January 2012

Workshop: Faster Innovation With Lean + UX + Agile

Your job as an innovator is to discover a product and model that works before you run out of time and money. 9 out of 10 new products fail. So fail faster, fail cheaper. So use Fast Innovation with Lean + UX + Agile to iterate and pivot your product and model to success. Join us for a half day workshop on January 20th, 2012 to experience what fast innovation can do for you. Pathfinder Software’s Amy Willis (UX)
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Lean + UX + Agile

Lean + UX + Agile. Lean Startup, User Experience Design and Agile Development are all approaches to improve your odds of creating successful products. Are they mutually exclusive, or can you assemble them together to make a lean, mean product machine? In November Pathfinder’s Bernhard Kappe, Amy Willis and Reid MacTavish gave a sold out talk at the Chicago Product Management Association to share their lessons l
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How To Do Customer Interviews

How To Do Customer Interviews. Pathfinder CEO Bernhard Kappe and Broker Savant’s Todd Wyder talk on how to do problem and solution interviews at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle. Too many entrepreneurs follow the “Field of Dreams” approach to product development. As entrepreneurs we hear a little voice in our head, and it says “if you build it, they will come”. Maybe the voice is right. Maybe it is wrong. Either
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An Interview with Eric Ries at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle

In September I did an interview with Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, at the Chicago Lean Startup Circle. Pathfinder’s Bernhard Kappe Interviews Eric Ries on the Lean Startup. Eric was in fine form – funny, engaging, with self deprecating humor, great stories and insights. If you’re involved in innnovation, either at a startup or a large organization, I think reading the book and watching the
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The Big Hill that Microsoft “Superphones” and Tablets Will Have to Climb

photo credit: codepo8 RIM is putting the remaining stock of it’s BlackBerry Playbooks on clearance for $299. This is after HP engaged in a rummage sale of both it’s new and refurbished WebOS tablets. What are buyers running on the hacked devices? That’s right, Android. That’s now two major players who have thrown up their hands rather than compete. For Microsoft it means a long uphill climb ag
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