Before starting on a journey of building and launching a tech product, we at TSF believe it’s important to ensure, as much as possible and as quickly as possible, that the startup idea solves a real problem, has financial potential, and is deliverable within the reasonable time and budget.
Using the techniques adapted from the Design Sprint process devised by Google Ventures, we’ll go through problem analysis, user journey mapping, ideation, user experience design and prototype testing to ensure problem solution fit and polish – resulting in the clear scope of the product for MVP (minimal viable product) phase, and 1.0 and future releases.
This process allows you, the founder, the investors and the technology team to come to a common understanding, clear vision and a well defined execution plan that gives everyone involved confidence to start the journey and kick off product development.
For investors, the clear product vision, financial model and technology roadmap and implementation plan, goes a long way to ensure the funding can be agreed and the founder’s idea brought to reality.
The ideas from the Google’s Design Spring are enriched by TSF technology expertise to create Startup Sprint process.
Our tech team includes published authors and has been involved in running technology teams within some of the largest companies in the UK and the world stage, and building and launching successful tech products for a number of tech startups across the North.
We will be fully at your disposal, to ensure we have best of breed, cloud-native technology architecture, use programming languages and frameworks best fit for the problem at hand, including the talent availability consideration for the team structure and hiring strategy that will be most effective in the short (MVP delivery) as well as long term growth and maturity.
Finally, we’ll bring our director’s vast experience in launching and running successful business, to cover business planning and financial modelling, ensuring the proposed idea has a relevant product market fit, and explore strategies for customer acquisition activation and monetisation, as well as exit strategies.
We begin by helping you to define your proposition using industry recognised tools such as the value proposition canvas (VPC) and business model canvas (BMC) to identify the key moving parts in the business. Using these we can then help to develop an initial business model to demonstrate the viability of the proposition.
Here we begin using some of the techniques from the design sprint alongside some of our own techniques to help define the key users in the system and develop initial user journeys and identify which flows would constitute a minimum viable product.
Alongside this, the team begin looking at the technologies available and selecting what would be most appropriate
At the end of the startup sprint, we’ll have all the resources and assets required to start confidently talking to investors and kick off the product MVP build phase – read on for the next steps in the startup journey with TSF.
“Clarity. As a startup, there are endless possibilities of what direction you can take. Going through the exercises of the design sprint lead by Chuck helped me challenge my current thinking. Plus it brings the team together, so we can collectively drive forward.”
“[What I valued most from the sprint was] generating new ideas and getting input from others.”