Lean and Agile

Dr Timothy Mansfield
July 21, 2017

Over the last 15 years, Agile development has transformed the way software is specified, briefed, designed, built and deployed. You've heard the term (possibly from us), but what is it really? How is it different? Why is it good? And when is it bad?

Recently, a related method called Lean Startup has been revolutionising entrepreneurship and innovation. How does it relate? What even is it?

Is this all some kind of Crossfit cult?

2011 CrossFit Games - Carson, CA

We actually think Lean Startup as a way to think about innovation and entrepreneurship and Agile as a way to build software go together incredibly well.

The connection between them is not new to us and not that new, period. It's almost a standard practice in the technology business.

In fact, we've been using this diagram about the relationship from the Nordstrom Innovation Lab for a while.

Nordstrom Diagram.jpg

…but we've realise that a lot of people don't really understand either Lean or Agile, so we're going to talk more about both.

Here's a list of topics we'll start featuring in coming weeks:

Agile Development

  • What is Agile?
  • When does it work?
  • Success Stories
  • Getting Started with Agile Development
  • Agile at The IC

Lean Startup

  • What is Lean Startup?
  • Five Principles of Lean Startups?
  • What is the Minimum Viable Product for a Lean Startup?
  • The Lean Startup Method: What is it?
  • What is Product-Market Fit?
  • Your Minimum Viable Product Failed: Now What?
  • Applying Lean to Web Projects

If you'd like to experience these powerful techniques working on your next project, get in touch so we can talk about it!

Let's get Lean and Agile!

Are there other topics you'd like to hear about? Do you use either method in your work? Send us a tweet and tell us about it: @_TheIC_

Topics: agile, lean startup