Adjusting the Scope on the Fly
The deadline was suddenly just weeks away, and we were just a little bit behind the schedule. There were two reasons for the delay. First, designing and programming the frontend in Arabic language, so exotic for Europeans, was quite a challenge. Second, the Raqib50 founders are perfectionists and wanted every detail to be flawless before the launch.
The developers were great, and had no major issues with the exotic language. Moreover, they even made some translations on their own using automatic translators. My biggest concern - miscommunication with a remote team - proved to be groundless. Apart from weekly calls, we kept in touch to solve all the language issues. Abdullah Alkhonaini, Co Founder at Raqib50
These are the moments, when all the time and effort dedicated to scoping session pays off. If every member of your design and development team fully understands the project, the idea behind it, the goal, and the value the product is to provide for the end users, it makes many things possible.
We quickly brainstormed the solution, and suggested changes that would simplify the development, and make it possible to meet the unexpectedly tight deadline. The solution was to postpone two features, which would make the MVP still fully functional. Fortunately we were able to convince the Raquib50 founders to do it - says Abdullah Alkhonaini, a co-founder of Raqib50.
The new app version was released on the 11th of November 2016, just three weeks before unexpected early parliamentary elections. Five days before the election date we added one of the dropped functionalities.
It was worth it.
During the first months the website averaged 1,400 visitors a day, a vast majority on mobile devices. The voters could easily navigate through every MP's history, and adjust their decisions to the previous actions of the politicians. Our MVP proved to be fully functional, and the service provided by Raqib50 much needed for the Kuwaiti citizens.
At the moment Netguru is working on the next stages of Raqib50 project, and putting more effort into bringing more transparency into Kuwait politics.
The main takeways:
We are proud to participate in a project that will improve the political system in Kuwait.
We were able to deliver a quality product under a limited budget.
We were able to adjust to an unexpectedly tight deadline.
Great scoping session and engagement made it possible to overcome language and cultural barrier.
The app was launched in a perfect moment, and it's popularity exceeded the expectations.