Small Is Beautiful

Amelie’s — a french bakery and cafe — started small.

Small enough to meet the owner who is also doing work here and there in the bakery cafe. That was a long time ago…

Today, they have several bakery cafes in and around town…they blossomed… and much better. They evolved and continue to evolve. Perhaps they know what’s working and what’s not… and adapted.

Their success is a great source of inspiration for entrepreneurs. You have an idea? Then bring it to life … start small … take that first step… observe… adapt… then take that next step: pivot or persevere.

A lot of ideas and dreams die in the owner’s head…never to see it come alive… because that first step — that beautiful small step — was never taken.

Small is beautiful…and paramount.

Likewise goes to Lean Agile: manageable batch sizes (small) and work in process (WIP, avoid too many in play), short queue length (long wait time is bad), pint-sized stories and features… small enough so you can see / demo it, inspect it, adapt your work, iterate, improve, innovate in small scales … don’t build the whole thing in one fell swoop… but build it incrementally (in small increments) with fast learning feedback loop… you get my drift. Lego anyone?

By Clarence Galapon

CE, MBA, Lean Agile Coach, Trainer, Teacher, SPC, RTE, PSM, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMP, CC, ABNLP NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, NLP Coach, NLP Trainer, Practical Psychologist, Life Coach, Software Executive, Entrepreneur, Author, Investor, and Innovator with a Creative, Lean, Agile, and Wander mindset.

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