Thousands of entrepreneurs, tech leads, UX practitioners, and product managers have downloaded the Validation Board since its launch. While the Validation Board process has been proven time and time again in our workshops, there’s one aspect that might trip up the teams trying it out on their own: how to actually “get out of the building” and run an experiment on potential customers.
The first thing you should know is that there are Three Methods of Customer Validation, with increasing costs of execution. None of them involve writing code, which is even more expensive to execute.
We developed these methods at Lean Startup Machine by observing techniques from hundreds of startup teams. Here’s how to do them so you get real results.
Required reading: “10 Things I’ve Learned” by Cindy Alvarez.
Exploration is based on ethnographic research techniques. The goal of exploration is to collect a lot of data on potential problem sets within a given industry or customer type, and to collect detailed stories about customer behavior.
Observation: seeing the problem actually happen
Re-enactment: attempting to simulate or re-create the problem
Interviews: listening to the customer tell a story about the problem
Required reading: “12 ...