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Prototyping is all about creating an illusion. To prototype your solution, you’ll need a temporary change of philosophy: from perfect to just enough, from long-term quality to temporary simulation. This is the “prototype mindset,” and it’s made up of four simple principles:
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When it’s time to showcase your prototype to customers, you’ll want them to react naturally and honestly to what they believe is a finished product or service. Such reactions are solid gold, but feedback is not.
If the illusion of a real product is broken, customers switc...
A sprint resembles that perfectly orchestrated heist. You and your team put your talents, time, and energy to their best use, taking on an overwhelming challenge and using your wits (and a little trickery) to overcome every obstacle that crosses your path. To pull it off, you need the right t...
Sketching is the fastest and easiest way to transform abstract ideas into concrete solutions. Once your ideas become concrete, they can be critically and fairly evaluated by the rest of the team—without any sales pitch.
And, perhaps most important of all, sketching...
Working in a sprint as a startup means shortcutting the endless debate cycle and compressing months of time into a single week. Instead of waiting to launch a minimal product to understand if an idea is any good, you get clear data from a realistic prototype.
The surface is important. It’s where your product or service meets customers. Human beings are complex and fickle, so it’s impossible to predict how they’ll react to a brand-new solution.
Get that surface right, and you can work backward to figure out the underlyin...
Here are the five steps to go through in order to decide which solutions should be prototyped:
We all want a flash of divine inspiration that changes the world—and impresses our teammates. But amazing ideas don’t happen like that: great innovation is built on existing ideas, repurposed with vision.
In your sprint, follow this rule: remix and improve— but never blind...
"Good ideas are hard to find. And even the best ideas face an uncertain path to real-world success. That's true whether you’re running a startup, teaching a class, or working inside a large organization."
Challenging situations where sprints can help:
One of the best aspects of a sprint: It gives you an excuse to work the way you want to work, with a clear calendar and one important goal to address.
There are no context switches between different projects, and no random interruptions.
Even when the future seems obvious, it’s worth taking the time on Monday to make it specific and write it down.
Consider these questions:
If you could jump ahead to the end of your sprint, what questions would be answered? If you went six months or a year further into the future,...
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Watch your habits, they become character and watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
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Networking has a bad connotation because of people who build relationships just to exploit them. The key to successful networking is to add value to help others to succeed:
Just following a process isn’t enough. If you don’t know your goal and what it’s going to take to get there, no amount of focus on the process is going to be enough.
You need context, measurement, and engagement to truly move the needle on your personal growth and effectiveness.
“I’m not confident enough. I should be more confident, I know, but I’m just not.” Telling yourself you don’t have enough confidence can be a vicious cycle, with that negative self-talk decreasing your confidence further.
Instead, choose to be courageous, acting in...
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