The App Trail: How Ideas Move out of The Drawing Board onto the App Store

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A Typical day at the firm

Production management is what happens on regular days. Running a business that offers development services, means you ship out products you make to someone else, who then owns and sells it to others. While it is hard to give up ownership, there are perks to being the most important cog in the wheel. A stream of interesting ideas will find their way to you. You will get to build some pretty awesome products or services that bring value to millions out there.

The usual day at the firm (for those who haven’t guessed, we are a development services provider) begins with checks to see if production is on schedule. Resolving impediments or addressing requests for additional resources take up most of the work day.

Walk-in Days:

But some days are refreshingly different. Days when prospective clients walk-in or reach out with interesting new ideas. If it is an idea that seems promising, you will want it to be built as much as the guy sitting across you. But, ideas need resources to materialise and patrons to survive. Both you and the prospective client will now embark on a shared quest to draw the perfect blueprint for the project. The customer has a rough blueprint and an initial set of specifications laid out for you. The specifications centre on themes like the choice of IT model, the business objectives, the product features and functionality. You offer a few suggestions based on your vast experience with product development. The client seems intrigued by some of the ideas put forth. He requests a detailed report that sets out the development process, the methodologies and infrastructure in detail. It’s time to call for a team meeting…..

Team Challenge:

When a new idea finds its way to the firm, it calls for a team meet. We bring in the experts to solve the business and technology riddles presented by the client. What follows are lively discussions among team members, with ideas that garner most support making it to the whiteboard.

Leaning towards LEAN

The list on the board was impressive…

lean paradigm strategy

The ideas on there could all be grouped under the lean paradigm. Once the principles were agreed upon, the team settles down to chalking out a detailed strategy. The possible impediments and enablers are identified. Any learnings from previous projects are discussed. One final task remains. The contours of the project report are left to be finalized.

It is decided that the report will focus on the lean theme. The first part of the report will introduce the lean-agile paradigm. It will also convey the benefits that lean development practices will bring to the project. The second part of the report will outline the various stages of product development. The report also tries to highlight the complementarities between Google App Engine and the Lean paradigm where applicable. Our pre-sales team is then assigned the task of coming up with a report along the decided lines.

The Report:

The report is ready and is reviewed one final time. It does an excellent job of conveying the thought and process which the firm uses to create successful products. It is now time for you to take a look….

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Murali Dodda is a Cloud Technology Specialist with over 15 years of experience. He graduated from the prestigious IIT Madras. Murali provides 'technology and business leadership' to startups and has overseen successful exits for several of them. He is currently leading a team of technologists at Bitmin, a hot new startup delivering cloud services. Murali uses his weekends to catch up on the latest developments in technology innovation, product development, and entrepreneurship domains. Being an enthusiastic blogger, he shares exciting developments & his experiences with designing & deploying cloud strategies through his blog. If you want an inside view of cloud deployment for real-world clients, follow this blog.

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