A Chat about Processes for Startups with OkapiStudio

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A combination of waterfall & agile, the interactive web process helps you define a clear road map for your product and follow it through, step by step.

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A Chat about Processes for Startups with OkapiStudio

  1. 1. Keep calm & startupon!- A chat about processes with OkapiStudio -Dana Manolescu, Project ManagerAndrei Ostacie, Owner
  2. 2. • www.okapistudio.com• 7 years• Multidisciplinary• Andrei Ostacie, Gabi Lungu + team + networkDecember 21st, 2012
  3. 3. • http://okapiworks.com/infographic/
  4. 4. Why processes?
  5. 5. Our process• We are advocates of a straightforward & proven workmethodology, and we can provide relevant input in everystep of the process:• Plan• Design• Develop• ...and Iterate, Analyze and Improve every step of the way
  6. 6. Our process
  7. 7. 1.Plan• 1.A. ABOUT• First, we listen and observe. We’re excited aboutmaking new ideas take off, so we spend time on briefingand research while trying to learn as much as we canabout the future brand, product or service:• Idea• Vision• Target• Message
  8. 8. 1.Plan• 1.B. THINK & SKETCH• Then, we brainstorm. We work with the client to createthe perfect development strategy for that marketopportunity they’ve identified, defining:• Feature specs• Use cases• Business requirements• Site map• User flow
  9. 9. 1.Plan• 1.C. ORGANIZE• Make complex clear. Before we start rolling up oursleeves and dig in, we stop for a moment and do someplanning. Defining a strong foundation and a coherentroad map for the project is essential for long-term success• Tasks• Resources• List of deliverables• Time & budget estimates
  10. 10. 2.Design• 2.A. WIREFRAMES• Build the back-bone. Creating wireframes ismandatory because it let’s everybody focus on what’simportant at the initial stage:• Content• Functionality• Structure, placement of elements• Flow
  11. 11. 2.Design• 2.B. GRAPHIC DESIGN• And make it ‘pretty’. Based on the final wireframes, webring the brand’s story to life using visual elements andconcepts guided by the specifications from the creativebrief.• Concept, brand identity• Look & feel• Usability
  12. 12. 3.Develop• 3.1. Front-end• HTML, CSS, JavaScript• 3.2. Back-end• PHP, Ruby on Rails, Phyton, MySQL• iOS, WordPress, Magento• 3.3. Operational• Server setup, Scaling, Security• 3.4. Testing• OS/Browser compatibility, Usability, Overall functionality
  13. 13. • www.waywire.com - discover, collect & organize videos
  14. 14. • PortaPoet - poems at your fingertips (not live yet)
  15. 15. • www.charmroom.com - your new way to discover beauty
  16. 16. • www.cldmkt.com - social shopping in 140 characters
  17. 17. • www.thinknear.com - mobile advertising
  18. 18. Other process• Different, yet the same.• Plan• Design• Develop• ...and Iterate, Analyze & Improve every step of the way!
  19. 19. • http://theleanstartup.com/principles
  20. 20. • http://hackfwd.com/
  21. 21. Why processes?
  22. 22. Why processes?• Clients: save time & money, clear timeline & delivery date• Product: clear roadmap - features, metrics, milestones• Team: eliminate frustrations, foster team innovation, multi-disciplinary• Project Manager: logic flow, feeling of control• What else?
  23. 23. Final thoughts• How much process is too much? How do you balanceprocess with innovation?• http://startupquotes.startupvitamins.com/
  24. 24. THANK YOU!Dana Manolescu, Project Managerdana@okapistudio.comwww.dana-about-pm.comAndrei Ostacie, Ownerandrei@okapistudio.comwww.okapistudio.com

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