ToDo Startup [2]: structure at minimum



Launching a new business consists finally in delivering 3 outcomes:

  • create a Solution

  • sell it to Clients

  • and Manage overall.


A young company is often a very small team and must not overstructure its operating model.

However, it is more efficient to be clear on roles and responsibility.


A simple approach to structure when starting up is to mirror the company's 3 outcomes.



MANAGEMENT

Objective

  • Define-Assign-Monitor roadmap

  • Ensure resources availibility

  • Administrate efficiently


Activities

Project mode

  • Strategy & plan

  • Administration setup (legal, bank, accountant, insurance...)

  • Funding (pre-order, subsidy, loan, investment...)

  • Hiring


Run mode

  • Coaching (if there is a team)

  • Monitoring

  • Creating a culture

  • Administration


Typical profile

CEO - COO - CFO


Tools

(start with basic, ideally free, ones)

  • Office suit

  • Project management SaaS

  • Internal communication SaaS

  • Micro budgeting & accounting SaaS (may start with the Office suit)



SOLUTION

Objective

Deliver solution in scope (features, time...) & quality


Activities


Project mode

  • User story

  • Clients testing (iterations)

  • Specification

  • Building

  • Testing


Run mode

  • Maintainance & improvement

  • Coaching (if there is a team)

  • Monitoring


Typical profile

CPO - CTO


Tools

(start with basic, ideally free, ones)

  • Mockup, wireframe SaaS

  • Features management SaaS (may start with the Office suit)



CLIENT

Objective

Grow clients base according to the pricing model


Activities

Project model

  • Go to market plan

  • Build

  • Test


Run mode

  • Maintain & improve

  • Coach (if there is a team)

  • Monitor


Typical profile

CMO (in particular if b2C market) - CSO (if B2B market)


Tools

(start with basic, ideally free, ones)

  • Landing page SaaS

  • Survey SaaS

  • Chat SaaS

  • Micro crm SaaS (may start with the Office suit...



While this can be enriched, such an organisation can be a good start for a fresh start!