We are releasing yet another version of Pick A Deck.
Thanks lean startup!
I hope in the future I’ll take the time for a proper return on experience post series talking about what is happening with our team here at Aix en Provence, France. It is truly remarkable…
The latest iteration to get to this MVP was a real pleasure to witness and be part of. The result is our best bet since our launch in 2012 with regards to getting validated learning. For that I want to thank Servebox with which leanpizza has teamed up to get Pick A Deck back on its discovery tracks. So, thanks guys!
Indeed, reasonably recently, we embarked on a journey of using the lean startup approach to discover a viable business model around Pick A Deck. Along that journey, we have already made numerous assumptions and launched a number of experimentation protocols to validate what are essentially just guesses. Some protocols required levels of application changes, some didn’t. Our latest one did: what we learned from it brought us to quickly pivot on the solution.
Now as a group, as we learn more about what our hypotheses really are, our canvas, our actionable metrics, as we reflect more and more on the questions we really – really – need to answer, we are brought to put aside the product of a large historical investment regarding the application.
Knowing what you want to measure helps reduce your MVP – really.
Our previous version was simplified. Today’s release is unbelievably stripped down and focused on generating one set of targeted metrics – only!
You see, at leanpizza we still believe being able to support cultural transitions better than current solutions is worth looking into.
The lack of success in most organisations in this area of culture change is staggering. What is crazy is mostly a lack of understanding of what it was these companies were trying to achieve when they launched their transformation. It is difficult in these conditions to know when you are deviating from your initial expected outcomes, what got you there and what to do about it.
The Pick A Deck startup is our answer to this current lack of a solution, and we’ll keep trying to answer this need until we are convinced it does not need to be fulfilled or that there is a better alternative for it.
“Enough of that!” I hear you say, “whats in the latest version?”
Yes, what’s in it then?
In the MVP we launch today, we have focused on removing every single friction in the following simple end to end user scenario:
User opens the app
User sees Scrum Transition Deck
User assesses their transition state one card at a time
User send their assessment assessment to themselves or someone else
We have also provided a much more visible way to provide us with feedback (but we are not measuring this).
I won’t even bore you with any screenshot, the app is super easy to use now. Seriously, try it!
What happens outside of the application once the assessment is complete and mailed out is not part of what we want to try and measure right now. One thing at a time…
We hope you enjoy the experience and that you find it useful!
What’s not in it (anymore…)
And now for the list of what we took out, from our application just to play this experiment:
- registration / login
- lobby view
- all tables view
- table detail view
- all deck views
- detail deck view
- deck creation / edition
- deck validation
- game creation / name / deck / table / players
- all players view
- player detail view
- invite player
- manage roles
- card details view
- card status change reason
- card description detail
- markdown wiki page behind each card
- activity stream
- muti-game casino
- cross games visits
- find “passed” card on other tables
- navigation to “passed” card on other tables
We hope you enjoy the lack of all the above!