Abstract/Description

With every product we ship, we learn what we wished we’d known: what customers *really* wanted. What if you could gain those insights before beginning development? What if you could “unit test” a product idea? Or at a bigger level, what if you could “system test” your business idea/plan?

Engineering teams are experiencing productivity gains of 30-300% when applying Agile and Lean practices and methods. These same Agile and Lean principles can be applied beyond engineering, to the business itself. Using a lightweight yet powerful tool, assumptions behind a business plan can be tested and iterated almost on-the-fly. With a hands-on exercise, attendees will learn how to build a map of any business ecosystem, and how to use it to check and iterate solution viability. Come experience the application of Agile to Business so you and your team can focus on your richest opportunities over chasing your competitor’s taillights.

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About the Speaker(s)

Bernie’s career started with a flash and a bang. Literally. His first position was designing devices that protect telephone networks from lightning strikes. A few career pivots later, he had a flash of insight: it was possible to tap into latent potential in every person, every team, and every organization.Across his 25 years of engineering and leadership experience, he’s worked with firms including Bell Telephone Laboratories, HP, TiVo, Cisco and many more. In addition to his client work, he teaches Agile Product Development at Stanford Continuing Studies.Leading through influence rather than authority, Bernie believes that Accelerating Genius is possible in any leader, team or business, and can lead to success at work, while still having fun.