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The developers dilemma: Perfect product development or fast business validation?

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduct-Focused Software Process Improvement - 17th International Conference, PROFES 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319490939
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement -
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement
Period1/01/00 → …


To find a fast-track to profitability, a startup needs to streamline and speed up two vital processes – developing novel products and finding new markets for their products. These two goals are typically opposed to each other, business development requiring quick iteration and product development requiring focus on quality. This difference in mindsets, where the focus should be on the balance of quality to the business experimentation causes a conflicting environment for the developers to develop products. This problem is aggravated in a startup environment, where the reasons for product failure are not clear, increasing the frustrations felt by the developers. Clear ways to communicate the product goals and even successes between management and developers is needed to create an environment for success. This balancing act between quality and speed to achieve fast product iteration is the developers dilemma.


  • Agile, Business development, Lean startup, Prototyping, Software development, Startups

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland