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We do this thing we call Discovery & Framing at the kickoff of a new project. It usually lasts 3-6 weeks and involves design, product, engineering and someone with the power to make decisions on the spot. We call this role a product owner.

It’s a good way to get stuff out of folks heads, validate the problem and solution with users, and end up with some stuff for everyone to execute on by the end of the process. You can google the term for more detailed descriptions.

As for tools, we’ve been having success with real time board, and pivotal tracker (maybe gives away where I work) and of course a ton of sticky notes.

Since this got some upvotes, if you want a taste for a process like this condensed into and hour you can visit:


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