Before we begin to work together, we need to understand the project's goals and measurable outcomes. This understanding and goal creation will happen in a Roadmapping Session.
A Roadmapping Session is a low-cost tool that considerably reduces the risk of the project for both of us.
A Roadmapping Session is a series of conversations you and I (and perhaps your team) will engage in together to dive into your business — where it has been, where it is, and where it is going. Then, based on your available resources (such as timeline, budget, and technical knowledge of staff), we will explore the various routes which will help get you to where you are going.
By the end of the Roadmapping Session, you will have a PDF document of your business goals and a professionally done product roadmap.
Discovery — I will learn as much as possible about your business. Who's your customer? How do you make money? What will success look like for this project?
Risk Evaluation — We will assess where the most significant risk lies for this project and what we can do to mitigate it.
Product Roadmap — We will establish what the next steps are for the full project and what features/ideas should be punted until a later time. For a new startup idea, this is where we will define what your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is and what features could be implemented down the road.
A Roadmapping Session typically lasts between 1-2 hours. I prefer to use Zoom so that we can screen share when necessary.
Other than having that block of time set aside, here are a few things you should prepare:
The price is $499.
Click on the button below to go to my Calendly page and select a time which works for you.
If at the end of your Roadmapping Session you feel you have not gotten your money's worth, just let me know. I will give you 100% of your money back. No questions asked.
Once you schedule a consult via my Calendly page, I'll review the answers to the questionaire. If it's a good fit, I'll confirm the meeting and we can have a quick introduction call to further discuss.
Once you submit your payment, I will send you a link to schedule the actual Roadmapping Session, which you can book at your convenience.
This is a common feeling. Rest assured, whatever you share with me, you can share with me in confidence. I have been consulting for several years. If I gave away my clients' secrets, I would not still be in business.
In general, no. For such a small engagement, there's no need to get lawyers involved. If we proceed with a more extensive commitment after the Roadmapping Session, I will be happy to sign a limited-scope NDA.
Though these conversations are best-kept 1-on-1 between myself and the primary decision maker, I understand that it helps to keep everyone on the same page. To avoid "too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth" syndrome, let's discuss beforehand and limit the number of participants. You are welcome to record our conversation and share with your partner later.
Shooting off a timeline and budget estimation from the hip is a dangerous gamble concerning getting you closer to your actual business goals. I had had clients who thought they needed Widget A (with a price tag of $50k-100k) when they only required Widget B (with a price tag of $4k). Frankly put, humans (include me) are terrible at estimating. Whatever timeline and budget I give you will inevitably be wrong. I rarely bill hourly. I have learned it is costly, wastes time, and hurts all parties involved.
No, but I am happy to recommend other people who may be a better fit for you if you have a smaller budget.
No, I do not work for equity.
Similar to my answer about being nervous about sharing information with me: if I had terrible character, I would not still be in business. If you need extra reassurance, I am happy to connect you with a few existing clients so you can feel at ease. If that is not good enough, then I am probably not the right person for you.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ That's what the Roadmapping Session will help determine.
Have questions? No problem. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.