At SPR Consulting, we fully understand and embrace Agile methodology. And although it’s a common misconception that Agile projects don’t require upfront planning, we know they do. It just looks and feels a bit different than traditional development planning. We call this exciting discovery process an Inception.
An Inception is SPR’s approach to jumpstarting a project using high bandwidth communication techniques. The Inception is a critical, formative activity that sets the tone for the entire project. It fosters a clear, shared vision between the developers of the software and your project stakeholders, including business leaders and technologists. The Inception process produces comprehensive, high-level requirements and outlines a roadmap that allows our teams to start delivering immediate value.
The Inception consists of a series of time-boxed, dynamic workshops. Each meeting is highly visual and collaborative and builds upon the success of prior activities. We encourage our clients to “think big, but start small” and focus on an end result that will provide business value.
There is no “magic formula” used to calculate the duration of an Inception. This first phase of the project rarely takes less than a week, and larger projects can span four to six weeks. Compressing an Inception into too small of a time box adds risk to the project, as generated scope and estimates could be based on too little information. We rely on past experience and common sense when sizing Inceptions.
There are a variety of deliverables produced during an Inception that represent the envisioned solution. These may include: