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A source of information about rapid analysis and discovery sessions as a methodology for modern product development based on a consensus of goals, and practicing DevOps as a collaborative product-team, reducing feedback cycle-time to minimize unrealized value and debt at-risk. This handbook aggregates knowledge about this method by allowing wide-spread contributions as an open-source knowledge-base.


‘Inception’, ‘Discovery’, ‘Rapid Analysis’ - these are all concepts that describe an effort that strives to accelerate a holistic understanding of the reasoning, scope and development tactics to employ in product development.

The sessions and their associated activities that ‘Inceptions’ are composed of serve two main purposes: Firstly, serving the development team in learning the context of the product, and secondly for the wider organization in learning how to support and pace its development. Underlying this, is the goal of reducing lead time from ‘Concept to cash’, to ensure low value at risk, and fast feedback to the organization from the marketplace.

As the name implies, Inceptions are analysis sessions held at the beginning of development efforts.

They comprise of a set of accelerated learning workshops, and result in:

  • A common understanding across the team (business and implementation participants alike) and a commitment to the goals and scope of the engagement.
  • A set of one or more deliverables, including a release plan, the epics, features and stories they contain, and a set of visual tools that describe the customer’s journey as they use the product.
  • Communication and documentation plans for the product’s stakeholders.
  • A shared understanding across the team (business and implementation participants alike) and commitment to the goals and scope of the engagement.
  • Crystallize the project’s objectives.
  • Current and aspired Value Stream Mapping documents (VSM) that holistically describe the underlying processes by which a customer request is satisfied.
  • A set of one or more MVPs as the deliverables of the engagement, including a release plan, the epics, features and stories they contain and a set of visual tools that describe the customer’s journey as they use the product.
  • Exploration of technical and operational boundaries.
  • Planning a product road map.
  • Developing relationships and form the cross-functional product delivery team.
  • Technical implementation architecture and development tools, including a CI/CD production pipeline
  • Staffing, budget and timeline requirements for the first MVP.
  • Communication and documentation plans for the product’s stakeholders.


V0.0.2 Dec 7th 2019


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