Navigating the Technology Product Development for Logistics and Supply Chain Companies

Jul 21, 2020

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Volodymyr Rudyi

As the final building block for how logistics and supply chain executives can use technology to gain a competitive advantage, let’s turn our attention to the process: namely, what to expect when you’re navigating technology product development for your company.

User Interviews

As a starting point, plan to participate in, and if you’re the product owner, facilitate user interviews.

You and your development partner need to:

  • Determine what’s needed
  • Understand if there are existing SaaS and/or hardware products that satisfy the need (or come close to satisfying the need)
  • Figure out if it makes sense to buy an existing SaaS and/or hardware product, rather than build a custom technology product

These are core questions that must be asked repeatedly throughout the process. Our goal at this stage is to exhaust as many options as possible. In the case of AgileVision, all of our team members are trained to think this way. 

For example, with one particular client, we looked at trying to reduce the number of electronics boards in their design. We evaluated which standard items could be purchased. 

When we discussed buying an existing solution, the client was concerned about outgrowing its capabilities. However, we decided those limitations were OK as a temporary solution during the proof-of-concept phase.

In similar client scenarios, we’ve also looked at whether we could build on top of existing software, and potentially separate it from what should be developed.

Agile Methodology with Two-Week Sprints

Once the exploratory work is complete, the development project is managed using an Agile methodology with two-week sprints.

Each sprint, or iteration, starts with defining the scope (i.e., a set of features that can be demonstrated and that provide actual value to your company).

Each sprint concludes with a demo of the results.

During each sprint, the product improves and more features are added as needed.

Once product development is complete, the implementation transitions into a maintenance and support phase to make sure that the product works and address any remaining questions and complaints from end-users.

What do you expect when you’re navigating technology product development for your company? Share your comments below.

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