A night of dinner and drinks with some college buddies has wrapped up and you’re excited about what you’ve got in your hands. It’s a napkin, and on it, you’ve jotted down an idea. Not just any idea – an idea that can change your future and disrupt an industry. It might be a new crowdsourcing tool, a sharing economy platform, or a peer-to-peer network. Whatever it is, you believe in its potential. You want to begin developing your idea as soon as possible and as smoothly as possible. New cloud-based platforms and mobile apps are being released every day so getting your idea market-ready in as little time as possible is crucial.
That’s where NapkinBetaBeyond comes in. We specialize at taking startups from Napkin ➤ βeta ➤ Beyond℠ with our innovative two-week sprint model.
What Are Sprints?
In the design and development world, a sprint is a highly focused, short-term development phase. Prior to the launch of a sprint, goals are determined based on client needs. At the conclusion of the sprint -- NapkinBetaBeyond uses two-week sprints -- goals are achieved and the client has a tangible and functional result (for example, a login/register engine in place).
How Sprints Differ From Traditional Development Processes
Sprints differ from the traditional development process for cloud or mobile apps in which a customer signs a contract with a development agency to have the complete app developed in X number of months. With NapkinBetaBeyond's two-week sprints approach, the cloud/mobile app is developed in several sprints as opposed to over a single, lengthy timeline. As a result, clients receive a usable product at the completion of each sprint, and are able to test it out and provide feedback to the development team before launching into the next sprint.
The benefits of sprints to clients are numerous. For starters, output is enhanced:
- Agility: Clients receive a tangible and functional product/result at the completion of each sprint which can be implemented immediately, as opposed to having to wait for the entire project to be completed before seeing any tangibles.
- Consistent quality: Each sprint is allocated the necessary resources, including time, expertise, budget, and tools. As a result, quality remains consistently high from one sprint to the next and from one client to the next.
- Laser focus: A laser focus on micro-goals makes delivering on milestones continuously achievable. As a result, NapkinBetaBeyond effectuates on time and on budget to a much higher degree.
Secondly, the risk to the client is reduced:
- Low barrier to entry: Clients pay on a per-sprint-basis as opposed to upfront for the development of the entire cloud/mobile app. Barriers to entry related to funding and financing are therefore reduced.
- Fewer risks: Clients are not locked in with NapkinBetaBeyond. If at the end of a sprint, the client is not happy or are unable to fund subsequent sprints, they are free to leave.
Thirdly, communication and trust between the client and NapkinBetaBeyond is heightened:
- Evaluation and feedback: At the conclusion of each sprint, clients can evaluate the product for as long as they like. They can then provide their feedback to our developers who load the gathered feedback into subsequent sprints.
- Fewer surprises: Clients receive a predetermined output at the conclusion of each two-week sprint, thus resulting in fewer unpleasant surprises for the client.
- Transparency: A greater transparency is achieved as output is consistently delivered at the completion of each sprint.
The process is highly structured. Deliverables are determined on the Monday kickoff of the sprint, and delivered on the second Friday. For each project, we provide an estimate of how many sprints it will take to complete the client’s plan, and prioritize the most necessary components during the first sprints.
We deliver value and a working product according to client demands during each sprint. For example, Sprint One might focus on launching a homepage and setting up a register/login engine. By the conclusion of the sprint, the engine will be fully operational and the client has a functional product which can be leveraged right away.
Our two-week sprint approach is agile and iterative, which allows us to aggressively tackle a project in a particularly lean manner. If during feedback and testing, the customer determines that some functionality should be elaborated or enhanced, or market conditions call for a change in scope or a pivot, we simply factor that into the next sprint. As such, we are continuously realigning sprints with the overall plan, looking towards later sprints to prune goals that may no longer be viable or necessary.
The two-week sprint approach results in a controlled environment. Clients can still have the freedom to focus on a quality product, but not burn themselves on funds. We aim small, and so we miss small. That’s how we take startups from Napkin ➤ βeta ➤ Beyond℠.