We’re building a new app for building societies. We’re itching to flex our developer muscles and we’re doing it because it’s a challenge we find interesting.

When it’s finished, the industry will think so too.

Let’s crack on, then.

The Kanban method

It’s not often that we get the chance to start with a blank slate. Really freeing, isn’t it?

Most of the time, we’re coming into a process that has already begun.

As our creativity is let loose to run wild, we launched into getting our ideas down onto a Kanban board.

Quick, lean and efficient. That’s how we do things at Slate.

Using the Kanban method, you don’t have timed intervals or deadlines to get things done. You start with the first 10 tasks in the left column – that’s your ‘to do’.

The aim is to move tasks to the right, firstly into the ‘doing’ column, and then into the ‘done’ column. Once those first 10 are completed, you add 10 more to the column on the left.

No strict timelines, no due dates, just continuous productivity.

Here’s what we started with:

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First things first

First up on the list? Building a wireframe.

A wireframe is a basic visual which shows the layout of a webpage. We’ll usually create this early on in the project lifecycle so stakeholders can visualise the product before we begin the design phase.

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In this case, we’re both the developers and the stakeholders. The wireframe helps us to picture exactly what we’re working towards so we’re all on a unified front. This is where we started sharing ideas with the team.

Teamwork

Some of our devs have worked on similar products and solved similar problems before, so we couldn’t waste the chance to harness their expertise.

A social approach to projects is what makes Slate strong. No silos or lengthy meetings.

The team has frequent and quick-fire catch ups, because in reality, things change too fast to stick to strict schedules and to wait for time-consuming weekly meetings.

We love progress, and we’ll do anything to get there faster.

Onwards and upwards

Week 3 – complete. And we’ve made a lot of great progress to boot. Now with some momentum behind us, we’re starting to think about build pipelines, stubbed frontends and Amazon S3 buckets…

Check back next week to find out how we tackled these ideas in Week 4 of ‘The Blank Slate Series’.