Altar’s Product Scope
In the first step of our journey into your product, we focus on your vision. This is where we get to know your idea from head-to-toe and create a comprehensive brief for the project. It allows us to gather all the research needed, from numbers on the market to competitor benchmarks or any other information necessary. This will prevent us from being blocked by a lack of information during our immersive session together.
Outputs: Comprehensive Brief, List of research topics.
Bringing all the results from our research, we meet with you to craft a rock-solid value proposition and set the main assumptions to prove. Then we create the first draft of the journey your users will take through your product. These initial user stories will help evaluate the features during the next step – Product Rationale.
Outputs: Revised Value Proposition, List of Main Assumptions to Prove, Initial User Stories.
At this point, we’ll have all the information we need to create the ultimate list of User Stories and features necessary to prove the main assumptions in a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or Proof of Concept (POC). Our experts in Product, UX/UI and Tech Architecture will focus on finding the answers to all of the questions raised throughout our journey together.
Outputs: Complete User Stories, Key BPMN (Business Process Model & Notation), Tech Scope, Tech Spike, Business Model.
We spend two days together in an intensive session so that we can reach a state of absolute focus and dig down to the core of the product’s value proposition.
We don’t want to help you build a full-featured product only to discover the market doesn’t want it. We want you to succeed. That’s why we focus on the vital features needed to test your product’s main assumptions – leaving unnecessary features behind, or saving them for later iterations.
By cutting down the feature list to the essential core that is needed to prove your product’s assumptions, you’re not only reducing the risk but also reducing the cost. You will spend less on product development and at the initial iteration phase – fewer features equals less maintenance.
Picking the right agency is a key business decision and we want to make sure we are the right choice for you. With a Product Scope, you use a small part of the project’s time and cost to test our business relationship. You get to know us before committing to the full project.
Optional: When the business model is either undefined or unclear we also propose to study the most viable Business Model for the product. This study starts with looking at direct competitors, then parallel or similar cases, then we run simulations to then, together with the client, evaluate the best approach.
Our product decisions are based on a structured rationale. We need to know all the stakeholders in-depth in order to help to guide decisions about the product and also to help to prioritize the key User Stories for the MVP.
We get into the mind of your product’s ideal user and create the story of the journey they take through the product. We know from experience that creating user stories is better than lists of features because it keeps the user at the center of the process.
Optional: BPMN (Business Process Model & Notation) is a flow chart method that models the steps of a planned business process from end to end. This is usually needed at this stage when we have complex workflows. We design the key flows to be sure that we’re not missing any important detail in the main flows, and that we’re in sync with the client’s vision.
Optional: When the project is challenging from a tech standpoint we elaborate research and a memorandum tackling our suggested approaches for tech stack selection, database technology and orchestration.
Optional: When the project is so challenging on the tech side that the whole project could fail because of a technology bottleneck, we propose to do a Tech Spike. A viability check where we only focus on building a tiny proof of concept that proves the technology approach is viable. This is a risk mitigation procedure that allows the Project to move to the MVP building phase on solid ground.
We work with the best and brightest in tech talent to ensure you get high-quality tech architecture. For each developer we onboard we go through at least 100 candidates. Once onboarded our employees stay long-term, meaning they have a deep knowledge of the company and the processes we use.
We have helped founders and business leaders build successful products across various industries. Here are some of our latest case studies.
As ex-startup founders with a corporate background, we have experienced many of the struggles on both sides. We know there is more to a successful product than technology, so we will always look at your product from a business standpoint.
We value your end-user above specifications. We take the time to understand your client’s needs and desires. The result is a product they will actually use.
We have learned lean product development through building startups from the ground up with very few resources. When you build a product with us it will always be streamlined to the most important features for your user.
Having worked with numerous founders and business leaders from various industries, we have learned to adapt to new challenges quickly. Our experience and insights will help you build a scalable, high-quality product that effectively solves your users’ problems.
We have an experienced team of highly trained product owners, project managers, designers and developers ready to answer all your questions - no accounts involved.
Slack is our choice to manage project communications. We create a dedicated private channel with both team members and you (the client) to discuss everything related to your project. This ensures your project's information is secure and communication is efficient and transparent at all times.
Miro is a collaborative diagram design tool. Miro is the perfect tool to translate ideas into concepts and explain them to the whole team quickly and reliably. Thanks to collaborative features, everyone enters the discussion.
Google Drive is the go-to suite for those looking to work online and store files securely in the cloud. Text treatment and spreadsheets are mandatory so we use Google Drive to take advantage of the full suite to share documentation and collaborate with multiple team members on the same document in real-time.
Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes projects into boards. It tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process. We use Trello to stay organized and keep progress clear but also to gather everything you will need to know about the project in a single place.
Jira was originally designed as a bug and issue tracker. Today it has evolved into a work management tool for all kinds of use cases. Jira is our central hub for work delivery. We use it to organize and manage our design and implementation tasks to keep progressing efficiently toward each release.
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