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Foundations

How we plan and deliver successful projects through our Foundations Method

Foundations Solves Common Issues

If you have had dramatically different prices in response to a brief, gone wildly over budget during a project, waiting months and months without progress or ended up with the completely unexpected....Foundations is for you.

Foundations attempts to solve and reduce these issues by using The Four Principles of Foundations

Familiar?

  • Wildly different quotes?
  • Way over budget?
  • Late, with no communication?
  • Not what you expected?

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.

Foundations solves common project issues.

Foundations reveals true costs and return

Teaching our clients a methodology to measure ROI of development is invaluable. Our existing clients continue to talk to us about Business Value, MoSCoW and Effort.

If you have struggled to get your head around why development costs what it does and if it is worth doing something then Foundations is for you.

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Rixxo Magento Agency Bristol Foundations Process

Foundations: Preparing for success

Foundations is Rixxo’s proven research and planning model that prepares a project for success. It was born of experience working with agencies, freelancers, internal teams and clients alike.

There are 4 key principles to our Foundations method:

Delivery On Time and on Budget

Our core and driving principle that projects should be delivered when agreed, for the amount agreed. We empower our developers to own their estimates and give them the tools and information to deliver.


Focus on Business Requirements

The final solution should meet the Epic, the objective, the goal. We agree to this at the start and remain focused on success.


Details emerge over time

We do not know everything and do not claim to. We expect the unexpected and the expected. We learn and react as the project evolves.


Demonstrate Control

There is more to a project than just you and us, we get that. You can rely on us when working with other stakeholders in the project to maintain credibility and communicate effectively.


All major projects begin with Foundations. During this time we take the time to fully understand your project requirements, your resources and tools so we can make justified and informed decisions collaboratively.

At the end of Foundations, you will have a transparent project schedule, plan and specification and everyone involved will be clear of their responsibilities within the design, development and delivery process.

The Foundations Timeline

Foundations is an exciting and challenging process but don’t worry, we’ve done it many times and will guide you effortlessly through the whys, the hows, and the whens.

By taking the time at the start of a project to fully understand your business aims and ambitions, we can make solid recommendations and deliver features and functions that produce a return on investment.

Foundations Questionnaire

It all starts here

A quick a comprehensive questionnaire to get the juices flowing and the information we need over to us efficiently.

  • Who make decisions?
  • What's the bigger picture?
  • Are you running under a grant or R&D claim?
  • What assets to do you have to start with?
  • What do you expect of us?

A value of ours at Rixxo is "to treat every client business as our own, and every penny we ask to spend as if it were our own".  To do this effectively we ask for you to involve us as if one of your own team.

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Workshop 1

At Rixxo HQ

  • Introductions
  • Understanding your business
  • Agree "The Epic"

Todays workshop is about getting to know the stakeholders requirements, ambitions and restrictions.

At the end of this day we will all agree on "The Epic" and how we will measure success.

Research

Prove it!

After the initial Workshop our team will find answers to the questions and hypothesis posed or find supporting evidence for "The Epic"

It's important to ensure The Epic is S.M.A.R.T.

Interim Report & Feedback

Foundations Report Draft V1.1

At this stage your report template will have been defined. The headings and sections will be laid out to carry us through to completion.

The details of our progress so far is added and distributed through the team for clarity.

Speak up! It's important to all be on the same page before the next Workshop.

We review the interim report with your team on a call to ensure we are all on the same page before the second workshop.

Workshop 2

At YOUR offices

  • Review the research
  • Talk about the solution
  • Learn MoSCoW and User Story techniques for next step

Workshop 2 begins to refine or define the final brief. We start to talk about functions and solutions that get us to The Epic within our available time frames and budgets.

The Foundations Report

Foundations is a collaborative process. The final report will contain the summary of our decisions, and most if not all of the following depending on the type of project being undertaken.

  • Demonstration of business understanding
  • Our recommendations
  • Prototype
  • Research
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Sitemap
  • Primary function user journey(s)
  • Wireframe example(s) of key content
  • System architecture diagram(s)
  • Design mockup(s)

Statement of Work (SOW)

The SOW is first expressed as a list of functions and features discussed during Foundations process.

Business Value Review

A process for measuring R.O.I

  • Assign an effort value for the development
  • Assign a MoSCoW value
  • Assign a Business Value Score

Using these three metrics in a focused manner allows us to prioritise functions and features delivering the highest ROI in the first version and ensuring Focus on Business Requirements.

This process settles debates amongst stakeholders, delivers focus for a project team and provides a measure of success during and at the end of a project.

Solution

At this point, you will have a solid and considered development plan. We will have agreed how success will be achieved and measured, Your team and ours will be aligned and raring to go.

  • A Final Foundations Report
  • A Business Value scored Annex of Work items
  • A Schedule
  • Budget Options
  • Agreement

Time to begin building.

After Foundations

After a successful planning phase it's important to carry on good processes. We employee several techniques, processes and strategies to deliver our projects On Time and In Budget.

Atomic Design Method: Faster, smarter design

Atomic design is a methodology where design elements are made in stages starting with the smallest (Atoms) and grouping them together, just like chemical elements until they become much bigger (Pages).

The five stages of atomic design are:

  1. Atoms
  2. Molecules
  3. Organisms
  4. Templates
  5. Pages

In web design the benefits of working in this way mean atoms, molecules and organisms can be used throughout the designs maintaining brand consistency, a reduced amount of code which makes your website faster, and importantly designing and editing site designs is considerably faster. We have seen almost a 50% reductions in website design time compared to our previous methodologies.

After your initial site-build, the atomic design process allows rapid prototyping of new pages, new components or the ability to quickly test out new styles, designs and user experience improvements.

Rixxo Magento Agency Bristol Atomic Design Process
Rixxo Magento Agency Bristol Agile Delivery Process

Agile Project Management: Constant, consistent collaboration

Agile is a project management method that is great for large projects with fixed budgets and deadlines. A typical project may work by checking items off a list until you are finished. This means that contingency in a project is built into time and budget.  To ensure we deliver out sites when we agree, and to the price we agree, Rixxo uses JIRA to manage our projects in a more collaborative and flexible manner.

Employing several tools such as MoSCoW, Story Points and Business Value, we work with our clients to break a project down into easy to achieve, bite-size pieces. We’ll know which are the most important, which will give the greatest ROI and which will take the most work. With this information, we can prioritise the workflow.

Whilst working with you on a project we are never more than 24 hours away from knowing exactly what is going on.  A daily standup for 10-20 minutes enables us to discuss the previous days’ results, what will be happening today and when the next piece of the project will be underway tomorrow.

During Foundations, we’ll teach you all you need to know about this project management method if you haven’t already used it. By the end of this first project, you’ll be employing some or all of the techniques in your everyday work.

Speak with us and you will understand why our clients trust us beyond being just an agency

We grow businesses pragmatically and with the utmost respect for budgets.  We treat our clients businesses and budgets as if they were our own.  Find out for yourself...