Software Product Discovery workshops.

Your idea. Our expertise, and resources - how about that?

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You know what they say. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

That is why before we kick off any project, we suggest spending ~ 3 days on a workshop. We can talk about your product/project, the market and its specifics, the project scope, and the limitations. We can get to know each other - all of this, so the work is planned as well as it can possibly be.

Why workshops? AKA What’s in it for me?

Coming up with an idea for a product is easy. Shipping is hard. Let’s assume that what you want to do is to develop a bridge between you and your customers. You have the vision of how they will be using it. You see happy customers, you see your business growing. Everything looks perfect. But… is that all?

We know that the vision needs to meet reality.

We are here to help you assess how big the gap is between your customers and your idea. We are here to help you make sure the bridge we are building is made of the right materials. We need to prepare the right foundations, and prepare a step-by-step plan.

Finally, we need to make sure we are preparing you for what may happen in the future.

This means, that sometimes there is no need to start with a huge, concrete, eight-lane bridge. A simpler one will be cheaper to build, will be “shipped” faster and will do the job equally well. But… If everything works and your customer base grows, you will need to scale – and with the right approach at the start scaling will be easy. If not, you will face huge technical debt and legacy code challenges. In many cases you will have to rewrite everything from scratch - which means that you will have to spend a lot of money, and you will lose a lot of time on the way (instead of shipping new features you will be recreating what is already there - in a different, better way).

You know your product best, you know your business, you know the market, stakeholders, and business goals.

We are here to support you with our expertise to offer you the best technology stack and the best possible team you can get to make your plans come true. Within the scope and on time. Always with the goal of final success in sight, making sure you succeed in the long run.

We offer a 3-day workshop

(sometimes 2 is good enough, sometimes we suggest up to 5 - it depends on the given case. Based on our experience it turns out that 3 is a sweet spot).

Estimate

How does it work?

We believe in being open and honest, no bullshit. We need to make sure that we can offer you and deliver what is best for you.

01

Initial assessment.

Mutual trust is crucial. Firstly, our researchers evaluate your company by checking the profile, business context, history, available public data, and financial status. We’re fully transparent - if requested we can send you our business profile data.

02

Online call - collaboration model discovery

Armed with the basic data about your company, we propose linking up by online call, to learn more about the specifics of the project. Our Business Analyst and Business Consultant can learn more about your project, team, nearest goals. We can focus on finding the best collaboration model - we can work in three ways.

1. Time and Material giving you a lot of flexibility on the features to be built,

2. Time and Material with a Cap, where you have flexibility along with lightweight budget control, and

3. Fixed-price with less flexibility on changing already agreed features but giving you a better grip on costs.

All the models have their pros and cons and our first goal is to discover which is best for you so we will know how best to move ahead.

03

Project intake plan

Depending on the collaboration model, we prepare a project intake plan accordingly. Such a plan can be oriented around three aspects: team-extension, project-delivery, or project-ideation. The team extension plan is when the project goal is clear, the project is already being developed, the backlog of tasks is already defined and the project manager is on your side. You may approach us much earlier in the process when you might not have a complete vision on the project roadmap, or even on the features you want to build. Then we need to either focus on the project as a whole (an End to End project plan) or we can even start helping you with identifying the scope of the features you want to build. In this type of long-term project, it’s best to start with a workshop.

04

Workshop & Project approval

The goal of the workshop is to prepare all of the important aspects of the project so we can get the development going. This may lead to different sessions - about your stakeholders, vision, strategy, features, roadmap etc. A more detailed agenda can be found below.
This could include a summary of the project, outcome materials, team profile proposals, and the draft of an agreement to start working. We are already excited and ready to work.

01

Initial assessment.

Mutual trust is crucial. Firstly, our researchers evaluate your company by checking the profile, business context, history, available public data, and financial status. We’re fully transparent - if requested we can send you our business profile data.

02

Online call - collaboration model discovery

Armed with the basic data about your company, we propose linking up by online call, to learn more about the specifics of the project. Our Business Analyst and Business Consultant can learn more about your project, team, nearest goals. We can focus on finding the best collaboration model - we can work in three ways.

1. Time and Material giving you a lot of flexibility on the features to be built,

2. Time and Material with a Cap, where you have flexibility along with lightweight budget control, and

3. Fixed-price with less flexibility on changing already agreed features but giving you a better grip on costs.

All the models have their pros and cons and our first goal is to discover which is best for you so we will know how best to move ahead.

03

Project intake plan

Depending on the collaboration model, we prepare a project intake plan accordingly. Such a plan can be oriented around three aspects: team-extension, project-delivery, or project-ideation. The team extension plan is when the project goal is clear, the project is already being developed, the backlog of tasks is already defined and the project manager is on your side. You may approach us much earlier in the process when you might not have a complete vision on the project roadmap, or even on the features you want to build. Then we need to either focus on the project as a whole (an End to End project plan) or we can even start helping you with identifying the scope of the features you want to build. In this type of long-term project, it’s best to start with a workshop.

04

Workshop & Project approval

The goal of the workshop is to prepare all of the important aspects of the project so we can get the development going. This may lead to different sessions - about your stakeholders, vision, strategy, features, roadmap etc. A more detailed agenda can be found below.
This could include a summary of the project, outcome materials, team profile proposals, and the draft of an agreement to start working. We are already excited and ready to work.

Workshops agenda

The agenda is modular. It depends on what stage your project is at. Sometimes we start with the Business Model Canvas to understand your business. Sometimes during the workshop, we analyze the scope of work to prepare a roadmap. In other cases, we need to start from wireframes.

01

Roadmap and KPI Session

The most important thing is to understand the business goals behind the project and try to sketch out a potential roadmap at the highest possible level. This way, we can quickly discover the most important processes, domain objects, and modules to be built.

02

Domain objects session

We discuss the business specifics of your industry, and your domain. We need to make sure we are on the same page, and all of us have an understanding of the market we’re operating in.

03

Software architecture session

During this session, we will discuss the fundamental structures of a software system and the discipline of creating such structures and systems. Each structure comprises software elements, the relationships between them, and the properties of both the elements and relationships.

04

Collaboration model session

This is the time to discuss how we will be collaborating as a team. We will use our experience to guide you and your team into how to effectively work remotely. We will specify events, rules, tools and the challenges.

Check out the following flowchart to see how it works

Software product discovery workshops

Outcome

The point is to make sure that after the workshop (including the calls before and after it), we get you.
We know how your business operates, where you want to be in the following months and years thanks to the projects we are doing together. We exchange lessons learned to make sure that we won’t make the same mistakes twice. Then we plan a roadmap to make sure we will deliver exactly the tasks that you need to move your business in the right direction, according to the high-level strategy set up by the management of your company. (This will be personalized to meet your needs. In most cases, the outcome is as follows):



High- fidelity design

Key Performance Indicators

System Architecture (first draft)

User stories and basic estimates

Client Reviews

They were able to quickly become acquainted with highly complex requirements and always delivered on time.

Rami Akkad
Technology Strategy COO, SAP

The platform we built with Scalac, Inc. was absolutely transformative for our company.

Benno Kittelmann
Software Engineer, Elemica

We appreciate their flexibility and ability to handle work independently if needed.

Vishakh Vishakh
CTO, Cryptonomic

The team was also highly knowledgeable in the technology stack that they used.

Pawel Cejrowski
Senior Software Engineer, Tapad

SCALAC’S AVERAGE CLUTCH RATING 

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