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 – Presenting Problem/Solution Fit

On Friday, May 24th, the three teams of the Lean AKademy, presented in front of all the AK team, their outcomes of the first Lean AKademy phase! The results of the work that lasted for almost two months, from mid-March to mid-May, were presented to the rest of the AK team that had the opportunity to ask questions on the findings of our teams. More specifically, Effie & Nikos presented their idea on “Information Sharing, Exchange and Discoverability of Content by Food Safety Providers”, Elena & Thodoris presented their idea on “Supporting Multilingual Discovery Services and Visualizations on Research Data” and Babis & Stavros presented their work on “Training the Trainers on Food Safety of Agricultural Products”.… Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Episode VI

The first phase of our first attempt with “Lean”, in Lean AKademy is coming to an end! Only one meeting left, and the teams have really started to grasp the problems they are tackling, acknowledging their customers as well as the alternatives they currently use to solve their problems! For this sixth meeting, once more, we focused mainly on the interviews and their results, only spending a few minutes discussing on theory. We will have enough time to go into greater depth about channels, metrics, pricing and more, in the second phase of the Lean AKademy!

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For this meeting, all our teams have succeeded in collecting enough input through interviews!… Click to read the full post

Lean AKademy – Episode V

The fifth episode of our Lean AKademy, was completed on Tuesday (29/4) afternoon! This was the first meeting where we really focused on some concrete outcomes of interviews that the teams have carried out so for. This time, we skipped the theoretical part that was about metrics and channels, and postponed it for the next time, to get some additional minutes to talk about our canvases and interview results.

Effie's & Nikos's results

In the photo above, we see Effie presenting the results from the initial set of interview, she and Nikos Manolis carried out over the past few weeks. Discussing on these outcomes helped a lot both Effie and Nikos to better define their work but also the rest of the teams in knowing what to expect more or less from each interview.… 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 III

The third meeting for the first iteration of the Lean AKademy is now history! 😉 We have met today for the third time, to work on our ideas in the “lean way”! With the exception of Nikos Manolis that was working with our Chinese and Italian guests, we took our notes and spend a fruitful three hour session working on our ideas!

Once more, we started with the theoretical part of the session, discussing about our interview scripts and forms that the participants prepared in between our last meeting. We discussed a bit about personas/archetypes of customers and how we can use these descriptions to locate more suitable interviewees through our existing contacts.… 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