Product Design Workshops are a great way to quickly gather requirements and build a shared understanding of project goals.
Over the past few years, we've employed immersive workshops to improve requirements gathering and accelerate product development cycles. Since the first workshop, our process has evolved quite a bit. I want to share with you what we've learned over the past few years and how we currently implement our Product Design Workshop.
Requirement gathering is necessary to build quality digital products – from small internal applications to large enterprise systems. Many organizations task an analyst or internal project manager with scoping out the requirements for a project. That individual will spend days or even weeks talking to stakeholders to create a massive document of requirements that is probably outdated or filled with inaccuracies. This time-consuming process is expensive and relatively ineffective.
Our workshops are typically two or three half-day sessions. While we prefer multi-day workshops, we occasionally host full-day workshops.
We start every project out with a Product Design Workshop. Whether it's a greenfield project, rebuilding an existing system, or adding a new feature, workshops help us quickly paint a picture of the project and get complete buy-in.
A successful workshop requires the right players, which is a collection of Kohactive and client team members. We'll need key stakeholders, subject matter experts, users, and internal project managers. During the session, we'll be making decisions on scope and priorities, so it's critical to have the right decision makers in the workshop. From our team, you can expect a product manager, designer, and developer.
We understand that getting key stakeholders together for an extended workshop can be challenging, but it's required to deliver the expected outcomes. The time invested in the workshop will pay dividends in saved time building the right product within budget and time.