Talks & Tracks
Every month we organize competence sessions at Sirus. We distinguish 2 different types of sessions: tracks and talks. During the talks someone comes to enlighten a technology of which he possesses a lot of knowledge. These talks are mainly one-way-traffic, the talker is the one who gets the speaker phone, the audience pays close attention. During the tracks, on the other hand, we try to achieve more interaction by delivering hands-on sessions. The different tracks focus on certain target groups such as developers, data engineers or architects.
The MVP’s of your morning ritual
Our last development track was a hands-on workshop, given by me, Tim Langens, in which we tried to figure out the MVP requirements for the morning ritual of getting up to start working. MVP stands for Minimum Viable Product and is a product with enough features to attract early-adopter customers. The MVP can help developers receive user feedback as quickly as possible to adapt and improve the product.
Back to that morning ritual then. After everyone had written down their own ritual, two groups were formed to determine a uniform process. It soon became clear that everyone had a different routine. For example, there was someone who just put on pants, while others forgot to go to the toilet.
There was even someone, I won’t mention a name, who insisted that washing himself had to be done after eating to avoid having his beard contain some hidden snacks.
The consensus: an MVP built to measure
In the end, both teams were able to come to a consensus that was broadly similar, but did, however, contain some differences. From this consensus, the requirements for an MVP could then be defined. One of the key points was that an MVP is built to measure: what works and what doesn’t? Another take-away was that it is always important to ask questions. Don’t just do what the customer asks, but keep looking for the reason behind the question. Just because the customer asks for a car doesn’t mean they need a car. In the end, that is the goal of us, consultants, to work together with the customer in order to find the best possible solution for his problem.