Great technology alone is rarely sufficient today to ensure a product’s success. At Microsoft, scenario-focused engineering is a customer-centric, iterative approach used to design and deliver the deeper experiences and emotional engagement customers demand in new products. In this book, you’ll discover the proven practices and lessons learned from real-world implementations of this approach, including:
Why design matters: Understand a competitive landscape where customers are no longer satisfied by products that are merely useful, but respond instead to products they crave using.
What it means to be customer focused: Recognize that you are not the customer, understand customers can have difficulty articulating what they want, and apply techniques that uncover their unspoken needs.
How to iterate effectively: Implement a development system that is flexible enough to respond to early and continuous feedback, and enables experimentation with multiple ideas and feedback loops simultaneously.
How to bridge the culture gap: In an engineering environment traditionally rooted in strong analytics, the ideas and practices for scenario-focused engineering may not be intuitive. Learn how to change team mindset from deciding what a product, service, or device will do, to discovering what customers actually want and what will work for them in real-life scenarios.
Connections with Lean and Agile approaches: See the connections, gaps, and overlaps among the Lean, Agile, and Scenario-Focused Engineering methodologies, and achieve a more holistic view of software development.
Austina De Bonte, Drew Fletcher
Safari Books Online
August 2014 (est.)
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Austina De Bonte
Austina De Bonte is a principal program manager on the Engineering Excellence team at Microsoft. She conceived and founded the Scenario-Focused Engineering initiative in 2008 to help accelerate the company’s shift towards more dramatically customer-focused, iteration-based design and development approaches. She has dedicated the last five years to collecting and sharing best practices across Microsoft and beyond.
Drew Fletcher is a software design consultant and the former director of program management in Microsoft Engineering Excellence, where he partnered with Austina to develop and champion Scenario-Focused Engineering. As a program manager, group program manager, and product unit manager, he led the teams that delivered the first versions of Visual Basic, Visual J++, and Visual C#.