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Fuck what other people want. What do YOU want?

I have a confession to make. There’s something that’s never quite resonated with me about Lean Startup.

Agile Mindset for Your Startup

Agile Mindset for Your Startup

I got to share the stage with the other half last week at Harvard Innovation Lab, when Jeffrey Beir & I took turns presenting dueling views on building your startup. Myself from the product perspective, Jeffrey from the investor’s viewpoint. While we had clearly different opinions, one thing we both agreed on was that if […]

So You Want to Do a Startup

So You Want To Do a Startup? [Teaser]

So… you want to do a startup? Come see my talk at Agile 2013! Here’s a teaser… So, You Want to do a Startup? from Abby Fichtner, Hacker Chick on Vimeo.

Startup Validation Hacks

Startup Validation Hacks

Is your startup going to be a business… or a hobby? How can you tell?! Below is a video of the presentation I did at Harvard Innovation Lab last month – I initially called it Creating Your Minimum Viable Product, but it’s really about: how can I validate that I’m creating a viable business (as […]

5 Awesome MVP Examples

5 Awesome MVP Examples

In my last post, I shared my How To Build Your MVP presentation that I gave at Harvard. But of course I get it’s a little hard without the voice over… so, here’s a walk through for some of the MVP examples from real startups. If you have more, it’d be awesome if you could […]

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How to Build an MVP

The week before I started at Harvard Innovation Lab, I was there as a guest lecturer – giving a talk on How to Build Your MVP to a bunch of Harvard undergrads who were working on creating – for many – their very 1st startups. I wanted to show them that they didn’t have to […]

Lean Startup 101 For Everyone

Lean Startup 101 for Everyone

The intersection of students & startups is a really happy place for me and so it’s been awesome that I’ve gotten to teach students about how to do startups at four (!) different universities over the last 4 weeks (yes, it’s been a whirlwind!). MIT, Harvard, London Business School and Northeastern. Developers, designers, business students, […]

Focus in Chaos: Why I Like Kanban for Startups

Focus in Chaos: Why I Like Kanban for Startups

It’s okay if you don’t know exactly where you’re going  – because things are always changing – just so long as you’re focused on the Right Things. BUT, this is really hard at a startup precisely because everything is always changing. It’s essential that your developers are okay with these points. It drives me a […]

Hypothesis-Driven Development

Hypothesis-Driven Development

You’ve got your vision of what you want to build. You’ve also got a ton of unknowns and uncertainty. You know you can’t just go build it and hope they will come. You have to do it iteratively. Put a little bit out there, see how people react, figure out what to do next. But […]

Agile for Startups (MIT Guest Lecture Slides)

Agile for Startups (MIT Guest Lecture Slides)

MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center asked me to give an Agile Product Management workshop for their Hacking IAP course. The course is a special seminar in management they’re doing for MIT student entrepreneurs. It takes place over the IAP (January) term and is open to all MIT students that have startups already underway. The first week of […]

Lean Startup: It Rocks Far More than Agile

Lean Startup: It Rocks Far More than Agile

Joshua Kerievsky posted this most excellent table illustrating some of the differences between Agile and Lean Startup. I think this is so awesome because it shows how much more real everything is in Lean Startup. Take Velocity vs. AARRR (AARRR are Dave McClure’s startup metrics that measure things like how many people are visiting your […]

10 Years Later, What’s Next For Agile?

10 Years Later, What’s Next For Agile?

I just got back from Agile 2011 and I have to admit, I was skeptical. It’s been 10 years since we signed the Agile Manifesto and I just had to wonder, “it’s been 10 years – why do we still need a conference on this? We get it already!” But I was also excited because […]

How Development Looks Different When You’re Changing the World

How Development Looks Different When You’re Changing the World

Awesome time presenting to the Beantown .NET Developers last night (thanks, Ben Day!). My secret plan is to travel far and wide, getting developers excited about working for startups.You know, like an evangelist or something… Update 1/1/13 – This is the version I presented at Agile 2011: Click here to view on Slide Share You […]

Is Deploying to Production 50x/Day a GOOD Idea?

Is Deploying to Production 50x/Day a GOOD Idea?

I had the pleasure of attending the Continuous Deployment Breakfast with Eric Ries last week. Eric Ries, creator of the Lean Startup methodology, Co-Founded IMVU who’s known for deploying code to production as many as 50 times per day! In Agile, there’s this notion that there’s someone “out there” (e.g., the Product Owner) who has […]

Lean Startup In The Real World

Lean Startup in the Real World

It’s one thing to read about Lean Startup. It’s another to make it work with the nuances of your own startup. And so, just like in understanding our customers, sometimes you’ve just got to get out of the building and see how others are doing it. Lean Startup Circle Meetups are awesome because they bring […]

Lean Startup 101 for Developers

Lean Startup 101 for Developers

Calling all developers who want to change the world… My Lean Startup 101 for Developers presentation that I delivered at the Entrepreneurial Track for New England CodeCamp: If you like this – check out The Hacker Chick Labs & join in the conversation on how you are changing the world.

Lean Startups: Learning Over Working Software

Lean Startups: Learning Over Working Software

The Agile Manifesto, which we created to uncover better ways of developing software, says, We value Working Software over Documentation And we do. We’d much rather have actual, real live, working software then reams of documentation proclaiming all the great stuff this as-of-yet-nonexistent software is going to do at some point in the future. However, […]