June 27, 2016

Future Squared Episode #36: Google Ventures' Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky on Solving Big Problems in Just Five Days

Future Squared Episode #36: Google Ventures' Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky on Solving Big Problems in Just Five Days

In this episode, I bring you not one but two guests, Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky - co-authors of the book 'SPRINT - How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days'.

Jake Knapp created Google Venture’s sprint process. He has run more than a hundred sprints with startups such as 23andme, Slack, Nest, and Foundation Medicine. Previously, Jake worked at Google, leading sprints for everything from Gmail to Google X.

John Zeratsky has designed mobile apps, medical reports, and a daily newspaper (among other things). Before joining GV, he was a design lead at YouTube and an early employee of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. John has written about design and productivity forWall Street Journal, Fast Company, Wired, and Time.

Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day: What’s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your idea look like in real life? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution?

A practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.

Topics discussed:

  • The history behind Sprint
  • How the Sprint process works
  • The importance of timeboxing
  • Alignment with the lean startup
  • Supporting tools
  • How the guys respond to criticisms of the lean startup, rapid iterations and sprints
  • Examples of how sprints have been run successfully
  • Examples of how sprint can be used for almost anything, not just product development

Show Notes:

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Steve Glaveski

Steve Glaveski is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus which he established to help companies and their employees to create more meaningful impact in the world in an age of rapid change and increasing uncertainty. Steve also founded Lemonade Stand - a children's entrepreneurship program, wrote the Innovation Manager's Handbook vol 1 and 2, hosts Future², an iTunes chart topping podcast on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship and is a keynote speaker. He previously founded HOTDESK, an office sharing platform and has worked for the likes of Westpac, Dun & Bradstreet, the Victorian Auditor General's Office, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Macquarie Bank. Follow him at @steveglaveski and Book a free 15-minute call with Steve to talk through your innovation objectives.

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