SPRINT: Solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days – Monday [Summary]

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I recently started to read this amazing book. The book is very easy to read and pratical with lot of case studies and example. I found the methodology of 5-days sprint is really relevant for startup. And I thought about writing up a summary of the book.

So let get start with a why. Why sprint? There’re ton of startups build products that no one use. Lot of money spent, time wasted, and the startup went to an end. So people have thought about the way to build great product. Users gonna love it. And reduce the risk of startup failure.

So yeah, in order to have a sprint to apply to, you gonna need the following things:

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A sprint in this book is following 5 days of the week. Each day gonna be a journey of its own purpose.

Monday

Monday is super important. The goal of Monday is to find out the long-term goal of the sprint. It like the compass that help the team follow the right direction.

Monday begins with an exercise we call Start at the End: a look ahead – to the end of the sprint week and beyond. You and your team will layout the basics: long-term goal and the difficult questions that must be answered. Starting at the end like beign handed the keys to a time machine. You will know the future of your product. And you will started to question yourself that what would you do in order to get there. So here is the main tasks of Monday:

  • Set a long-term goal:

“Why are we doing this project? Where do we want to be six months, a year, or even five years from now on?”

  • List sprint questions
    • What questions de we want to answer in this sprint?
    • To meet our long-term goal, what has to be true?
    • Imagine we travel into the future and our project failed. What might have caused that?
  • Create a map

Map is customer-centric, with a list of key actors on the left. Each map is a story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. And, no matter the business, each map is simple. The map composed of nothing more than words, arrows, and few boxes. Here are few example:

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At this point, you will have reached an important milestone. You have a rough draft of long-term goal, print question, and map.

By the end of Monday, everyone on the team will have the same information, and everyone will understand the week’s objective. Next, on Tuesday, it’s will be time to come up with solutions.

There will be more.

SPRINT: Solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days – Monday [Summary]