Agile Inception Illustrated

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Inception is critical to get a project started down the right path. Get it right and you accelerate your product development. Get it wrong and you end up in analysis paralysis. Pathfinder's Bob Moll and Glenn Bernsohn illustrate the how and why of Inception in 5 slides.

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  • Inception begins with listening to each stakeholder’s project goals. There is usually a wide disparity in the overall vision and scope at this stage.\n
  • Each stakeholder provides their perspective on expected business benefits, success criteria, marketing strategy, and technology assumptions. This information is captured visually for everyone to see. \n
  • An iterative series of structured workshops enables us to drill down into more detail and gain new insights into the solution space.\n
  • Inception concludes with a shared vision for the project and prepares the team for an agile delivery phase.\n
  • Inception uses a set of enabling practices and follows a regular pattern which prepares the team for agile development iterations.\n
  • Agile Inception Illustrated

    1. 1. Preparation Development Delivery ProductionInception Iteration 1 Iteration 2 Iteration ... Iteration ... Iteration n Launch Readiness “It’s gotta “It’s gotta work!” “It’s gotta sell!” be finished!” GATHER STAKEHOLDER GOALS
    2. 2. Preparation Development Delivery ProductionInception Iteration 1 Iteration 2 Iteration ... Iteration ... Iteration n Launch Readiness Marketing Technology Business RECONCILE OBJECTIVES
    3. 3. Preparation Development Delivery ProductionInception Iteration 1 Iteration 2 Iteration ... Iteration ... Iteration n Launch Readiness Understand the data and technical constraints User Interviews Multi-user workflows WORKSHOPS Workflow analysis (as is, to be) Brand and marketing impact Conceptualize simple organizing structure CONDUCT WORKSHOPS TO BRING THE VISION TO LIFE
    4. 4. Preparation Development Delivery ProductionInception Iteration 1 Iteration 2 Iteration ... Iteration ... Iteration n Launch Readiness Differentiators Marketing Usability User Needs and Desires Technical Architecture User Experience Workflow Branding UI Architecture CREATE THE CORE DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE (END INCEPTION)
    5. 5. Preparation Development Delivery ProductionInception Iteration 1 Iteration 2 Iteration ... Iteration ... Iteration n Launch Readiness DAILY WEEKLY INCEPTION Stand Up IPM Goals (checkpoint, adjust) (plan for week, improve process Workshop and daily activities) (group, small teams) Showcase Weekly Iteration Consolidate (review results with all preview (document, new ?’s, ideas) next week) Workshop Retrospective (review, explore deeper, test (continuous process improvement) Delivery Plan! assumptions) Consolidate SAMPLE INCEPTION PRACTICES

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