You conquered your months-long (or was it years?!) website redesign project and you're feeling really good. What happens now?
Do you really understand the overall purpose of your project? Asking questions about the big picture helps create the user stories that will guide the entire development process.
It’s usually a big, exciting day when your new website launches. The process of getting there may not be as exciting, but it’s crucial for making that launch day a success. In the past, the most common method for developing software was the waterfall model: clients listed each requirement and every functionality. Then the whole workflow model was finalized before the development process even started. Once the development was underway, the client only got to see the final product with little to no change taking place during the development cycle.
Stories are important. They motivate users to act, drive results, and deliver outcomes. To get from discovery to launch, you need to understand your site’s users, their behavior, and their needs. User stories are very beneficial and useful tools for building software. When used correctly, they help build impactful end-user experiences.
As humans, we love telling a good story. It is how we pass down traditions and teach history generation after generation. While custom software development might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you envision a great story, it is critical to draw in your audience and help build relationships with your customers.
Imagine you have been given a fancy gift. You unwrap the package to discover it is an expensive, designer suit, but it’s entirely the wrong size and style. It doesn’t work for you at all. Unfortunately, some businesses feel that way about their website. They pay thousands of dollars to companies and receive a finished package months later, but it isn’t the website they want.