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An introduction to Lean product development

Consumed => “An introduction to Lean” by Laurence McCahill on .Net Magazine.

http://www.netmagazine.com/features/introduction-lean

=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…

Thanks Laurence. If you don’t mind, I have a couple things to add.

1) Perhaps my memory fails me at the moment but best that I can recall the Japanese car manufacturers actually developed their QA process(es) based on standards (?) published by AT&T’s Bell Labs. I just thought that tidbit would interest you.

2) You said:

“Third-party services allow us to quickly create rich integrated services and startups are easier to get off the ground. All this means we can move faster and react quicker to changing customer needs.”

Yes, there is no denying this. But I’d like to play devil’s advocate for a moment and ask, just because we can, does it mean we should? Or as Marc Cuban said, “If you’re looking where everybody else is looking, you’re looking in the wrong spot (http://www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/ESQ1206BBCUBAN_182_1#ixzz1q2MPky00). Perhaps there’s some merit to Marc’s pearls here?

3) Don’t get me wrong, I admire and appreciate Lean. However, your section “OK, so how do I apply it? > Rinse and repeat” strikes me as being on the 20 side of 80/20. Perhaps even the 10 side of 90/10. How about something we can use more often (i.e., the 80 side)?

4) My interpretation is, based on what you’ve described, client buy-in is to the process is essential. (Note: I’m presuming all other internal stakeholders are already on board.) So how do you propose we pitch “fail fast” to an entrepreneur who is 200% focused on success?

Closing comment: In theory Lean sounds great. But in practice it sounds to be more of a rare use case than something we should be focused on. Kinda ironic, eh?

Your thoughts Laurence?

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