Starting anything new, and the delivering well, is difficult. The delivery teams I most closely work with have 500+ years of shared design and delivery experience and we still find it hard:
The complex interplay of people, processes and technologies will always bring change, uncertainty and unknowns. By acknowledging and addressing these factors early, we can massively reduce the various types of risks we are exposed to.
This is why we run Inceptions.
And so ‘you’ don’t have to make the mistakes we have made, we have written this playbook.
Setting your teams up for success.
Inceptions systematically address the issues that threaten to derail deliveries, helping us to reduce risk, build trust and achieve alignment.
An Inception is a set of agile, lean, collaborative activities run with cross-disciplinary teams, to make sure enough information is shared to start delivery with the best possible chance of success.
Their job is to do, de-risk delivery, align stakeholders and allow the delivery team to hit the ground running.
We were very lucky to be able to collaborate with the excellent folk of Equal Experts in writing this playbook. Not only are we standing on, but also working with, giants 🙂
Do check out their other playbooks, and of course they are an excellent consultancy to work with 🙂
Of course, knowing why you might want to run an Inception is not the same as being able to run an effective one! This is where this Inception Playbook comes in.
We believe it’s possible to distil the essence of an Inception into a blueprint. This document is that blueprint.
By taking away some of the complexity and providing ideas to riff off and make your own, this playbook aims to support beginners and experts alike. Over the pages that follow, you’ll find the tools to build better foundations for the initiatives you work on.
Is this for me?
If you have to plan, facilitate or participate in an Inception, or if you simply want inspiration on how to kick off initiatives better, the playbook is for you.
The playbook caters for ‘shu’ (I have never done an Inception before) and ‘ha’ practitioners (I am interested in running inceptions better, and tools that allow me to plan more efficiently).
- If you have never run an Inception before, this is your ‘training’ manual to peruse
- If you have run an Inception before, but need a refresher, this is your reference
- If you have are seasoned Inceptionist, and need practical support, the agenda and schedule blueprints and cheat sheets are your starter for ten.
What does it cover?
- What is an Inception, Why do one and How to sell one in?
- How to successfully plan an Inception?
- How to execute an Inception
- What does good look like?
- What are common pitfalls and best practices?
- Blueprint templates and cheat sheets to make your live easier
Burn Up Podcast Episode
Lean Inception Toolkit
This playbook provides 1-page recipes and templates we find most helpful in day to day use across all disciplines.
Want to know more?
Here are a number of additional resources that you might find interesting…