In this talk, Dave will strive to make sense of the impact the Lean Startup Movement (of which 500 Startups and its portfolio companies are great fans of) has had on entrepreneurship, particularly in Silicon Valley, where Dave is based.
About 2 years ago I noticed that I no longer recognized some of the more recent Scrum trainers. I really want to get to know the wider Scrum community, and I decided that the way that I would do it would be by doing interviews and then sharing those videos.
Generally, I want to tell all these people the same thing. If you really enjoy the work and want to be successful in the business for a long time, you should try to make decisions, think like, and become an engineer’s engineer.
As they say, with great power comes great responsibility. It was a shock to the system to have this level of autonomy. I've worked in various types of company over the 15 years people have paid me to develop code, but nothing prepared me for this.
On Apollo 13, tensions ran high, but, instead of blaming each other for the mistakes they made, they concentrated on the system of the space craft and how to work with what was left of it. The same is true for your development process. Focus on the whole system instead of blaming each other for slow releases of new features.
Strategic work is difficult. It requires thought and discussion. Tactical work is difficult in a different way. Tactical work often demands answers quickly. Strategic work, assuming you don’t postpone it and create management debt should take longer because reflection is a good thing for strategic work.
Empirical approaches to product development such as Scrum and Lean Startup encourage us to leverage data to make decisions: We use product increments or MVPs to gather the relevant information from users, customers, and other stakeholders.
The courses I'm doing in Singapore, Sydney and Auckland (end of June/early July) will be the last courses I will do by myself. I will practice what I preach by delegating almost everything to the 50+ licensed facilitators.