 2 years and 6 figures with the shit I know now Current founder at notion theory Lean startup consultancy helping startups build and launch their web/mobile product in 3 weeks Launched with $20k in pre-sales Solving Design + Product Problems Solving Business + Product Problems
  3. 3. what you think your product looks like
  4. 4. the hARSH REALITY
  5. 5. a minimum viable product isn’t just the product it’s an approach to building the product
  6. 6. ask yourself “What are the minimum features required to provide tangible value to a single customer?”
  7. 7. mvp product
  8. 8. nail it before you scale it.
  10. 10. your greatest fear should be solving the wrong problem (or even worse) solving nothing at all
  11. 11. stop wasting Their time (but more importantly)
  12. 12. please stop your own wasting time
  13. 13. turning your ideas into testable products Sketches Wireframes Prototype
  14. 14. GOAL SKETCHES Help you conceptualize your idea and validate internally
  15. 15. SKETCHES (aka freestylin’)
  16. 16. GOAL wireframes Help you visualize your idea and validate externally
  17. 17. wireframes
  18. 18. wireframes (low-fidelity design)
  19. 19. mockups (hi-fidelity design — optional) GOAL Help you give your application an accurate sense of look and feel
  20. 20. mockups
  21. 21. GOAL Create a mock application (with dummy data) that simulates a working product to get real user feedback prototype
  22. 22. Your prototyping toolbox Sketches wireframes Balsamiq UXPin mockups prototypes Mockflow Balsamiq Photoshop InvisionApp MarvelApp Pen & paper Spaghetti-O’s iPad & stylus
  23. 23. everything is an experiment
  24. 24. change perspective fail fast, fail often learn fast, learn often
  25. 25. and don’t forget build measure learn
  26. 26. what you should do right now step 1 step 2 Setup 30 meetings with potential customers These are people you have identified as having the core problem you’re trying to solve Use first 10 meetings to extract ideas and sketch potential solutions You should be listening 90% of the time and sketching potential solutions step 3 Build product wireframes and externally validate with next 10 meetings Wireframes give your product the tangibility and context needed to test as a viable solution step 4 Build prototype and get traction with last 10 meetings Prototypes give you the best opportunity for feedback b/c they simulate the real application
  27. 27. (thanks) say hello ! @kristianbouw !