A “Lean” War Room in AK

The importance of war rooms in times of warfare is proven for many many years now! The term “war room” is also used within the startup community and more specifically introduced in various approaches for customer and product development. Looking at a formal definition in Wikipedia, we see that:

command center or command centre (often called a war room) is any place that is used to provide centralized command for some purpose. While frequently considered to be a military facility, these can be used in many other cases by governments or businesses. A command center enables an organization to function as designed, to perform day-to-day operations regardless of what is happening around it, in a manner in which no one realizes it is there but everyone knows who is in charge when there is trouble.Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Episode IV

Today, the Lean AKademy teams met for the fourth time since March 26th when the first iteration of the Lean AKademy started! In this workshop, our theoretical part covered a discussion on cost structure and revenue streams. In this workshop we talked about money for all the ideas that we are working on! We analyzed the potential categories of costs involved by delving down into development costs, personnel costs, etc. separating them into fixed and variable costs. Once the teams identified some of these costs in their cases, we discussed about revenue streams.

More specifically, we discussed on the overall strategy that our teams may choose in order to reach their different customer segments.… Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Episode II

Yesterday, the second part of the Lean AKademy took place in AK, with the same excitement (if not more), as the first one! Continuing on the idea of letting you all in on the secrets of lean, we will try to recap what was carried out in a few sentences for all of you to follow! If you would like to follow this process from the beginning, please take a look at the previous post as well, detailing our first meeting, here.

For this second meeting, our teams had already spent some time reflecting on their lean canvases and refining their initial assumptions in the nine different boxes of the canvas.… Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Episode I

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Last Wednesday (26/3/14) we started our Lean adventure in AK, kicking off, our very own, Lean AKademy! After quite some time of planning, reading, preparing and arguing about it, the time came for me personally to welcome six colleagues into the first iteration of the Lean AKademy three-phase cycle!

I was thinking the other day that it would be nice for all of us in AK but also anyone who’s interested, if we could follow the work of the Lean AKademy as it evolves through time! To this end, I inaugurate a series of blog posts that will come shortly after each workshop, containing a basic outline of what we did, along with my personal highlights of the day.… Click to read the full post