Here at Haneke Design, we have taken great care to create an effective process around our hybrid software development methodology. One of the initial steps of our process is the Definition Phase during which we conduct an in-depth definition sprint to help us understand our clients’ goals and objectives. This workshop facilitates collaborative discussions that allow us to produce a sound understanding of the business goals related to the product, who the end-users are, the pain points that the product solves, and the desired feature set. By the end of these sessions, we have a full roadmap for design and development that sets the foundation for the entire scope of work. While this approach requires an increased amount of work up-front, it saves time on the design and development phases because we have a clear understanding of the business goals and objectives, ultimately saving you time and money.
These workshops are laid out as follows:
- Share the idea.
- Define the business goals related to the product.
- Define the users of the product.
- Define the user pain points.
- Establish solutions to pain points.
- Define the desired feature set.
- Define minimum viable product (MVP) features.
- Define user story outline.
- Create a roadmap for design and development.
These collaborative workshops provide us with all the information needed to have a sound understanding of the proposed digital solution. In the weeks that follow, our team here at Haneke Design creates the user assessment, MVP user stories, and spirit design. With this, we are able to deliver high-level estimates for both the design and build phases of the project as well as a timeline for completion.
These workshops have proven to be an invaluable step in our software development process, but the current climate, due to COVID-19, has forced us to re-evaluate our methods. By leveraging digital tools, we have successfully and seamlessly transitioned to entirely virtual definition sprints. Some of the digital tools that have allowed our team to remain productive as we continue to practice social distancing include:
- Zoom – video conferencing platform used to conduct our virtual meetings
- Slack – used internally as our primary means of communication for messages & voice/video calls
- Balsamiq – a wireframing app that we use to create a virtual “whiteboard”, which allows users to add notes and collaborate in real-time
- Basecamp – project management tool used to collaborate with our clients
“During this time of uncertainty, it is important that we are able to adapt to a remote workforce efficiently and effectively without missing a beat,” said Jody Haneke, CEO of Haneke Design. “Our team here at Haneke has done just that. While the ability to conduct face to face meetings is preferred, our agile approach to working remotely has allowed us to continue to deliver work during this critical time.”
Are you interested in enhancing your digital strategy? Contact us for a personalized consultation and to schedule a virtual definition sprint that will leave your company with a product roadmap prioritized by its highest value features.