How it works
Valuation of the Status Quo
The first step is to evaluate the status quo.
The Business - If you have a product that is already in production, we start from here and evaluate its current state and usage. We then review the functionalities that you would like to add and evaluate the criteria that will be used to prioritize them. If available, ROI, costs, and revenue figures will also be evaluated.
Organization of work and the development process - We evaluate the communication path used by the team, as well as any problems and needs felt by team members. Improvements that the team has identified and wants to make, but has not been able to achieve (both on the business and technical side), are also addressed.
The software system - The quality of the inner workings of the digital product are evaluated - the flexibility of the design and architecture. In cases of intensive software systems, scalability of the product will also be evaluated.
The evaluation phase lasts for no more than one day and requires the team (managers, business analysts, designers and technical leaders) to prepare a presentation using our self assessment package.
Work on the business, technology, and organization
The work on the business focuses on identifying the most valuable features. Those that represent a win-win solution and are able to maximize ROI of the business and, at the same time, maximizes the perceived value of the product by users. These features are often the result of splitting activities and reorganizing other features and require experience in order to be found. If the company is a startup, at the initial stage the same type of work is performed to identify the minimum viable product needed to succeed.
The technical work focuses on achieving a design capable of reducing costs needed to introduce new features. This capability will provide the possibility to realize new business opportunities. Francesco works directly on the code together with your to team to improve the flexibility and testability of of the software. Working on the flexibility fosters the scalability of the system. If working with a startup, the first steps of this portion of work involves growing the system without creating "code monsters" that can potentially paralyze development.
The organizational work focuses on getting the team to run smoothly and efficiently, without waste. This begins by identifying and resolving small inefficiencies that are capable of providing concrete, progressive, and measurable improvements. By improving processes, opportunities are widened. With Francesco, you will work on time management, decision making, and problem solving.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I get started? - The first step is to have a Skype call with Francesco.
- What information do I need for our first Skype call? - In order to get the most out of this meeting, it is important that you provide information on: product type, phase of production you are in, and whether or not the product is already online/"live". It is also useful to provide information regarding marketing and positioning of your product. Information on the team: Number of people and skills. Organizational information: How the team is organized, how team members communicate between the various functions. Technical information: Languages and technologies used, product metrics.
- How much time is required? How often will we meet? - Once the consulting has begun, three days per month is required. In the beginning, full time work is needed.
- Is it possible to work remotely? - In general, it is possible to work remotely after initially working onsite for a one month period.
- What is the availability of the program? - Consulting is limited to a maximum of three teams per year.
- Will you use my business case for other purposes? - My consulting activities often result in innovative solutions. Without revealing internal aspects of the business, it is important to me to share the innovations that are discovered. For this reason, any consulting activity that I partake in requires the ability for me to create a success story about the experience and the innovative practices found, without revealing any sensitive, confidential internal aspects of the business.