In Ed Catmull's new book, Creativity Inc., he outlines the process he and his team developed at Pixar, unarguably one of the top movie makers in the world, and brought to Disney.

Disney Animation, which almost got shut down after a decade of embarrassing box-office failures, used the Pixar process (without any of Pixar's staff!) to turn itself around and produce "Frozen", the highest-grossing animated series of all time.

The lessons learned go far beyond movie-making, though, and are an instruction manual on how to manage any development process.

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AuthorPete Oliver-Krueger

We apply Lean Startup performance evaluations to business outcomes. We evaluate our employees on their performance within the company. Can these two things be merged? Should they be? Employee success, quality of work, quality of life, and maybe even happiness can be measured, and correlated to overall company health, success, and happiness.

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AuthorPete Oliver-Krueger

Software design is akin to the chef building a great recipe, not the cook following the recipe. Many of us are so used to cooking from recipes, that sometimes we forget what goes into creating the recipe in the first place. 

In software design, we are creating the recipe, not cooking from it. We prepare different combinations of ingredients (prototypes) and call friends (testers) over to try them and give their opinions. When we're done, what we've produced is the Recipe (Requirements Document). Then it's the users that cook from the recipe. What chefs don't do is write down the first ingredients they plan to use and then put those ingredients into their cookbook without any taste tests, so why do we?

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AuthorPete Oliver-Krueger
CategoriesLean Enterprise