Why Kickstart?

Building software is hard and most projects fail. Once development begins, mistakes get costlier and fixes get more difficult. Product Kickstart reduces business risk with collaborative workshops and structured deliverables. Ensure your next product is a success.

Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Product

Uncover valuable insights about your customers, technology, and market. Build a strong foundation to ensure the success of your product.

Workshop & Deliverable

Goal Alignment

We prioritize goals for your product, technology, and business and make them measurable with specific targets. We also discuss non-goals — the dangerous rabbit holes you should avoid. At the end of this workshop, everyone will be on the same page about what success means.

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Deliverable

Product Vision

What value is your product bringing to its users and the organization? We align your team on a unified vision for the product and work together to craft its mission statement.

Workshop

Cover Story

The cover story session is an exercise in visioning. We envision your organization’s ideal future state — one so compelling it lands your organization on the cover of a well-known publication. Creating this cover reveals shared hopes and plants seeds for real possibilities.

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Deliverable

Product Roadmapping

In the product roadmapping session, our goal is to determine the priorities, interrelationships, and dependencies between epics. We also determine the overall order to build the product. The end result is a roadmap: a live document showing how the product will be delivered.

Deliverable

Competitive Analysis

Better understand your competitors and their products to gain insight into the opportunity space for your business.

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Workshop

Problem Statement Canvas

Empathize with your customers by understanding the obstacles in their way and the potential consequences of them missing their goals. This will help in creating more informed solutions.

Design

Create beautiful applications grounded in customer insights. Visualize what your minimum viable product could look like and test it with real users.

Workshop & Deliverable

Customer Journey Mapping

A customer journey map visualizes how customers interact with your organization across different touchpoints. By picturing the end-to-end experience, it highlights opportunities to improve customer engagement.

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Workshop & Deliverable

User Story Mapping

User story maps plot requirements in a narrative format to help you view the user experience holistically without missing key requirements. We prioritize these requirements to make better decisions about adding or cutting scope. This helps in prioritizing near-term and long-term features.

Workshop & Deliverable

Personas

Personas aggregate insights about real customers into archetypes. We use research insights and your experience working with customers to create personas. We focus less on things like demographics, and more on things like goals and pain points.

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Workshop

Design Studio

In a design studio, we visually represent the product through sketching and storyboarding. We begin by creating several divergent ideas and work as a group to narrow them down to the most viable solutions. At the end of this workshop, you will have complete storyboards that show how someone uses the product to complete a task.

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Creative Matrix

Strategic, focused brainstorming. We address a specific problem statement using “enablers.” An enabler is a specific tool or technique we could incorporate into our product. You leave with a prioritized set of ideas to solve specific customer challenges.

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Workshop & Deliverable

Research Planning

Design experiments to test your most important problem statement. Get a tactical plan for gathering insights from real users that you can use to plot the way forward.

Deliverable

Prototyping

We’ll craft a prototype that’s not just engaging, but also technically feasible. This gives your team a tangible idea of what your product can look like. The prototype also lets you put a version of your product in the hands of real users. This reveals what’s working and what isn’t.

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Engineering

Understand the technical constraints of your existing systems and receive actionable recommendations for the next phase of work: building the product.

Deliverable

Tech Ecosystem

We enumerate the discrete but interdependent relationships between components, systems, digital products, and data sources. Understanding the technical ecosystem provides a more holistic view as well as insights on leveraging new and existing assets.

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Deliverable

System Architecture

In this workshop, developers work with product experts and designers to understand product and business rules that affect system design. From these requirements, we develop architectural proposals to extend existing frameworks or perform greenfield development.

Kickstart is Flexible

You don’t have to work around Kickstart, it adapts to your needs. You can jump in at any stage of the process. For example, if your team has already done user and market research, we can pick up the baton and start from the next stage.

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