Why Do We Do a Blueprint Session?

Have you heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?”

The Blueprint Session helps us answer the important questions about your product, idea, or application before investing the time and capital to develop the project. What is the product’s value? Who is going to be the core customer? What do we need at a minimum to bring this product to market? This helps identify the actual scope and size of the product before diving into development. It eliminates scope creep and unforeseen budget increases. Simply, it prepares you to develop as quickly, efficiently and effectively as possible.

The Blueprint Session Process

The J9i Blueprint Session is a two to three week process where we dive deep into the concept of your product, design a solution, and prepare everything you need to develop your product the correct way. At the end of the Blueprint Session, you’ll come out with a clickable prototype, a step-by-step blueprint for development, and the knowledge that your product is ready for version 1.0. You can then hire us to build the application, or use this as an RFP.

The Blueprint Session is broken down into several phases, each designed to push you closer to being ready for development. At every phase, our goal is to learn about your product and users, and ensure that all of the hidden surprises are ironed out. It’s to prevent you from getting in over your head and to prevent development from eating up unnecessary budget and time.

The Step By Step Process

Phase I: Define

The first part of the session aims to define the core concept of the product. It goes beyond a list of hopes and features. We’re trying to understand exactly what the product does. We dive deep into competitors and related products to see who else is in the space, and what we can do better. While it may seem “obvious,” this stage includes finding out the important details like how many products you’ll be selling, who will use the application, what emails are sent to the customer and more.

Phase II: Sketch

Now that we have an idea of the basic concept, it’s time to sketch this out into a working model. During this session, we’re essentially throwing paint at the wall: we want to explore the different ways this product will be built, how it should be built, and what problems it needs to solve. We’ll look at the user experience and the required infrastructure and ensure the design not only fits the business owner’s vision, but is also easy to use for their users.

Phase III: Prototype

Now that the product is fleshed out, it’s time to get develop a prototype. Our developers will turn your concept into a beautiful, clean, and intuitive prototype. This is something that can be shared with potential users and investors, so they get an idea of what the product does. This is where we take the work we’ve done and turn it into a demo to ensure the basic idea is in place.

Phase IV: Refine

With all the pieces in place, it’s time to get you ready for development. We’ll dive into the required tech behind the product, and include a document to advise on the requirements needed “under the hood” to turn this into an actual application. You’ll get a version 1.0 ready Blueprint, and you’ll be ready to head into development.

Let’s talk about your idea

We’ve worked with clients big and small, and some of our most successful clients have never launched a tech product before working with us.

Let’s sit down and have a conversation about your idea. There’s no commitment, most of us don’t bite, and we can kick start this project the right way.