Mar 31

Big thanks to Francine Hardaway, Phil Blackerby and Ed Nusbaum for inviting me to speak with their class on monday and share what we’ve learned on product development in our experience in building JumpBox. Fastrac is a great program sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation. I went through 2 semesters of this course a few years ago and it’s an honor to be invited back as a presenter. Note: realistically Kimbro is the visionary behind our product and he should be the one to give this talk, but I did my best to distill the 10 lessons I’ve gleaned around product dev while riding shotgun in building our our company/product offering. Here are the slides (feel free to share, embed, email, whatever):

We played the “product box” innovation game and had two teams invent and sell a new type of lawn mower in 10min. This is a great exercise to grok the difference between features, advantages & benefits. Here are the product boxes they came up with:
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We had a little friendly “industrial espionage” given the proximity of the teams ;-) but good times. If you’re starting a company I definitely recommend looking for the fasttrac course in your area. It’s inexpensive and “gets you out of the building” and talking with other people who are in the same boat.

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2 Responses to “My Fasttrac talk on Product Dev”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Sean Tierney, Cheryl Marquez. Cheryl Marquez said: RT @scrollinondubs: slides from my product dev talk at Fasttrac: thanks again @hardaway for the opportunity to speak […]

  2. Doug Bruhnke says:

    These are some excellent new product development take-aways that can be useful for nearly any business. Thanks for sharing, Sean! Doug Bruhnke, Growth Nation

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