Category Archives: Lean

Lean Project Teams

Probably about time that I share a little bit of how we build stuff at Cospace. Here’s how we staff our project and startup teams.

Roles & Actions (blue) – Project Management, Customer Dev, Product Dev, & Business Dev
Focus (red) – Areas of responsibilities
Metric (green) – Profitability, Revenue, Users/Customers, Cost-to-Acquire-a-Customer


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Let me be Captain Obvious for a moment and predict that the word-of-the-night in tonight’s State of the Union address will be “jobs”. Duh! Great. Got it. Now…where the jobs (good jobs, preferably) come from is another conversation.

We’re not going to bring back manufacturing on a grand scale anytime soon unless the government starts operating off Andrew Liveris of Dow’s playbook for U.S. manufacturing.

It’s not going to be led by government hiring. State governments are broke (they’re cutting back, not hiring) and we all know what happens when the federal government gets carried away with its hiring practices. Let’s not even consider health care since that is seemingly back up-in-the-air.

It’s going to happen from innovation. Solving problems worth solving. It’s going to be boosted by entrepreneurs and small businesses working in environments like we have at Cospace and following lean processes like these. It’s going to happen with incentives to angel investors like the ones at Venture Hacks and Angel List who seed fledgling products and business that achieve product-market fit through lean development and customer discovery.

I’m looking forward to seeing this tonight. I want to see how our President’s leadership at such an important time.


Lean on me

“Lean on me” is more than a great song, it’s my own realization that lean product development / lean startups / customer development is the only way to build great software and great companies today. Some upfront disclosure:

A Pivot Does Not a Fumble Make

The Big 10 Commissioner, Jim Delany, demonstrates lean product development without even knowing it. While you never want to launch to 90% disapproval rating in the launch of your MVP, at least he was listening to his customers (eventually), had a process to get metrics (90% disapproval rating), and the humility to pivot (changing the league’s division names).  I’ll also add that he showed great patience by not immediately jumping to some other hypothesis.


Transparency in business networking groups, climate change, and other things I learned before 5am today

Just a quick one…I don’t often wake up (much less learn a lot) before 5am. I did today:

Have a great day. I need a nap already!


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