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Project Kickstart Planning Guide

Walking you, step-by-step, through the core aspects of lean and agile principles, Product Kickstart is facilitated, focused, and action-oriented. Give your team a framework for sizing risk and complexity and ship product faster.

How the Program Works

1

Feature prioritization

2

Define KPIs and constraints

3

Codify information

4

Estimate scope

Live Every Phase of Your Product's Lifecycle in One Week

Monday

Kickstart Overview and Objectives for the Week

First day is an overview of the Kickstart process (discussion of working sessions, deliverables, and follow-on items). An open discussion about business, product, technology, team, and non-goals starts the identification of maintainable and cost effective options for the project.

Tuesday

Users, Tasks, Workflow, Personas, User Stories

Second day will be a facilitated discussion about the product itself and how users interact with their system. Think of it as the what, how, when, where and why of the product. From these discussions a base-line understanding of how people use the system is established and provides a forum on what works from a users perspective and what could be improved.

Wednesday

Design Patterns, UX/UI, Mobile First Design

The third day focuses on exploring prevailing design patterns being used in applications in your industry/project. Reviewing examples of other applications address modes that work well (and not so well.) The objective is to discuss and form consensus on the core modes of the application.

Thursday

Scope & Estimation, Agile Planning

On the fourth day the focus is on the decision making process for making go-forward technology and insource/outsource decisions. We will identify epics, work themes and story dependencies and begin a discussion on story prioritization. High level review of the core tenets of agile software development and terms of art followed by group discussion.

Friday

Priorities, Planning, Budgeting & Post Kickstart Planning

Our end of week wrap-up focuses on identifying priorities and constraints. A group discussion on priorities with emphasis on aligning user story work to business goals, KPIs, and SLAs. In this session we'll review (and assign) all follow-on activities from each day's session so technology and cost options can be completed for budget, timeline, phasing, and resourcing recommendations.

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