Founder PRECOIL, I advise Silicon Valley startups & corporations on product strategy and business model innovation. Formerly Neo, BigVisible and various startups.
I've advised 100's of people in Fortune 500 companies on how to navigate politics while fostering corporate entrepreneurship. Whether you are an established executive or aspiring product manager, don't go it alone.
I've been advising people for several years on how to make products that matter. Get beyond the basics of lean startup and learn how to apply them to your context for meaningful outcomes.
Consultants needs coaching, too. Learn how to become a better consultant by visualizing your strategy and quickly validating assumptions in your services.
Actually, old school custdev from Blank's 4 Steps to the Epiphany goes a long way here.
Take the time to identify and design your strategy for:
The challenging thing about the Fortune 500 is that you'll meet several people who have the power to say no, but not many who have the power to say yes.
Retention. It's the guts of your product. You'll not be able to solve for churn without first understanding Retention. It most likely also influences your Engine of Growth and your Acquisition spend. I recommend designing experiments to explore and learn about Retention before you mistakenly invest in scaling the wrong thing.
The software development life cycle, traditionally, was mostly based off of Winston Royce's whitepaper: http://www.cs.umd.edu/class/spring2003/cmsc838p/Process/waterfall.pdf
Unfortunately, much of what he wrote was misapplied and became a series of phase gates and check points.
Today, most of what you'll see from a software development life cycle is loosely based off of the Agile SDLC: http://agilemanifesto.org/
Basically concept, sketch, build, and test iteratively.
David is very knowledgable about the lean startup methodology. He gave me a great starting point for my next venture and lots of tips and tricks. Great call. Thanks David!
David was excellent! I highly recommend. I have actionable steps to take on how to improve my customer dev process. Well worth the money. 5 stars.
David has been super helpful and I am very grateful that he has shared his experience with me, thank you!
David has a deep understanding of lean practices within the enterprise. He provides great insights into the common pitfalls, strategies, and the importance of leadership in adopting lean and agile inside the organization. I highly recommend his expertise.
Prior to joining BigVisible, I had already been a fan due to his continued presence in the Agile community with his blogging and Twitter feed. David and I worked together as coaches for an enterprise rollout of Agile to resounding success. My time with David was the most fun since I started coaching several years ago.
David's title of "Experimentor" suits him well. David is very passionate and has deep experience with startups. He brought to my attention early in the engagement around work that Eric Ries was doing with Lean Startup along with Steve Blank's work in Customer Development along with other things he was experimenting with. He wanted to find a way to introduce this new concepts and we found an opportunity. His experience at the client fueled his passion to apply Lean Startup techniques to the enterprise. At first, he was a lone voice in this effort but his tenacity paid off. Now, only a year later everybody is talking about Lean Startup and the Enterprise.
I highly recommend David for any organization wanting to do better by their customers and ignite innovation within a company. I know I would work again with David in a heartbeat!
I'm not sure if a zomblat adept will ever need more or less formal recommendation, still I'd like to leave one.
David was one of agile coaches from BV that was helping Hotwire with agile transformation. I was helping to Luxoft teams working for Hotwire in Kiev.
David provided all needed training, coaching, mentoring services on team level, helping teams from both tech. side, product side and process side. But quite soon he transitioned beyond that, switching his focus on org. level.
David was able to bring completely new approaches to organization. He promoted lean startup concepts, business model canvasing within enterprise.
David not only showed, but also injected stuff that one could consider working only for small startups, not for established enterprises and that is amazing.
I could leave my best recommendation to David, I've enjoyed working with him and would like to have an opportunity to work together in the future.
I worked with David for two years at Ebix Exchange/Fintere and within those years I really appreciated the type of professional David is. David has a great balance of ownership and accountability of all issues, commitment to his team, knowledge of business, a balance for customer centricity data and technical gifted.
The level of his work gain a lot respect from all the different groups with the organization and customers he worked with. He would be a great asset for any company he works for.
David is very technical and interested in applying standards and processes to increase overall efficiency. His ideas are born out of a desire to improve organizational efficiency as opposed to simply completing his own duties within a group. A real team player and a pleasure to work with.