The Lean Startup

December 19, 2009

The Lean Startup vision introduces a methodology for building a technology product. In short, a Lean Startup is a low-burn technology venture which combines the Customer Development methodology and an Agile Software Development methodology.

Startups don’t fail because the technology doesn’t work. They fail because nobody wants what they are trying to build.

Eric Ries

Eric Ries and his blog ‘Lessons Learned’ offer insights on how to build a Lean Startup. A recent presentation from Eric Ries’ on Lean Startups in the Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner explains his approach to building a technology product. In his pragmatic view on how to integrate Customer Development with Agile Software Development, he advocates an approach with two teams. The cross-functional problem team continuously validates the problem hypothesis and updates the product concept, while the solution team uses an Agile Software Development methodology to build the product from the product concept.

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Being an entrepreneur for several years and building software technology for even longer, I take an interest in what makes teams successful in these fields. In this blog, I’ll share insights into being an entrepreneur and building software products both from my experience and from resources on the web and other channels.

My hope is that while my research helps me become a better entrepreneur and build successful software products, this blog assists others doing the same.

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