Every business is unique and has a different business model, product to sell and overall philosophy and mission to undertake.

When you are setting up your startup and especially if you are adapting your existing business and are seeing advice from a lean startup coach, it may be the case that the best model to manage and run your business in is not in fact lean.

Lean startup has considerable uses and advantages, and the lean startup system is ideal for products and services that can be developed and iterated upon quickly to reduce the time from inception to profitability.

Here are some cases when a lean model needs to be adapted to fit your needs.

When Software Is Not Involved

Lean startup, as well as the very similar Agile management model, were primarily designed for software start-ups, which can include Software as a Service (SaaS) businesses as well as the development of products.

If your business does not involve software, making a minimum viable product is considerably more expensive and but this doesn’t mean that Lean startup can’t be used.  The principles of Lean startup apply to pretty much all businesses but you just need to amend how you apply them.

If You Are Unwilling To Commit

Lean startup is a radical way of working that relies on buy-in not only from you but from your team and from your early adopter customers. Your team needs to be able to work relatively independently and provide regular updates and discussion, which suits some organisational structures better than others.

As well as this, your customers are at the core of the success or failure of Lean, with their feedback being crucial to future designs.