Our LifeWay IT Teammates hung out at the Code For the Kingdom at Lipscomb Univesity in #nashville last weekend. This was the second C4TK hackathon in Nashville and was even better than last year. We had about 15 of our engineers attend. Kevin Old was one of the co-organizers and put in a lot of work along with our good friend Adam Murray. It was great seeing some old friends and making new ones. We were grateful to see all of the people there on mission together to make a differene in the community and the world with great technology ideas. The pitches Friday night were solid and called out some real needs in the community and in people’s lives. The teams worked all weekend and showed off their product ideas in various forms Sunday afternoon. Some of our engineers landed in the top three teams chosen by people’s choice. It was a fun time with a bigger purpose. Some of the ideas will hopefully turn into products that LifeWay will be able to deliver to our customers. There’s nothing better than seeing our team use their talents for God-inspired mission. #buildwhatmatters
When you’re a product manager, one of the first things you read is the famous Good Product Manager/Bad Product Manager post by Ben Horowitz written 19 years ago. Every PM should be able to recite it forwards and backwards. If you’re already at that point, great! Now go ahead, and read it one more time.
Our teams recently ran a design sprint inspired by the Sprint book by Jake Knapp of Google Ventures. It was a great partnership working with our business partners at LifeWay. The week was very fast paced with coming up with our big idea on Monday all the way to Friday’s prototype testing with real, potential customers. The biggest thing I think we took away from it was that nothing beats real, validated learning with potential customers. We learned a lot about running a sprint and will put those learnings into future design sprints at LifeWay.