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Wellington event takes a closer look at Lean Startup Methodology

06 Aug 2015

LEAN 15, Australasia’s first Lean Startup Methodology Conference, will take place in Wellington at the Michael Fowler Centre this October 5-7.

Powered by Creative HQ and Callaghan Innovation, the three day event revolves around disruptive innovation and the use of The Lean Startup Methodology in large organisations and startups.

The phrase ‘Lean Startup Methodology’ was coined by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Eric Ries, and describes a simple framework to maximise impact using minimal resources, at extreme pace.

Creative HQ has been utilising Lean Startup Methodology with its ventures for over 10 years and Stefan Korn, CEO, sees a far wider application than startups.

“Corporates and government have just as much, if not more to gain from working Lean - including learning how to move at rapidly, scale efficiently and operate in conditions of extreme uncertainty,” he says.

The conference is supported by Callaghan Innovation, Grow Wellington and Deloitte, and will bring together six of the world’s leading experts on The Lean Startup Methodology. They will share the case studies and actionable processes that are currently shaping businesses around the globe.

Keynote speakers include US-based Lean experts David Bland, Alistair Croll and Josh Seiden. These three work with Fortune 500 companies and the US government on the implementation of Lean innovation practices in large organisations.

Over the three days, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about best practices and partake in hands-on workshops.

The events are aimed at providing support for those who are new to Lean Startup, seasoned practitioners who want to go further, and decision makers in large organisations looking for new ways to innovate.

"Lean Startup Methodology is tried and tested in the Northern Hemisphere but still a relatively new concept in Australasia,” says Cath Hopkin, Callaghan Innovation business acceleration manager.

“We are keen to see the impact this kind of thinking will have on New Zealand organisations aiming to stay competitive in the face of highly dynamic market forces," she says.

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