In the first month of 2019, Innovify’s #ProductTalk community meet up the Showcaser team – a corporate venture of Sthree. Michelle Parsons (Product Manager and Co-Founder), Phil Smith (Development Manager) and Donna Owen (Head of Sales) shared their experience on how their startup, Showcaser, came to be where it is now.
With over 40 million monthly users, Uber’s journey has been spectacular. So much so, that other startups now aim to be the next ‘Uber’ of the industry they cater to.
Many of you may know what a minimum viable product (MVP) is. It’s a powerful basic model that explains what your product does and why prospects should buy it. So in a way, MVP teaches you how to build good, sustainable products.
Anyone who has talked to me in the last four months has heard me, at some point in the conversation, rant about the All-In-One platform trap. The trap is simple: there are lots of platforms out there with related services and/or products and our startup is going to centralise all of these into a single wildly successful platform.
Management’s support for Agile development is very crucial when there’s a lack of it, it becomes a common cause of software project failures. Management is sometimes surprised or unprepared for things to slow down as teams learn Agile. It may take years, not months, to implement Agile development fully into an organisation.
Some believe there is little or no planning with Agile. In fact, there is detailed planning. The difference with Agile is that planning is ongoing instead of a one-time event that gets signed off at the beginning of the development cycle, which occurs at varying levels of complexity and granularity.