a BOLD! MVP

We all know the Most Valuable Player in sports is the team member who excels or ‘performs best’ in a particular game or series of games, thus gaining the title of MVP.  When BOLD! determines we’re going to take on a client or a project, it is with the sincere expectation we’re going to do everything possible to provide that value.

We do that, in part, by taking a MVP approach in our software development, that is, the Minimum Viable Product. A software solution built to be a streamlined, functioning version of an app or technology platform that performs, provides value and with enough features and benefits that early adoptors grasp the concept and can embrace it.

Once deployed and available, additional development may continue with which to further expand or extend the app’s capabilities, but done so in partnership with these early users in something like a meta beta. Although focused in scope, the slimmer MVP still offers value and functionality in the product it delivers; it’s the process that allows more rapid deployment, hence increasing value to the  client by offering feedback from their market earlier.

Technopedia explains an MVP’s three key characteristics:

The standards underlying MVP were communicated in a book published by Eric Reis, called “The Lean Startup” which, here at BOLD! Technologies, we’ve had a great deal of experience helping to facilitate from a development perspective, i.e. startups.   http://theleanstartup.com/principles

One of the greatest challenges we often face with new concepts and startups is helping define the objective, refine expectations and focus on scale.  

We’re just as excited as any group of creative forward thinking innovators when it comes to new apps and technology, but experience has taught us that biting off more than you can chew can sometimes result in choking.  We love to work with clients with a novel idea, a reasonable budget and timeline, willingness to stay current and involved in the development process and then BOLD! can deliver brilliantly against those mutually agreed upon expectations.  

The principles of Minimum Viable Product in a development context apply equally well to projects for mature companies as they do for startups. Whether the process enables the technological platform on which you’re building a new business, or you are a more mature organization looking for team augmentation, whether the project is a foundation or a stepping stone, this strategic approach to development moves the idea to deployment more rapidly, and with greater operational efficiencies.  

BOLD! Technologies may be relatively small and agile, but we are innovators precisely because our size enables a smart and nimble approach to any project. From prototype to finished product, partner with BOLD! and expect more value from your MVP.

 

Are Waterfalls Agile?

Which is better?

  • Left brain/right brain

  • Agile/waterfall

You need a multitude of skill sets in an agency, particularly one in the business of developing and marketing mobile apps, websites, e-commerce and other technology platforms. Technology evolves and advances so rapidly you need the right resources just to stay current, and the complement of them to innovate. Envisioning, building and applying it on behalf of our clients entails a wide variety of backgrounds, knowledge, experience and approach.

Then there are the projects you take on. Some provide time to fully explore and develop and others require a more immediate development or deployment strategy. There are budget restrictions. Despite that, you can’t compromise the quality standards you operate by and expect of the product you’re delivering.

Some projects, particularly startups, begin with one objective, then take a different direction for a myriad of reasons. We have to maintain a focused clarity against the end goal to manage the development process correctly, efficiently and with the right resources. It can’t be stressed enough is how critical it is projects are managed with an accompanying recognition of any changes. They can often be accommodated, but time or budget will be affected

Bottom line, different projects need different approaches.

Some of our developers have been around since the inception of the ‘Agile Manifesto’ in 2001. http://agilemanifesto.org/ Some come from environments where a waterfall approach was the norm. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterfall_model.  “When we pit agile against waterfall, it casts waterfall as old, bureaucratic and rigid,” says Jordi Teixido, PMP, chief operating officer at fintech company Strands, and project management consultant, KION, Barcelona, Spain. “But sometimes I see more rigidity in agile.”**

At BOLD! Technologies, we approach each new assignment and client with a clean slate. Whether we take an agile approach to your development project, waterfall or some hybrid of the two, that determination comes from an understanding and agreement of the objective.  Then we put together the team of appropriately skilled resources, develop an agreed upon roadmap, with timeline and expectations, monitor and communicate progress regularly and manage the process using the best approach.

Regardless of how you label it, agile vs waterfall, you can’t really say one is better than the other. Just as you can be equally bright whether left-brained or right; that light will manifest itself in different ways, and provide different perspectives. At BOLD! we’re confident that we operate agily, regardless of project process, deliver quality, innovative apps and platforms, work within agreed upon parameters so there are no surprises and consistently deliver technology solutions for large and small companies alike.

**https://www.pmi.org/agile-pmbok/approaches/beyond-either-or?utm_medium=Social_owned&utm_campaign=Agile2017&utm_content=BeyondEither&utm_thm=Agile

Women Who Mean Business

Please join Orlando Business Journal for the  annual Women Who Mean Business awards celebration as we honor Central Florida's 2018 women of distinction.

 At this year's awards program we will honor a number of  Central Florida businesswomen across the categories of: Business Owner, Business Executive and Women to Watch.  We will also recognize the 2018 Businesswoman of the Year and the 2018 Legacy Award.

Vox Populi

From the minute I got my first iProduct I completely embraced my relationship with Siri. No artifice or obfuscation, and no hidden agenda behind the question. I’d ask and she’d answer with a variety of helpful tips and information. She has a sense of humor and I’d spend a few minutes here or there on the latest “Ask Siri.” With each inquiry and data point she came to know me more and more until now it seems she anticipates me.

BOLD! The Kanban Approach

At BOLD! Technologies, we adhere to the Kanban model in all our development efforts. Besides providing a visual perspective on the development process, Kanban is a tool  that helps us determine where we are in the process, the development path we envision taking to get there, the timing and resources we’ll need along the way and enables us to evaluate and adjust progress along the way.