Client: My biggest concern right now is that I am getting the sense that you are envisioning this project to be bigger than we need. I have put a lot of thought into the functionalities that we will need, and I don’t want to build a mega-yacht when a simple sailboat will do.
Enter the Inception Deck
In agile, there is a concept called the Inception Deck, where it helps us align expectations such as the size and scope of a project. The Inception Deck facilitates discovery, promotes transparency, and align expectations.
One of the topics that we would discuss during the Inception Deck conversation is How big is this thing?
As lean, agile, web developers – hence the name, Agileana – we agree that it is far better to build a lean Minimum Viable Product (MVP) with only the benefits (user stories) necessary to satisfy the basic requirements without gold-plating the project. The leaner and simpler we can make this, the better it is going to be. So, we are totally on board with going for a lean MVP sailboat instead of a mega-yacht.
If you want to learn more about Inception Deck from The Agile Samurai by Jonathan Rasmusson, I highly recommend you buy this agile bible and study it. It is a quick read – probably 8-10 hours. And, if you need some agile coaching, contact Agileana.