Things learned from being part of a failed startup

Root Cause Analysis

Quality

Sacrificed quality for feature delivery

No one took ownership over quality

We didn’t practice iterative development as a company

We didn’t measure ourselves or our processes

Product Development

There was a product but no product team behind it

The solution to having no clear product owner was to delegate to a design committee

We never really validated the features we developed

Architecture

We made RADs the foundations of what we built instead of using them to test ideas

Solution was architected by one person not a team

Staff and Culture

Staff were not performance managed

The culture of the company at the start was around hacking

In conclusion

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