Scaling the Rocks

SCALING JUST GOT EASIER FOR STARTUPS

We help you bring your product to market faster by scaling your software delivery capability. We understand the importance of culture, quality, talent, automation, planning, and getting your roadmap into shape. We have successfully helped deliver products like Hive for Connected Homes, Smart Meters for Arqiva, Entellect for Elsevier, Payment Systems for WorldPay.

 

WE OFTEN FIND STARTUPS HAVE CONFLICTING PRESSURES

Start-ups often hit a point when new orders are coming in just as they need to scale their platform – and at the same time trying to build new features and support existing customers. Under conflicting pressures, StartUps often make at least one of the following mistakes:

  1. Chasing new customers and neglecting existing ones

  2. Making unrealistic or undeliverable promises to new customers

  3. Hiring expensive contractors for general (and often long-term) work

  4. Making software design decisions that lock them into higher costs and even worse cripple future agility

  5. High dependency on one or two technical heroes ​

VALUES, VISION, ROADMAP, PRIORITIES AND PARTNERS

In our experience, StartUps can handle the transition to a business that works well at scale by:

  1. Protecting your core value - Understand what makes you special & channel effort into strategic activities and high-value customers.

  2. Create ONE clear vision that’s easy to understand and update. Everyone should know what’s coming up in the next 6-12 months and the capabilities they need to deliver it.

  3. Put a roadmap in place for your business priorities, the scale of your ambition, and the commitments you’re making to current and future customers.

  4. Having clear policies for what and how to hand off tasks (key features, road map, strategy, IT delivery function)

  5. Using specialist partners to scale the business.It is difficult to let go so we have ideas on how to successfully scale using a partner: