We help companies improve the odds of building successful products.
Most companies say they are following agile development practices but in reality most are still following waterfall processes.
We help companies uncover better ways of working and improve the odds of success.
fail to deliver
the expected benefits.
The challenges - Why most agile processes are not effective
There are always more ideas to build than budget to build them. Management are responsible for funneling the limited company funds towards the ideas that will best deliver on the strategy.
Business cases solve these problems, but they force waterfall processes.
But to build a business case, you need costs. To get costs, you need estimates. To get estimates, you need a design. To get a design, you need requirements. And then to ensure that you keep within those cost estimates you need to ensure that the requirements do not change.
You're locked into your first idea which is wrong 90% of the time.
What we wanted
Empowered teams using iterative development and quick feedback loops to test and validate ideas, and pivot based on what they learn.
What we got
Waterfall stages up until the build phase when we break down the solution into sprints. We get the overhead of more management without the benefit of improved outcomes.
There is another way - Improving outcomes using enabling constraints
We can achieve the goals of the business case without having to lock ourselves into a solution upfront by solving the problems of prioritisation, alignment and skills by empowering teams with enabling constraints
Fund teams, not features
By splitting the product teams along value streams, management can control the amount of investment in each part of the product in line with the strategic goals. But funding also imapcts on governance processes - and changes require coordination across the business - which isn't easy.
- Enabling the Team. We feature senior executives from leading companies (not consultants) because they have lived and breathed the politics and challenges of changing deeply embedded processes like these. They share the challenges and successes that they have had covering concepts like funding, team design, architecture and the leadership skills and practices needed to create empowered teams.
Share context, not requirements
By creating a product vision, defining the strategy and then creating short term objectives for each Stream team management can ensure that teams have the right context and incentives to build solutions that will result in the right business outcomes.
- Product Direction. We cover the skills Product teams need to define compelling visions, implement successful strategies, develop roadmaps that work, create tangible objectives for streams and to evangelise the vision continuously so that the message is heard across the organisation.
Embrace Discovery, Design and Delivery
By holding back from giving people responsibility they will never be able to prove that they can rise to the occasion. Instead, if we identify the necessary skills and then provide training and a safe environment to practice, we can ensure that teams are able to deliver on the vision and strategy.
- Continuous Discovery. The ideation, prototyping and validating skills to quickly and cheaply identify the best solutions to the identified opportunities
- Continuous Design. The ideation, prototyping and validating skills to quickly and cheaply identify the best solutions to the identified opportunities.
- Continuous Delivery. The development, testing and deployment skills to produce high quality, sustainable products.
Knowledge is great - but you need to be able to implement your new ideas.
We bring together Product, UX, Design and Dev because if your team is learning separately how are they expected to work together?