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October 2018

User-Centric IT: Design to Delivery (Washington, DC)

October 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - October 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
UVA Darden’s Sands Family Grounds, 1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209 United States
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$1495
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Early Bird Price (register by 14 September) — $,1495 Pilot Price (register by 8 October) — $1,995 IT projects are notoriously prone to failure. Just getting a system working might have been good enough 20-30 years ago, but today’s managers need to do better to keep their programs and companies competitive and relevant. In this workshop, you will learn how to apply modern design and innovation practices to IT projects, improving their outcomes. After the workshop, participants will be able to: 1.…

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April 2014

Venture Design V: Designing the Right Product

April 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Lofts), 580 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Buildings things is fun and exciting. It’s good to get a little carried away- it helps keep up the excitement level. But it’s also good to make sure every single thing you invest in building is clearly attached to explicitly defined customer needs and behaviors. Where you’re not sure about something, it’s important to attach your implementation to clear assumptions that can be proven or disproven once you put the product in the hands of customers. In this workshop, you’ll…

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Venture Design IV: Engineering Your Business Model

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Lofts), 580 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Your understanding of the pairing between your customer personas and value propositions is the ‘independent variable’ that drives the business. But smart, effective executions often determine success. In this workshop, we’ll use the Business Model Canvas as an organizing tool to step through the rest of your business model. The goal of the workshop is to help you ask the right questions about your business model and, where necessary, attach Lean Startup style assumptions and closed loop experiments to them.…

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Venture Design III: Focusing & Validating Venture Progress

April 10, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Lofts), 580 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

You’ve used today’s best practices to structure and focus your venture and now you’ve had contact with living, breathing prospective customers. First, stop and congratulate yourself. Nice job. Second, no plan survives contact with the real world. In this session, participants will present and discuss their findings in a fixed format then receive structured peer and instructor feedback for their next steps. Design thinking, Lean Startup, customer development, agile- these are more ‘practices’ than ‘theories’ and the purpose of this…

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March 2014

Storyboarding for Product Creation

March 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Lofts), 580 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Whether you’re speaking to your board of directors, pitching a product design to a group of strangers, or walking through your product in an interview, your presentation must be designed to persuade a specific audience. If you can't explain your product in a compelling and interesting way, your message may get lost in translation. Stories have a unique power to appeal to our emotions and change our minds. Storyboards are a great way to master the art of storytelling. In…

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Venture Design II: Iterating to Success

March 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Lofts), 580 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Most of us keep a to-do list of sorts, cross things off it, and consider our work done. New ventures (startups) are a little different- you may need to try several different angles and approaches before you hit on a winner. Crossing an item off your list, may not actually mean it’s really ‘done’. Successful innovators minimize the work and expense of each iteration so they can keep trying until they get the result the want, an approach popularized and…

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Venture Design I: Achieving Customer Relevance

March 13, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Lofts), 580 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Successful ventures are built on a strong foundation understanding of the customer. In this session you’ll learn actionable practices from the discipline of ‘design thinking’. These practices will teach you how to organize and focus your understanding of the customer in a vivid, compelling, and testable structure. We’ll close with techniques to go out and discover who your customer really is, what they really want, and how to successfully interact with them. TAKEAWAYS Hands-on experience using personas, problem scenarios, alternatives…

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January 2014

Venture Design: II

January 25, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Hattery), 414 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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General Assembly- SF

About this workshop series This is a two-part workshop where you will learn to use design-thinking to create a business or product idea, then come back after working on it for a month to build your business model and action plan. If you have an idea for a new product or venture this two part workshop is for you. By the end, you will know if your idea is worth the further investment of your time, and you will have…

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Storyboarding for Product Creation

January 14, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
GA San Francisco (Hattery), 414 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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General Assembly- SF

Whether you’re speaking to your board of directors, pitching a product design to a group of strangers, or walking through your product in an interview, your presentation must be designed to persuade a specific audience. If you can't explain your product in a compelling and interesting way, your message may get lost in translation. Stories have a unique power to appeal to our emotions and change our minds. Storyboards are a great way to master the art of storytelling. In…

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November 2012

@ UCSC GUEST LECTURE- Econ 138: The Economics and Management of Technology and Innovation

November 5, 2012 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
University of California Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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The Economics of Technology and Innovation’ (econ 138) is an undergraduate class in the econ department at UCSC. Kai Pommerenke is the instructor and an avid entrepreneur and tinkerer himself. The class teaches applied topics in Lean Startup, business model generation, and general venture creation. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HksmQTHzAOk]

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