Unpacking the operating model for successful product development

Sunday, June 27, 2021
Egwin Avau
Egwin Avau
Founder & CEO
Unpacking the operating model for successful product development

Developing a product involves a wide range of perspectives and opinions. It's tempting to create roles for various specialty domains and build large teams, leading to overhead and unnecessary alignment. Our base assumption is that a small, multidisciplinary team working towards clear north star objectives is more efficient. This north star can take many shapes and forms, such as improving scalability and uptime, increasing conversion, or new feature development. These objectives will evolve over time as your product does.

Setting product teams up for success

We've crafted a lightweight model with limited roles but maximum ownership to reflect this philosophy.

Our chapters consist of the following subject matter domains:

We standardised schedules across all products:

Delivery vs flexibility

It's well-established that introducing flexibility into the software development process yields a net-positive business case in the long run. The simple underlying reason is that it's impossible to define all parameters upfront when building something from scratch, yet you want your engineers to make good, long-term oriented decisions in the interest of the product along the way.

There's a common misunderstanding regarding the daily activities of a software engineer. While creating new features is crucial, it's equally important to address technical debt, refactoring, infrastructure optimisations, and monitoring essential quality indicators (errors, security, performance, etc.).

The traditional waterfall model has rightfully been replaced with an operating model based on 'agile' principles. This allows each team to define its own flavour of agile, operating principles, and roles.

Operating principles we hold on to:

How we partner

Our partnerships reflect these principles. We simply want to set bold ambitions up for success.
There are 3 types of engagements we enter into:

Don't hesitate to reach out to to discuss a possible cooperation.

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