Prototype / New Build Playbook

Problem Statement

 

Whether you are a start-up or an established business, the need to get a new business line to market is vitally important, that new business line may require a new system, which probably needs to be bespoke (rather than just use an existing system or package) as that's what's going to give you the edge, however...
  • You have limited budget
  • Require a quick time to market
  • Although you have a good idea of what is required, you know that this will change significantly once you start, or get feedback from early customers
  • You don't really have time to go through the usual document requirements / sign off design / prototype / build / test... (typical of both outsourcers and internal IT departments)
  • However, this is a critial piece of the company jigshaw, so this cannot be the wild west, documentation stills needs to be available

 

So what can you do...?

 

Rulevolution Approach

 

With Rulevolution you model the process that you require, this does not need developers (a business analyst or similar will suffice), you can start with a minimal (MVP) system and then build on that confidently as the process matures.

 

Typically we recommend :
  • Start with some high level process diagrams, filling in the details behind the processes with notes you think may relevant / useful
  • Turn these diagrams into process models (this is "development" in Rulevolution), these are built using data examples created as you go
  • Create screens, validations, sub-process as you require
  • Combine all these models to create the overall "system"
  • Deploy and off you go
  • Modify (in a controlled manner) as you learn, in a very Agile manner

 

Process Screenshot

 

Process creation then becomes an iterative and creative process...

 

Interestingly our tool is even built in itself, thus cementing our believe in what can be achieved with Rulevolution.

 

Advantages

 

Rulevolution promotes an Agile approach, the data, and previous behaviour, act as constraints (the situations that you use, automatically become tests) allowing safe modification/maintenance in the future, even long after the original builders are not available or other documentation is long lost!

 

The Rulevolution system is intuitive and therefore quick to learn, thus requiring no expensive (or hard to find) experienced developers, and we're always here to help. In fact we recommend we do the first project jointly, but that’s up to you.

 

There's no reams of framework ("boilerplate") code to construct (which is where traditional development consumes a huge volume of time and cost). Thus you can immediately concentrate on what needs to be done for the business - adding business value.

 

Quick delivery does not mean high cost, our philosophy is that you should save significantly against a traditional approach.

 

You are also not locked in to us, we believe our quality service will mean that you will want to stay with us, but should you wish to export your specification (sufficient for an outsourcing outfit) then you are free to do so at any point.

 

You have the flexibility to change the system, safely, as and when you see fit, the system will keep the overall system in check.

 

As real data examples are used, this captures tacit knowledge (which is difficult to explain and often missed), this is then baked in to the model process (kept as an integral part of the model), for future maintenance whether months, years or decades in the future.

 

In summary
  • Quick to market with significant delivery savings
  • A business analyst (or similar level person) can learn quickly
  • Agile and flexible delivery
  • Not locked in

 

 

Interested?

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