Lean Startup 103: Not Just for Software

The principles of Lean Startups apply more than software. They can be applied to physical products, and even services. Owen Zanzal will dive into this concept a little at our next meetup.

Also, Arin presented and took part in the Lean Startup Conference out in California last December. He'll share some advice and tips he learned while out there.

If you want to present, send me an email and let's discuss.

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  • David K.

    Won't make it after all. Next time?!

    February 19, 2013

    • John T.

      March 19th David. Hope to see you there. Look for the invite in 1-2 days (trying to firm up part of the agenda first).

      February 20, 2013

  • Ben T.

    I was really looking forward to this, but I'm coming down with something and don't want to spread it. Anyone planning on recording this meeting? (nudge nudge, wink wink)

    February 19, 2013

    • John T.

      Sorry Ben that you missed the meet up. I just saw this, so no recording. We're having another March 19th, though. Look for the notice in a day or 2.

      February 20, 2013

  • Owen Z.

    Thanks for listening to my rant. I hope you found it helpful, inspirational, or comical. In any case I enjoyed sharing what I am up to and appreciate the feedback.

    I invite you to come cowork with me. Here is the meetup page...
    http://www.meetup.com/CoworkCville/

    February 19, 2013

  • Warren N.

    Have to be out of town on Tuesday.

    February 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dang - Out of town!

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    John and Matt, I just attended a meet up of the Central Virginia Business owners who had Grant Tate speak on how companies can structure innovation. Here is the blurb: Grant Tate is founder and CEO/Partner of the bridge, ltd, located in Charlottesville, VA and Houston, TX. The bridge, ltd, helps executives and their teams define their goals, make difficult decisions, focus their mutual energies, and reach exceptional levels of performance. Clients include hi-tech, construction, healthcare, small business, finance, non-profits and university's.

    He might be available to speak and focus on the specifics of the process.

    February 15, 2013

  • Matt J.

    JT, I'm going to make every effort to be there. I'm specifically interested from the point of view that my current project and customer seems to have endless meetings and a ton of them. They are thrashing and changing direction constantly. It's nearly impossible to stay focused on a target. I'm trying to understand how to help focus not only my customer, but my team as well on what really matters. I'm hopeful that I may gain some insight with this meetup.

    February 14, 2013

    • John T.

      Matt, let's talk when we are both hanging out. Your situation seems to be an intrapreneur-type situation, in that you're looking for innovation with an established team/company. Definitely want to get some speakers regarding this type of activity in the future.

      February 15, 2013

  • Matt J.

    I will make every effort to attend.

    February 14, 2013

  • Ben T.

    I'm planning on going, but this description keeps striking me as backwards, since it's my understanding that much of the Lean Startup movement comes from the advances made in Lean Manufacturing, particularly by Toyota. Don't get me wrong, I think most companies still believe that the moving assembly line is the most efficient mechanism of production, and could benefit from the same underlying theories that lean startups benefit from, but the geek in me just wants to make sure we have the history solid.

    February 13, 2013

    • John T.

      Ben,

      Glad you're coming! You're right on the history, in that the genesis of Eric coining the term "Lean" came from Lean manufacturing and cutting waste from process. Apologies if the description is giving the wrong impression.

      February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interested to hear the principles as a process. Sounds like a strategy for thinking that can be applied to many areas.

    February 4, 2013

    • John T.

      Agree Jody. Customer Development and Lean Startup concepts can be utilized in physical products, software, services, and other areas. I would love to hear more about what your interested in learning at this meetup, and we can plan accordingly.

      February 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd like to examine how the process can be used to direct groups to problem solve and come up with strategies. To see if it can be adapted to group dynamics as a process to encourage efficiency in "getting things done".

      February 4, 2013

  • Sharief K.

    Looking Forward to attend...

    January 28, 2013

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