SPRINTS ARE THE NEW MOONWALK
90% of all Festina projects are done agile. In essence: from ivory tower excellence with a client as a king, to a holistic team effort with us as facilitator of your own solution.
We call it ‘sprinting’. A pre-mounted ambition, one or two weeks dedication, and always release-ready output on the last day. Little or no project management, and proven better results than in a traditional set-up.
Our starting point is always the idea that us working together leads to new or more business for your company. Therefor we ideally keep on working together on a structural base, in order to make it possible to truly innovate together.
And innovation means trial and error, hence our beliefs. Not every sprint leads to that golden egg. Also, in some cases many production sprints are needed to get to a beta version, and then still you have to listen and adapt based on users input. Yikes.
Working like this means an authentic believe in each others capabilities, a constructive view on a better future together, and a pinch of good fun. That is why we always work with collaboration agreements in which there is time to evaluate things, grass root new ideas and production plans, and measure results. It also makes it possible to maintain a certain service level on deliverables after the sprinting process.
six variations of sprinting
We define a business idea into a business proposition in order to attract investors and get strategic partners involved.
We work towards a controlled release of a Minimal Viable Product in order to measure the level of market acceptance.
We position the brand in today’s world, including a defined brand strategy and brand identity. Logo time.
From the brand strategy, we define and develop Above & Below The Line communication means. From pitch deck to mail templates.
DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT SPRINT
This can be a platform, a feature or continues development. We prioritise, produce, evaluate and release. Over and over again.
This sprint creates a format in which we can start measuring our assumptions. Data driven, interviews or questionnaires can be part of it, as long as we get to a better understanding of the brand, business or customer's behaviour.
There is a clear task at hand, but how to frame it? This workshop results in a strategic framework for you challenge and a backlog that functions as a brief for the sprint team.
We feel there is a need of change, of inspiration, but where to find it? This workshop results in a strategic outline with innovation domains related to your business or organisation.
reflection is the new agressor
If you can use data or any other form of live feedback when making choices it would be stupid not to. We keep things in check in our daily practice by: 1. reviewing the impact of the outcome on the business of the client, 2. assessing the level of satisfaction in which we work together and 3. determining the level of creativity of the solution itself. These three ways of quality assurance will passively or actively be conducted during our working relationship; each of which have their own equipment.
THREE TOOLS OF REFLECTION
INNOVATION REVIEW TOOL
In order to deliver work on the desired level, we have to prepare ourselves accordingly and pre-determine what the desired level is. Having done that once, we measure progress during our working relationship for reflection. Topping your own expectations becomes tangible.
TAXONOMY OF THE CREATIVE SOLUTION
That shared ambition has its weaknesses and opportunities. The creative solution should be in check with that ambition, the budget, the resources, the talent and the market. We aim for innovation, but understand its route.
SOFT MATTER CHECKLIST
Every once in a while you should ask yourself that question: am I moving forward in life? Festina does it every year. So why not asking this question related to our working relations? There is nothing wrong knowing that both parties can learn to work together on a higher level.
CHATEAU, FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND INTRAPRENEURS
We started Chateau end of 2016 after we noticed giving more and more keys of our old office to our clients.
Located in a former machine factory in Amsterdam, Chateau is hosting a selected group of service providers, intra- and entrepreneurs. Its residents share knowledge, crafts and energy in order to create new business and insights.
We have specific areas designed for the sprinting methods, some of our clients even their own wall. Come and have a look!