Startups, Agile and MVP


My recent post in the Apirise blog:


A startup is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.
– Steve Blank

A ‘startup’ is a company that is confused about:

What its product is.
Who its customers are.
How to make money.
As soon as it figures out all 3 things, it ceases being a startup and becomes a real business.
– Dave McClure

Regardless of the definition of a Startup that you may choose or you adhere to, one thing is common… Speed.
A startup (among others) runs a race with time to reach growth before the cash runs dry. Software development in a startup is equally influenced as a result. Speed to finish the current software development cycle. Focus on specific features and tasks. Fix what needs to be fixed.
Us, as a startup, have to work in such an environment. Some time ago I made a post with the “8 reasons that made us change from Trello to Targetprocess 3“. Today we will discuss how we actually work and a Hard Truth in the end…

A “Scrum-ish” Apirise.
When we started developing our product we wanted to adopt an agile methodology. We are 3 co-founders and we didn’t want to cause overhead in our work towards the product. As such, we do not use any specific method per se. I would describe it as “Scrum-ish”. We combine Scrum and Kanban principles inspired by talks and books of Henrik Kniberg.

In that spirit we use user stories, sprint planning, backlog, retrospectives and we have a Kanban board…


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