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By: Kelsey McIntyre

Hey everyone! Today we will be exploring minimum viable process and how it can be beneficial when learning and applying lean principles.

One of the key five principles of Lean thinking is value, in which businesses add value and remove waste. The minimum viable process tool helps you to analyse how best to provide immediate value while minimizing development costs, which is in line with key lean principles.The minimum viable processĀ (MVP) is the very simply process that can achieve its purpose with the least possible amount of definition and elaboration.

The purpose is to analyse how best to provide immediate value while minimizing development costs and to add value and remove wastes. The benefits of it include:

  • The stakeholders are empowered and made responsible from the very start
  • Continual improvement is embedded in the culture of the organization, rather than being implemented as an after-thought
  • Improvements are made in response to the real problems faced by the stakeholders, so they are self-motivated
  • When improvement is done in small batches using short feedback loops, the benefits of the process improvement are realized much more quickly than if one had to wait for a large, complex project to come to term
  • When improvement is done in small batches using short feedback loops, the benefits of the process improvement are realized much more quickly than if one had to wait for a large, complex project to come to term

To go through the process, first, you identify the business needs and goals. What it is that you need to do? What are you working towards? You could gather a focus group of customers or employees to pinpoint areas that need improvement, you could provide a survey to get results or you might simply look at what you want to achieve as a way to define your goals.

Next, you find the opportunities. This can be achieved by mapping out the user journey, creating an impact/effort matrix for actions, and making an opportunity statement. Really dig deep in order to discover where opportunities arise and how best to implement them.

Lastly, decide what features to build. Use the opportunity statement to finalise features that you feel are necessary to implement and use a prioritization matrix to prioritize features. These features you have decided to build through the minimum viable process should help you add value to your business without much cost.

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