Recently, I experienced the challenge of having a short project, and I mean really short: a 2-week project.
A dramatic reenactment of that would look like this:
I’m called to action. There’s a new project and it’s got my name all over it. I’ve gotten the assignment and I’m ready to really dig into that SoW and prepare for kickoff. My face shows focus and excitement. Funny… someone must have gotten the dates wrong; the project starts tomorrow and runs for only two weeks. That can’t be right. Is that right? Now my face shows confusion and fear. Messages go out via all known communication methods. Confirmation. It is right.
We had been hired to create functional prototypes for a user testing engagement. There was a finite date for this testing and it was quickly approaching. The prototypes have to take into account about six different flows and countless use cases. Like the delivery date, the budget was also fixed and finite; we had to do some fancy number games to get the right team composition to ensure the success of the project.
- Type of Client Company: Home appliance
- Type of project: Prototyping for user testing
- Cost or cost range: $20,000 - $50,000
- Timeline: 2-3 weeks
- Team size: 5
- Methodology: N/A
- Main goal: Accomplish prototyping to client specifications prior to user panel testing date
- Main challenge: Getting assets needed from the client to turn around a timely prototype
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