Build, Measure, Learn. The faster you execute through that cycle, the better.
Quick hit from Eric Ries on the lean startup. Succinct summary of what Lean is and is not. I’m a fan of this approach and of continually testing to challenge/confirm assumptions. Stop the faith-based initiatives and start doing stuff people want!
I think we all could do well to rethink our key unit of progress. For traditional waterfall processes, it’s getting to the next stage. For agile product development, it’s a line of working code. And for a startup, it’s validated learning about customers.
What’s the most useful unit of progress for ATS or any other consulting practice? For our government work? For commercial? Validated learning about customers still seems like an excellent choice.