Develop a Minimalistic Process for Development Teams to Innovate

I just finished reading “Continuous Discovery Habits: Discover Products That Create Customer Value and Business Value.” The book combines Impact Mapping, Customer Interview, and LDJ to create a process that can be used to develop innovative products.

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In 2024, I aim to create a simple process that even inexperienced startup founders can easily follow to achieve consistent results despite uncertainties.

Here’s how I imagine the approach will work:

  • Use Impact Mapping to prioritize business goals by aligning customer behaviors with stakeholders.
  • Organize interview cycles, track insights/opportunities, and analyze prototype results with Continuous Discovery to understand customer needs.
  • Use LDJ to prioritize assumptions, experiment with tests, and ideate solutions that satisfy both business and customers.
  • Use User Story Mapping, ShapeUp, and exercises from Design Sprint to create a Minimum Viable Feature (MVF) and deliver value.
  • Conducting retrospectives to improve the process and identify what matters for the team is vital.

Paul Keen is an Open Source Contributor and a Chief Technology Officer at JetThoughts. Follow him on LinkedIn or GitHub.

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