Lighthouse Project

Lighthouse projects are the output of a Transformation Sprint. When companies attempt transformation they go large. Big project, big budget, big justification but, all too often, big failure. We set out to solve that problem with the Transformation Sprint. The lighthouse is the main output and one of the catalysts for achievable transformation.

A lighthouse shows the way. It is a landmark and a waymark. It creates a learning environment where executives, team leaders and specialists can learn what actually needs to change in their context, how it needs to change, what skills are needed and how to acquire those skills.

These benefits are not normally available from traditional project types – such as minimum viable products (MVPs), pilots or prototypes. In all these cases the basic objective is to prove a point, prove a concept or show viability. In Lighthouse Projects we have much different goals. 


The Lighthouse Project has five imperatives:


It has to be designed to affect a structural change, that is to move the needle on one important change objective.


It needs to embrace new ways to work; if the objective is to go agile, then this should be an agile project using a holistic team.


It has to deliver value early and often, therefore all work breakdown will be driven by value rather than by a schedule.


It must be a learning environment for everyone so it should show and tell often and it should capture lessons on what the larger transformation needs are, what skills it will take and what the roadmap should be.


Because it is a scaled down version of a larger need, the wherewithal to scale back up through cell division, seeding new teams from the original team, must also be in place. It is part of a bigger plan and one cannot lose sight of that.

Lighthouse Projects help solve the transformation failure problem.