Lean engineers are an essential part of developing successful software products, particularly in companies with non-trivial technical constraints and product complexity. They take the time to appreciate how the business works, how the product fits in, and what its goals are.
The Lean Engineer Masterclass program is a carefully crafted learning experience that will teach you the core elements of lean engineering from knowing your organization and customers to lean experimentation and effort prioritization.
We teach established, actionable frameworks, so you can develop a robust product-related skill set as well as act as a critical connecting link between engineering and business in your company. We are here to help you transfer what you will learn to your actual workplace, regardless of how long it takes.
This program is designed to help you be a better software engineer. By the end of this program you will be able to:
The goal of The Lean Engineer Masterclass program is to help you:
Gregor Rebolj is the Founder and CEO of Kyuriosity - a venture studio that starts, funds, operates, and grows impactful tech business hands-on. Together with talented and driven tech co-founders, we do uncompromising due diligence on business opportunities and systematically validate products and business models. We then mobilize our unique skills and networks to build tech companies that bring genuine value to individuals, families, and communities.
Most recently, Gregor Rebolj was the Managing Director of Mobile and a board member at Sportradar, the global leader in delivering sports data and content, providing cutting-edge solutions and services to media companies, bookmakers, sports federations, and state authorities. Before Sportradar he co-founded and built an innovations lab Klika, which he merged with Sportradar in 2011. Being an engineer, he always enjoys the challenge of solving problems through innovation in technology.
Gregor is an active angel investor and a co-founder of Silicon Gardens Funds I and II with investments in Flaviar, Povio, Cleanshelf, Mediately, Speech Blubs, Eurosender, Influee, and others. He is one of the most active angel investors in the region and a recognized authority in the field, helping companies with product and business development.View on LinkedIn
Gregor Rebolj - Engineer, Entrepreneur & Investor
"We, engineers, love tackling hard problems that nobody has ever solved before and we relish in the process. Unfortunately, we rarely ask ourselves if the problem is worth solving before we invest months of our effort into the development. The whole experience is that much better if the result of your hard work is being used and loved by millions of people and brings them new value."
- Gregor Rebolj, The Product Engineer Masterclass Host
The course is split into 6 modules each taking one week to complete. By the end of each module (week), our goal is to help you effectively transfer the newly acquired knowledge to your workplace. After the course is completed, we offer additional help through our lifetime alumni group. The four main steps we take during each week are:
You will start each week by receiving 1 to 2 hours of video and written material with actionable frameworks, covering lean engineering skills and examples from various businesses. Online learning is self-paced.
Each week includes relevant, up-to-date case studies from different product companies that will be at the centre of your weekly assignments. Anticipate spending 2 to 3 hours on active hands-on learning each week to reinforce the acquired knowledge.
To combine it all, you will attend a 2-hour live online session once a week and connect with your mentor and peers to reflect and discuss your learnings.
Apply the new learnings to your company, role, and product. This is the most important part of the course and the core team is here to help you with it. There are also the Lean Engineer Masterclass alumni that will be there for you to support you in the process. Knowledge is not power, applied knowledge is.
This course takes the best parts of both the digital world and in-person communication. Using self-paced online content you can make the course work with your current schedule while organized in-person video calls, chat support groups and feedback on your assignments give you the required personalized feedback. Together this makes an effective and pleasant learning experience. We put a lot of effort into making sure that every student gets required help applying their learnings to their actual workplace, regardless of their background and company specifics.
The goal of this program is not to transform you into a product or business person but rather to help you to become a better engineer who can impact all sides of the business. Below you can find an overview of the 6-week plan where we will go through the complete lifecycle applying to any feature and product, from discovery, validation, and scale to making final tweaks and it’s maintenance. Through real examples, this course will give you the complete picture behind whys and hows of lean product development and lean engineering.
You will receive an email on setting up your video conferencing account, learn where to join the program's Slack channel, and attend a kickoff call with your mentor. We will set the context for your next six weeks of material by discussing:
Lastly, you will also receive the events' schedule and introduce yourself to the Lean Engineer Masterclass community.
To take impactful initiative and hold the ability to identify features and products you should build, you first need to understand your organization well and what drives its success. We’ll discuss:
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Case Study 1 and Assignment 1
Dive deep into your company’s mission, business model, and KPI’s. Write them down and analyze how current projects you work on help improve them. Produce a list of 3 to 5 key people and devise a plan to connect and build relationships.
Products and features are really about delivering value to customers. Before starting the engineering work, we first need to understand customers well. We’ll discuss:
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Case Study 2 and Assignment 2
Draw-up customer profile and learn what pain points you're relieving with your product/feature. Build a value proposition, as you understand it. If you are missing information and/or need to confirm your findings, ask your colleagues from the product, user research, and customer support for help and feedback.
It is often more important to know what not to build rather than what to build. The most significant product risk is spending too much time on something nobody wants or that doesn’t make any difference. We'll discuss:
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Case Study 3 and Assignment 3
Use Lean Canvas to document and scrutinize the new product/feature ideas. Find out what impact could they have on your company's bottom line and do the customers want it at all. Analyze how you could reduce the time and costs of their validation with newly acquired techniques. If appropriate, present findings to your managers.
Once you know what to build, you then need to define how you are going to effectively measure success of your product or feature. Whenever possible, you should make critical decisions based on the evidence from your data. We’ll discuss:
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Case Study 4 and Assignment 4
Start by sketching the user funnel(s). Make sure you are collecting the right data on all relevant steps of the user funnel. Make sense of the data and establish your current performance - your baseline, which you attempt to improve.
As engineers we relish in the development process and enjoy solving hard problems. But more often than not there is an easier, simpler way how to bring the value to your customers. Time to apply the knowledge about our company, users and the value we bring to the coding process. Use the framework to identify core functions of your products and pragmatically decide where to allocate resources. We'll discuss:
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Case Study 5 and Assignment 5
Use the framework to identify core business functiona and the lifecycle phase of your company and your products. Validate which development effort actually adds to the value to your company and which do not. Think about whether you encountered these situations in the past.
Time to close the loop. Collect the results from analytics and apply the new information to your product roadmap. The newfound knowledge could have an effect on the roadmap planned months in advance. We’ll discuss:
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Case Study 6 and Assignment 6
Apply the build-learn-test mentality to your project and prepare concrete suggestions how you can become more efficient as a team.
The Lean Engineer Masterclass will run for six weeks in total. Each week, we will cover one module and apply our new knowledge to a real-world case study. Course activities are:
The Lean Engineer Masterclass program is intended for mid-career software engineers, in the role of a tech lead, in either B2C or B2B organizations.
The curriculum applies to consultants and in-house engineers and covers fundamental lean concepts that are relevant across different company sizes and software products.
This program is not for you if you are not fluent in the core technology parts of being a software engineer or if you are looking for a shortcut that will work without much effort. Becoming better at what you do always takes time. We are here to help you make a real impact and this will require hard work. If you are up to the challenge, we are happy to help.
The program is open to tech leads anywhere in the world, who want to accelerate their careers and have a bigger impact on the product. Due to limited group size we select the applied candidates based on professional experience, initiative, and program fit .
The Lean Engineer Masterclass is a 6-week, online, self-paced program. You don't need to take time off from work to participate — we designed it to fit your current work and personal schedule.
Still, the value that you get from the program is directly correlated with the amount of time and participation you're able to commit to the program.
Therefore, you should expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week on program material:
However, to get the maximum value out of this program, you should set aside additional time each week (5 to 7 hrs) to:
We prefer helping a small number of people and bringing them a lot of value instead of bringing little value to a mass of people. Our groups are small to prioritize in-person work and personalization. Each student comes from a different background and industry and to make the most out of the course we need to provide specific support and be always available for help. Thus the group size is capped at 20 people.
Admission fee is made after your application has been accepted. We will follow up with further instructions. The payment can be made by you personally or your employer. There are no further costs.
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