Design Sprint

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The Sprint Zero covers comprehensive pre-project preparation activities aimed to estimate the scope of work, terms, and budget for a specific project, get a vision of the finished product concept, and receive supporting materials to get a budget approved.
MVP Spec

roadmap, estimation, design concept

Senior

UX researcher, PM

to 5%

of the project cost

1-3 weeks

depending on complexity

Sprint Zero is required when

  • a non-standard project is planned with large scope of work, where it is difficult to formulate basic requirements and exact technical specification;
  • MVP composition is not clear: the backlog is ideal and large, but it lacks prioritization and assessment;
  • the architecture is not defined, and the back end, additional integrations, and middleware need to be refined;
  • the budget has not yet been allocated, and the project is to be pitched to investors or an internal project committee.

Sprint Zero workflow

1
Preparation
  • You give us a description of the product task, business problem, target audience, main competitors.
  • Quick briefing and analysis of preliminary requirements on the part of the business.
  • Brainstorm with both parties involved.
2
Research
  • Analyzing a niche and competitors, checking user needs and requests.
  • Highlighting features required for MVP and subsequent product versions.
3
Result
  • The graphic design concept of 4-5 key screens for iOS.
  • A short specification with MVP composition, including app architecture, list of integrations, and requirements for the back end.
  • A detailed estimate of the design cost, and a more accurate forecast of the development cost and time, taking into account the project risks.

Advantages of Sprint Zero performed by Surf

  • At the end of Sprint Zero, you get
    • well-reasoned MVP composition
    • design concept in Figma
    • integration plan and risk review
    • review of the back end condition on the customer’s side
    • detailed project assessment
    • backlog, project development map
  • The team consists of senior level experts with relevant experience
    • Project Manager with experience in implementing at least 5 products from scratch to release and product management;
    • Art Director, Designer, Strategist, Business Analyst with experience in implementing at least 2 projects in your industry;
    • System Analyst with experience in API writing (swagger) and back-end task setting in at least 3 projects;
    • Flutter expert, QA, Backend Leads with at least 4 years of project and risk assessment experience with successful releases under their management.
  • Sprint Zero reduces risks of
    • incorrect positioning for the user
    • unnecessary expenses for architecture or development
    • incorrect estimates at the presale stage
    • failure to protect the project budget within the customer’s company.

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Vadim Mazin

Chief Commercial Officer, Surf
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