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Lean Product Development: Schedule for one week General Assembly & 500 Startups pre-accelerator

General Assembly recently partnered with 500 Startups to provide a pre-accelerator prep program for new graduates of of GA immersion programs. During the four week program, the startups will spend one week at GA’s SF campus learning the ins and out of lean product development.

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Heat Mapping to Register Preferences

How to register the intensity of respondents’ preferences to a survey

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Tracking Lean Startup experiments

Here are a few tools you can check out for tracking Lean Startup experiments. This is a very common question from both my work with startups through the Lean Accelerator as well as from big companies learning rapid prototyping/testing at General Assembly.

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Critique of a lean test and ideas on when to kill it and move on

Critique of a lean test and ideas on when to kill it and move on

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Videos from the OU Accelerator: Lessons Learned and Demo Day

This is a collection of videos of the final presentations of the summer 2014 OU Accelerator class.

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The pre-commitment mechanism for accountability in Lean Startup

Pre-commitment means deciding ahead of time what you’ll do if the results of a lean experiment turn out one-way or the other. It was one of the most effective tools I used this summer to move five startup teams from ideas to revenue in ten weeks.

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From Launch Pad to Demo Day

In between class 15 (Resources and Costs) and demo day, the students worked on financial modeling and prepping their presentations.

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Class 15, Week 8 – Resources, Activities and Costs

This class looks at the startup’s key activities and resources, and how much they’ll cost, to make the product the business sells

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MVP examples from the real world

Here are a variety of Lean Startup-style MVP examples from businesses that I’ve worked with.

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Class 14, Week 7 – Writing for the web

Writing for the web is a critical skill that will impact a startup during all of its life phases. Writing will almost always be how the company introduces itself to potential customers and investors.

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Class 13, Week 7 – Partners

A true partner would identify you as a partner too!

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Class 11, Week 6 – Revenue Streams

Steve Blank defines “Revenue Model” as the strategy the company uses to generate cash from each Customer Segment. In short, it’s how the company gets paid.

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Class 9, Week 5 – Customer Relationships

Customer relationships are the interplay of customers, sales channel, value prop and marketing. It’s the more holistic side of thinking about your customer and is highly relevant to the teams.

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Class 8, Week 4 – Pitching!

Pitches should include data from the team’s experiments, embed stories so there is a narrative to the pitch, skip cliches , and use images not words!

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Class 7, Week 4 – Customer Channels

The heart of the curriculum today was distribution channels. That is, the way customers are going to get their products or services delivered.

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