BUILD GREAT PRODUCTS: Introduction to LEAN Product Development


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Intro to Product Development for Consumer Apps.

Learn how to build a high-quality consumer app, from the eyes of a Project Manager.
This simple guide shows you how we built Klooff, the internet's pet network.


Created by Mario Encina, Head of Product at Klooff.

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BUILD GREAT PRODUCTS: Introduction to LEAN Product Development

  1. 1. Intro to PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT Learn how to build consumer apps, through the eyes of a Project Manager. November 2013
  2. 2. This is how we built Klooff, the internet’s pet network. Our method applies to basic and complex consumer apps. We suggest you start executing as quickly as possible and fix the car while you’re on the road! The best time to get started is now. *Launch: December 2013
  3. 3. Project Manager Role Design Development PM What does the Project Manager do? Business
  4. 4. Overview 1. Wireframes 2. Design UI/UX 3. Define Technology 4. Define Project Scope 5. Documentation (Functional Specifications) 6. SCRUM + Sprints
  5. 5. 1. Wireframes Important Questions Objectives? “What do we want the user to do? What do you get out of it?” Features? “What does the user need, in order to get what he wants?” Screens? “What’s the simplest way to use this?” Elements? “What do the screens need to let the user reach the objectives through the Features?” User Flows? “What is the path of least resistance, that connects all of the above? ! ! Execution ! ! Paper and pen PPT Balsamiq Materials (Post its, play-dough) Rapid Prototyping (see Tom Chi)
  6. 6. 1. Wireframes To build good wireframes, prioritise: User Flow ! Objectives Features Screens Elements
  7. 7. 2. Design UI/UX Important Questions Look and feel? “How do we want the user to FEEL?” Form follows function? “Is the design adequate for the user’s objectives?” Formats? “Are we being consistent with file naming and formats? Are we making the PM’s and Dev’s job easier?” ! ! ! ! Moodboards AI Execution PSD Dropbox Naming
  8. 8. 2. Design UI/UX 2.1 Dropbox 1. Organise your files by screens, it’s easier. 2. Be extra careful when naming them. 3. Be consistent and keep version control.
  9. 9. 3. Define Technology Important Questions Purpose of each tech? “Why are we choosing this technology and not another one?” Right fit? “Is this the best tech for our product, stage, team, budget?” Support? “Does this technology have a strong community, libraries?” Feasible? “Is it realistic for us to use this?” Cost-effective? “Does this tech fit our budget and deadline?” Scalable? ! “Will it let me scale from 1-1M users? ! ***Should I even worry about this right now?” ! Maintenance? Execution Performance? ! Speed? ! ! Research Stack Exchange Wikipedia Quora Networking Blogs Similar Products
  10. 10. 4. Project Scope Important Questions Features? “Am I including absolutely ALL my features? Am adding things that weren’t considered?” Time? “Are we dealing with a time deadline or deliverable product deadline?” Money? “Am I getting charged per hour, per sprint, per project? What happens if it takes longer? What happens if it’s not what I expected?” Team? “Is the team 100% dedicated to me? Do I know who they are and what their roles are? How often do I interact with them? Do I interact with everyone?” Legal? “Did my attorney revise the SOW and Contract thoroughly? Am I aware of the risks implied and the consequences?” Statement of Work ! Spreadsheet Execution Contracts ! Lawyers
  11. 11. 4. Project Scope 4.1 Project Scope: Feature Spreadsheet 1. This document will command how your final product will work. 2. You are going to commit to what’s written here. *Be as clear and specific as you can, but use simple language. ! Assume your counterpart has never used an app before.
  12. 12. 5. Documentation Important Questions Priority? Urgent vs Important “Are we doing what’s urgent or just important?” Structure? “Am I being consistent with the structure of my documentation?” Communicating clearly? “Is it easy to look back and understand progress at each stage?” Record? “Am I keeping record of all deliveries, versions, notes, conversations?” Language? “Am I being technical enough? Am I being simple enough?” ! Total Control? “Do I have TOTAL CONTROL of every moving part involved in this project? ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING???” Execution Feedback Google Docs Basecamp Trello Phone Skype Hangouts Test Plan
  13. 13. 5. Documentation 5.1 Documentation: Spec Sheets 1. Separating the project into 3 layers has helped me keep very close monitoring of the project progress. Every screen should have 3 layers: 1. Elements Layer 2. Functional Layer 3. Features Layer
  14. 14. 5. Documentation 5.1.1 Elements Layer
  15. 15. 5. Documentation 5.1.2 Functional Layer
  16. 16. 5. Documentation 5.1.3 Features Layer
  17. 17. 6. SCRUM + Sprints Important Questions MVP? “How should my MVP look like? Can I take ingredients off the hotdog and still call it “hotdog”?” Team? “How should my team be structured for best output? Should we add/remove team members?” Time? “How often do I want deliveries? How long should sprints be? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? Feature-based?” Priority? “Should we build new features, fix bugs, our iterate/test existing features?” KPIs? “How am I measuring progress? What are the best Key Performance Indicators” ! ! ! Pivotal Tracker Execution Basecamp Asana
  18. 18. About me ! I’m not a developer. I’m not a designer. I’m a finance guy that loves building product. ! Learning is what I enjoy most. I encourage anyone who wants to build product to simply start doing it. You don’t need to know everything; the best time to start is now! ! Build products people love using. Build simple experiences that make people happy and engaged. ! Hope this is helpful! ! ! Mario Head of Product at Klooff
  19. 19. Suggested Reading Book: ReWork ! Actually, don’t read too much! Start executing now.
  20. 20. THANK YOU! ! ! ! Jane Chung Alejandro Russo Mario Encina The Klooff Team !