In The New York Times Product Discovery Activity Guide Al Ming lays out how the product team brought Lean principles into their organization:
As part of our efforts to adopt such a data-driven, experimental approach to product development, we recently kicked off a product discovery “pilot program.” Small, cross-functional teams were paired with coaches and facilitators over a six week period to demonstrate product discovery and Lean methodologies as they apply to real-world customer opportunities at The New York Times.
This is such a great way to introduce Lean activities into a large enterprise. Start with a small project, prove value, then expand.
The team also made an “activity guide” for teams to follow, and it reads like a cheat sheet for developing great products. This is really impressive work. Here’s the guide: