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Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Lean Startup in the Enterprise

Blurb: Innovating in a company with successful existing products and services can become difficult. Experimenting in emerging or adjacent markets can be met with FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt). Companies want to exhibit innovative products and services but can find it difficult to support such high degrees of variability. Enterprise Lean Startup takes existing approaches (Lean Startup, Stanford, plus others) to help companies put in place an innovation sandbox to care and feed innovative ideas and bring them to market with safety and speed in mind. Come here about how Enterprise Lean Startup works and how our team is using this approach to build, measure, and learn to a new sustainable business model.

Bio: Chris Sterling is Director of Engineering at Rally Software and author of the book “Managing Software Debt: Building for Inevitable Change”. Chris has an extensive technology, process, and consulting background and continues contributing to multiple open source projects. He has been a speaker at many conferences and group meetings including Agile[masked], SD West, Better Software, Scrum Gatherings, PNSQC and others. You can follow Chris on Twitter @csterwa or get LinkedIn with him:


6:30 - 7:00 Food and Social Time

7:00 - 7:10 Announcements

7:10 - 8:15 Lean Startup in the Enterprise

8:15 - 8:30 Meeting Retrospective

8:30 Clean up & Adjourn

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  • Jeff S.

    If you missed this one, Chris will be presenting again at SeaSPIN February 4. Check it out at

    January 31, 2014

  • Chris S.

    Hello All,

    Sorry, I have not been able to get hold of Zach Nies and get a confirmation on sharing presentation materials directly since he's been speaking week after week at Lean Startup events including this week with Eric Ries. Here is some information that could be better as a way to extend your knowledge of Enterprise Lean Startup beyond the presentation I gave and for those just picking it up:

    * Blog on "Frame, Build, Measure, Learn"

    * Enterprise Lean Startup clickable process diagram

    * Tools for disciplined explorers site to sign up for information

    1 · December 11, 2013

    • Scott

      Thanks Chris. Great links!

      December 11, 2013

  • Shawn Patrick H.

    Someone mentioned an upcoming meet-up focused on Liberating Structures. I thought it was a SeaSpin meeting, but that does not seem correct having checked out the SeaSpin website.

    Jeff, was it you who mentioned the LS event?

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Jeff S.

      It was I. I am working with Keith on the details. It would not be until next year - January or February. Nothing is yet posted on the SeaSPIN site - More to come.

      November 25, 2013

  • Scott

    Great opportunity to learn more about Lean Startup in the Enterprise from people who are really doing it. Thanks for sharing and best wishes continuing it!

    November 23, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Awesome presentation! Maybe we do something for SeaSPIN also... I feel like this probably has legs for a follow up? Thanks!

    November 21, 2013

  • Chris S.

    Thank you, Chip. I really appreciate the feedback. I'm interested in what were some of the interesting takeaways you had specifically.

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great content Chris. I am a startup guy, and still learned a lot. Thanks.

    November 20, 2013

  • Greg C.

    Melinda: I will be coming from Downtown Seattle (I will need to drive into the office from Edmonds that day), but I can give you a lift. I work downtown on 4th just 2 blocks North of the Central Seattle Pub Library.

    November 14, 2013

    • Melinda

      Hi Greg--thanks for the offer. As it turns out, I have another event tomorrow that conflicts with this one so I won't be able to make it. Maybe we can connect next time.

      November 19, 2013

  • Skip A.

    Would love to be there and see Chris again, but will be traveling during that time. It's a great topic and encourage everyone to attend!

    November 19, 2013

  • Melinda

    Is anyone from (West) Seattle planning to go to this Meetup? The buses aren't too bad, but it would be nice to carpool.

    November 10, 2013

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