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Posted on October 30, 2023 | All

Building MVP for Sports Team Management

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the agile methodology, combined with the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) concept and a dynamic product backlog, has become the gold standard for product development. Agile’s iterative and customer-centric approach allows companies to respond swiftly to changing market needs, while the MVP and backlog framework ensures efficient prioritization and continuous improvement.

Let’s delve deeper into the case study on how this strategic combination was implemented for a customer.

The Customer

Our customer, a youth sports management company founded by passionate ice hockey enthusiasts, aimed to streamline team league and match management. The customer sought an application to simplify scheduling, player coordination, and game tracking. This case study explores how we at CI Global understood their vision, leading to the creation of an efficient and user-friendly sports management application.

What Was The Customer’s Requirement?

The customer sought a comprehensive solution comprising two key components serving registered and non-registered stakeholders, ultimately enhancing the management of sports events.

Requirement One: Scheduling Application Requirement:

  • A scheduling application was deemed essential.
  • With featured user-friendly functionalities, including sign-up and sign-in.
  • The ability to sync with the data provided by the arena software
  • Primarily targeted registered users, coaches, parents, and team owners.

Requirement Two: Arena Software Requirement:

  • An arena software solution was sought.
  • It was intended to oversee various aspects of sports events.
  • These included scoreboard management and player positioning.
  • Non-registered users could access a critical timekeeper application.

What Were The Overall Challenges Faced?

  1. Customer’s Non-Technical Background:
    The customer’s limited technical expertise posed an initial challenge. Addressing their inherently technical sports management needs necessitates clear communication and translating complex concepts into user-friendly terms.
  2. Scalability For Future Growth:
    To ensure the MVP’s architecture is functional and ready for future growth, meticulous planning and precise execution were essential. Neglecting scalability in the initial design would lead to costly and time-consuming rework.
  3. Re-Prioritizing Features for MVP:
    Throughout the project, the customer continuously uncovered and recognized additional requirements beyond the initial scope, posing a challenge for aligning expectations and project planning. This shift in priorities within the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) required a recalibration of sprint planning.

MVP Development Process

CI Global planned the MVP development process by embracing the agile methodology, with a continuously evolving product backlog, allowing seamless adaptation to changing requirements and priorities. The designated product owner controlled the backlog, strategically prioritizing features in alignment with project goals and expectations.

To ensure the seamless execution of this comprehensive strategy, the project manager/scrum master played a pivotal role in setting up the sprint planning sprint execution while facilitating effective communication within the development team. Scrum master’s expertise was essential in maintaining the project’s dynamic nature and customer-centric approach. The planning extended across multiple quarters. A well-defined roadmap, exemplified by dividing the project into 12 sprints, was created as per the customer’s prioritized requirements.

Why Was Agile The Way To Go?

Agile was chosen as the way forward due to its flexible and iterative project management approach that promotes adaptability, regular collaboration with the customer, and incremental development, allowing teams to respond effectively to changing requirements.

Here is why agile methodology proved effective for this project over waterfall methodology:

Agile Aspect Waterfall
Agile offers flexibility to adapt to changes. Flexibility Waterfall follows a rigid structure, making changes challenging once the project begins.
Agile emphasizes iterative progress, allowing stakeholders to review work regularly. Iterative Progress Waterfall proceeds in linear phases with no room for intermediate validation.
Agile promotes continuous customer involvement, creating the product aligns better with customer expectations. Customer Collaboration Waterfall typically involves minimal customer interaction until project completion.
Agile adapts to evolving requirements, ensuring the project remains relevant. Adaptability Waterfall’s fixed scope can lead to a product that may not meet current market needs if requirements change during development.

Results and Benefits

CI Global successfully alleviated the following challenges for the customer by implementing agile methodology and best practices:

Challenge 1:

Understanding Customer Requirements From The Eyes of Sports Coach:

CI Global excelled in bridging the gap between customer needs fostering effective communication between the development team and stakeholders. We meticulously assessed the feasibility and priority of the customer’s requirements.

  • Enhanced collaboration and trust between CI Global and the customer.
  • Improved clarity in project goals and requirements, reducing misunderstandings.
  • Customer-centric MVP with features aligned closely with the founder’s vision.
Challenge 2:

Scalability For Future Growth:

Successfully integrating scalability into the MVP’s architecture involved careful planning during the initial design phase. The scrum master ensured that the architecture could accommodate future growth by implementing flexible, modular components and optimizing system resources for efficient scaling as needed. This foresight minimized the risk of costly redesign and reengineering, assuring the customer of a cost-effective and agile solution.

  • Eliminated the necessity for expensive rework and late-stage adjustments.
  • Facilitated smooth integration of future expansions and enhancements.
  • Satisfied immediate requirements while positioning the customer for sustained success.
Challenge 3:

Prioritizing Requirements Within The MVP, Leading To Adjustments In Sprint Planning:

The customer identified additional requirements as the project progressed, prompting CI Global to adapt sprint planning. The scrum master analyzed available resources, engaged in discussions with the customer, and prioritized the backlog items for the next sprint to ensure timely accommodation. This adjustment prioritized incorporating these evolving requirements, particularly emphasizing compliance within the MVP.

  • Minimum Viable Product flexible to the customer’s growing needs.
  • Customer satisfaction and trust in CI Global’s ability to prioritize critical aspects of the project.

CI Global – Excellence Through Innovation

By adopting the agile methodology, maintaining a dynamic product backlog, and adapting to changing requirements, CI Global delivered an effective MVP, meeting expectations. This approach addressed the customer’s evolving needs while keeping the development process within budget.

CI Global’s commitment to innovation and customer-centric solutions shines through in this case study. If you’re interested in similar services or exploring how we can elevate your projects, visit our website and contact us today.