Turn a promising concept into a working system with a Lean Lab

Many companies struggle to foster innovation within their existing teams. The challenge is usually cultural – how to marry the need for experimentation, freedom to “fail fast” and a creative license to throw away the “old ways of doing things” with compliance to corporate standards and security practices. Towa Software has a service offering that helps companies try fresh ideas quickly outside of the corporate bureaucracy before bringing them in-house for productization once they have proved to be successful.

We call this program “Lean Labs”, and it works like this: a dedicated, self-sufficient team staffed by Towa Software engineers works on a customer problem with the client’s subject matter experts. The team moves fast, uses the latest technologies and aims to solve the business use case to demonstrate measurable value to the business stakeholders. The project takes anywhere from 4-12 weeks and costs under $100K.

How Lean Labs work
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Cross-functional team

We bring all the technical staff, user experience designers and product management required to complete the project beginning to end.
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Goal-oriented project

The team focuses on a singular goal with clear success criteria and time/budget parameters. Lean Labs are often delivered as fixed-price contracts.
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Fast business impact

Lean Lab is meant to prove a concept that can be turned into a production pilot very quickly. The team provides productization support once the idea proved its viability to the business.
Anatomy of a Lean Lab project
Client provides
  • Business use case
  • Success criteria
  • Subject matter experts
  • Access to data & related services
We provide
  • Engineers
  • Customer experience designers
  • Product manager
  • Agile delivery practices
Scope
  • Timeline: under 3 months
  • Scope: 1-3 use cases
  • Feedback: bi-weekly demos
  • Cost: under $100K
Deliverables
  • Working demo
  • Source code & documentation
  • Retrospective / lessons learned
  • Productization plan

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