Inception Deck - Why Your In-House Dev Team Needs One
Once upon a time, a product owner named Sarah was leading an Agile development team at a tech company. Sarah had been with the company for just about two months, still, she quickly realized that there were some gaps in the team's understanding of the current project. She decided to take a closer look at the Inception Deck that had been used for the project and decided to update it.
Sarah scheduled a meeting with the team and began by introducing herself and explaining the purpose of the Inception Deck. She emphasized that the Inception Deck is a tool to help the team define and align around the project, and that it would help them avoid misunderstandings and miscommunications down the line.
Next, Sarah presented the existing Inception Deck and began to ask the team questions. She found that some of the team members had a different understanding of the project's goals and requirements, and that there were some gaps in their understanding of the market landscape and competitive analysis.
Sarah then decided to update the Inception Deck. She worked with the team to clarify the elevator pitch, problem statement, solution statement, and business model slides. She also helped the team to better understand the needs and pain points of the target customers and how the project would differentiate itself from competitors.
Sarah then updated the technical slides, including the solution architecture and delivery roadmap. She ensured that the team had a common understanding of the project's technical requirements, key milestones, and deliverables.
Finally, Sarah updated the risks and assumptions slide, helping the team to identify and mitigate potential risks associated with the project.
In the end, Sarah's updated the Inception Deck proved to be a valuable tool for the team. It helped them to define and align around the project, and ensured that everyone had a common understanding of the project's goals and requirements. Thanks to Sarah's efforts, the team was able to work more efficiently and effectively, resulting a successful project outcome.
User Stories. Sarah would work closely with stakeholders to define and document user stories, which describe the desired functionality or behavior of the software from the perspective of end users.
Test Cases. As part of ensuring quality and functionality, Sarah would create and maintain test cases that outline the steps to validate that the software meets the specified requirements.
Project Status Report. Sarah would communicate project status and progress to stakeholders and senior management, providing updates on the development activities, milestones achieved, and any potential risks or issues.