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Dave Aronson 
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The Codosaurus
(by Fanie GrĂ©goire)

Codosaurus, LLC

Software Development Consulting

What can I help you evolve today?

Services: Roadmaps

What Is It?

I will help you figure out how to get where you want to go, and how to get there.  That includes figuring out where you are now, if you're not sure!  Even if you outsource the implementation, you get a document you can use to "shop around" for a vendor, and some guidance to help them do it.  (I may bid on that myself, or not.)

Why Do It?

Roadmapping reduces the risk of your project, in several ways:

How Does It Work?

If you definitely want the smallest size (aka "Pterodactyl's Eye View"), we arrange a date and time, you send payment, we talk for up to two hours, end of story.  I do no research beforehand, let alone afterward, and you get no written report.  For the others, read on.

First, you send me some generic information.  I email you back, asking some more questions.  Some of these are generic, and some are follow-ups to what you said.  There may be some more back-and-forth.  This is all to make sure that we make best use of our limited time together.

If we determine that my roadmapping services are a good fit for you, we determine what "size" of roadmap you need: Medium (aka "T. Rex Tour"), Large (aka "Pliosaur Plunge"), or something customized.  Then you send in your deposit, and we set a date, time, and place (which may be virtual).

When that time comes, you and I, and maybe some additional people, talk for some length of time (see the table below).  During this time, we discuss your situation, wants, needs, capabilities, plans, concerns, etc. in further depth.

About halfway through, we'll check our progress, to see if you feel that we are on track to cover everything you need.  If not, we'll discuss options such as covering a broader area but in less depth, staying more focused, changing direction, taking more time now (if I'm available), scheduling an additional session for later, and so on.

At the end, we'll check coverage again, to see if we're really done discussing, or if we need to take more time now or schedule additional sessions.  We may need that to go into more depth, examine new ideas, discuss something we skipped, or other reasons.

After our discussion, I do some more research (in line with the size) to close up any gaps, maybe ask you some more questions by phone or email, and finally send you a report.  Most likely this will include a text document with general information and a spreadsheet with the steps, so you can do further calculations and sort them in various ways.

You then have 20 days to send me the other half of the payment, plus any expenses.

What's With the Sizes?

Some people can get going with less detail.  Some need more.  By way of analogy, suppose your project is to drive from LA to NY.

The main quantifiable differences are shown in the comparison table below.  I also spend more or less time on the initial email exchange, research, and asking you any further questions after we talk, roughly in proportion to the talking time.

Which Size is Right for You?

Don't bother asking your doctor.  (Nor your paleontologist, if you have one.)  Here is a handy guide to the differences:

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Eye View
T. Rex
(Small) (Medium) (Large)
  • We exchange info about your situation by email, and I do some research.
We set a date and time, at which I talk with up to this many people at your company: 1 3 5
  • remotely (by phone, Skype, Google Hangouts, or whatever)
  • or in person (at your office or wherever else we agree on),
for one span of up to this many hours: 2 4 8 per day
  • Then I do more research, maybe ask you some more questions (by phone or email), and write up a report,
in which your features are triaged into MVP, future, and wish-list, plus:
  • triage by size and business value, so you can identify the best bang for the buck
  • likely challenges and potential solutions, so you can be prepared for the future
  • issue-tracker* ready story and test outlines, so you can track your work, do it efficiently, and be sure it's right
  • MVP features
  • Future features
  • Wish-list features
all for: $498 $2,748
(plus expenses)
per day
(plus expenses)

* If you're not already using an issue tracker, you probably need my Advising Development Leadership services first!

If there's anything else you need, just ask.  Otherwise, you can go ahead and submit your inquiry.