The rise of the tigermonkey
Senior Developer, REA Group
Take a risk – you might learn something!
When some unusual circumstances occur, brave leaders will trust their staff to try something a little different. This is a fast-paced case study of building a mobile app from zero to MVP in 8 weeks with a very lean team. No delivery lead, no business analyst, and no real plan. Just a couple of developers in Melbourne, a pair in Xi’an and a product guy. What could go wrong?
The business was faced with some financial constraints so the formation of a new team was postponed. This left some resources under-utilised for a couple of months. The idea of building a mobile app had been floated for a long time, but never made it to the top of the priority list. This situation provided us with a challenge that could not be ignored. The decision was taken to form a Lean ‘Tiger’ team to take up the challenge.
Designs and a definition of an MVP were quickly cobbled together. Success was defined as creating a shippable app within the time allocated. Could we do it?
Come on a journey to see what happens. Along the way, discover the good, the bad and the ugly of throwing normal processes out the window. Also learn about the wonderful world of Fourth Stream Agility, Emoji First Development, Hoff charts, Data Experience and a whole lot more!
The lessons presented here, while born under strange circumstance, have helped improve our everyday work practices. This experience has provided us with a deeper appreciation of the role played by the missing functions in the team, as we had to do everything for ourselves! We developed a techniques (by accident and design) that we have been able to incorporate in our regular work life.
Attendees will share in key takeaways, including:
► When is it appropriate to take a risk to deliver software
► What to consider when assembling a Lean ‘Tiger’ team
► Working efficiently with offshore resources
► How to engage all functions of a team to focus on a common outcome
► Simple ways to show progress to stakeholders
► Quickly iterating UI design with UX team
► The importance of presenting what is most valuable to the end user