Moving to Lean Product Process

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Moving to a Lean Product Process, given at Northeast PHP conference in Boston, MA 8/11/12

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Moving to Lean Product Process

  1. 1. @giffconstable giff@proof-nyc.com Bringing a Lean ProductProcess to Your Organization Lean.  Prac*cal.  Innova*on.   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  2. 2. @giffconstableWho am I? giff@proof-nyc.com §  Giff Constable §  skillset generalist, early-stage specialist §  6 startups §  co-founder, Proof §  co-organizer Lean Startup Meetup NYC Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  3. 3. How about you? Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  4. 4. 10 Characteristics of a LeanProduct Organization1.  You are composed of small, goal-driven, cross- functional teams2.  Each team is tasked with improving a critical business metric (KPI)3.  Features begin as hypotheses to be tested before heavy investment4.  Features come not just with acceptance criteria but success criteria5.  A feature starts as a minimum valuable feature, and then iterates Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  5. 5. 10 Characteristics of a LeanProduct Organization6.  Proof carries more weight than opinion7.  The team talks to real customers on a regular basis. Including in-person.8.  The team works in agile sprints, with close collaboration across all roles9.  The team communicates regularly with the rest of the organization, and is transparent about priorities and work-in-process10. Each team has regular checkpoints where you decide to stop, change, or double-down on pursuing the KPI Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  6. 6. If you’re not there yet, where to start? Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  7. 7. Pre-requisites§  Strong leader with vision and faith in lean techniques§  Cross-functional teams focused on solving problems, not shipping deliverables Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  8. 8. Example Team§  Team lead / product owner§  dedicated UX designer§  2-4 developers§  visual designer Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  9. 9. Step 1: KPI Prioritization 1  hour  brainstorm   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
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  11. 11. This is not a democracyNor is it dictating details Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  12. 12. Step 2: Hypothesis Creation 1  hour  brainstorm   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
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  14. 14. Step 3: Weighting 30  minutes   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  15. 15. Weight  Small,  Med,  Large   Feature / Expected Effort RiskHypothesis Benefit Involved Level Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  16. 16. Step 4: Experiment Design What  are  the  simplest  things  we  can   do  to  prove  value  and  probe  risks?   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  17. 17. Step 5: Backlog CreationExperiment  comes  before  the  feature   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  18. 18. Step 6: Execution Success  is  a  win,  but  so  is  spoFng  a  dead-­‐end  early!   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  19. 19. “How do we know when it’sdone should become how dowe know when it’s good.” Lane Halley Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  20. 20. The UX Challenge§  supporting the current sprint§  prepping for the next spring§  engaging in longer-term research and planning ALL IN THE SAME WEEK Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  21. 21. Team Tip: Externalize•  Your  KPI,  current  and  target  •  Work  in  progress  •  Progress  made   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  22. 22. Step 7: Regular Checkpoints •  Stop,  Change,  Con*nue   •  Frequency  can  differ  per  team   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  23. 23. In Summary§  Break down silos§  Prioritize§  Hypothesize§  Experiment§  Execute§  Review§  Rinse & repeat Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012
  24. 24. Questions?giff@proof-­‐nyc.com   @giffconstable  www.proof-­‐nyc.com   Lean Product Process, Northeast PHP 2012

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