Lean Product Development in Early Stage Startups
Paper i proceeding, 2013

Software startup s are more popular than ever and growing in numbers. They operate under conditions of extreme uncertainty and face plenty of challenges, underlined by their high failure rate. Using Design Science Research, these challenges were investigated. A literature study showed that in recent years, several authors have suggested ways to increase the odds of succeeding as a startup, such as customer focused development, fact based decision making, pivoting and agile/lean thinking. Interviews with industry professiona ls showed that few used these Lean Startup practices: many found them difficult to implement in practice. In response, we developed the Early Stage Software Startup Development Model (ESSSDM) for managing early stage software startups by applying Lean Star tup principles. The model is novel in that it supports managing a portfolio of product ideas and provides clear criteria for when to move forward with product ideas, when to abandon product ideas as well as recommends what concrete techniques that can be u sed and when, in order to achieve this. The process w as instantiated and evaluated on a startup project in an incubator setting.

startup companies

software process

lean product development


Jens Björk

Jens Ljungblad

Jan Bosch

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering

CEUR Worshop Proceedings: From Start-ups to SaaS Conglomerate - Life Cycles of Software Products Workshop (IW-LCSP 2013)

1613-0073 (ISSN)

Vol. 1095 19-32



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