The fastest development process you’ve never heard of.
My favorite process for building a product (with a small team) is the “squeaky wheel.” It’s essentially no process at all, but might be the most effective process I’ve ever used.
Create a “squeaky wheel” process
Weekly Monday morning meetings
Discuss road mapped priorities, and what everyone will be working on for the week. Now is the opportunity to make changes to that plan.
These meetings should include the dev team, but should have at least one person who can represent external interests and priorities, either through a prior meeting, or their own independent discussions.
A team that uses the product, and feels ownership over everything. Everyone on your team is responsible for the final user experience (from first sales-touch to cancelling an account), and should feel empowered to speak up when something seems off, no matter how small. This is where the squeaky wheel begins...
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