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 the project we suggest spending ~ 3 days on a workshop. We talk about your product/project, the market and it’s specifics, the project scope, and the limitations. We get to know each other - all that to plan the work well.

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

Coming out with an idea of the product is easy. Shipping is hard. Let’s assume that what you want to develop is 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 is the gap between your customers and your idea. We are here to help you make sure the bridge we are building is made ofthe right materials. We need to prepare the right fundaments, prepare a step by step plan.

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

That means, that sometimes there is no need to start with huge, concrete, eight-band bridge. A simple one will be cheaper to build, will be “shipped” faster and will do the job equally well. But… If everything will work and your customer base will grow, you will need to scale - 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 - that 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 thescope and on time. With the vision of the end success, making sure you will 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).

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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. If you 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. Then we need to either focus on the project as a whole (End to End project plan) or we start even helping you with identifying the scope of the features you want to build. In this type of longterm projects, 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. More detailed agenda can be found below.
This can 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. If you 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. Then we need to either focus on the project as a whole (End to End project plan) or we start even helping you with identifying the scope of the features you want to build. In this type of longterm projects, 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. More detailed agenda can be found below.
This can 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. Sometimes we start with the Business Model Canvas to understand your business. Sometimes during the workshop, we are analyzing the scope of work to prepare the roadmap. In other cases, we need to start from wireframes.

01

Roadmap and KPI Session

The most important is to understand the business goals behind the project and try to sketch the potential roadmap on 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 business specifics of your industry, and your domain. We need to make sure we are on the same page, and all of us have the understanding of the market we’re operating in.

03

Software architecture session

During this session we are going to discuss the fundamental structures of a software system and the discipline of creating such structures and systems. Each structure comprises software elements, relations among them, and properties of both elements and relations.

04

Collaboration model session

Now it’s time to discuss the way we will collaborate as a team. We would use our experience to guide you and your team into how to effectively work remotely. We will specify events, rules, tools and challenges.

Check out the following flow to see how it works.

Outcome

The point is to make sure, that after the workshop (including calls before and after it) we get you.
We know how your business operates, where you wanna 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 the 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.(it 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 

Let’s talk about your project

We will reach out to you in less than 48 hours
to talk about your needs.

We will perform a free tech consultation
to see which stack fits your project best.

We will prepare the project estimate in 3 days
including the scope, timelines, and costs.

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