What is QuickStart?
Here at the FT we have been trialling a new method (at least for us!) of beginning a software development project. Essentially, the entire team (developers, testers, product owners) assemble in a room with the aim of producing a quick and dirty prototype based off a given value statement. We also invite people from other teams who have an interest in what we’re about to do: either they’re going to use the functionality we are developing or they need to provide us with something for it to work. We call this a QuickStart session.
The idea is that we learn about complexity to a good level of detail early on, allowing us to provide reasonable, evidence-based estimates to the business.
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We have recently experimented with some dev-first approaches for some distinctly different scenarios
- riffing on a specific theme; generating and exploring lots of ideas quickly
- starting a tech-architecture-heavy project
and were very happy with the outcomes.
tl;dr The essence of both approaches is
- get the core group sitting in the same room for a day (Co-location is great. Who knew?)
- dump all possibly relevant information into the mix at the start
- let the developers have a play
- see what happens
What follows in this post is a more detailed look at the approach we took for …
Riffing on a specific theme; generating and exploring lots of ideas quickly
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