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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

IMPORTANT NOTICE!
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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 want to go, 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?

Part 1: Arranging

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 how many days of more in-depth discussion we need.  This and the expenses determine the total price.  After you send in a 50% deposit, we set a date and a place (which may be virtual).

Part 2: Discussions

When that date comes, you and I, and up to four additional people at a time (maximum ten per day), talk for as many days as we agreed on, to discuss your situation, wants, needs, capabilities, plans, concerns, etc. in further depth.  We cover what it is you're trying to do, breaking it down into manageable chunks, and identify what is more or less urgent, difficult, etc.

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.

Part 3: Delivering

After our discussion, I do some more research to close up any gaps, maybe ask you some more questions by phone or email, and finally send you a report, containing an overview, and for each feature or other such requirement:

The rankings lets you do further calculations and sort them however you want.  For instance, you can divide the reward by the effort, to "bang for the buck", then sort them by that, within each phase.

The narrative and level of effort will let you stick them right into your issue-tracker*, generally as Epics, so your team can get right to work on breaking them down into Stories... or I can do that for an extra fee (see below).

After I send the report, you then have 20 days to send me the other half of the payment, plus any expenses.

How Long Does It Take?

As implied above, we need to discuss that.  My initial very rough estimate is half a day of discussions per man-year of effort you estimate to be involved, plus another half-day.  Then I will need about as long as we talked for, to write up the report.  There may also be delays if I need to ask you more questions.

How Much Does It Cost?

The price is $3,000 for the first day of discussion and $2,000 for each further day, plus expenses.  There is no limit for remote work, but I will spend a maximum of two consecutive weeks, and 20% of my time, on travel.

What Else Can I Get?

After you've had a chance to review the report, we can discuss whether you want some additional services, for additional prices we will discuss.  Mainly:

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

* If you're not already using an issue tracker, you probably need my Team Process/Tools Advice services first!