Strategy & Consulting

Startup Thinking...

October 27, 2019

Stuart Arthur

Chief Technology Officer

Startup thinking focuses a lot on the ‘minimal’ and cutting what isn’t needed.

Startup thinking focuses a lot on the ‘minimal’ and cutting what isn’t needed.

That’s in stark contrast to how a lot of agile frameworks and processes work. In a startup concept, certain early stage and self-funded efforts you’ll probably have a small team who need to do a lot of different things, and the focus has to be about delivering ‘value’ and doing it quickly before you run out of money. Contrast that to some of the roles a lot of frameworks prescribe and how many enterprise environments are setup, and it’s not a surprise there’s so much ‘waste’ and long ‘delays’ as the focus is shifted away from value and more to risk and governance.

I think the same about the popular agile frameworks, do teams need that scrum master role, is it healthy to have it or does it mask problems. A good starting point is to review how the team is working, whether they are delivering value, what the issues are that mean certain roles are focused on instead of the ‘team as a whole being responsible’.

Add what you need to, but I think the leaner you start out the better. That startup thinking needs to be more ingrained in larger enterprises, I think it would really make a positive difference. Less is more, find what works, inspect, and adapt - don’t just copy blueprints.

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