What is Lean Product Development ? A question I explored with MBA students at Imperial College London. We discussed Lean, Agile, Lean Startup and shared how Minimum Viable Product is a process of learning with the customer at the centre.
Sharing the story on how the Pearson Global Product Lifecycle embraces iterative funding influenced by Beyond Budgeting, Agile and Lean Startup to develop leading products with the learner at the centre.
The global product development lifecycle is more than just a visualisation of a product at a life stage. We have created a framework which acts as a lens into the global organisation, allowing the organisation to fully use it’s capabilities to adopt agile beyond the development teams. Wrapped into this are Lean Startup practices, which fully embrace Build, Measure, Learn at the heart of product development.
A fundamental Agile principle is ‘Continuous Improvement’, yet many practitioners use a default visual workflow which changes little through the evolution of the product and team. This can become repetitive and ultimately the tool starts to become simple, boring and used for administrative monitoring only. Agile environments often don’t realise the power that visual workflows can have. This workshop takes the audience through different ways to present the card wall, to make stand-ups more fun and interesting. We will look at ways you can alter the card wall to challenge skill silos and encourage more cross-functional behaviours, and present ideas on how to gamify the card wall in order to make it fun and interactive. Using learnings from the theory of constraints, kanban, scrum, team dynamics and system thinking principles we’ll also discuss creative ways to monitor cycle time, understand progress and visualize flow to challenge team patterns, behaviours and bottlenecks.