Transition from big-upfront start-up to Lean Start-up cycle

Big upfront meeting activities such as planning, budgeting, requirements gathering, and phase-gated solution designing incurs a large amount of knowledge waste incurred from wishful thinking (i.e. taking decisions without supporting data)

Adapting a lean start-up based on the build-measure-learn cycle helps reduce waste by conducting experiments that gather the data necessary to prove if the Digital product or service is likely to deliver the expected value to customers or not.

Lean-start-up begins with creating a Lean business case. Once it is approved by senior leadership or IT executives: 

The First step in a lean start-up is to establish a benefit business hypothesis, which is typically a Minimum viable product (MVP) suitable for continued investment.  

Then all related stakeholders, that is, business owners, architects, delivery managers, development teams, etc start development activities that are required to realize the business hypothesis.

If the business hypothesis is proven the MVP product is incrementally extended by implementing additional features. Delivery teams and other resources are added incrementally as the product grows. The value delivered by the Digital product or services is constantly verified by regular feedback loops.

If the business hypothesis is not proven, the work is either stopped or the benefit hypothesis is reviewed again.

The delivery is progressed based on proven knowledge preventing wastes from wishful thinking and hand-off, such as committing to a plan and budget without fully understanding the complexities that may arise during delivery.  

Further, by using lean start-up the decisions impacting requirements, architecture, and design are decentralized. This prevents knowledge wastes downstream and prevents unnecessary and frequent team reorganizations. 

By going on the Leading SAFe 5.0 course you can gain the insight you need to lead a Lean-Agile enterprise using SAFe and its underlying principles and help your organization master business agility to thrive in competitive markets.

The next course run by Mani Maun (Scaled Agile Partner and SAFe Programme Consultant) is on the 24th June, register now for £599.99.

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