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Patterns for controlling chaos in a startup

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVikingPLoP 2014 Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781450326605
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2014
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventNordic Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceNordic Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs
Period1/01/00 → …


A growing trend in industrial software engineering is that new software products and information services are developed under conditions of notable uncertainty. This is especially visible in startup enterprises which aim at new kinds of products and services in rapidly changing social web, where potential customers can quickly adopt new behavior. Special characteristics of the startups are lack of resources and funds, and startups may need to change direction fast. All these affect the software engineering practices used in the startups. Unfortunately almost 90 percent of all startups fail and goes bankrupt. There are probably indefinite numbers of reasons why startups fail. Failure might be caused by wrongly chosen software engineering practices or inconsiderate decision making. While there is no recipe for success, we argue that good practices that can help on the way to success can be identified from successful startups. In this paper, we present two patterns that startups can consider when entering the growth phase of the lifecycle.


  • Lean start-up, Organizational patterns, Patterns, Software engineering, Start-up

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland