Unlike startups, large companies have many moving parts to manage when attempting to lean new ways for creating customer value. They often adopt concepts such as lean to move faster, but sometimes spiral into corporate lean anti-patterns:
More and more enterprise scale companies are drinking the lean Kool Aid and starting to implement Lean Startup methodology. In doing so, they are failing at the most basic level.
Lean methodology is not lean startup. An MVP is not learning. A Business Model Canvas is not business model innovation. These things are just artifacts. They are workarounds. These workarounds, applied poorly and/or inappropriately, can result in some wonderful anti-patterns.
One of my favorites is that piecemeal lean-startup is just waterfall in disguise.
This was written in a previous blog post. Here’s a short 5-minute video version of that conversation.
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