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Lean Inception Workshop

Stop being a referee for stakeholders.

Instead, create a space and time where clients, sales, engineering, product and marketing advance from a fuzzy concept to an actionable plan. Together. In just one week. How is this even possible?

Rev up the innovation engine

As leader, you pick the problem, give the initial impulse and give your team the space to explore, build connections and self-organise. They will track the windy path from goals to an actionable plan together, discovering a wealth of tacit knowledge along the way. You can participate in the workshop on equal footing or join only the opening and closing activities.

Empower them and watch valuable and viable solutions emerge in collaboration!

Put the customer into the driver's seat
of a self-driving car

Co-create. Your customers are experts on the problem and keen to share their knowledge. Delight them with unparalleled transparency of the process and the power to shape, integrate and validate the solution early. A seat in the workshop with the role of design partner offers them just enough control without feeling overwhelmed.

It's also fun!

Align and commit at a nascent stage

"It depends" vanishes here. This workshop creates a safe space, protected time and necessary focus for dealing with uncertainty. We acknowledge the big picture, understand each other's capabilities and challenges, and focus on moving the needle. Before you know it, everybody speaks the same language and feels confident to commit.

The telephone game is for parties, not for business.

"Mike organised a series of Lean Inception workshops for both internal and external people to iterate on the value proposition. Throughout he brings positive energy, great communication skills and a clear sense of responsibility and ownership."

Hylke Koers, CIO at STM Solutions

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Your workshop in a nutshell

Up to 12 participants | 5 full days | Includes 10 activities and icebreakers | Digital or face to face

  • Day 1: Kick-off, Vision, Boundaries;
  • Day 2: Goals, Status Quo;
  • Day 3: User Journeys;
  • Day 4: Features, Planning;
  • Day 5: Assumptions, Validation, Wrapping-up.

Start building the right thing now

I routinely work with innovative teams of all sizes that have differing needs, desires, and capacity to facilitate product development strategy, which is why I have created packages to suit different projects:


The complete blueprint.

€ 180,- (ex. VAT)

  • Scheduling tips
  • Openings and icebreakers
  • Email samples
  • Checklists
  • Notion page templates.

Organise and run the workshop yourself using our battle-hardened materials. While you are on your own with this package, with our comprehensive playbook, you will have the autonomy to plan and conduct the workshop as you see fit.

The Playbook comprises our industry-leading guidance, recommendations, and tools, enabling you to create tailormade workshops for your innovative project. Focus the collective efforts of your stakeholders and revisit the inception strategy when necessary with our blueprint.


The tools to do it yourself.

€ 4.000,- (ex. VAT)

  • Situation Appraisal
  • Copy of our extensive playbook
  • Board template
  • Four hours of valuable coaching
  • One month support via Slack.

We help you to prepare and run a flawless inception workshop on your own by providing direct and informative guidance specific to your project.

As well as coaching and ongoing support, you will receive all the necessary information, tools, and tactics I use to consistently facilitate seamless software projects.

Workshop (remote)

All-in, batteries included.

from € 17.000,-

  • Situation Appraisal
  • Participants screening
  • Nine sessions
  • Progress control
  • Remote collaboration tools
  • Feedback session.

A bespoke workshop attended by all key project stakeholders created, organised and run by me, Mike, an accomplished software consultant with vast experience taking ideas and turning them into well-founded software systems.

I will spend time directly understanding your unique situation, preparing sessions, scheduling, and processing outputs. These workshop sessions will help put your team on the path to success by aligning goals, creating a production framework, and providing you with the necessary resources to face challenges head-on.

Still on the fence? Does this sound familiar:

  • How to give the engineering team all informaiton they need?
  • Why does the client not use the solution they paid for?
  • What features do we need to engage beta users?
  • How come we don't need the features we've spent months building?
  • Is my architect again going to veto the new designs?
  • Why do so many innovation projects end up on the shelve?
  • Why couldn't the client tell us about this requirement earlier?
  • Why don't X and Y just talk to each other?
  • Is this new architecture really worth the investment?
  • We all agreed to this! Why didn't it happen?

If at least one or two regularly pop up in your mind or in discussions with the team, let's talk: schedule a free call. I will assess your situation and explain how this workshop can help solve your problems or advise something else.

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Hi! I'm Mike Kotsur, a software consultant deeply passionate about technology and innovation. During the last decade I've helped many startups, innovation labs and product incubators to validate and develop business ideas from scratch into well-founded software systems valued by users and customers.

I can help you with your next innovative software project!

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