An Entrepreneur Guide to Creating Apps


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The percentage of software development projects that are driven by virtual teams is increasing at a staggering rate. Online marketplaces that specialize in finding and hiring freelancers, like Elance and oDesk, are experiencing exponential growth. But with this opportunity comes a problem in that over 50% of projects done by virutal teams fail. This presentation will guide you in the hiring and managing of virtual software development teams by taking you through the project delivery process from finding the perfect team to delivering on time and within budget.

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  • Is this statistic accurate without the term “remote” in it? Like I know we usually tell people that 50% - 90% of software projects done remotely fail[Vincent: May be a little high… but the success rate of software development projects in general is low.]
  • Change the word You to “Your”[Vincent: Done.]
  • I don’t think you need to add anything to the slide, but just make sure to explain what sprints and stories are since some of the audience probably won’t know what they mean.[Vincent: Will do.]
  • From your comment in the email, maybe just add an extra arrow coming down from “The Lean + Agile Cycle” and turning to the right to point to “Execute planned Sprint…” This would show it’s the first step in the process moving in a clockwise direction.[Vincent: How do it look?]
  • An Entrepreneur Guide to Creating Apps

    1. 1. An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Creating AppsPresented by
    2. 2. Vincent SerpicoFounder / CEO, Spotlight Software15+ years building software from developer toVP Product Development to entrepreneur Seth Weedin Director of Marketing, Spotlight Software Start-up and small business marketing professional
    3. 3. FACT!50% -90% of software development projects FAIL!
    4. 4. FACT! Your project can succeed with a bit of planning and an organized processof communication and accountability
    5. 5. Who’s going to develop your software?• Make sure to get this right.• Developers are NOT commodities.• Build a team that will last.• It can take a new developer 3 – 9 months to ramp up on an existing app.• Choose wisely.
    6. 6. Hire a Virtual Developer Online• Thousands of developers online at Elance, oDesk, much more• Much better chance to find the right talent you need• May locate developers at a very favorable rate
    7. 7. How to Hire a Developer• Communicate your goals • Describe what, not how• Require a programming test • Write and deliver an actual short program • Will demonstrate his ambition, talent and communication skills
    8. 8. Planning: It’s just common sense• Would you build a house without a blueprint?• Would you drive in a new city without directions or a map?• Then WHY would you build software without a clear plan??
    9. 9. Planning: Wire-Frames & Use Cases• Thinking your software through will save time and money• Provides everyone a clear vision• Wire-frames graphically depict each and every screen of your software, including the flow (UI)• Use cases textually describe the human interaction (UX)
    10. 10. Planning: Sprints, Stories and TasksSprints are predetermined Stories describe a feature of Tasks are the actualtimeframes to accomplish your software, like ‘User programming tasks1 or more “Stories” Registration’ assigned to developers to complete a storyPlan your Sprints and Stories in advance so that you have a good idea of the length of your project, and every knows what coming down the pike
    11. 11. ExecutingKeep everyone on the team communicating and accountable 1. Daily meetings (“scrums” or “stand-ups”) 2. Regular status updates 3. Daily progress reports
    12. 12. Executing: Daily 15-Minute Meetings • Daily team meeting (“scrum” / “stand-up”) (Everyone on the team) • 15-minutes (no longer) • High-Level (detailed meetings should be another time) Each team members answers 3 questions: 1. What did I accomplish yesterday? 2. What will I accomplish today? 3. Are there any obstacles blocking my goals?
    13. 13. Executing: Regular Status Updates• Email (or other means of communication) sent to all 3-5 times per day• Keeps everyone up-to-date on what everyone else is doing• Most importantly, keeps everyone talking to each other! Status Updates should include: 1. What are you working on? 2. How’s your progress, and are there any issues? 3. Your availability (when you are online, offline, away, etc.)
    14. 14. Executing: Daily Progress Reports • Sent by every team member at end of each day to team member’s direct superior • Great way to prepare for the next day! Daily Progress Report should include: 1. What did you accomplish today? 2. What will you accomplish tomorrow? 3. Any issues?
    15. 15. The Lean + Agile Cycle Execute planned sprint using Review the daily meetings, status updates, results of and daily progress reports the sprint Plan the next sprint, and adjust course if necessary Deliver your software!
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