The Lean Architecture

January 21, 2010

This is the second in a series of articles on building elastic cloud applications. Read the first article here.

Adapting the Lean Startup principles to application architecture produces a few significant requirements. A Lean Architecture has the following properties:

  • requires next to none upfront cash investment
  • is flexible to changing application requirements
  • requires little time investment to scale
  • incurs moderate scaling costs

Taking these principles into account, it becomes obvious why some early design decisions may affect your business’ ability to cope with the challenges during the early stage and later growth. Cash is king and any required upfront investment directly affects the risk versus reward perspective. In Lean Startups where the product concept changes to reach a product/market fit, an upfront infrastructure investment may become obsolete quickly.

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