One of the concepts that the Lean Start-up movement puts forward is the Minimum Viable Product. A Minimum Viable Product includes only those features needed to allow the product to be deployed, and no more. It is used to evoke fast feedback of a product or product feature. The concept is as applicable to process improvement as product development.

There are two critical words we have used for you to remember. The first is “feedback”. Unless you gather and listen to the feedback based on the process being implemented you are wasting your time. Keep developing and implement later. The second word to remember is “viable”.  The process you are implementing to generate must be useable and useful to generate rich feedback. An overly striped down process is merely a skeleton.