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[Q&A] Mural Lean Inception webinar

A few days ago, the Mural team invited me for an amazing webinar about the Mural Lean Inception template.

>> Watch the whole Lean Inception Mural webinar video

>> Take a look at the realtime Mural board created during the webinar.


Below are the Q&A notes added at the end of the session:. These are short answers I added to the Mural board for each of the questions raised during the webinar.

What’s the goal of using Lean inception?

To understand, align and plan the building of the lean product (via MVP).

Which is the different challenges between a remote and face-to-face lean inception?

The combination of process, facilitation and tools is essential for the success of the remote Lean Inception. The process is the same; the facilitation and the tools have to be adapted to the remote world: Zoom, Mural and facilitation techniques for remote workshops.

How do you guarantee you cover all the activities in the given time?

You must track time and progress of your workshop. The time tracking timeline (on the top of the template) helps you with that. Btw, this is everyone goal, not only the facilitator. Said that, be extra careful with the attempts to make it shorter (e.g run it in only 2 days)

Is the link to the canvas available on the website of Paulo Caroli?

Yes, on caroli.org you find many articles and resources for Lean Inception

How do you estimate if the challenge of the Lean Inception fits in the time available for the Lean Inception?

You follow the process and, at the end achieve the best outcome by the workshop participants. Although, the success of the product goes beyond the Lean Inception process. I would add: besides having amazing people following a great process, pay attention to what comes before (e.g. a satisfactory discovery) and after the Lean Inception (e.g. a successful delivery).

Is it possible to tailor the Lean Inception process in order to make it fit in less than one week? If yes, how?

Yes, please change it to best fit your need. But an important advice: for the first time, do follow the recipe… then, after being comfortable with it, adapt to your need. It’s just like me trying to bake a chocolate cake. First I did follow the recipe (a few times) before trying to be creative.

Can you explain a little more the relationship between Design Sprint and Lean Inception?

Similar style (one week collaborative workshop); different goals: DS is for deciding a prototype, a design choice for your proposed solution. LI is for deciding the MVP, the simplest version of your product to be made available to the users to validate the business hypothesis. Many teams follow Discovery period, LI, DS, then delivery,

>> Read more on Design Sprint and Lean Inception on this article. 

Are the exercises from the book the same as the template?

Yes, the book has the same activities shared on this remote template. On the book there is more context about the MVP and the preparation for the Lean Inception. Also, there is more detail about the activities.

Facilitation Question: How to keep the “board” during brainstorming activities? How to group and filter ideas remotely?

It depends on which activity. For example, on the Product Goals activity, Tell and cluster, is a good option for working effectively on remote workshop: Each person writes their virtual pos-its individually, then everyone work together clustering them.  Each activity has an icon with recommended facilitation techniques (to help with the specific activity challenge)

Could you please explain this moving from step 6 to 7 one more time ?

Each feature from the Feature Brainstorming (activity 6) goes thought the Tech, UX and Business Review (activity 7). First it gets a color on the graph, then it gets the marks – E, $ and <3 – on the table. At the end of activity 7, the team is in good shape to go to the Sequencer.

Is the parking lot used through the week and when are these elements discussed?

Yes, the parking lot is used through the week. You should revisit the items in the parking lot once or twice a day. Remember, things are parked there, it’s not trash cam. You add and remove notes to it, making sure to listen to people while keeping track of time and progress.

The features from the brainstorming, how we choose which to go thought the Tech, UX and Business Review first?

I prefer to let the participants decide. I’ll start by doing 3 features, then I’ll ask someone to replace me and do 3 features as well. Then someone else. Until we cover all features or run out of time (in this case, the left over are features that no one have selected; most likely they will not be in the MVP anyway).



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Paulo Caroli

Paulo Caroli is the author of the best-selling book “Lean Inception: How to Align People and Build the Right Product” (the first on a series of books on business agility). He's also the creator of FunRetrospectives.com , a site and book about retrospectives, futurospectives and team building activities. Caroli writes on this blog frequently. Receive the next post in your email. Sign up here.
Lean Inception: Learn How to Align People and Build the Right Product

Lean Inception: Learn How to Align People and Build the Right Product

Lean Inception is a crucial agile methodology for aligning teams on effective product creation. Introduced by Paulo Caroli, it combines Design Thinking and Lean StartUp techniques to define strategies and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) scope. It is valuable for large projects, startups, and business innovations. Not suitable for discovery activities, prototyping decisions, or cross-team alignment. Active participants, stakeholders, and skilled facilitators are essential for the success of this collaborative process. Lean Inception is fundamental for guiding teams toward meaningful and efficient product outcomes.

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