Lean start-ups by nature want to minimize risk and maximize output from the off. Get going and get selling...
Ok, so it may not be a 'secret' as such, but we believe that small businesses and start-ups can get out of starting blocks and gain a competitive edge through flexibility. This article is about how agile software development works, and why it could give you the flexiblity you need to succeed.
Being flexible to consumer demand
The essence of a lean start-up is to avoid chasing large, up-front finance, and focusing instead on getting your product or idea to market, and then responding to demand. You don't necessarily have a crystal clear idea of what you will be doing a year later, so you need to have room to manoeuvre.
The following quote may be taken from a Wikipedia article on Eric Ries and the lean start-up, but the sentiment stands:
'Ries claims that despite the many proximate causes for failure, the most important mistake was that the company's "vision was almost too concrete," making it impossible to see that their product did not accurately represent consumer demand.'
Your product may need to evolve, respond to the market, and grow as your customer base grows. So how can we help? We think agile development works well for lean start-ups...
Being flexible to software demands with agile development
At Eastpoint Software , we work with customers to discuss both the long term vision but also what needs to be done in the short term to achieve goals.
We are fond of the agile process, which involves working in 'sprints' to complete work in stages, rather than committing to an entire project outright and then building it. This means you can adapt the overall plan as you go, rather than sticking rigidly to a theoretical idea that might not pan out or might need changes along the way.
This agile process can work very well for start-ups and small businesses, because you work towards a long-term vision, but only focus on what is important for that stage of the project.
Working with you
Our team will work with the software product owner to understand long term aims and help identify shorter term objectives, to enable clients to take a product to market rapidly, test user feedback and evolve into later versions.
We are fully on-board with the the lean start-up philosophy and we have processes and methods to support that.
Working with us
We want your start-up to succeed and think it is important to maintain frequent, transparent communication, combined with technical expertise, including project management, programming, user interface design, testing and all our knowledge to give you the best possible start.
Smaller companies, and companies just starting out, often have different priorities and needs compared to established or larger companies. It is important to work with a software development company who understand this – and we do.
We apply the same high standards to all our work and have plenty of software solutions for small businesses and lean start-ups, whatever the budget.
Give us a call on 01223 690164 to discuss agile software development.