The ideal Boost project: a recipe for success
By Nick Butler
10 October 2019 (Last updated 24 April 2020)
Here’s our recipe for success in software development. It details the kind of projects that deliver for our clients, for our company and for the wider community. Find out if your project has all the ingredients you need to succeed.
Boost’s purpose as a company is:
Supporting others to create a positive and lasting impact
As a result, we only select clients and projects that are set up to make this possible. Based on our 20 years experience successfully delivering software development projects, we’ve distilled what makes the ideal Boost client and ideal Boost project.
The ideal Boost client
Our ideal clients are:
- Flexible and pragmatic
Is your organisation working to make the world a better place?
It doesn’t matter whether you call it a purpose, mission or vision. The key is that you are explicitly committed to making a difference.
It also doesn’t matter whether you’re a charity or other non-profit, a government department or other state agency, an NGO or social enterprise, or a business with a product that will improve people’s lives. If you’re making a positive and lasting impact, that’s something we can get behind. Because our team only choose projects they’re excited about, they bring passion and energy to the work they do.
Defining your organisation’s purpose
Flexible and pragmatic
Are you focused on outcomes and flexible on features? Are you happy to work in an Agile way?
To put it another way, are you results-driven? If so, you know what you want to achieve and you’ll opt for whatever solutions will work best. All our experience has shown us that Agile delivers while Waterfall doesn’t. That’s why we only take on clients who will adopt an Agile approach. As ICAgile-certified trainers, we’ll give you all the training and support you need.
By not locking in solutions or features from the start, you get the benefit of a fresh point of view. You also get the ability to learn and iterate as you get working solutions in front of your customers.
Why Agile delivers and Waterfall doesn’t
Boost Agile training
Do you want to build an ongoing partnership that maximises the value we deliver together?
We like to leverage the time we spend learning about your business by building an ongoing partnership. We treat our work as a collaboration. Once we’ve committed to a client, we want to keep on creating a positive impact together.
Not that we expect you to commit to multiple projects. We’re confident that the results we help you achieve will bring you back as new work arises.
The ideal Boost project
The ideal Boost projects have the following traits:
- Dedicated Product Owner
- Complex problems
Do you have a vision of the positive impact your project will have?
For a project to be successful, you need to know what success looks like.
We can help you clarify how you’ll achieve your vision via our famous discovery workshops. These workshops crystallise the impact you’ll have. They make it clear who your customers are and how your product will improve their lives. They help you set out your priorities for achieving this, and the steps you’ll take to get you get there.
You may even be eligible for a free discovery workshop. Email James today if you’re keen.
Boost’s discovery workshop guide
Dedicated Product Owner
Will your project have a Product Owner with the time and authority to be responsive and decisive?
In our experience, there’s a clear correlation. The more empowered the Product Owner is, the more successful the project.
The Product Owner needs the time to focus on the project and to understand the product. They also need the authority to set priorities and make decisions. It’s vital they can do so promptly, rather than waiting for decisions to be made by others. Ideally they’ll base themselves here at Boost. There’s always room and we love having our clients around. Being able to talk face to face creates fast feedback loops. As a result, you’ll deliver more value, sooner.
How Product Owners work best with software developers
Boost’s Product Owner guide
Does your project address a complex problem and require an innovative solution?
Our team thrives on challenges. That’s why we choose projects that involve complex requirements, architectures, data, interactions, workflows or all of the above.
We focus on software and applications that will build a strong digital relationship with your customers. Where we build websites and mobile apps, we specialise in those that provide services. We’re experts in transactional rather than solely informational tools.
As a result, our team is highly engaged with your project, delivering the best possible result.
Questionnaire: Am I an ideal Boost client?
||Is your organisation working to make the world a better place?
|Flexible and pragmatic
||Are you focused on outcomes and flexible on features? Are you happy to work in an Agile way?
||Do you want to build an ongoing partnership that maximises the value we deliver together?
||Do you have a vision of the positive impact your project will have?
|Dedicated Product Owner
||Will your project have a Product Owner with the time and authority to be responsive and decisive?
||Does your project address a complex problem and require an innovative solution?
Does your project tick all the boxes? We only have limited capacity to take on new clients, so contact us to secure the development resource you need.
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