While I am actually developing a SaaS product (see thesis.v01.io), I was faced with the choice of a suitable process. So over the last few months I've been working super deep on lean methods and books about product development - for myself and for startups I'm currently advising. I wanted to know everything and design the ultimate process. After all, v01.io has to be created the way it stands for: Through prototyping.
However, after several iterations, enlightenment came: there is not a single ultimate process. Much more I would call the totality of all lean methods a toolbox. And these can be roughly divided into 4 phases: Ideation, Product / Solution, Product Market Fit and Scale.
Please note: Your Mileage may vary. This is just a first draft (v01) and you are welcome to help by adding links / methods / frameworks and discussion. Just drop me a line.
Usage: Every column is contains a lot of methods or inspiration for you to try. Your idea walks through the different stages from left to right.
If you don't know whether you're solving a good problem, you don't need to build a product. And if you don't build a product, you don't have to worry about scaling.
Every idea goes through these phases more or less consciously / controlled. In each of these 4 phases there are now a handful of methods and templates which can be used. Often these complement each other quite well and offer a different point of view if you can't get any further at one point.
|Stage 0: ideation||Stage 1: Problem/Solution Fit||Stage 2: Product/Market Fit||Later Stages: Scale|
|How to come up with an good idea?||Do I have a problem worth solving?||Can I built something people want?||How to accelerate growth?|
|bookSo Good They Can't Ignore You||bookWill It Fly?||exploreCocreation (VPD)||bookTraction|
|bookZero to One||bookThe Mom Test||bookCrossing the Chasm||bookScaling Lean|
|bookStart with Why||bookRunning Lean||bookHooked||bookThe Hard Thing About Hard Things|
|extensionDesign Thinking||archiveLean Canvas (Running Lean)||bookUX for Lean Startups||extensionOKR|
|archiveCustomer Exploration Map||exploreProblem Interview (Running Lean)||extensionFeature Sequencer||extension6 sigma|
|exploreJobs To Be Done||exploreSolution Interview (Running Lean)||exploreMVP Interview (Running Lean)||extensionDriver Tree|
|exploreMission Statement||bookProduct Field Reference Guide||exploreFake it (SPRINT)||extensionA/B Testing|
|exploreHow to be remarkable||archiveThe Product Field||exploreSmall Data (SPRINT)||exploreBusiness Model Framework|
|exploreSales Safari||bookBusiness Model Generation (BMC)||exploreGenchi Genbutsu||bookLean Analytics|
|exploreNiche Finding||archiveBusiness Model Canvas (BMC)||exploreThinking Aloud||extensionKano|
|exploreThe idea maze||bookValue Proposition Design (VPD)||exploreShadowing||extensionAARRR|
|extensionWardley Maps||archiveValue Proposition Canvas (VPD)||explore10 to 3 to 1||exploreRICE|
|archiveExperiment Cards (VPD)||extensionScrum||exploreValue vs. Cost|
|exploreA Day in the Life (VPD)||extensionKanban||exploreProduct Tree|
|explore'The Scientist' (VPD)||extensionContinuous Delivery||exploreBuy a Feature (VPD)|
|explore'Data Detective' (VPD)||extensionContinous Integration|
|explore'The Impersonator' (VPD)||bookBuilding Evolutionary Architectures|
|bookLean Customer Development||bookLean Branding|
|bookDesigning Products People Love||extensionBullseye method|
|exploreMap the Problem (SPRINT)|
|exploreLighting Demos (SPRINT)|
|exploreAsk Experts (SPRINT)|
|exploreRemix & Improve (SPRINT)|
|archiveWorking Backwards / Press Release|
|Exit Criteria: You have a problem and a target group and can commit to spend the next month's and years with it.||Exit Criteria: You need enough proof, that customers are aware of their problem and actually looking for an solution.||Exit Criteria: Customers are using your product, staying with it (retention) and actually paying for it.|
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