Lean Inception - Aligning People to Build the Right Product

Gimena Aguerreberry
June 4, 2021

Is your startup putting software into production? It's an exciting step. But without a structured product creation process, you will end up stuck and may have to start over during development.

Taking your ideas and translating them into an important development approach is your biggest hurdle as a startup software developer. The process is more elaborate than putting software out there every time you come up with a product.

For a startup, it's about implementing software ideas with intention and purpose, using a process that will help you build, measure, and learn as Steve Blank explains. That process can be truly transformative when it incorporates the techniques of lean startup.

With Lean Inception, you will make the process easier by developing a stronger idea. If you want to know more about how Lean Inception helps teams with agile lean startup efforts, here's everything you need to know!

Agile Methodology and Lean Inception

The agile movement is very promising and changing software development for the better. Agile methodology prioritizes collaboration between teams, cross-functional teams, and user experience at every step of the development. With it, the software development industry is learning how to be flexible, adaptive, and continually developing.

One model of product development that has emerged from agile methodology is the agile lean-approach. With an agile lean startup model, developers create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), putting in only the required resources to create a stripped-down version of the product to test it on customers. It helps companies curb time wasted using resources on a product that may not align with the target customers.

Of course, to test MVPs and test them on customers until you find the right product, you need to keep creating MVPs. The Lean Inception process focuses on managing this process, helping businesses move through from the inception of an idea to a final product showcase.

Why Use Lean Inception's Process?

Everyone wants to profit off of a lean startup model, but many guides start with: "You have an idea? Great! Here are the next steps."

But we all know that formulating a profitable idea is often the hardest step of them all. So if you need more guidance in finding the right ideas for products for your customers, the lean startup movement can help.

Lean Inception is a technique with a complete step-by-step guide for starting your MVP. It takes you from the important question of "Yeah, we have passion, but what should our product be?" to putting software into production.

You give your team time to elaborate on possibilities rather than putting software out that's rushed and unimaginative.

How Lean Inception Can Help Your Product Creation

Reading Lean Inception by Paulo Caroli (the author of Fun Retrospectives) can help a group of people create their next big MVP. But how can it benefit you to build a product? Here are some of the benefits you and your team will see from implementing the Lean Inception method.

Establish a Team Working Relationship

It's hard to overstate the importance of positive relationships for an agile team. An agile team must have a shared understanding to work quickly and effectively. It is critical in a cohesive product creation process.

Lean Inception's process includes relationship-building techniques and activities to facilitate cohesion and collaboration. It offers techniques such as collaborative meetings, clear objectives to accomplish, and regular, structured check-ins.

The activities effectively form a clear line of communication that will serve your team well as they develop the business's MVP. This is important in keeping your agile team on the same page and working together effectively.

Build, Measure, and Learn a Path Forward

For an MVP, you want to put in only what's required for a minimum product. The more time and energy spent on a minimum viable product, the less you can spend time and energy testing your hypothesis on potential customers.

Because of this, you don't have the time or money to get stuck. Moving forward with speed is crucial to a successful MVP. Lean Inception guides your team through, step-by-step, creating a constant forward momentum. This eliminates the wandering a team can do before putting software into production.

Lean Inception gives you a framework to use as you build your MVP. But it isn't so rigid that it limits your team's creativity or problem-solving. You can adapt the plan to match specific product creation.


Lean Inception promotes collaboration and efficiency to produce speed and agility in your minimum viable product creation. All while moving your team from day one to the final showcase. With a plan in place, work on putting your software into production rather than stuck on coming up with an idea and creating a plan of action.

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"Lean Inception - Aligning People to Build the Right Product" by Gimena Aguerreberry is licensed under CC BY SA. Source code examples are licensed under MIT.

Photo by Diego PH.

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