Day 1 - define the goal
What should get better, how much better, and for whom? These are the crucial questions to answer if you want your development project to have maximum success. New products are usually created to simplify or improve life for certain people or groups. In order to develop the right product, we need to know who they are. Who is ready to pay for our products? We call them our stakeholders.
We also need to figure out what problem to solve. What should improve and by how much? It is important to invest your development budget in solving the right problem and nothing else. All too often, organizations end up focusing on the wrong problem and the solutions created are based on assumptions or - in the worst case - on something like "what the development manager thought seemed cool."
Together, we define what should improved by writing down the ten most important requirements for the project. All the requirements are quantified - in other words we put a number on exactly how much value we want to deliver to our stakeholders. It's not enough to write "better, more entertaining, faster." Everyone can quantify money. We will learn how to quantify when it comes to "better, more entertaining, faster."