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Utah Code Camp 2015: Personal Productivity FTW

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Utah Code Camp 2015: Personal Productivity FTW

UtahCodeCamp

This Saturday, I will be speaking at Utah Code Camp, and no, I’m not talking about coding. (Because that would be bad for both the attendees and myself, I promise.)

What I am talking about is something that’s changed the way I get things done, both for my own work and business-related tasks, as well as tasks that relate to my personal and family life.

That’s why the title of this blog post says “Personal Productivity FTW” (i.e. For The Win), because this system will literally help you win AT LIFE. (Ok, maybe I’m a little excited about it, but you’ll see why when you come to the session.)

Over time, we humans have proven that we’ve got some real issues with buckling down and being (then staying) productive. Myself included. Oh yes, myself is so included.

Precisely for this reason, a lot of really smart people have created systems for getting things done (ahem) that I just have not been able to stick with.
(I’d like to say “stick with in the long term”, but I wasn’t even able to stick with them in the short term. Just keeping it real here. Also, I blame myself, not the systems, since I know there are people out there who are able to implement some of these successfully.)

A couple of years ago, I decided that if I was going to be training and teaching people on how to get stuff done effectively within their teams and organizations, then I’d better be able to replicate those results somewhere where productivity and effectiveness really hit home. That somewhere was – take a wild guess: at home.

Yes, I decided to “eat my own dog food”, and although I never thought I would say this, boy does it taste good.

If I couldn’t use the systems I was teaching to achieve productivity in my own work and life, and then extend that to the members of my household, then how could I ask people to pay me to help them achieve the same thing in their jobs?

If you’re coming to Code Camp tomorrow, join me as I walk you through my story, and then learn (in just a few minutes) how you can nail this system for yourself, and maybe even for your team (your family is totally considered part of your team, BTW). 

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Hands-On Lean Workshop Recap

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Hands-On Lean Workshop Recap

This past Friday, we got really hands-on with lean.

LeanClass


The goal of our Get Hands-On With Lean workshop was to help attendees really grasp the concepts of lean thinking, validation, and lean product development.

Attendees included both entrepreneurs as well as people involved in product development within larger companies, and the energy was simply infectious.

We covered topics including

-       The origins of the Lean Startup movement

-       What is and is not an MVP

-       How to get your brain around the concept of experimentation and validation with minimal investment

-       Customer Development

-       And more!

Investor

We also had an investor from local VC firm Peak Capital Partners join us at the end of class, and tell us all about his perspective as an investor. Attendees got to have real one-on-one time with a VC, ask their burning questions, and create a new contact!

The best part of class, though, was when everyone broke up into teams, rolled their sleeves up, and started filling out sections of the lean canvas one at a time for an idea that was theirs.

After each section, we had great discussions about what people came up with, asked each other The Hard Questions, and helped refine each other’s ideas.

It was collaborative, it was valuable, and it was fun.

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(Really! According to the people who came to the class, you won't regret it!)


Do you or someone you know need help getting out of a rut, getting ideas for how to validate your or your organizations’ assumptions, or just want to understand how to come up with an experiment to validate ideas (before even thinking about building product)?
 
Then tell us (by filling out the form below). (Or tell them to tell us!) 

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Yes! I'm interested in attending your next Hands On With Lean Workshop!

We had so much fun that we’d love to do this again next month (and the month after, and the one after that!)

The Lean, Not Mean, Super Cool Team:

27Sprints & Zibtek

Special thanks to Holodeck SLC for sponsoring us by providing space, Ergonomux (new UX firm in SLC, Utah!) for providing lunch, and Beehive Startups and Silicon Slopes for helping us announce the event!) 

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StartSLC Lean Workshop Q&A Series - Part II

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StartSLC Lean Workshop Q&A Series - Part II

This is the second of a series of posts addressing questions that were submitted as part of the Lean Workshop series I conducted along with Cache Merrill at StartSLC on 1/30 and 1/31 - you can find the first post here.

Before jumping in to answer questions, I am excited to announce that Cache and I are conducting an extended, full-day workshop titled "Get Hands-On With Lean and Learn How to Drive Your Startup or Product" on March 6th, 2015!

We will be focusing on hands-on, thought-provoking activities, and we plan on having a special guest that will be announced soon! Register before 2/18 and get an earlybird discount - bring your team and learn how to achieve your goals together. 

Prioritization: StartSLC Lean Workshop Q&A Series Part II: 

How do I prioritize effectively so that I am not wasting money and time while validating or building my product?

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StartSLC Lean Workshop Q&A Series - Part I

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StartSLC Lean Workshop Q&A Series - Part I

This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure and honor (I've always wanted to say that) of presenting two startup-related workshops at the inaugural StartSLC event in Salt Lake City, Utah.

StartSLC is the largest startup festival to have ever taken place in Utah so far, and it was buzzing with a number of panels, workshops, hackathons, pitch competitions, and a startup awards ceremony.

The two workshops I presented, which were sponsored by the Women Tech Council, were titled:
1) Get Hands-On With Lean (Co-presented with Cache Merrill of Zibtek), and
2) Startup Metrics: How to Measure and Drive Your Startup

When I present a session, I like to gather questions and specific areas people want to learn about before we get started, so I can target the presentation to their needs.
I then try to address any remaining questions after the presentation, so everyone can benefit from the answers.

For these two sessions, I wanted to articulate my answers to the questions that we gathered here on the blog, just in case there was anything we weren't able to get to, and also as a way to share some of the Q&A with those who weren't able to attend. 

The answers will come in a series of posts, with this post being the first in the series.

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Business Agility: A Case Study in Forward-Thinking Businesses

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Business Agility: A Case Study in Forward-Thinking Businesses

In case you haven't seen it in action, the Ball Point Game is a game that allows participants hands-on practice with implementing agile values and principles. The picture above is one I took yesterday, while running an agility training for a team of leaders, managers, and overall impressive group of people yesterday. I can safely say that I've never seen a team organize and figure out a strategy , learn from their experiments, and improve as quickly as this group did. Kudos, team!

Why Businesses Need to Understand Agility

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Product Owner Training in Salt Lake City (and Promo Code!)

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Product Owner Training in Salt Lake City (and Promo Code!)

I know you want me to tell you about the promo code. 

First, you have to listen to a little story. 

My Personal Agile Transformation

Some people come into your life and change everything. It may start in a subtle way, kind of like that butterfly flapping its wings. One thing leads to another, events just seem to unfold, and the domino effect takes over. Then, before you know it, you're living a different life. 

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