# Project Lifecycle
Our projects may range in size, complexity, and duration, but this is our current general framework for the lifecycle of a project.
# Potential Client Discovered and Qualified
- The sales process moves into the Account Manager's hands as soon as we've confirmed a possible project fit.
# Creation of Initial Project Brief
- In initial conversations, the Account Manager sketches a preliminary project brief (located in templates/project-brief.md) including...
- Major stakeholders
- Initial client goals/pain points
- Existing technologies and potential technical requirements
# Discovery Proposal contract generated and signed
- At this point, the Account Manager hands over the Initial Project Brief to the Project Manager and reviews the project details with them up to that point.
- The Project Manager will use this to plan and execute the Discovery
# Discovery Phase (generates a technical architecture plan and an estimate)
- Project Kickoff Call
- Introductions: meet the team!
- SoW Review: let’s talk about what we're doing
- Goal Review: hear more from our client about their long-term goals
- Reporting: briefly touch on how we track our time and communicate project progress
- Technical Kickoff: allows time for any Q&A about our options.
- Strategy Questions: discuss the non-technical portion of this process from persona interviewees to what analytical access is required
- Any Other Business: if time, we can review any related technical questions, the upcoming analysis methodology, review ADA requirements, or other topics as needed
- Initial technical Q&A with all interested stakeholders
- Identification of the client’s pain points:
- Stakeholder Interviews
- Back and forth of creative ideas and possible technical solutions
- Creation of User Personas
- Internal shakedown of personas (flow diagramming, journey mapping)
- Interface brainstorming with client (interactive sketching, UI prototyping)
- Presentation of User Personas to client for feedback and acceptance
# Project Plan/Estimation → Revision of Project Brief (generates a project schedule, developer resource plan, and infrastructure|hosting plan)
- Once the Project Brief has been revised, it is handed back to the Account Manager
- The Account Manager leads crafting of the proposal and the full contract.
# Full Project Contract Signing
# Project Kickoff (with all Tandem development team members and Account Manager, Client’s Product Owner, and any other vested client stakeholders)
- Setting Sprint Cadence (weekly/semi-monthly/etc)
- Scheduling daily internal standups, end-of-sprint client demo, and internal sprint retrospective
- Verification of agreed-upon milestones (checkpoints) along with Product Owner
- Creating ZenHub Project, Kanban board, and backlog of epics and issues
- Setting up Client communication (including clients on Slack/Github, being transparent but not overloading the client with unnecessary information)
- Post-meeting follow-up with Product Owner for ZenHub training
# Sprint Planning
- Estimating a sufficient number of issues in the backlog
- Creating and filling up a (typical two-week) sprint (Dev Team + Product Owner)
- Sprint kickoff
# Day-to-Day Development
- Morning Standups
- Afternoon Check-in(s) via Slack
- Issue management (start a ticket, work it till it’s ready, create pull request, await QA, make sure Technical Lead is aware and that the PR does not go stale)
# Internal Sprint Retrospectives
- Happen every two weeks, immediately after a client show-and-tell demo
- Should occur before a new sprint planning session
# Transition into long-term support (begins approx halfway through a project)
- Creating estimate
- Resource allocation in light of all other active projects
- Contract negotiation and execution
# Project Retrospective
- Internal, with all Tandem dev team members who worked on the project
- External, with Client’s Product Owner, and possibly other interested stakeholders