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, ...
Grizzled Veterans
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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 ...
Before

After

Defects

Defects

User
Stories

User
Stories
Technical
Debt
Crippling
(Technical) Debt:
the bane of
experimentation

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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 ....
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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
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
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?

  1. 1. Neelan Choksi (@neelan) Nicole Bryan (@nicolebryan)
  2. 2. (Subtext) Or will the perceived cultural differences prevent you from seeing the real problems that you need to solve?
  3. 3. Our Business is Integrations
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Grizzled Veterans
  6. 6. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5060/5476830329_2045a879c9_b.jpg
  7. 7. Cultural Differences didn’t match symptoms
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Before After Defects Defects User Stories User Stories Technical Debt
  10. 10. Crippling (Technical) Debt: the bane of experimentation http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5056/5543615466_62cca1c391_b.jpg
  11. 11. Pace Thoroughness Quality
  12. 12. Pace Thoroughness Quality
  13. 13. Pace Thoroughness Quality
  14. 14. (And don’t forget this is also to satisfy your current and future customer base)
  15. 15. Pace Thoroughness Quality
  16. 16. So ... Can lean startup advocates and grizzled veterans work together? Yes ... If .... http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5060/5476830329_2045a879c9_b.jpg
  17. 17. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5060/5476830329_2045a879c9_b.jpg
  18. 18. Put Foundation in Place
  19. 19. Pace Thoroughness Quality
  20. 20. neelan.choksi@tasktop.com nicole.bryan@tasktop.com tasktop.com

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